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Canon DC50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good views. Some have doubts about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon DC50

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 9 user reviews of Canon DC50 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.

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

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC50 Digital DVD Camcorder (5.39 MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon DC50 Digital DVD Camcorder (5.39 MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon DC50

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Canon DC50 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC50 5MP DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomCanon ACK-DC50 AC Power Adapter Kit for Canon G10 & G11 Digital CamerasCanon BP-214 Lithium Battery Pack for DC50 Camcorder

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Canon DC50

 

Typically, when shooting still photos, camcorders offer few exposure options and turn out low-quality images. Conversely, most dedicated still cameras tend to offer disappointing video, and are best left to only take pictures. The Canon DC50 manages to...

Very robust still-photo mode; good video quality; features both video light and flash.

Pricey for a standard-def camcorder, uses miniSD instead of SD cards.

If you can get past the DC50's sticker shock, you'll find a very nice, simple DVD camcorder that can produce some surprisingly good snapshots.

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Canon DC50 Mini DVD Camcorder

 

If you already own a Canon digital camera, you'll feel right at home with the company's DC50 camcorder ($720 as of April 24, 2007), thanks to the similar control systems. If you're unfamiliar with Canon cameras, you may find the DC50 a bit intimidating...

Top-notch image quality ; Optical image stabilization

Some controls are awkward to use

The DC50 is a poor choice for a technology-challenged user, but for someone with experience shooting video, the DC50's image quality and many custom settings more than outweigh its slightly awkward controls

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Canon DC50 Camcorder Review

 

As high definition camcorders are churned out with alarming speed, those content with standard definition will be pleased with the market effect: ever-falling prices for yesterday's state-of-the-art. The Canon DC50 ($799 MSRP) is a hundred dollars...

Canon has given us their top standard definition DVD model for 2007, and it's…OK. The handling is a bit off thanks to its thin, cheap, plastic hand strap and awkward finger placement. We did like the rear-mounted joystick and broad range of still...

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Canon DC50 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The Canon DC50 represents a small, historic moment, as it represents not only the top DVD camcorder for 2007, but also as the flagship model for the entire consumer line. With MiniDV quickly ebbing, and little hope of the Optura line making a comeback,...

The Canon DC50 is a great camcorder. Canon clearly spent a lot of time researching the weak points of the DC40 and improving upon them. The button placement is less cluttered and the menus have been improved. The performance, which was good to begin...

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Canon DC50

 

For a company developing some of the best camcorders on the market, the Canon DC50 is a bit of a letdown. It's not that the camcorder doesn't deliver great looking video, but at an MSRP of $800, more is expected. The DC50 is Canon's top standard...

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Canon DC50

 

The Canon DC50 comes equipped with a huge 1/2.7" CCD, which has a gross pixel count of 5,390,000 (effective pixel count in 4:3 is 3,980,000; in 16:9 it's 3,680,000). An imager of this size, with this many pixels, promises incredible image quality

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Canon DC50

 

If DVD is the recording media for you, then this camcorder should fit the bill.

Shooting in auto mode, most of the manual options are unavailable. But switching to P mode using a switch on the top of the camcorder reveals a selection of settings via the joystick. Jogging this up and down scrolls through the possibilities, whilst...

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Canon DC50 review

 

The DC50 is the most expensive standard-definition camcorder here.

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Canon DC50 review

 

If you can get past the Canon DC50's sticker shock, you'll find a very nice, simple DVD camcorder that can produce some surprisingly good snapshots

Very robust still-photo mode ; Good video quality ; Features both video light and flash

Pricey for a standard-def camcorder, uses miniSD instead of SD cards

Besides the onboard features, the DC50 comes with two useful accessories. A small remote control comes in the box, identical to the one included with the DC230. The remote offers a handy alternative to the camera's tiny control stick when navigating...

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Canon DC50 DVD camcorder

 

The Canon DC50 is a stylish Mini DVD recorder, with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a Canon camcorder.

The Canon DC50 is a poor choice for a technology-challenged user, but for someone with experience shooting video, the Canon DC50's image quality and many custom settings more than outweigh its slightly awkward controls.

Product Specifications

The Canon DC 50 is at the top of Canon's impressive line of DVD camcorders with the performance of a 5.39 Megapixel CCD image sensor - outstanding video quality and 5 Megapixel digital photographs. You get an array of advanced features including Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization, Dual Layer recording capability and Canon's exclusive next-generation DIGIC DV II for uncompromised video and still image processing. The Canon DC 50 is also easy to use, with the Joystick exposure control, Quick Start, and Horizontal Marker - all in a stylish and easy-to-use design.

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in
Height:3.5in
Weight:16.9oz
Width:2.4in

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/snow / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:50
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8/F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:3.98Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.39Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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