Pros None. Maybe the chaptering.
Cons Errors on everything.
Summary Do not buy unless you want to waste time recording and then losing everything you record.
I have lost my daughters birthday party, a trip to a fair and some other priceless moments, because of disc errors. Halfway through recording I get messages saying the disc is corrupt and needs to format. Meaning 'erase everything that I have filmed up to that point". This has happened multiple times. In fact i have yet to make it through the finalizing process on a single CD. The last straw was a trip to thailand. I carried the camera with me every where and filmed everything. I finally got through the 1 entire CD of filming without getting an error, only to get home and lose everything. i tried to finalize the CD. It got to a minute left of finalizing and came up with another error message but of course it wanted to format to solve the problem. The whole solution to any problem on this camera is to format. Again, this erases everything. I have wasted 30-40 hours of taping without a single bit of footage. I am back to mini dv. dont buy!
Pros I like how compact it is.
Cons Playback sound is minimal at best. Unable to find A/C connection to back of camera to enable a/c power, the cord has been misplaced and I cant find it anywhere online! Video files are difficult to upload to youtube and/or Facebook. paid $500.00 + new
Summary Do Not buy this Camera there are too many other quality inexpensive products on the market.
Pros The price and the size
Cons You get what you pay for... let´s leave it like that.
Summary Very basic camcorder with low quality images. Doesn´t come with any software and had to work with third party like Nero. Battery life is shorter than what it is supposed to be. In short, I got what I piad for...
Pros Small and light. Basic, good enough for most needs.
Cons Battery life is less than advertised. Extra batteries (or larger batteries) are very hard to find in stores. Hitachi does not seem well-supported by electronics stores.
Summary Can't believe this camera has a "5-star" rating on Amazon.com! This camera wasted lots of my time recording important events and then was unable to reliably "finalize" my discs for display on my DVD players. I recorded 5 brand-new discs at an event last night, everything seemed fine, and then later that night two of the five discs failed to finalize and gave messages about the discs being corrupted or unreadable. The only options were to fix the problems by re-formatting the discs and permanently losing contents of two of the discs. (That's a 40% rate of loss!) I used the recommended Maxell DVD-RW discs to avoid exactly this sort of problem and still got very poor results.
In advance of a big vacation in two weeks I'm going out to shop for another camera tonight. DON'T BUY THIS CAMERA.
"a good buy"on by johnmag
Pros full out door light recording was good
Cons low light was disapointing
Summary I bought this video camera 6 months prior to our huge family cruise so as to learn how it works since I am new to DVD recording. I paid about 300.00 for it and have learned a lot through out this time period in my opinion this camera is good for out door recording no problems at all with full sun light we have some wonderful video of our vacation which is priceless however indoor recording is a bit rough and maybe even a little worse then the old VHS that I had which sort of pooped out last year. I think over all that this camera for the price is acceptable however after knowing that just a couple extra hundred dollars would have given me much better results I don’t think I would have been as cheap with my purchase and would have gone for a higher priced unit I was all new to DVD recording and didn’t have a clue as to how to shop I did buy a Sony prior to the Hitachi which had the mini tape and wasn’t happy with that so I returned it and got the Hitachi DVD thinking that I would get better quality which I did in full sun light so all in all I am satisfied with the Hitachi I would just like to mention to anyone looking to buy …don’t buy on trial and error do your home work first …I know we are not making first class movies however with the experience of HD TV, disappointment in the performance of a budget camcorder will definitely drive you crazy so before forking out your money take your time… I wish I would have!