Hitachi DZHS500E Hybrid DVD HDD CAMCORDER £189.99 Delivered with 2% Quidco. Less than half price!!!
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Hitachi DZHS500E Hybrid DVD HDD CAMCORDER £189.99 Delivered with 2% Quidco. Less than half price!!!

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Found 26th Feb 2008Made hot 26th Feb 2008
Credit to Redkop who found this at the £199.99 price.

To get it for £189.99:
Use the attached voucher (you will have to pay by Paypal)

Furthermore you can get an additional 2% back if you go through quidco.

The 8GB version of this at a price of £300 was a Which magazine Best Buy last time they tested Camcorders (August 07) so the 30GB version for less than £200 makes a bargain methinks!

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Hybrid DVD+HDD CAM which can shoot 23 hours on the HDD then press the One Touch Dubbing button to burn movies from HDD to DVD with 2x speed dubbing. Users can enjoy the advantage of Hybrid CAM; shooting longer and burning multiple DVDs for fast and easy sharing without a PC or other hardware.

* Hybrid DVD+HDD CAM
* One Touch Easy Dubbing Button
* Multiformat+ DVD
RAM/-RW/-R/+RW (& SD Card)
* 30GB High Capacity Hitachi HDD
* 2x Speed Dubbing
* 1-Second Quick Start
* Optical Zoom
30x
* Digital Zoom
1500x
* 16:9
Widescreen
recording
* LCD
screen 2.7"
* Autofocus
* Auto white balance
* Long play
mode for extended recording time
* Date and time stamp
* Auto power off
* SD Memory card slot
* USB
2.0/1.1 interface
* Rechargeable battery 100 minutes(HDD)

Hey ]pondrew, you metion "Which Best Buy"? is there a review anyway online? or can anyone who got one last time comment?
I need a camcorder for my wedding, so mainly concerned with lens stabilization, plus sub 200 is essential but saying that I'll prob sell after wedding.
Thanks,
Scott

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I read the Which magazine test report which was in the August 2007 edition. They rated it something like 5th out of twenty and gave it a 'Best Buy' rating. From what I remember about their review they felt it was the easiest to use out of the bunch.

Apparently Which reviews are online but I believe they're available to subscribers only so that doesn't help...

I'll see if I can find a review...

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Mine is arriving at home sometime today so I'll let you know first impressions as soon as I can...

nice find! Amazon also selling for this price.
amazon.co.uk/gp/…p_2

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Hmmm. No quidco or discount vouchers for the one at Amazon tho so would be more expensive at £199. EDIT: also Amazon don't have any stock...

Unpacked the camcorder now. Looks great and sounds pretty specced up. In truth tho I've not had a camcorder before so not got anything to compare it with. Still, can't wait for the battery to finish charging...

is 10% of 199.00 not £19.00 bringing it down to £178.99 ?? or is the extra tenner for postage ?

I bought an hitachi dvd camcorder recently and the recording quality and imagine quality was so bad that I took it back to Curry's a week later and went for the Sony with Carl Weiss lens. Having experience Hitachi compared to Sony I know which one for me was the better quality. I've bought two Sony camcorders in the past and hitachi have been unable to compete like for like. Play back quality is the most important factor when you are looking at your past memories! I'm sure however for the price it will make someone a bargain.

chrisjmcqueen;1637066

is 10% of 199.00 not £19.00 bringing it down to £178.99 ?? or is the e … is 10% of 199.00 not £19.00 bringing it down to £178.99 ?? or is the extra tenner for postage ?



doesnt seem to bring up the postage rate for n.ireland before you buy, shame as i wouldnt mind ordering this,mean i have to return the jvc boots camcorder i received yesterday,hope boots are ok with returns?

code dont work for me .... any reason why?

abuyusra;1637363

code dont work for me .... any reason why?



did you get any discount at all with code? small print in voucher link says up to 10% not 10% as camcorder discount is listed as only 5%.shame.

argos is cheaper 179

bldoom;1637444

argos is cheaper 179




its £330 at argos so £150 dearer! you just back from the pub? :thumbsup:

argos.co.uk/web…=11

yep looks like deal expired now,maybe the next voucher for empiredirect wont expire as quick

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Bummer at the voucher having expired. Sorry guys.

Been pleased with the recording and playback quality thus far but then I haven't used a Sony.

I suspect the situation with this camcorder is that you get a lot of technology and spec for your money, more than you'll get with a simarly priced Sony although the Sony may have better recording quality.

I'd still rather have a hdd/dvd combo than mini-dv though anyday

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By the way, wasn't there a 2% off voucher for Empire Direct as well? Maybe that one still works? (haven't got time to check now I'm afraid)

Seems like a good find, but;
- is it 15x or 30x optical zoom (listing shows both!)
- no Firewire?!?! DV in / DV out?!?!

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Its definately 30x optical zoom and apparently 1500x digital zoom (although that didn't really make sense to me?!). Wherre did it say 15x Optical?

Not sure about firewire nor DV in/DV out. Will try and find out and let you know.

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Well, found where it says 15x optical zoom (in the specs on Empire Directs website). That's wrong.

Oh, and the spec seems to confirm no dv in or out. Is that a big deal? Its got usb for transferring to/from pc and the built in dvd burner for playing on tv through a dvd player...

OK Cool. So definitely 30x optical is good. Forget the digital zoom it is useless on all cams and irrelevant.

Most DV cams used to come with DV in/out (frewire) which was/is the standard for transferring video to software such as Adobe Premiere. Not sure of the USB connection does the same. Did it come with any software?

To play back through the tv I presume you dont have to drop the video onto DVD - there are RGB/component or Scart outputs right to use it as a player ont he tv?

Have you managed to see how the widescreen plays back on a widescreen tv? Full screen?

Thanks for all your help - very useful.

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Will have to check for the RGB/component output tonight.

Will let you know.

Oh, and yep there's definately software and the usb is usb 2.0 so should be pretty versatile/fast.

Think I am swaying towards getting one of these, but with the lack of firewire does anyone know if I can simply transfer files by USB to import to Windows Movie Maker, does anyone know what the format of the video file will be? Thanks!

pondrew;1638434

Bummer at the voucher having expired. Sorry guys.Been pleased with the … Bummer at the voucher having expired. Sorry guys.Been pleased with the recording and playback quality thus far but then I haven't used a Sony.I suspect the situation with this camcorder is that you get a lot of technology and spec for your money, more than you'll get with a simarly priced Sony although the Sony may have better recording quality.I'd still rather have a hdd/dvd combo than mini-dv though anyday



can you confirm whats in the Hitachi box, extras, accessories, someone mentioned that there was loads of extras with the boots jvc camcorder deal but only extras i saw was a tv lead and lens cap! still thinking of ordering this but would have preffered a voucher to sweete the deal.

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You can definately transfer to pc by USB according to the manual (was reading it last night). Soz, don't know what the format will be but will try and remember to give it a try tonight...

Need to double check on all the contents of the box but from memory there was a shoulder strap, cleaning cloth, usb 2.0 cable, manual, software cd, stand alone battery charger which doubles as a power supply should it be needed (you can't use power supply and charge at same time).

Think that was it but will check again tonight.

Its seems like a really low res? I can only guess this would mean poor quality recording?

has anybody who ordered this deal received it yet? keen to know their first impressions on the camcorder and what exactly included in package,also trying to work out how much bigger than the jvc model as featured in the boots deal here(no dimensions listed)

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Right, it has an av cable for connecting to tv through composite. Usb 2.0 cable. Software cd. clean cloth. Shoulder strap. Battery. Charger. Mains supply. instructions and that's it!

Very easy to use, incredibly intuitive and recording on to the hdd takes no time at all. From turning it on to recording in HDD mode takes barely 4seconds. From standby just 1 second.

Software very intuitive. Haven't got a dvd to burn to yet but seems like the process can be as simple as one button press.

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With regard suggestions of poor quality recording, all the reviews I've read have rated it highly (I think Which! gave it 4 out of 5 stars for this) and I'd agree.

What I have to warn you about is the rubbish PC software that comes with it which presently refuses to recognise that the camcorder is connected to the PC even though Windows XP recognises it as a removable drive and I can browse the files on the hdd. Must be a proprietary format though as I can't play the movies. Gonna see if I can find alternative software otherwise persuade the software to work...

Will keep you informed.

pondrew;1643921

With regard suggestions of poor quality recording, all the reviews I've … With regard suggestions of poor quality recording, all the reviews I've read have rated it highly (I think Which! gave it 4 out of 5 stars for this) and I'd agree.What I have to warn you about is the rubbish PC software that comes with it which presently refuses to recognise that the camcorder is connected to the PC even though Windows XP recognises it as a removable drive and I can browse the files on the hdd. Must be a proprietary format though as I can't play the movies. Gonna see if I can find alternative software otherwise persuade the software to work...Will keep you informed.



Can you check to see if Windows Movie Player picks up the camera by USB, I have had problems before when trying to use USB to get video off a Mini DV JVC, its the deciding factor as I only really want to use Windows Movie Maker.

Also can you just drag and drop video on to your PC?

Thanks

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Will definately check and let you know. Will be great if can use directly with Media Player or Movie Maker.

Unfortunately I have to answer the drag and drop question both yes and no! Yes you can drag files directly off the HDD (its browsable as if it were any mass storage device) but the file format isn't familar to me and I'm suspecting WON'T be supported by default in Quicktime/Media Player.

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Just a quick update that I've not had much time to try and get the software/windows media player working with the camcorder yet. Will update you on what I find.

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Ok, found that the supplied software will only work for me immediately after install. restart the pc and it stops working!

The supplied software isn't so bad when it works but my Athlon XP 2500+ is struggling to meet the high standards video editing demands (slight pauses occur).

I'm afraid there seems no compatibility with Windows Media Player without first using the supplied software to import the video and save it in a compatible format.

So are you saying this camera is no good, at leat when it comes to transfering data on to a PC?

If you can live without the convenience of HDD this is a better proposition...

amazon.co.uk/Pan…RIO

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@andimccan

Not at all, the girlfriend and I are both really pleased with the camcorder. Great video quality, ultra easy to use, loads of hard drive storage space and capability to edit and burn to dvd using just the camcorder.

Data transfer speed to the pc is fine as long as you got USB 2.0.

The editing software is good enough as in there is nothing wrong with it nor the results when using it. And the same could be said for the software that imports your movies from the camcorder (it works fine when it works!). Its just poor that a restart of my pc results in a pc registry error after which the camcorder cannot be seen by the software until you uninstall and reinstall.

But yes, this problem definately lets down what is otherwise a great package.

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Bertt;1658373

If you can live without the convenience of HDD this is a better … If you can live without the convenience of HDD this is a better proposition...http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-VDR-D310-Camcorder-3CCD-optical/dp/B000QICRIO



Hmmm. Don't agree personally just given the spec (even ignoring the lack of HDD) isn't as good (the panasonic only has 10x optical zoom to the Hitachi' 30x)

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Further news is that whatever the problem with the software was its resolved itself and the hitachi is being recognised straight away now first time everytime. Bad news is that I've verified Windows Movie Maker does NOT recognise the device.

What are you using to edit and produce your movies, are you using any software that is compatible with this camera?

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I'm just using the supplied software at the moment. It works well enough.

Would you recommend any particular 3rd party software?
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