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Hitachi DZGX5020A


$375.00 Released January, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Intuitive controls greatly reduce need to read manual. Above-average picture quality in moderate to high lighting conditions. Zoom is consistently smooth and ergonomics make it easy to hold steady.

The Cons:Stock battery has quite short battery life, around 40 minutes. Indoor low light capabilities sub-par compared to other manufacturers e.g. Sony. On/off switch has no lock and can easily be switched on by accident, draining battery.

Released in January, 2007 the Hitachi DZGX5020A is a standard definition DVD camcorder. The less expensive brother of the DZGX5080A, the DZGX5020A shoots at 640x480 and records directly onto a DVD. Both models feature the same internal specifications, but the DZGX5080A also includes a built in LED light that makes recording in low light situations easier, as well as a USB2 connectivity option that is absent from this model.

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The DVD allows for 1 hour of recording time on each side, at standard settings. Still images are restricted by the camcorder's lackluster CCD, producing a maximum image resolution of 640x480 (0.3MP).

Specs

  • CCD: 1/6", 680K pixel
  • Resolution: 640 x 480 at 30 fps
  • Screen: 2.7" LCD, 120K pixel
  • Zoom: 30x optical, 1500x digital
  • Tape type: DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD+RW
  • Interface: buttons

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    Intuitive controls greatly reduce need to read manual

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    Above-average picture quality in moderate to high lighting conditions

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    Zoom is consistently smooth and ergonomics make it easy to hold steady

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    Customizable button menu allow quick access to user-adjusted settings

Cons
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    Stock battery has quite short battery life, around 40 minutes

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    Indoor low light capabilities sub-par compared to other manufacturers e.g. Sony

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    On/off switch has no lock and can easily be switched on by accident, draining battery

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    Disc formatting prone to errors and interruptions, discs require one unique power cable to be finalized

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