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Canon MVX4i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and zoom. The design and portability also get good reviews, but there are some critical comments about the color. Comments are divided on the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MVX4i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

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Amazon review summary for Canon MVX4i

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon MVX4i from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

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

This summary is based on the product: Canon WD-H34 Wide Angle Lens for the Optura 50/60 & Elura 80/85/90 Camcorders

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Canon MV X4i

 

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A Medium grade DV cameras

 

The better life screen, see Canon MV X4i, my very heart. This is a mid-range DV cameras, suitable in low-income people. First evaluation of its performance now, we all know that Canon cameras are experts in the field, Canon MV X4i LCD screen brightly...

Static photography, and optical lens good

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Canon MVX4i

 

The digital stills capability of camcorders is finally starting to be more than just a gimmick; a number of manufacturers are now exceeding the 3 mega...

Comfortable and Compact, 4 MegaPixels for still images, Good level of manual control, Excellent video performance

Bottom loading tape mechanism bad news for tripods, No accessory shoe, Jumpy autofocus

The MVX4i is a great little camcorder, offering strong digital photography and comprehensive manual control. But it's also extremely expensive. If the price comes down over the coming months, this will be hard to resist.

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Canon MVX4i

 

The digital stills capability of camcorders is finally starting to be more than just a gimmick; a number of manufacturers are now exceeding the 3Mp (megapixel) level with their premium models. But Canon has been relatively slow to bring its camcorders...

The MVX4i is a great little camcorder, offering strong digital photography and comprehensive manual control. But it's also extremely expensive. If the price comes down over the coming months, this will be hard to resist.

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Canon MVX4i

 

The Canon MVX4i is a very good pocket camcorder that's also a reasonable snapshot camera.

Compact ; Excellent video quality ; Performs well in low light ; Nice set of manual controls

Some of the controls are in awkward locations

Still-shot quality is far better than you'd expect from a camcorder, although the colours appear surrealistically vivid. The 4-megapixel images offer reasonable detail, and indoor shots with flash look about as good as you'd expect from a budget...

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Canon's full-buttoned mini vidcam

 

This Canon is out to prove that a mini size should not be an excuse for lacklustre performance.

Compact; excellent video quality; performs well in low light; nice set of manual controls

Some of the controls are in awkward locations

The Canon Optura 600 is a very good pocket camcorder that's also a reasonable snapshot camera.

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Amazon review summary for Canon MVX4i

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 8 user reviews of Canon MVX4i from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, image quality, usability, battery, zoom

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

This summary is based on the product: Canon MVX4i MiniDV Digital Camcorder [4Mp, 10x Optical]

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Canon MVX4i

 

I blew min up in 2008 hot swapping battery while using the firewire. I liked mine so much that I had it repaired in 2010, still going strong in 2010, might not be HD but it has 16:9 widescreen. Added bonus that you can buy lots of aftermarket stuff...

16:9 ratio, good solid camera, tapes provide lots of space

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Nice size but could have delivered more

 

I went to the shop wanting to buy the Sony HC90 but it was out of stock. The salesman recommended the Panny GS250 but it was tad large for my liking. I ended up with the MVX4i for the compact size and possibility of carrying just one piece of equipment...

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Product Specifications

With 4 Megapixel performance and exquisite designer looks, the MVX4i gives you style and resolution to burn. Delivering outstanding video and super-sharp photo quality for superb prints up to A4. With its incredibly powerful 4 Megapixel sensor concealed within a sleek designer casing, the MVX4i is no ordinary camcorder. DIGIC DV and an RGB Primary Color Filter deliver professional video quality and the type of impressive digital still results normally associated only with high-end digital still cameras. The DIGIC DV split path processor renders stills and video according to each format's specific requirements, for uncompromised video and digital still image quality. Optical data is translated into beautiful, lifelike imagery, for warm and natural skin tones, rich, vibrant sky blues and lush green grasses. Eliminating the need for signal conversion, the RGB Primary Color Filter enhances tonal accuracy and color definition. Avoiding complicated menus, an AE Mode dial gives you immediate access to all shooting modes, including an abundance of photo functions normally found only in digital cameras. Special Scene modes help with great results in tricky lighting conditions, while access to features such as Auto Exposure Bracketing and a built-in flash give you complete control over your image. The same 9-point auto focusing found in Canon's leading still cameras keeps your image sharp - even with off-center subjects. You can even shoot photos and record video simultaneously or record up to 60 frames at 5fps in a single burst. For sweeping panoramic effect, your MVX4i delivers High Resolution 16: 9 widescreen mode. And to ensure corner-to-corner clarity of all the big screen drama, an ultra compact 10x zoom lens builds on 60 years of Canon experience, delivering crisp, high contrast images. Your new camcorder even features Electronic Image Stabilization - keeping your footage steady, even when you can't be. For shooting in low light, the MVX4i's Mini Video Light and Light Guide Flash extend your after dark options. Use the Manual Audio Level Control to improve your sound recording quality, keeping recording levels good and even. To create album quality prints (up to A4), simply connect your new camcorder to any PictBridge compatible printer and hit the Print/Share button - it is that easy. And with the Hi-Speed USB connection, photo prints and file uploads to computer are also super fast.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-308 / Canon BP-315
Run Time (Up To):55min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash/None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.4in/4in
Height:4.2in/4in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:1.9in/2in

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:Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Scene / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Super night mode/Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Country Kits:Sweden
Localization:English/Swedish
Manufacturer:Canon
Model:4i/4i MC/X4i
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6/F/1.8
Max Focal Length:35mm
Min Focal Length:3.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:420Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4Mpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.8"/1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )/9.1 mm ( 1/2.8 ) / 9.1 mm ( 1/2.8" )
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:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag/Fade trigger / Mosaic fader / Scroll wipe / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:200/40
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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