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Hitachi wins top marks for bringing the storage capacity of Blu-ray to camcorders, so optical discs can now hold a useful hour or more of footage. The ability to pop these discs into your set-top player has tremendous appeal, too - assuming your player is compatible. But the DZ-BD70E is merely average as a camcorder. The grain in low light will be a disappointment to those expecting a leap in image quality from HD. The £770 price is rather steep, too, when Canon's awesome HF10 can now be had for £100 less. Media isn't cheap, either, with a 7.5GB BD-RE disc priced at around £20. So this is a noble technological effort, but there are better camcorders around for less.

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