First Review: Great Camera!!
I am 13, and I got this camera as a gift. It is awesome and is compatible with many disks including Maxwell disks and Sony Handycam disks (those are the ones I use.)
Shoots pretty well indoors.
No manual reading required, but I did so to find out the features.
It also can take pictures and capture photos from a video.
I recommend Hitachi Camcorder Accessory Kit 2 for Hitachi DVD Camcorders. The bag fits the camera, batteries, disks, cords, and the manual nicely. I bought this because of the battery (a couple of hours life). Plus you get 3 Maxwell DVD-R disks (disk cases included)
Overall, this is a great buy for beginners and pros.
Second Review: Good all round performance.
I have the GX5020 and have found it to shoot real footage both inside and outdoors. The quality of the camera is good with intuitive controls, no manual reading required!
The only shortfall is the battery provided does not last more than around 40 minutes, so an extended life battery is a wise investment.
Third Review: Great Product – Hitachi DZGX5020A DVD Camcorder
Small, quick and easy to use! I love the ability to save a picture to an SD card from any frame. We bought digital frames for the grandma’s this Christmas, and I was able to save pictures from the camcorder directly to the SD cards for use with their frames – I didn’t need the camera at all. And I have the best pictures because I was able to pick the perfect frame to make a picture! That perfect smile that I would have missed with my 2-second delay camera – I got it this year using the camcorder. There was no learning process, and it is very user-friendly. The only downside so far is that the lens cap doesn’t stay secure when clipped on and I tend to zoom way too fast! This is my first camcorder, and I am very pleased.
Fourth Review: Great camera
The camera is easy to use. Light camera; fits comfortably in the palm of my hand. Works well in dim light. Good value for the money.
Fifth Review: Great Camera
It takes amazing pictures and does not easily create shaky images.
All you need is a simple DVD ripping software, and you can upload directly to youtube.
The quality is superior to most HDD camcorders out there and well worth the purchase.
Sixth Review: Good Value
Have had this camera for over two years. Takes great pictures if you use the best quality setting. The only problem there is that, at least with the disks I have, there are only 19 minutes per disc at this quality. This has not been a major problem as we use it mostly for vacation video and we do short clips anyhow. The disks that I have are re-writable, so we have used them over and over. After many rewrites, the camera can be somewhat fussy about re-formatting them. But we have used the same 12 or so disks for the last 2+ years, and only 3 of them have bit the dust the rest are still recording great video. We love that we can record 16:9 and with that setting fill our whole 40″ TV screen with stunning video. It has a great zoom, and we have been able to capture great pictures of wildlife at a distance. We love the color view finder and that we have the option to use this in bright sunlight. It is small but large enough to be able to hold and reach controls quickly without undue shaking picture trying to get to zoom or stopping recording. Captures sound well. We have not checked the settings well so it may be user error, but it does not do as great in low light. We like the digital recording. The recorded disks, if finalized, can be played directly back on some DVD players.