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Canon MVX2i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 reviews of Canon MVX2i. 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 zoom and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, price, zoom

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MVX2i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Canon MVX2i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Canon MVX2i from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The durability and image quality are also appreciated.

usability, image quality, durability, portability, design

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon MVX3i MiniDV Digital Camcorder [2.2MP, 10x Optical]Canon Digital Camcorder MV3i ZoomCanon Digital Camcorder MV3i Zoom

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Canon MVX2i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Canon MVX2i from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the image quality and zoom are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the size.

portability, usability, price, zoom, image quality


88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon Optura Xi MiniDV Camcorder w/11x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (

Canon Optura Xi

Dec, 2003

Expert review by: Mark Bassett (

Canon Optura Xi Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


Canon ups-its-anti with the Optura Xi, a revised and refined take on the Optura 10. Sitting firmly on the high-end of the Optura line, the Xi is a 2-megapixel CCD camcorder with digital camera capabilities. The Optura Xi captures footage or stills to...

Nov, 2003

Expert review by: Diana Weynand (

Canon Optura Xi


A fabulous camera with full-manual controls and features.

Beautiful colors, Manual audio gain control, Zebra pattern, 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Tape loads from bottom

May, 2004

Expert review by: D. Eric Franks (

Camcorder Review: Canon Optura Xi Mini DV


There are a lot of fine cameras out there, but only a few knock our socks off every year. The Canon Optura Xi definitely left us with ten cold little piggies. With full manual exposure controls (with zebra stripes for monitoring the exposure) and...

Beautiful colors ; Manual audio gain control ; Zebra pattern ; 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Tape loads from bottom

A fabulous camera with full-manual controls and features.

May, 2004

Expert review by: (

Canon Optura Xi


The Canon Optura Xi is a MiniDV digital Camcorder with a 11x Optical Zoom.

A first-class ticket to image excellence awaits you with the Canon Optura Xi camcorder. Beneath its silky exterior lies a true visionary at work, producing video and photos that are nothing short of breathtaking. Refined, smart, and dynamic, the Optura...

Expert review by: Tom Hardwick (

Canon MVX3i test and review from Computer Video Magazine


Canon's top megapixel single-CCD camcorder is versatile, lightweight and capable, but is it money well spent?

May, 2004

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

Canon MVX3i DV Camcorder Review


Excellent, well resolved images, DV and AV in/out, SD flash memory card, USB streaming, variable aperture and frame rate, comprehensive controls, full AV/DV connectivity, 16:9 anamorphic, networking

Lack of proper 16:9 widescreen, small viewfinder

An excellent mid-priced single-CCD camcorder which handles well, produces great images and is a joy to use. Well done Canon.

Expert review by: Neil Bennett (



Consumer review by: Christina (

Better Than Expected .. But Not That Great


This cam works wonders not just with videos, but also with still photos. It has an external memory slot. It has quite a powerful optical zoom. It also has an image stabilizer.

Battery life is somewhat of a let down. Also, it lacks manual controls.

Canon always delivers good camcorders. And this one lives up to its name. It takes really good still photos and even better videos. Its main advantage is that it has a slot for additional memory. It is quite a large handy cam. It looks quite nice. All...

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: Mathew (

canon is the best


Solid and intelligent design with relatively high still-photo resolution. it also has a manual focus ring on the lens. this one comes with an accessory shoe. it boasts of a 2 Megapixel CCD and optical image stabilizer. also includes a SD/MMC memory...

it has a comparatively short battery life. there are no fully manual controls. it lacks an infrared night mode.

The Optura Xi is a large, traditionally-styled camcorder. The size of the camcorder makes it much easier to hold than the ultra-compact vertically-oriented models that seem to be all the rage these days (warning: subjective opinion). The Xi is made of...

May, 2006

Product Specifications

With the latest technology, extensive manual functions, an ergonomic body and the ability to shoot both movies and stills, the MVX3i offers superb creativity. The MVX3i is a truly creative digital imaging machine that shoots movies and stills. An ergonomic body together with well-positioned controls means all functions are readily accessible. A high-visibility 3.5" color LCD and color viewfinder make composing and menu navigation easy. With the 2.2 Megapixel CCD the MVX3i produces ultra high-resolution video images with 1.7 effective Megapixel as well as still images recorded at 2.0 effective Megapixel. Zoom range is 10x optical/200x digital for movies, 9x optical/36x digital for stills. To keep compositions pin-sharp, the MVX3i is equipped with an Optical Image Stabilizer. An RGB Primary Color Filter ensures reds, greens and blues keep their intensity when reproduced. DIGIC DV ensures the recorded colors of both movies and stills match the colors you see at the time of shooting. With MPEG4 your movies are routed to the SD Memory Card for easy transfer to your computer. The MPEG4 recording time is only limited by the size of the SD Memory Card. A high level of creative control is provided by means of Auto Exposure Bracketing, Back Light Compensation and Manual Audio Level Control. The Custom Key button allows you to select various modes - such as Optical Image Stabilizer, Zebra Pattern and Drive Mode - easily and quickly. High Resolution 16: 9 mode ensures great image quality on wide screen TV without distorting the image by adding more effective pixels. A variety of shooting modes allow you to get the best shot when shooting stills. These include Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Auto Exposure and Slow Shutter speed. You can also take still photos during movie recording. Direct Print lets you obtain superb photo prints quickly and easily by connecting straight to a Canon printer - there's no PC required. PictBridge lets you do the same with any PictBridge compatible printer. Existing analog recordings can be easily converted into digital format. With USB and IEEE1394 FireWire connectivity, transferring images to a computer is completely straightforward.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Sand & snow / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Super night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV/Canon Optura

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-1.9
Max Focal Length:47mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm/4.7mm
Optical Zoom:10/11
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.23Mpix/1.77Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.23Mpix/2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.5 mm ( 1/3.4 ) / 7.5 mm ( 1/3.4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Tide / White fader / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:MJPEG/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:200/220
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD