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Hitachi DZ MV550A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 reviews of Hitachi DZ MV550A. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the zoom and image quality are generally positive. The size and design also get good comments, whereas the battery and price get negative reviews.

usability, design, size, image quality, zoom

portability, price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Hitachi DZ MV550A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Hitachi DZ MV550A

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Hitachi DZ MV550A from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design, but there are some less positive views about the portability.

usability, design, image quality

portability

53% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2016

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

Hitachi DZ-MV550E

 

After several years of development, Hitachi has finally succeeded in developing a DVD camcorder compact enough to be an attractive alternative to the traditional cassette-based video cameras. The DZ-MV550E can both shoot on DVD-R disks compatible with a g

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Hitachi DZMV550A review:

 

About as small and light as a MiniDV camera; comfortable grip; solid on-camera editing features.

More expensive than a MiniDV camera with similar features; no ability to shoot uncompressed video; media is pricier than MiniDV tapes.

Working with Hitachi's entry-level DVD-R/RAM camcorder can be a hassle, but it's a winner for editing footage in the camcorder.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Hitachi DZ-MV550 debuted at a remarkably low price, undercutting the DVD camcorder market by offering features found on upper-tier Panasonic and Sony DVD camcorders in the lower-tier price range. The DZ-MV550 includes a ¼-inch CCD with 680K gross...

Low light performance, - Video performance, - Price, - Optical zoom, - CCD specs

Cold shoe, - Mediocre on the convenience level

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Hitachi DZ-MV550 Camcorder Review - Hitachi DVD Camcorders

 

With an MSRP of $669.95, the Hitachi DZ-MV550 is a DVD camcorder of remarkably low price, considering what it has to offer. With this low-priced, stripped-down machine, Hitachi promotes DVD-RAM technology with SD card compatibility and pushes the...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Staff Writers (pcauthority.com.au)

Hitachi DZ-MV550E

 

Hitachi pioneered the idea of consumer cameras capable of recording video direct to DVD. The early models were large and relatively expensive but high quality. It has taken a while for the idea to take off but it is certainly gaining momentum with a...

However, Hitachi has a couple of disadvantages over its competitors. In particular its continued use of the outmoded DVD-RAM as its rewritable format and the fact that its DVD's are encased in a cartridge making it difficult to use finalised DVD's in...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Hitachi DZ MV550A

 

Hitachi DZ MV550A DVD Camcorder w/18x Optical Zoom.

Pioneered and developed by Hitachi, revolutionary UltraVision DVD camcorder technology allows you to shoot and burn video or high-resolution digital still pictures straight to DVD. DVD-R discs allow for playback on a home DVD player, or you can record...

Consumer review by: sandemp (dooyoo.co.uk)

Hitachi DZ-MV 550E : Those Tapes Are Such Old Hat

 

Being the proud owner of a DVD recorder with a hard drive, I felt that I would benefit from having a camcorder that recorded straight onto DVDs. Why, you might ask, would I want this? Well by recording straight onto a DVD I would be able to cut out a...

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: sandemp (dooyoo.co.uk)

Hitachi DZ-MV550E: Those Tapes Are Such Old Hat

 

Being the proud owner of a DVD recorder with a hard drive, I felt that I would benefit from having a camcorder that recorded straight onto DVDs. Why, you might ask, would I want this? Well by recording straight onto a DVD I would be able to cut out a...

Records direct to disc, Ability to delete selected scenes and regain space, Becomes a virtual drive for your computer

Cost of discs

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: acm (shopzilla.com)

Unreliable Hitachi

 
Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: jntalan (epinions.com)

Great camera, easy to use

 

After my son was born, my husband and I decided it was time to buy a video camera to record all of those precious moments and milestones. We consulted Consumer Reports and the internet, and headed to Circuit City. We were torn between the Hitachi and ...

Lightweight, fits comfortably in small or large hands

Battery doesn't last long, still quality is poor

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery life (max):2.5

Camera

Minimum illumination:0.3

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.35

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40.5 - 729
Optical Zoom:18

Other features

Focus:Auto & Manual Auto Macro
Lens system:37mm
Media types supported:Secure Digital
Resolution:705 x 576

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.9
Height :14.6
Weight:500
Width:6.4