Hitachi DVD camcorder

Camcorders have entered the world of DVD, with Hitachi introducing a range based on an 8cm Mini-DVD disc. The latest Hitachi DVD camcorder range now writes to DVD-R discs as well as DVD-RAM, and transfers video to the PC using a USB connection. The top-end MV270E (shown) utilises the much faster USB 2.0 connection, while the lower-end models (DZ-MV 238E and DZ-208E) operate on a slower USB 1.1 connection.

Video is recorded in the MPEG-2 format, rather than in the DV compressed format, allowing you to play back your video on your home DVD player without having to convert the footage.

DVD-RAM recording allows in-camera editing and easy replay via the DVD camcorder’s thumbnail navigation system. However, DVD-R recorded discs (once finalised) provide instant compatibility with most set-top DVD players and are less expensive.

The camcorders offer a variety of recording times depending on whether you want high quality or extended recording times. Rewritable DVD-RAM discs hold a minimum of 40 minutes of the highest-quality DVD video (20 minutes per side), one hour of high-quality DVD video (30 minutes per side) or two hours of standard-quality (60 minutes per side).

DVD-R discs will hold 30 minutes of high-quality DVD video (single-sided), which is replayable on most standard consumer DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.

Common features among the range include a 12x optical zoom, Li-Ion battery and remote control. The high-end DZ-MV270E has a USB 2.0 connection, colour viewfinder and 3.5in colour LCD screen rather than the USB 1.1 connection, mono viewfinder and 2.5in colour LCD screen on the MV238E and MV208 models.

Price: DZ-MV208E $1799; DZ-MV238E $1999; DZ-MV270E $2399
Vendor: Hitachi
Phone: 1800 789 799

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