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Canon DC230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 88 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The value for money and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder. Views are divided on the resolution.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon DC230

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 19 user reviews of Canon DC230 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, battery, portability, image quality

68% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC230 Digital DVD Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon DC230 Digital DVD Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)DC230/1.07Mpix 2.7inch LCD Camcorder

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon DC230

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Canon DC230 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, portability, design, battery

57% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC230 1MP DVD Camcorder with 35x Optical ZoomCanon DC230 DVD Camcorder + Deluxe Accessory Kit

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Canon DC230

 

Sony has been a clear winner in this space for a long time. And truly speaking there is little initiative save for some half-assed scramble to somehow make it in the same space. Here we have the Canon DC230 Camcorder that is quite similar to most in...

The camera is a decent camcorder, and mainly for people who are not really looking for artsy purposes. As a point and shoot (all auto modes) you will find that the camcorder isn't that bad after all. But for the same price, you will get a lot of other...

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Canon DC230

 

Were you to set the Canon DC230 right next to its little brother, the DC220 , you would be hard-pressed to tell them apart. Besides slightly darker accents, the DC230 looks identical to its little brother. Both DVD camcorders sport the same size,...

Good video quality; long zoom lens with decent stabilization.

Awkward controls and viewfinder; poor still photos.

It doesn't have a lot of bells or whistles, but the Canon DC230's long lens and solid video quality makes it stand out a little from other inexpensive DVD camcorders.

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Canon DC230 Review and Prices

 

For little more cost than the DC220, the Canon DC230 DVD camcorder offers an improved feature set and marginally higher quality images. The DC230 remains an affordable and easy to use low-end DVD camcorder. The optical setup is a step above the...

Simple to use, great handling, includes 16:9 widescreen mode, snaps digital stills

Poor low light performance

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Canon DC230

 

Fitting snuggly in the middle of Canon's lineup, the DC230 DVD camcorder is a good overall product. Its 1Mp sensor captures crisp, smooth footage and ...

Good quality video footage, 35x optical zoom

Poor still-image quality, No aperture priority mode

Canon's DC230 is a good choice for those after a mid-range digital video camera that combines good quality video with a strong feature-set and the convenience of DVD recording.

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Canon DC230 review

 

Easy and versatile recording without the frills

p>Comfortable to use Surprising degree of manual control</p

p>Not ideal for low-light filming</p

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Canon DC230

 

While it may not seem that much of a jump from the spec of previous models, the megapixel sensor on the Canon DC230 helps the camcorder produce some fine video. Fine details like grass and fur were well represented and the 35x lens focuses and...

Good video quality ; long zoom lens with decent stabilisation

Awkward controls and viewfinder ; poor still photos

It doesn't have many bells or whistles, but the Canon DC230's long lens and solid video quality makes it stand out a little from other inexpensive DVD camcorders

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Canon DC230

 

It doesn't have a lot of bells or whistles, but the Canon DC230's long lens and solid video quality makes it stand out a little from other inexpensive DVD camcorders.

Good video quality ; Long zoom lens with decent stabilisation

Awkward controls and viewfinder ; Poor still photos

While the Canon DC230 doesn't have a lot of frills, it still stands out as a solid, inexpensive DVD camcorder. The slight bump in resolution over its little brother gives it a much-needed improvement in video quality, and its modest feature set should...

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Canon DC230 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon DC230 DVD camcorder makes the convenience of DVD recording accessible. Designed for simplicity; its easy to master controls deliver advanced performance and photographic options into a compact form that everyone can enjoy.

AV and USB 2.0 connections mean that transferring photos and movies from the camcorder is simple and hassle-free.

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Canon - DC230

 

As we all know, technology stands still for no man (or woman) and just as the early analogue camcorders gave way to the digital revolution, now the supremacy of MiniDV has been seriously challenged by the ...

A smooth, lightweight, stylish and affordable widescreen DVD camcorder with high quality images and split path processing, along with many useful - but some unhelpful - control systems.

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Canon DC230

 

Like all consumer DVD camcorders, the Canon DC230 has been designed for first-timers who have neither the time nor the inclination to mess around with the more complex functions and features associated with home video camcorders

Comfortable to use, Surprising degree of manual control

Not ideal for low-light filming

For those wishing to make simple DVD copies to share with friends and relatives, it's a good choice

Product Specifications

With the affordable and easy-to-operate Canon DC 230, you get all the performance of DVD technology, along with the brilliance and power of a 35x Optical Zoom and a 1.07 Megapixel CCD. You also get an impressive array of features found on more expensive models, including a miniSD card capability for easy image storage. With the Canon DC 230, you'll enjoy capturing the precious moments of your life and sharing them with everyone.

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:2.1in
Weight:14.3oz
Width:3.5in

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:230
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.0
Max Focal Length:91mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:35
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.8Megapixel/1Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:100/1000
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Monotone / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skintone
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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