Hitachi reels out a trio of hybrids

OK, it might only be March, but even the teaspoonful of sunshine we've just witnessed has made our thoughts turn to summer. And following rapidly on f

OK, it might only be March, but even the teaspoonful of sunshine we've just witnessed has made our thoughts turn to summer. And following rapidly on from holidays, our thoughts naturally turn to hybrid camcorders. No, really.Hitachi’s latest offerings are the tastiest little trio to offer both a hard disk and DVD capability to file your priceless footage. Shoot a 23-hour widescreen summer epic, thanks to the 30GB storage of the HS500E and HS5001E (or a more frugal six hours and 8GB for the HS300E), enjoy 30x (or 25x) optical zoom for a Wayne's World-style extreme close up, then transfer your masterpiece to DVD at the touch of a button.You can indulge your inner Scorsese with a capable suite of on-board editing functions, and they burn to most flavours of DVD formats, thanks to their Multiformat+ DVD burners. Oh, think how grateful your friends and family will be when presented with a DVD box-set of you looking smug on a beach... Essentials

Hitachi DZ-HS300E, DZ-HS500E, DZ-HS501E Price: £369, £TBA, £TBA On sale: Now, TBA, TBA Contact: Hitachi Related stories: Panasonic unveils world’s smallest camcorder