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Hitachi DZ-HS303

Hitachi DZ-HS303
alaScore 81

17 reviews

Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Hitachi DZ-HS303. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. The usability and viewfinder get negative views.

viewfinder, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Hitachi DZ-HS303 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: James Dickinson (

Hitachi DZ-HS303


What do you do if you can't decide between the convenience of a DVD camcorder and the capacity of a hard disk model? If you're Hitachi you stick them ...

Unique hybrid technology, good video quality

Poor still images, few manual options, slightly large

A useful combination of HDD and DVD technology, complemented by good video quality, makes this camcorder a winner.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Derek Fung (

Hitachi DZ-HS303


Good video quality and the convenience of having both hard disk and DVD in one camcorder are let down by a small hard-disk, slow menus and other compromises.

Good video quality ; Quickly share DVDs with family and friends

Hard-disk too small for some ; Clunky menu system ; Poor image stabilisation

The quickest way to display your handiwork is to plug the camcorder into the nearest TV set. This works fine, especially with the S-Video output. However, if the camera is in record mode and you're connected to a large flat-screen TV, be prepared for...

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: Bob (

Hitachi DZ-HS303


The camcorder itself is excellent. I learnt to use it in a matter of minutes and got some good quality recordings on my second try.

No tapes, or DVDs just point and shoot

I am having trouble using my Mac with it. So far (1 week) I am still unable to get iDVD or iMovie to use video footage and finder doesn't recognize the hard drive. Still overall a good buy

Dec, 2006

Product Specifications

The DZ-HS303E Hybrid DVD/HDD camcorder is a new kind of camcorder that combines the capacity of HDD with the convenience of DVD. Now users can shoot for longer and share DVD's even faster with just the camcorder, no PC or additional DVD burning hardware is required.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

General Features

3D: No
Format:DVD / HDD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Hitachi DZ

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video Input

Digital Zoom:240
Faders:Black & white fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor