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Canon MD160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and portability. The zoom and usability are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MD160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon MD160

 

While HD camcorders stay north of £500 and DVD models offer poor compressed images and other inconveniences for Mac owners, the MiniDV tape format has life left in it. Canon makes good, cheap, reliable MiniDV camcorders and the MD160 continues to help...

Long zoom length, Good anti-shake software, Very easy to use, Great, unpretentious family camcorder

Doesn't like strong light, No accessory shoe or external mic port

Affordable, easy to use, no-frills camcorder that's ideal for filming the kids on days out

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Canon MD160 review

 

While HD camcorders stay north of £500 and DVD models offer poor compressed images and other inconveniences for Mac owners, the MiniDV tape format has life left in it. Canon makes good, cheap, reliable MiniDV camcorders and the MD160 continues to help...

Long zoom length ; Good anti-shake software ; Very easy to use ; Great, unretentious family camcorder

Doesn't like strong light ; No accessory shoe or external mic ort

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Canon MD160

 

Sporting a 1 megapixel CCD and the relatively robust list of standard Canon features, their latest Mini-DV camcorder, the MD160, is another strong ent...

35x zoom, good video quality

Slightly dull colours

Another solid digital video camera from Canon, the MD160 will do all the things you'd expect of an entry level unit and do them well.

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Canon MD160

 

If you're not quite ready to go HD, this affordable effort DV camcorder will do the job.

Our feelings are rather negative about companies quoting huge numbers for digital zooms, as these blow up the image digitally to achieve the magnification, which reduces resolution. But the MD160 sports a whopping 35x optical zoom, which is about the...

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CanonMD160

 

The MD160 is a thoroughly sensible cam with a stonking zoom and proves that there's life left yet in MiniDV for thrifty bargain hunters

Good quality, easy to use, long zoom

Plastic body, no headphones/external mic

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Canon MD160 review

 

Canon's new MiniDV top model, the MD160, continues the company's tradition of offering affordable, easy-to-use widescreen movie-making, though low-light performance is still subpar

New, easier-to-use menu system with joystick control ; Impressive colour in good lighting ; Widescreen LCD ; Built-in lens cover ; Low price

No accessory shoe or microphone input ; Bottom-loading tape compartment ; Doesn't support analogue-to-digital conversions ; Not enough stabilisation at full zoom ; Poor low-light performance

Despite our gripes, the MD160 is a very capable camcorder for anyone looking for a tape-based, general purpose or holiday camcorder. If you're thinking about stepping down in Canon's line to the MD101, you should note that this model uses a 800K...

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Canon MD160

 

If you're not fussed by HD, or recording to DVD or hard disk, then the MD160 is a perfectly serviceable, if otherwise unremarkable camcorder.

Easy controls ; 35x optical zoom ; Widescreen shooting

Still only an SD camera ; Some manual choices are slow

At AU$699, the MD represents acceptable but not stellar value if you're just starting out in the camcorder market. It is worth bearing in mind that similar models with DVD recording are available for only a slightly larger initial outlay -- even...

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Canon MD160

 

Lacking a few features but for simplicity and decent quality, this has to be one of the best value camcorders around

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Canon MD160

 

As the variety of camcorder formats grows ever bigger, the budget-conscious videomaker finds himself with a veritable treasure trove of products from which to choose. Mini DV tape appears to be on the way out...

Good manual features, 16:9 widescreen, Excellent detail, Great value for money

No mic input

If money is a consideration, the MD160 provides the perfect compromise between quality and cost

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Amazon review summary for Canon MD160

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 15 user reviews of Canon MD160 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, 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 MD160 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon MD160 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)

Product Specifications

The MD160 features a superior quality 35x optical zoom lens, allowing users to record distant events with clarity. An Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) reduces camera shake, most noticeable when shooting at maximum zoom. A high magnification 1000x digital zoom is also available. Quick Start is a new function that allows users to begin recording almost immediately and is included on the MD160. 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 a second. Quick Start allows users to capture events they might otherwise miss - a child's first steps, for instance, or a match-winning goal. The MD160 also features digital stills capture. Photos are saved to SD or SDHC (High Capacity) memory cards, allowing more photos to be stored. Short low-resolution movie clips, ideal for web use or for sending via email, can also be recorded to card. The MD160 offers the increased performance of a Megapixel CCD and an additional DV input connection. For users wishing to edit their footage on a computer, a finished movie can be easily recorded back to a MiniDV cassette in the camcorder. This is a perfect way to archive movie projects. Camera-to-camera recording is also possible.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L5

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in
Height:3.6in
Weight:13.4oz
Width:2.2in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:MD160
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

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
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:710Kpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / White fader / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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