Hitachi DZ-BD7HE High Definition Blu-ray Hard Disk Camcorder - £449 delivered @ John Lewis
Hitachi DZ-BD7HE High Definition Blu-ray Hard Disk Camcorder - £449 delivered @ John Lewis

Hitachi DZ-BD7HE High Definition Blu-ray Hard Disk Camcorder - £449 delivered @ John Lewis

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Product Information
Capture family memories in magnificent 1920 x 1080 resolution with the Hitachi DZ-BD7HE Blu-ray hybrid camcorder. You can record up to 4 hours of high definition video onto the integral 30GB hard drive, and then connect the camera to a Full HD TV and watch your movies come to life with incredible depth and image quality.
But thats only the beginning. With this marvel you can actually dub your blockbuster straight from the hard drive onto an 8cm recordable Blu-ray disc at the touch of a button. And all without a PC in sight! And if your friends havent invested in a high definition Blu-ray player yet, you can record your home video onto an 8cm conventional DVD in standard definition, to share with just about everyone.

You can even let the camcorder guide you, with an Interactive Guide which helps you get the full benefits of the DZ-BD7HE, without having to get out the instruction book.
Key Features

Audio capability Built-in mic
Brand Hitachi
Guarantee FREE 2 year guarantee, extend to 3 years £45
Hard driveBuilt-in memory used for storing your audio and video files, etc 30GB
High Definition Yes
Memory card slotGreater amount of slots means more variety of card formats can be used SD
Model name / number DZ-BD7HE
Power supply AC adaptor or rechargeable battery
Screen size 2.7" wide screen
Storage formatWhere your footage is recorded to e.g. tape, DVD or hard drive Hard Drive/Blu-ray
Video input / output HDMI, USB
Zoom (optical) 10x



Oh. Maybe not so hot.

Two stars out of five.

This Blu-ray/HDD hybrid cam is a next-gen spinner shooting full 1080 x HD to 30GB hard disk or rewriteable Blu-ray disc.

The two-for-one concept is a smart one. You can shoot in Full HD for up to four hours, trim your masterpiece using the cam's onboard edit suite, and archive juicy HD fillets to Blu-ray disc for playback. Compatibility issues with standalone Blu-ray players are few and you can also hook the camcorder direct into a HD Ready TV via the HDMI socket. It also works with DVD, so you can slam in an 8cm spinner for standard def movies.

It might have some pant-wettingly exciting tech inside but this big, unsightly hunk looks like a little like a hairdryer. And for all its big talk, video is a massive disappointment. Indoors the BD7 erratically fumbles, with grainy, fizzy images, and a sullen colour perform The camcorders autofunctions are pretty slack, the autofocus desperately hunting for something to snap onto, while the exposure takes an age to adjust when you move into a dark area. Natural light improves matters, but it's not a great leap, leaving the whole Blu-ray disc experience fantastically underwhelming.

Hybrid technology,
Backwards compatibility for DVD
Shaky movies
Shocking lowlight performance
Well ahead of the game for Blu-ray cams, in fact too far. There's a long way to go between this and a top-performing HD disc cam


Forget the price the Hitachi Blu-ray HD camcorders were panned as being below par.
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