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1. Hitachi DZ-MV730A DVD Camcorder
$899.95 $899.00 list($999.99)
2. Hitachi DZ-GX20A DVD Camcorder
$699.00 $697.95 list($799.99)
3. Hitachi DZ-MV780A DVD Camcorder
$153.88
4. Hitachi 7K250 250 GB DeskStar
5. Hitachi 43-Inch TV Stand for Hitachi
list($82.00)
6. Hitachi 57065 Compatible Cartridge
list($999.00)
7. Hitachi 21"/20V 22MM 1600 X 1200
$829.99 list($899.99)
8. Hitachi DZMV350A MiniDVD Camcorder
list($69.00)
9. Hitachi 57002 Compatible Cartridge
list($105.00)
10. Hitachi 58800 Compatible Cartridge
list($42.59)
11. Hitachi Remote Control1235943
list($699.95)
12. Hitachi VMH855LA Hi8 Camcorder
13. Hitachi VTFX665A 4-Head Hi-Fi
list($3,499.99)
14. Hitachi 53SDX89B 53" Ultravison
$2,475.00
15. HITACHI CP-X430W XGA LCD PROJECTOR
$30.00 list($76.00)
16. Hitachi 57019 Compatible Cartridge
list($43.31)
17. Hitachi Remote Control 3328421
list($999.99)
18. Hitachi DZMV380A DVD-RAM/R Camcorder
$27.50 list($93.50)
19. Hitachi 57067 Compatible Cartridge
$599.95 list($699.99)
20. Hitachi DZ-MV750A DVD Camcorder

1. Hitachi DZ-MV730A DVD Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom
list price: $499.95
our price: $499.95
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Asin: B00080XR2U
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 509
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Features

  • Accepts DVD-R and DVD-Ram formats
  • 2.5 inch LCD monitor
  • 16:9 widescreen recording
  • 16x optical / 240x digital zoom
  • Records directly to DVD

2. Hitachi DZ-GX20A DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $999.99
our price: $899.95
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Asin: B0007XGA2M
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 2303
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Features

  • Analog to digital recording
  • Records video and still images
  • 2.1 megapixel CCD
  • 16:9 recording mode for both DVD-RAM and DVD-Rdiscs
  • 10x optical, 240x digital zoom

3. Hitachi DZ-MV780A DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $799.99
our price: $699.00
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Asin: B0007XGA36
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 2573
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Features

  • Analog to digital recording
  • Records video and still images
  • 1.3 megapixel CCD
  • 16:9 recording mode for both DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs
  • 10x optical, 240x digital zoom

4. Hitachi 7K250 250 GB DeskStar Hard Drive

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Asin: B0000E6S0W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 21168
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Parallel-ATA Interface
  • Industry leading HDD performance with the highest media transfer rate and lowest average time
  • Three disk design provides for higher capacity, leading with 250 GB at 7200RPM
  • Low power mode for multi drive functions
  • An8 MB buffer enables faster data processing, particularly helpful for large block transfers

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Hitachi 7k250 performs as expected
The Deskstar series hard drives have been around a long time. They are commonly found in most IBM branded systems and are known for their great performance abilities. Today we will take a look at one of their latest drives that takes into account high capacity and some of the fastest transfer speeds that we have ever seen! The Deskstar 7K250 250GB Serial ATA hard drive is one incredible drive. Accompanied by the almost silent operation, an 8MB buffer and a 7200RPM spindle, the 7K250 is a choice drive for anyone looking for performance without all the noise.
(full review @ bytesector.com)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Drive As Long As Nothing Goes Wrong!
I've used this drive for a good 2 weeks straight inside my NAS(Network Attached Storage) utilizing ext3 partition. From what I can tell and the access time, it is quite a strong if not better performer than comparable drives from Maxtor.

The greatest thing about the drive is how quiet it runs. The drive runs even quieter than my CPU fan! The sound level does compare to Maxtor drives since they both use similar fluid bearing technologies.

Came with a three year warranty, but here is the drawback. From my knowledge, since Hitachi acquired the IBM Storage division, they no longer perform advance RMA's on drives. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, this is where the manufacturer sends a replacement out to you first before you send the defective item back(Given that you provide a credit card to assure them the return of the defective item).

If you purchase any Hard drive for the purpose of storing critical data or as your primary(only) hard drive, it becomes rather convenient, if not absolutely neccessary, to do an Advance RMA so you avoid as much downtime as possible. I have another Hitachi drive I've performed an RMA on and the replacment did not come for 2 WEEKS AFTER THEY RECEIVED THE DRIVE! Luckily this was not a critical drive, but had it been my only drive, this would have been a major inconvenience.

Aside from the change in warranty issue on Hitachi's part, the drive performs the way it was intended and in my opinion still is a good product. If warranty support were better, it would have made it a great product.

Pros:
-Great Performance
-Extremely quiet
-Three Year Warranty(Retail Package)

Cons:
-Slow warranty responce
-No Advance RMA available. (As of the date of this review) ... Read more


5. Hitachi 43-Inch TV Stand for Hitachi 43FWX20B (SP43WS)

Asin: B00006LAAT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 51426
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6. Hitachi 57065 Compatible Cartridge for HP LaserJet 4L/4P Replacement Toner Cartridge
list price: $82.00
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Asin: B00002QULG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HITACHI
Sales Rank: 31831
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Product Description

DATAPRODUCTS (57065) Toner Cartridge, HP LaserJet 4L/4P, Black, Remanufactured, 92274a compat ... Read more


7. Hitachi 21"/20V 22MM 1600 X 1200 85Hz CM812 Monitor
list price: $999.00
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Asin: B00004Z9Z6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 50778
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8. Hitachi DZMV350A MiniDVD Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and Digital Still Capability
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B000092TT6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 5843
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Records on DVD
  • Up to 2 Hours of Recording
  • Still Photo Mode Plus SD Card
  • Advanced Stable Pix Electronic Image Stabilization
  • 2.5" Color LCD panel

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Hi8, Hello MiniDVD
My wife bought me this camera for Christmas. After experiencing video cameras for the better part of 2 decades (remember the gigantic, tv-camera-looking VHS cameras?!), I am elated that technology has come to this. So refreshingly simple, and so integral to one's peace-of-mind in knowing that the clips will endure until our sun burns-out (hope my descendants hang-on to my dear, recorded memories!). I find myself using the RAM disks more, since I can transfer the individual clips to my computer, and edit or arrange as I see fit; the -R disks are a 1-shot deal----what you tape is what you finalize at the end is what you watch on your DVD player. But even those are handy, if you want to simply move seamlessly from taking the disk out of the camera and straight into the DVD player. And even with the -R disks, you'll still get "menu chapter points" on the finished product---separated by each start and stop of the recording, and by date of the recording session. I find the quality great---even the "standard" quality (lowest setting) was great, when we recorded a gig that my band played at (low-light conditions and all). The RAM is great because you can record over and over and over---just buy 1 or 2 $20 disks, and if you transfer to computer, and thence to regular DVD disk, you don't need to buy too many additional. The only real problem has been stocking-up on some of these blank mini-disks----all the cold, unfriendly mega stores (circuit city, best buy, compUSA) always seem to be out, or low on supply. I resorted to ordering them from a company on-line.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but watch out!
A great camera with many wonderful features. The manual is chocked full of information, all except the most important feature: Format your disc before recording!!!! From the get-go with DVD-R, it prompted me to format the disc. But with DVD-Ram, It did not tell me to format the disc at the start. I took movies of my trip to Europe and was able to view them back through the finder/display. However, when I got to the end of the disc, I was prompted with a notice to "format the disc now" and that all video will be lost if I do format!! I couldn't believe I had to lose all my Europe footage all because I did not format the disc BEFORE I started recording. London Eye - gone! Meusse-Argonne Cemetary in France - gone! Hitachi could not help me. Again, great camera but Format first!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars i own it
this camcorder is phenominal. i was skeptical about buying something other than sony but i'm glad the hitachi salesman told me why this camera is better. let me explain.

sony dvd cameras are on there first generation (they are just coming to the market). This hitachi camera is a third generation model. this basically means that what consumers didnt like in the past has been implemented into the newer models. anyway, the price is a steal if you ask me. you can buy a digital camera for a few hundred bucks or you can spend a little more and get this wonderful toy.

okay now the nitty gritty. this camera can take pictures onto sd memory cars or onto dvd-r disc themselves. you can insert dvd-r media into this camera, record your movie, finalize it and then pop it into a dvd player to watch it all in a few minutes. talk about convient. you can also upload your movies to a PC and do special effects or whatever, then copy it back to the camera so you do not need a dvd burner on your computer!

The camera is very light weight and very portable. It is such a breeze to use. you can record a bunch of different shots and easily replay them on your camera. its like changing tracks on a cd player vs a tape player (other cameras) where you must fast foward or rewind to find the right scene. Its almost instant on this camera.

I bought this camera so i could take videos of my family and mail it back home to relatives so they can just pop it into there dvd players and enjoy! it does the above wonderfully. Keep in mind what you are getting when you buy this camcorder. You are getting THE LATEST in technology at an affordable price, it has a digital camera function (so to speak), dvd recording for very crisp pictures and sound, very small and portable for travelling and basically all the features you want in a camcorder. Did i mention it has a color view finder? This is very useful when trying to determine what to focus the camera on, if you arent using the color swivel screen of course.

i would recommend this camera to all of my friends, relatives and all of you! the picture quality is remarkable, dolby digital sound (awesome) and its just a great camera. Never again will i buy a sony camcorder while these are on the market :) dont waste your money on other crappy camcorders, get this!

4-0 out of 5 stars +++convenient, +compact, nice video quality, ; -pricey
This is a GREAT digital camcorder: small, light, and fairly easy to use. Long battery life (about 2 hours record time). Yes, it is expensive. But after realizing I never would "get around to" transferring our tapes to DVDs on the computer, I couldn't resist the convenience of having our home movies automatically recorded on DVD media. Unless you have all the time and PC gear to transfer, edit and burn DVDs from a tape camcorder, the extra cost of this direct-to-DVD camcorder is WELL worth it.

We were happy to find that our 4-year old Sony DVD player has no problems playing back the finalized DVD-R disks. (Anyone who claims they can't view -R discs made with this camera on computers or DVD players is simply didn't read the manual!) The DVD-R disc has to be "finalized" before anything besides the camera can read it, unless you use the more expensive DVD-RW media (which can go from camera to PC w/o finalizing; our home player doesn't support DVD-RW media). Another drawback is you must be plugged into AC power to finalize a DVD-R; I guess this is a reliability issue, not a technical requirement. If your battery were to die in the middle of "finalizing", the disc would be toast. Better safe than sorry.

For playback on a home DVD player, it takes a few times to get used to removing the 3" disks from the plastic carriers they come in, but it's no big deal (you must remove the mini DVD disk from the carrier to put it in a player or PC drive). Also, you only get 30 minutes per disk in high quality mode, but the disks are so light and tiny you can have several blanks in your pocket for recording long events. One thing different from tape camcorders is when you first power on the camera. Depending on how much of the disk has already been used, the time it takes for the camera to be "ready" can be much longer than a tape camera. But the delays in start-up are more than offset by the ability to navigate thru a menu of thumbnail stills of each "scene" you already shot when doing playback on the camera - something you just can't do with tape camcorders. Unfortunately, the finalized disc navigation screens just have selections showing text bars with date the scene was shot - you don't get the nice thumbnail stills you saw in the camera's playback navigation screens. But it's still great pop the finalized disk in the home player, click and play the scene you want immediately w/o having to fast-forward like a tape. As for "still" picture quality, it's pretty mediocre, but I bought this for video (I already have a good still camera). Camera came with a PC transfer cable and software, but since I'm using DVD-R media, I don't really need it. Manual says you can use the cable and software to edit DVD-RW media, or burn from PC to the DVD drive in the camera. Not sure how important a feature this really is.

2-0 out of 5 stars quality is bad
The movie quality is bad, but the photos that the camera prudes is more bad.
There is a problem with the color and saturation.
The camcorder is very convenes (DVD) but the camcorder is unreliable. My new camcorder has problems with the focus, after use of two weeks! ... Read more


9. Hitachi 57002 Compatible Cartridge for HP LaserJet II/III Replacement Toner Cartridge
list price: $69.00
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Asin: B00002QUL9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HITACHI
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10. Hitachi 58800 Compatible Cartridge for HP LaserJet 4/5 Replacement Toner Cartridge
list price: $105.00
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Asin: B00002QULE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HITACHI
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11. Hitachi Remote Control1235943
list price: $42.59
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Asin: B0001AODPW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
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Features

  • Offers Picture-In-Picture functionality and contorl
  • Originally supplied with 32UX01S, 36UX01S

12. Hitachi VMH855LA Hi8 Camcorder
list price: $699.95
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Asin: B00000J3I5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 11398
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Hitachi H855LA offers a multitude of features for a Hi8 camcorder, including an automatic light, instant zoom, and special digital effects. Its button layout is intuitive, and large LCD screen makes it easy to use.

We found that the Hitachi H855LA was a snap to pick up and learn. It performed well in low light, giving a clear, detailed picture. In addition, you can set the H855LA's active light to come on in dimly lit scenes and turn off again in normal light, making it possible to shoot in near-darkness. The array of special effects are a blast to play with, both during recording and playback. This camcorder's digital fade feature is a great way to start or end segments.

The Hitachi H855LA features a high-powered 400x digital zoom, great for getting close-ups and recording faraway events. The H855LA's image-stabilization feature also makes recording more foolproof. Its small size and lightweight, durable construction make it easier to carry and use. This camcorder uses the Hi8 format, which produces sharp and colorful video--digital is the only format that will give you better quality. The only drawback to Hi8 is that you can't play the tapes in your VCR; you must connect the camcorder to your TV for playback. Playback on a TV was a snap using the included audio/video input cords.

Pros:

  • Powerful zoom
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Large, bright LCD viewing screen
  • Performs well in low light
  • Provides wide range of digital effects

Cons:

  • LCD screen must be open and power source must be connected to eject or insert tape
... Read more

Features

  • 3-inch active-matrix LCD screen, plus viewfinder
  • Automatic active light for shooting in darkness
  • 400x instant zoom
  • Special recording and playback effects
  • Picture stabilization

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product! Have used for 6 months, and it's great!
Camera take exceptional pictures, has high quality in Hi8 mode. You can purchase long life batteries (>2500 MaH) that allow you to record for extremely long periods even using the LCD screen as your viewfinder. The image stabilization is very good, allowing videos to be hand held, but yielding a very stable picture. The internal lens cap feature is very nice, out of the way when shooting, yet nothing to lose. The resolution on the direct viewfinder is exceptional, and even though it is B/W it is very usable combined with the color LCD for playback. Having an internal viewfinder is extremely useful in bright light situations where the LCD is washed out/hard to see.

Overall an exceptional product, with a very good price. Has held up well in trips to Europe, Western USA, and New England, as well as for family gatherings. ... Read more


13. Hitachi VTFX665A 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR

Asin: B00005T3OZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 26926
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4-head VCR
  • Auto clock setting
  • Auto rewind and eject
  • Front A/V inputs
  • Multi-component remote control

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good BASIC Machine
I bought this VCR when my Magnavox-- with all the bells and whistles-- pooped out after 3 years!
I was pleasantly surprised at the clear picture, good sound, and ease of set-up (though I have NEVER understood why someone's VCR was ever flashing 12:00 to begin with, besides a power outtage!)
The VCR does not have SELF CLEANING HEADS, SEARCH function, nor does it offer a PAUSE button on the face of the unit.
The "Universal" remote WILL turn your TV on, and adjust the volume, however it WILL NOT access your TV's onscreen menu. I found this annoying since it boasted being UNIVERSAL.
My old unit sells for [more] new, and for the savings ... I can buy a universal remote a la carte, and learn to use it exclusively. A good machine for the money!!

After a few weeks, the unit had a high pitched noise during play... I ended up returning it and purchasing another competing model.

2-0 out of 5 stars Returning this item.
I purchased this through Amazon.[com] It doesn't play all my NTSC tapes. The old vcr which it replaced actually plays better once I cleaned its heads and blew out the dust inside with a can of air.
I'm going to return it for something better. I hope I can still do this without the packaging.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice VCR
Bought this VCR to match my Hitachi TV for my room, it works great after about a few dozen tapes, even my worn out tapes looks better here compared to my old Sony VCR. The long frame makes it stand out the rest of the cheaper brands reminds me of
my older VCR units. Noise is no issue cause i dont usually stick my ear when rewinding and setting the time duh all you do is plug and and make it scan a decent channel.You cant go wrong with this model.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good VCR.
This is a great, easy to use VCR. The controls are simple and clear. It is very quiet and the quality of recorder TV shows is very good. My only problems with it is that you cannot set up a timed recording that start at a later time. So if I was 5:00 now and I wanted to record a show at 7:00 I would have to press record at 7:00 instead of making a program to record it automatically. The remote control is not very good, go and buy a generic one and program it. The VCR does have a nice feature that if you are recording a TV show and a commercial comes on you can pause the recording and it will start a countdown in 1 minute increments until it resumes recording, very nice. The VCR also auto sets the channel so if you use it as the tuner for your TV you don't have to see all the scrambled channels.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT ITEM ,GREAT SOUND ,GREAT PICTURE,
I OWN ONE OF THESE AND I KNOW ALOT ABOUT ELECTRONICS AND FOR THIS PRICE ITS WELL WORTH IT . I'VE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH MINE AND IT MAKES A GREAT GIFT . LOOKS GOOD ,SOUNDS VERY GOOD ALSO THROUGH AUDIO HOOK , AWSOME SOUNDING . I BELIEVE IN HONESTLY AND I WOULD RECOMEND IT AS A NICE ITEM AND FOR THE PRICE ITS COMES JUST RIGHT. THANKS FOR READING MY REVIEW. ... Read more


14. Hitachi 53SDX89B 53" Ultravison HD-Ready Projection TV
list price: $3,499.99
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Asin: B00001Z3HE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 63167
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Hitachi 53SDX89B HDTV-ready 53-inch projection TV features 480p resolution, a 6-element lens system with red and green color-purity lens filters, a 3D digital comb filter, and advanced velocity scan modulation. The 53SDX89B also offers a 60-watt bass reflex speaker system with 7-band graphic equalizer, 2 built-in center channel speakers, and Dolby Pro Logic surround sound.

It has a built-in 181-chanel NTSC tuner; you'll need a separate HTDTV tuner to receive 1080i high-definition broadcasts. The 53SDX89B incorporates dual-tuner picture-in-picture technology, which allows you to view antenna inputs on both the main picture and subpicture simultaneously, with separate tuning control for each.

Tech Talk
Aspect ratio: The aspect ratio refers to the shape of the video image. Standard television has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is almost square in appearance. Digital television will have either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio, which is widescreen and appears rectangular, looking more like a movie screen and filling more of the viewer's field of vision for a more lifelike viewing experience.

Scanning method: Frames of video are made up of many lines of video that are scanned onto a television screen so closely they appear to be a solid picture. The scanning method can be either interlaced or progressive. Interlaced scanning (also used in today's analog TV), indicated by an "i" in the video format, fills in the odd number lines (1,3,5,7...) and then fills in the even number lines (2,4,6,8...) until the frame is complete. Progressive scanning, "p," fills in each line consecutively until the frame is complete, like a computer display.

What's in the Box
This package contains the 53SDX89B 53-inch projection TV, remote control, 2 AA batteries, and printed operating instructions. ... Read more

Features

  • 53-inch HD-ready projection TV; measures 45.94 x 55.75 x 26.25 inches (W x H x D)
  • 4:3 aspect ratio; 3-line digital comb filter; 6-element lens system
  • 60-watt bass reflex speaker system; 7-band graphic EQ
  • 3 A/V inputs (1 front), 2 RF inputs, 1 component-video input; surround-sound speaker terminals
  • Includes remote control; Dolby Pro Logic surround sound

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great TV
Being a first time buyer of a big screen TV, I did some major research. And the Hitachi 53" HDTV-ready 53SDX89B was by far the best.
What sold me most was the available viewing angles. I have seen many projection sets where you have to be almost directly in front of the tv, and level with it to view it with any clarity. With this TV, you can be way off on either side, lying on the floor, or standing tall - it doesn't matter, the picture will look crisp and bright.
The menu is easy to use and the tint, color, brightness, etc adjustments are incredibly precise.
This is a HDTV well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb TV
Fantastic picture quality when connected via component video to DVD player. HDTV ready when set-top box ships. Great value compared to other HDTV-ready projection TV's. ... Read more


15. HITACHI CP-X430W XGA LCD PROJECTOR SERIES (2500 LUMEN WITH BAG) (HITACHI CPX430W)

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Asin: B00009V328
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
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16. Hitachi 57019 Compatible Cartridge for Canon FX1 Replacement Toner Cartridge
list price: $76.00
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Asin: B00002QULO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HITACHI
Sales Rank: 60663
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17. Hitachi Remote Control 3328421
list price: $43.31
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Asin: B0001AODQG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 52078
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Features

  • Hitachi Projection TV Remote Control
  • Lights up at the touch of a button
  • For use with 65XWX20B, 65TWX20B
  • Also works with 57TWX20B, 57SWX20B, and 51SWX20B

18. Hitachi DZMV380A DVD-RAM/R Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD, 10x Optical Zoom, and Remote Control
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B000095R9U
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Sales Rank: 6642
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1-megapixel DVD Camcorder with DVD-R/DVD-RAM and SD/MMC memory card recording capability
  • 10x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 240x) and advanced stable image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Capture MPEG-2 video or digital stills and transfer to your computer using high-speed USB 2.0
  • Lithium-ion battery for up to 145 minutes of continuous recording time

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to mini-DV
I have had a mini-DV camcorder for a couple of years, but when a friend bought this DVD camcorder, I became jealous. I had left the mini-DV out in the sprinkler about a year ago, and it finally succomed to reclaimed water rot (actually quite a ringing endorsement for my old Canon ZR-10 that it could withstand that). This was my excuse to buy this camcorder.

The quality of the video is fine - but not quite as good as mini-DV. Also, I would like a wide-screen mode, like was available on the ZR-10. It is, however, immensely convenient to record to DVD-RAM. To me, it's worth the 20 fewer lines of resolution and the lossy compression of MPEG-2.

The battery only lasts about 1/2 hour, but I'm OK with that. If you shoot more than 1/2 hour at a clip, you're making boring movies, but it would be nice to have a bit more leeway.

I download the video to my hard drive and edit with Vegas Video - so haven't tried the in-camera editing and probably never will.

The software that ships with it has a definite Japanese accent, and it not all that fabulous. However, it is stable once you figure out the wierd menus and procedures.

I find that I must pay a bit more attention to the exposure modes than I did with my ZR-10. But if you set it for low light, it does a pretty good job in low light. Don't set it to "Sports" and shoot in incandenscent light. Trust me on this.

I have used both DVD-RAM and DVD-R. I prefer DVD-RAM, since it acts like a disk drive. In fact, you can connected it to your computer via USB 2.0 as a DVD-RAM drive. You can't drag and drop the movies, however. You need to transcode it with the included software.

It seems to be a bit finicky about media. It didn't like Sony DVD-R media, but works fine with Maxell.

I just bought a 256MB SD card which will hold over 1000 pictures at the 1 Mpx resolution. The photos are good enough for web and video, but not for printing. You can't record photos to DVD-R, but you can record them to DVD-RAM.

Overall a good camcorder, but don't throw away your Mini-DV if you want the highest picture quality availaible in consumer gear today.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great hardware, horrible software
This camcorder is what many have waited for: consumer grade digital video without tape. The decision to use mainly DVD-R or DVD-RAM is best made early. For me, DVD-R is still too expensive to use. DVD-RAM allows reuse, as well as in-camera editing. But don't be fooled by this editing capability, this camera would be extremely frustrating without a computer for offline processing...

Which brings us to the bundled software. As a Mac user, and knowing that video is still very Mac-friendly, the Windows-only software was a grave disappointment. Even within the Windows environment, this software is still quite clumsy. The DVD-RAM disks require drivers to read (Included Windows drivers seem to work well). The video files are *.VRO, which is an MPEG-2 variant many decoders cannot parse, including QuickTime.

Still the bundled software allows rudimentary DVD editing and some degree of MPEG transcoding. For serious offline editing, you'll need an expensive suite of software and a good computer.

Despite its software limitations, this camera is an excellent device for capturing source material. Its three DVD-RAM resolution modes, STD/FINE/EXTRA provide a useful set of tradeoffs. Don't use the STD mode unless 60 minute continuity is essential. My 4 megapixel still camera means its unlikely I'll ever know how well the DZMV-380A operates in still mode.

In short, if you're serious about DVD content creation and have the computer tools and expertise, this camera is second to none. But the casual user will be disappointed at the expense of DVD-R disks and the complexity of using DVD-RAM.

A Five-Star camera bundled with Two-Star software. Four stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great camcorder
I have had this model for a month now and am pleased with the performance. Recording with DVD-RAM is a snap and editing is just as easy. I have a ... Panasonic dvd player s-31 and I can plop the DVD-RAM directly from the camcorder into the dvd player and watch my movies and view my photos. My first generation JVC DVD player spits the disc out and swears at me in Japanese.

It comes with sonic MyDvd which makes pretty decent DVDs. It also comes with a program that can convert the camcorder files into Mpeg files. Once they are mpeg files you can use them in any decent video editing software. I usually edit the video files and then use Sonic to burn a DVD. I have not tried VCD and considering the poor quality of a VCD, I don't know why someone would want to.

As far as video quality, I used it to tape my daughter surfing and the quality was excellent. The optical zoom is great but the digital zoom pixilates heavily at anything higher than 40x. I have tested the different recording formats (std, fine and xtra) and I now only use the highest format as the other ones show up with scanning lines on my 40 inch TV. In auto mode it sucks at low light...until I manually set it to low light mode and everything showed up but had a brownish hue.

The media is still more expensive than DV tapes... At highest quality a single DVD-RAM holds a half an hour (15 min each side). I have not tried the DVD-R as I am having a hard time justifying spending [the money] to record to a disk and not be able to do any post editing. The discs are nice as each time I turn the record on and off it creates a small movie that is accessed much like a scene menu on a regular DVD. On a DVD-RAM, I can then edit it, add transition effects or I can delete it. No more rewinding tape. Let me write that again - no more rewinding tape. That has to be the nicest thing about this toy - no more tape.

It only has a USB connection - no fire wire. I am running XP and connection to the computer was a snap.

It takes 1 mega pixel photos which are the quality of, well, 1 mega pixel photos. I have an old 2.5 mega pixel Olympus that obviously blows it away but in a pinch it makes decent small pics.

Would I buy this again? Yes. So far the overall quality is on par with its peers and not having to muck with tape is a big benefit for me. It loses 1 star for the media recording length and price of the DVD discs. ... Read more


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20. Hitachi DZ-MV750A DVD Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom
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Features

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  • 680K pixel CCD
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