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

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

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

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