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Canon MV4

Canon MV4
alaAverage 3.6

2 reviews

May, 2018

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Canon MV4


Extrêmement compact, ce caméscope mini-DV d'entrée de gamme dispose d'un mode d'enregistrement étendu, mais ses performances ne satisferont que les vidéastes peu exigeants.

Jan, 2002

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Canon MV4


Canon MV4 är en liten men kompakt digital videokamera som ryms i fickan. Med många finesser kan den locka många men ska man ha DV-ingång och fler finesser blir priset högre.

May, 2002

Product Specifications

The ultra-compact MV4 incorporates a new sophisticated and attractively designed body with a metallic exterior. With its curvaceous body it is easy and comfortable to operate, and it features a small adjustable hand strap, minimizing wrist strain and enhancing control. The MV4 includes a unique extended recording function that substantially increases the length of recording time per cassette and prevents the running out of tape during critical shooting moments. To achieve extended recording, 2x greater image data compression is applied resulting in a recording time, which is 3x longer in ELP mode than that in Standard (SP) mode. For example, in ELP mode an 80-minute DV tape will record 4 hours of video footage. Featuring an improved RGB progressive scan CCD, and Canon's image stabilizer and optical 10x zoom lens, the MV4 is ideal for advanced camcorder users who demand a high level of image and color resolution. The zoom range of the MV4 can be digitally extended to 40x. With the help of Canon's progressive scan CCD image sensor, users can also operate the MV4 as digital still cameras. The CCD has an RGB primary color filter, which provides excellent color reproduction. Using progressive scanning, the MV4 reads and isolates information frame by frame. Sharp still images are then recorded at a speed of 25 full-frame images per second - ideal for fast moving subjects. To ensure that the user captures the best moments, the progressive scan mode makes it possible to record the moving image and then choose the desired still image(s) from the recorded tape.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):55min

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6
Max Focal Length:35mm
Min Focal Length:3.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:420Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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 Scene Transition:Fade trigger / Mosaic fader / Scroll wipe / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:40
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD