Product Type: Hitachi digital cameras
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It's a Hit
Member Name: MarcoG
Advantages: Reliable, small, large screen
Disadvantages: Video function could be better
I've had this camera for over a while now and can categorically say that it is amongst the best digital cameras I have owned. Sadly, since my sparky iPhone arrived I've not really had much need for a camera for day to day use - it's too easy to capture any moment effectively on there. If I'm going to a special occasion, however, I make sure I have this with me. One of the main things that attracted me to this Hitachi camera was its large display screen (3inch) . One of the things I always hated about most digital cameras is that the screen was so small, so you would take your picture then have to screw your eyes up trying to look at it in the teeny tiny preview screen!
As with most digital cameras, one of my other favourite parts of this camera is that you can turn it into a basic SLR camera. Normally, in every day use to take a picture, you can leave it on automatic and the camera would autofocus and correct the lighting, deciding if a flash is needed etc. But by turning a little dial on top of the camera, you can tell it how much aperture and depth of field you want. This allows you play around more with what your pictures look like, adjusting focus and so forth.
This camera also boasts a massive 12 mega pixels, which is still a long way off the detail you can get with traditional 35mm camera, but pretty darn good. The only problem with this is that it takes up a lot of space in your cameras memory, so obviously the lower the rate of pixilation you use, the more pictures you can take - but you compromise on quality.
The zoom on this camera is also excellent and another buying factor for me. There is a 5.0 optical zoom and a further 6.0 digital zoom...meaning I can zoom in up to 10 times. In a nutshell, optical zoom is clear and accurate, digital zoom means that the camera makes up some of the imagery itself, reducing the accuracy and overall quality of the image.
I've used this camera for professional work with excellent results. Compared to other images I had taken with a professional SLR camera, unless blown up to large format, the difference isn't that great in all honesty. The beauty of this camera also, is that the battery is rechargable - so whilst out and about, all you have to do is find a power supply and top up the battery (being office based, this is never an issue).
There is a function to record video also. Whilst the image capture is very good, the sound quality is poor and once you start filming you can't zoom in and out, you are stuck at whatever degree of zoom you are using. If you are looking for a duel photographic and video camera, you can get better ones, for those reasons. But to be honest, I've never had a problem as when I need to film anything, I'll use proper camcorder for the job.
I bought this camera for £70 and I'm satisfied with the value. The instruction manual is straightforward enough for even the foolish of all foolish manual followers.
Summary: Very good basic camera. Reasonably priced with some basic features. Light weight and easy to use.
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