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Canon MV530i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Canon MV530i. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and zoom. The image quality and usability also get good views. Many are less positive about the battery.

price, usability, image quality, zoom, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV530i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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This Camcorder is OK, for the price it is acceptable but as we all know technology is getting better and cheaper by the day. You can get great quality cheap HD camcorders now for a great price. But this little beast has served me well over the years...



Jan, 2012

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It is a really good and a hardy camera. I would recommend it to anyone. Only thing is that you need to look after it well by servicing at least once an year and not using the same tape to re record.

I have been using this for nearly 5 years now, and I havent had a single issue still. Reading all other reviews, main problem seems to be the chewing of the tape.I havent had that after so many years, so wonder the problem is to do with the tape...

the picture quality of still pictures taken on the card are not that great

Aug, 2009

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Thank god for this site!! I'm actually reviewing the MV430i which I want to replace as it started chewing tapes again (been fixed for this twice under warranty at 12 month intervals). The quote to fix it is 1/2 cost of new camera and I am confident it...

video picture quality (in good light), ease of transfer to pc, came bundled with good editting software, good size/weight for the price, easy controls to use while filming

mechanical quality, whirring on recorded tape from mechanism

Sep, 2005

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choice peice of equipment

it has wickid as video recording, an it can zoom in far i take all my skate movies on it.

the handles a bit uncomfortable but thats about it

Aug, 2004

Product Specifications

The MV530i is a powerful videographic tool perfect for 'difficult' subjects such as night scenes and sport. It features a 1/6" 540, 000 pixel CCD for crystal-clear images and an 18x optical/360x digital zoom to bring distant subjects into close-up with no loss of resolution. Shooting is made easy with the 2.5" color LCD screen and color viewfinder, electronic image stabilizer and night mode, whilst eight exposure modes offer users a flexible approach to recording. For editing, the MV530i is both SD memory card and MultiMedia card-compatible. Still images can be captured easily using the Progressive Photo facility and analog signals can be converted to digital using the DV-out/in terminals.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:0.5

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:360
Focal length range (f-f):0.11 - 1.98
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:18
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:540Kpix
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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe
Digital Zoom:360
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Chroma Key / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions