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Canon ES290

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 reviews of Canon ES290. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The zoom and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the viewfinder. Views about the reliability and image quality are mixed.

usability, price, zoom, portability, size


On average, users rate this product 88/100.

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"A Very Good Performer Indeed!"


It is October, 1999 and I'm in a desperate way! My RCA Pro-8 camcorder has been stolen, my Minolta VHS-C model is on the blink, and my son's playoff game is just a couple of days away! I am the football team's videographer. I have very little ...

The best effects. Reliable and easy to use. Best Ni-Cad battery ever!!

Charger is very unreliable.

Oct, 2002

Consumer review (

Cannon ES55 a satisfactory buy


When I needed to purchase a new camcorder at a reasonable price for my budget I found the Canon ES55. It has terrific picture quality. Lots of digital effects. Small, compact size is great for travel. Canon says the battery lasts for two hours and...

affordable feature packed


Sep, 2000

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Flex Zone Canon


Nice Camera Easy to use

I Really hate hooking it up to the vcr to see the tapes

Jan, 2000

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Affordable and Effective


After reading reviews, searching the web, and cost-comparing for weeks, I decided on the Canon ES-290 camcorder. I was a newcomer to camcorder technology and usually don't make an investment/purchase of this type without having conducted some...

price, ease of use, lightweight, cheap entry point into camcorders

no LCD viewfinder

Jan, 2000

Consumer review (

Excellent Value


This camera is one of the best values I found in six weeks of Camera shopping. It features great optics, digital effects (including b&w, sepia toned, polarization, mirror effects, and more) and an amazing 400x digital zoom. The 8mm. format makes it...

Digital zoom, stabilization, effects

Battery life/price, resolution problems in upper end.

Dec, 1999

Product Specifications

Now, you're no longer a slave to the center of your viewfinder. The advanced FlexiZone AF / AE Image Control allows you to pinpoint the focus or exposure area anywhere within the viewfinder. You won't miss a moment of action with the Quick Record function, while Record Search and Review puts "on-the-spot" editing at your fingertips. Record Reminder, Backlight Compensation, and Battery Refresh work with you for high-quality recording, with no surprises. Exclusive to the ES290 only, the Nickel-metal Hydride Battery Pack is an 1800mAh, high-capacity battery pack that provides approximately two hours of continuous use from a single charge.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ES

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.8
Max Focal Length:88mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:22
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:250Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
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 Zoom:440
Media Type:Video8
Shooting Modes:Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Color / Emboss / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD