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Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good reviews, but reviews are divided on the viewfinder. There are some less positive reviews about the connectivity and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 user reviews of Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the price and image quality. The size and portability also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ES8400V Hi8 Camcorder with 2.5" Color LCD Screen & Image StabilizerCanon ES8400V Hi8 Camcorder with 2.5" Color LCD Screen & Image Stabilizer

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Wendy Nichols (

Canon ES8400V Hi8 Camcorder Review


Back in 1996, you could purchase a Hi8 camcorder for $2,500 and consider it a steal. Now you can get a Hi8 camcorder for less than $300 and it may or may not be a good buy. Camcorders like Canon's ES8400V are riding a sort of digital-analog cusp....

20x Optical Zoom, Mic Input, Easy To Use, Manual controls, Microphone jack, FlexiZone control, Affordable, Built-in light, FlexiZone exposure control

Low Light, LCD interferes with Set Dial, No headphone jack, Pixel count, Small viewscreen, No mic/headphone jacks, Loud tape-engaging mechanisms, Manual focus located under the LCD

The ES8400V is a solid, well put-together camcorder. It's got all the basics a beginner or casual hobbyist would need to get started. The most incredible aspect is its $299 price tag, including some nice bonus features such as a video light and PAL...

Jun, 2002

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Canon ES-8400V Hi-8mm Camcorder


I purchased this camera the day before a funeral when 2 family members were detained when their son wrecked a 4 wheeler and they would miss the funeral. I picked it up, checked it out and set it on auto and away we went. It turned out very nice and the...

Very easy to learn and use. Use the A setting and learn the others when you get time. Easily hooks to vcr and allows you to dub to vhs.

None I could find.

Oct, 2003

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Canon ES-8400V Hi-8mm Camcorder

May, 2003

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Canon ES-8400V Hi-8mm Camcorder


this thing is awsome.all the goodies at an affordable price

22x optical zoom 800x digital zoom


May, 2003

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For a life time of memories!


I bought my Canon ES8400V after my son was born when the camcorder that I already owned a RCA quit holding a charge on it's battery it was a VHS shoulder held one also, So when I say the hand held Canon camcorder and for the price I thought it would be...

Easy to use and a clear picture

Blurs when recording Christmas lights

Jan, 2003

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For the Camcorder Ignorant -Canon ES 8400V Hi8 Camcorder-


Powerful zoom, simple operations, affordable price, feature rich

Nothing Unusual to complain about as of yet

Dec, 2002

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Not Too Shabby


This camcorder is a perfect choice if you want decent quality at a low price during this period of rapid emerging digital technology. Rather than spending $1,000 to $2,000 on a digital camcorder that still records on video tape, consider purchasing a...

Good Quality and low price

Hard-to-reach and hard-to-use zoom button

Nov, 2002

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Canon ES8400V Hi8 w/LCD


The Canon ES8400V Hi8 w/LCD is a great camera. First and foremost it is a Canon, which means high quality craftsmanship by itself. It has 22X Optical and 800X Digital zoom power which is more than plenty. The picture quality does decrease some...

Great features, easy to use, excellent recorded picture, plenty of zoom power. Good beginner camera

Night focus could be better, but still good. Initial battery pack could last longer

Nov, 2002

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Better get a sony...


I bought this camcorder after doing extensive research on the web. I read the one and only review I could find for this camcorder at the time, and it seemed to boast on it. I had no idea that after the experience I had with it I was going to be...

Lots of effects, low price, more features

Had to return twice, built-in light not effective

Oct, 2002

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Value for Money


I bought this camcorder after watching a commercial on TV in April 2002. My first experience was a good one. I had a new born baby and shooting indoors at home with the 2.5" LCD was very easy. I also quickly grasped all the features (except the...

Easy access to Buttons, Easy to handle, good sharp picture, feature packed

poor quality of built-in light, small LCD, b/w view-finder

Jul, 2002

Product Specifications

Pick up a Canon ES8400V Hi8 camcorder, and you're got a world of spectacular video possibilities in your hand. With a wealth of advanced functions, a powerful zoom lens, video effects and Canon's elegant user-friendly design, the ES8400V is just the tool you need to make your video production dreams come true. Canon's exclusive precision optical zoom lens lets you capture everything from sweeping panoramas to thrilling close-ups, all in flawless detail. The powerful digital zoom lets you increase magnification to an incredible 800x, for even more dramatic results. The advanced image stabilization system instantly compensates for "camera shake" caused by unsteady hands, giving you smooth, stable pictures even for the extreme close-ups, without a tripod. The ES8400V features a bright color LCD screen that makes it easy to shoot well-composed video without having to squint into a viewfinder. Rotate the screen for high or low - angle shots, or turn it around 180 degrees for recording yourself. When you're done shooting, the screen is great for playing back your scenes. The built-in video lights lets you keep on shooting even when the light fades. Even in total darkness, the ES8400V lets you capture the nightlife without having to carry or connect any added gear. FlexiZone AF/AE by Canon lets you keep your subject in perfect focus and exposure regardless of the shooting and lighting conditions. Simply use the FlexiZone controller to align the FlexiZone with your subject in the viewfinder. The ES8400V does the rest! The great video opportunities can come suddenly, and even if you're ready, is your camcorder? When there's no time to adjust focus, exposure or white balance, rely on the ES8400V, which does it all automatically for you. Just switch on, point and shoot. The ES8400V features 8 special digital image effects (Art, Black & White, Sepia, Negative, Mirror, Mosaic, 16: 9, Cinema, strobe and ghost) to add to your video recordings, for a touch of variety and impact at the touch of a button. You'll never have to search for the right button with the ES8400V. The convenient Custom Keys function lets you personalize your camcorder by putting your most commonly used functions at your fingertips.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs: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:79.2mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Optical Zoom:22
Type:Zoom lens



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

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Hi8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Cinema / Ghost / Mirror / Mosaic / Negative / Sepia / Strobe


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD