Hitachi DZ-MV100A DVD-RAM Camrecorder
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- The Camera
The Hitachi DZ-MV100A camera is compact and solid. The user's eye will fall
immediately at the side where the "MEGA PIXEL CCD" and "DISC
NAVIGATION" logos reside, which gives you an idea of the camera's features.
The following picture shows the camera's buttons, switces, and use:
The camera has many features waiting for you to discover. Be sure to read
the very good printed manual before start using the camera in order to see all
the main uses of the camera.
The main buttons during recording are at he back of the camera (REC, Eject,
Access indicator, Prog, Menu), at the top (Zoom, Photo) and last at the side
(recording mode (picture/video), pause, play, stop, skip, search).
After opening the LCD screen, you will see a very easy navigation system that
is enabled after pressing the green button "disc navigation". There
you can erase, play all recorded movies/stills from the 3.5" TFT LCD screen.
You can also adjust the LCD brightness and the various display messages.
At the bottom of the camera you will find 2 holes for fitting a tripod.
We will not list the usual cautions but something about DVD-RAM media. As
Hitachi says "...Using the DVD camcorder in a place where the temperature
is over 104 °F (40 °C) or under 32 °F (0 °C) will not allow
it to make normal recording/playback...". This means you cannot use your
DVD cam recorder when there is high temperature (over 40 °C) or at very
low temperatures (below 0 °C). Some users who live in countries with such
temperatures should be aware of this! We did however tried the camera at low
temperatures 2-5 °C and we didn't noticed any problems.
Also you should avoid looking into the inside of DVD-RAM drive. The camera
uses 650nm laser light to read and write data, which could damage your
You have to wait around 90 minutes for the battery to be charged. In case
you need extra power, Hitachi also sell the DZ-BP28 battery pack that needs
170 minutes to be charged. Hitachi say that "...The reference for DVD camcorder
recordable time with fully charged battery is between 40 and 60 minutes (with
model DZ-BP16) or between 70 and 100 minutes (with model DZ-BP28).." however
without using any flash light, or zooming or LCD screen!
The recordable time in the above table shows the time available when the DVD
camcorder is in the recording mode without using any other function after
recording is started. In real life, the battery will discharge 2-3 times faster
than this reference, since the REC button and zoom are being operated, and playback
is performed. Hitachi says that the real recordable time with a fully charged
battery is between 40 and 60 minutes (with model DZ-BP16) or between 70 and
100 minutes (with model DZ-BP28). Our tests results with the DZ-BP16 model (attached)
showed that in case of mix use (recording, sometimes using LCD monitor, taking
pictures with and without flash light) the maximum recording time is around
30minutes. In case you need extra power get either a second set of DZ-BP16 battery
or the bigger DZ-BP28 model. Note that both packs discharges faster in cold