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Hitachi DZ-BD70E

The DZ-BD70A is a single drive camcorder that can record approximately one hour of FullHD 1920 x 1080 high definition video on an 8cm single-sided Blu...

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Review of "Hitachi DZ-BD70E"

published 01/03/2008 | yassarikhan786
Member since : 27/02/2008
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Pro Record in full HD, very light, 5.3 mega-pixel camera, reliable
Cons large exterior, small screen, pricey
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"First ever Blu-ray camcorder."

The Hitachi DZ-BD7OE is the first ever Blu-ray camcorder. It has the ability to record in full High Definition (1080p). You can buy this very camcorder for £569-over £600 if you look hard enough on the internet, which does seem a lot for a camcorder.

Blu-ray technology is fairly new, so it is fair to understand the initial prices of all blu-ray compatible devices will be high. This is the first camcorder which incorporates blu-ray technology. When more and more companies release similar devices, the prices of blu-ray camcorders (including the DZ-BD70E) will drop due to high levels of competition.

Now, leaving the price 'issues' of the camcorder and moving onto other areas of the camcorder. You may be pleased to know that you will be able to buy the DZ-BD70E in only the standard grey and silver colour. It is a fairly large and bulky device, which may make you think that it is also very heavy. But with its large exterior you will be pleased to know that this very camcorder weighs just 575g.

It has a 16:9 screen, which simply means that the horizontal length is greater than the vertical height, or that it has a ratio of 16:9. In inches the screen size is 2.7", which is reasonably small considering the size of the exterior. Although, with the 2.7" screen you will be able to record efficiently without having too much trouble viewing the recording content on the screen. You have an option of using the retractable electronic viewfinder (EVF) instead. However over exposure to the motion blur involved in using the (EVF) will be hard on the eyes.

There is an added bonus of a 5.3 megapixel camera with 10x digital zoom. You will certainly be able to take pictures, but not during a recording session, which really takes the fun out of creating truly enjoyable picture and video experiences.

The downside to all of the fun things about this blu-ray video camera is the time it takes in transferring HD (High definition) content to another source, most likely to a desktop PC. It takes approximately 1 minute to transfer a 5 second piece of HD content. The 7.5 GB blu-ray disk will let you record a maximum of 1 hour in HD. So the transfer of 1 hour of HD content will take up to 12 hours, which is a long wait.

However, there is another factor which determines the time taken to transfer the HD content. That factor is the processing speed of your hard drive. A regular hard drive gives you 7200 rpms of processing power, which will take you the full 12 hours to transfer the content. Although the newer and more advanced hard drives give you up to 15,000 rpms, which ultimately means that it will transfer the data twice as fast.

You will also have an option of connecting the camcorder to an external output device such as a Television. This way you will instantly be able to watch the content without having to wait for it to transfer. The only problem is that you will not be able to make a copy of the content as you would require a HD blu-ray recorder, which I am very sure does not exist. The only possible solution would be to transfer the content to a PC, which like I said before would take the MICK.

When you buy this camcorder you will get in the box a remote control, a single blu-ray disk and essential wires required to connect to TV's and other devices, in order to transfer or view content. Within the blu-ray disk there will be a maximum of 7.5 GB of memory which will essentially let you record up to 1 hour of full HD (high definition) content. You will also be able to change recording modes which will enable you to record in video qualities below HD quality, meaning you will be able to record longer movies. Whoohoo.

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  • mum2boys82 published 23/04/2008
    I think blu ray is still a developing technology from what little I know of it so I am sure it will come down in price soon, then maybe we will get one! Rebecca Xx
  • Expired-Account published 16/04/2008
    I'm after a camcorder at the moment but I wouldn't want a Blu-Ray one, I couldn't watch my DVDs properly, very helpful review
  • Mitsudan published 26/03/2008
    They'll soon be cheaper, faster, smaller and better, like all new gadgets, I guess, so I'll wait a while yet! David
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Product Information : Hitachi DZ-BD70E

Manufacturer's product description

The DZ-BD70A is a single drive camcorder that can record approximately one hour of FullHD 1920 x 1080 high definition video on an 8cm single-sided Blu-ray disc. Lifelike image reproduction and rich, immersive color are a result of Hitachi's 5.3 mega pixel CMOS image sensor and HD quality 12-element lens system. Not only can the DZ-BD70A record high definition video to Blu-ray discs, it also comes with an SD card slot for storing digital still photos at 4.32 mega pixel max resolution. A unique Hitachi feature called photo capture allows users to search though recordings on a Blu-ray disc, grab any still frame of video and save it as a photo to the SD card slot in 2.1 mega pixel resolution. For even more recording flexibility the DZ-BD70A also allows video to be recorded in standard definition quality to DVD discs.

Product Details

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 10 x

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.8

Lens System / Max Focal Length: 0.05

Digital Zoom: 500 x

Optical System / Image Stabiliser: Electonic

Recording Format: DVD, HDD; DVD

LCD Display Size: 2.7

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Manufacturer: Hitachi, Samsung

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080p - widescreen

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI, S-Video

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Media Type: Mini BD-R, mini BD-RE, DVD

Product Description: Hitachi DZ-BD70A - camcorder - mini BD-R, mini BD-RE, DVD

Weight: 0.58 kg

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.7 cm x 16.6 cm x 8.7 cm

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1360 mAh ( included )

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens System: 10 x zoom lens - 5 - 50 mm - f/1.8-3.0

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 2.07 Mpix - Photo: 4.32 Mpix

Sensor Resolution: 5.3 Mpix

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.2" - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Camera Flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode

Camera Flash: Built-in flash


Optical Zoom: 10 x

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI, S-Video

Media Included Qty: 1

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080p


Camcorder Media Type: Mini BD-R, mini BD-RE, DVD ( DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), DVD-RAM (8 cm) )

Digital Zoom: 500 x

Faders: Wipe fader, white fader, black & white fader

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.8"

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Effective Photo Resolution: 4.32 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 2.07 Mpix

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 5.3 Mpix

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Storage: JPEG 2400 x 1800

Lens System

Features: Built-in lens shield

Filter Size: 43 mm

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 12 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 47 - 470mm

Type: 10 x zoom lens - 5 - 50 mm - f/1.8-3.0

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, progressive scanning, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording


Viewfinder Resolution: 200,000 pixels

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.2"

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor


Display Features: Rotating

Resolution: 211,200 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Exposure & White Balance

White Balance Presets: Indoor, outdoor, halogen

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, portrait mode, surf & snow, low light, sports mode

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 0.58 kg

Height: 8.7 cm

Depth: 16.6 cm

Width: 7.7 cm

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts - 1 year ¦ Limited warranty - labour - 90 days

Service & Support: 1 year warranty


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1360 mAh ( included )

Battery Type: Hitachi DZBP14


Included Accessories: Cleaning cloth, USB cable, S-Video cable, audio / video cable, IR remote control, power adapter with battery charger


Software: Drivers & Utilities


Connector Type: 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x S-Video output ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x component video output

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


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