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Canon DC 201

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC 201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon DC 201

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 3 user reviews of Canon DC 201 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC201 Digital DVD Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon DC201 Digital DVD Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)

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Canon DC201 review

 

In a multi-format videomaking world can DVD-based camcorders still flourish

Bargain price ; Stylish ; Easy to use

Lack of outputs ; Low on settings

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Canon DC201 DVD Camcorder

 

It's one of the cheapest camcorders out there, but is it worth buying?

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Canon DC201 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon DC201 is a dedicated DVD camcorder that puts the power of direct-to-DVD recording into the palm of your hand. Powerful optics and simple controls deliver widescreen moviemaking with ease.

The DIGIC DV II, the powerful processing chip found inside the Canon DC201, was created for Canon’s prestigious HD camcorder range. It delivers super-fast camera responses, vivid colours, crystal-clear images and sophisticated noise reduction.

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Canon DC201 Camcorder

 

Like a lot of recent camcorders this records to mini (8cm) DVD's either DVD-R or DVD-RW. This is the lowest specified of three almost identical offerings but don't let that put you off.

It seems strange to call a 30x optical zoom entry level but of the three in this grouping it is. I took both movie and still images with the and was perfectly happy with both. Canon DC201 It is 13x8x4.5cm and it's weight is around 400grams. The...

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Canon DC201

 

DVD camcorders often surprise us. We have never made any secret of thinking the format has some unresolved issues. Yet the cams themselves have proved popular with the buying public and often confound our expectations with their quality

Impressive price, Uncluttered and easy to use

Only suitable for entry-level users, Limited digital outputs

An affordable entry-level camcorder that will be ideal for simple point-and-shoot work like holidays and special occasions

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Canon DC201

 

Compact, easy to use

The zoom button is difficult to use, especially for my husband's bigger hands

Product Specifications

The widescreen-ready Canon DVD Camcorder DC201 benefits from a powerful optical zoom lens and DIGIC DV II, Canon's most powerful video image processor originally designed for High Definition (HD) recording. A range of user-friendly features includes a Quick Start button and an intuitive menu system, easily navigated using a Joystick controller. The camcorder offers additional digital stills functionality, recording to disc. This camcorder is optimized for high-resolution true widescreen recording. A wide 2.7" LCD and a 0.27" 16:9 color EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) allow users to compose and play back footage in the same dimensions that will be displayed on a wide TV set. It is then a simple process to finalize the DVD in-camera before playing it back in a compatible home DVD player. The camcorder can also be switched to standard 4:3 recording mode. Designed for genuine one-handed shooting, controls are optimally positioned on the camcorder body. A Joystick at the back of the camcorder falls easily under the right thumb and is used for easy selection of a range of shooting features. The DC 201 also features Canon's Quick Start innovation. It can take most camcorders several seconds to be ready to record after being switched on. With Quick Start, however, a camcorder enters Record mode almost instantly. With one push of the dedicated Quick Start button, the camcorder rests in Standby mode, conserving battery power. With one more push of the button, the camcorder is ready to record in approximately one second. Quick Start allows users to capture events they might otherwise miss - a child's first steps, for instance, or a match-winning goal. DIGIC DV II was first introduced with Canon's flagship HD camcorder, the XL H1. Designed to handle the increased data rate of HD, this ultra-fast image processor is now found in camcorders across Canon's range. DIGIC DV II features advanced noise reduction technology that results in sharper, higher quality images. It also provides true-to-life colors that appear vivid and vibrant on the screen. With split path processing, video and photo signals are handled separately, allowing optimal color reproduction for each. Compatibility with Dual Layer media (DVD-R DL) allows users to record more. Up to 108 minutes of video can be stored on a single disc, cutting down on the amount of times a shooting day has to be interrupted. The DC201 offers consumers a wide range of choice!

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:3.5in
Weight:14.1oz
Width:2.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:201
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.4
Max Focal Length:78mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:30
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:540Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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