Suddenly, it really feels like Christmas, BH Photo has the Hitachi DZ-BD7HA video camera for $499 USD including shipping within the continental USA. This is not a still camera as we normally review at Neocamera but a true digital video camera which can record full 1080p video, the maximum HDTV resolution available. Video features of these cameras are more advanced and more complete than any digital still camera’s video mode.
What is special about this video camera is that it can record up to 4 hours of 1080p video into its internal 30GB hard-drive by using MPEG4 H.264 efficient video encoding. It can also record directly to Blu-Ray disk with its integrated Blu-Ray burner which supports BD-RE, BD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R disks. For those who prefer to record first to HDD before making the take permanent, the Hitachi DZ-BD7HA can also copy from its hard-disk to the Blu-Ray burner. There is also a 5 megapixels photo mode which conveniently stores images onto an SD card.
Such a high-quality HD video camera for this incredibly low price should allow those who thought they could only afford an advanced DSLR or an HD video camera to reconsider and buy the best digital camera for their needs without considering video features.