Video Performance* (2.0)*
The Hitachi DZ-HS300A comes equipped with a 1/6" CCD with a 680,000 gross pixel count. This is the most common imager size for low-end camcorders, and it's surprising that a model close to $600 would settle for something so low quality. In video mode, the effective pixel count is reduced to approximately 340,000.
The result of this disappointing CCD choice is, you guessed it, a disappointing picture.