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Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the color and portability. The usability and value for money also get good comments. Reviews are divided on the battery, and many are negative about the build quality and viewfinder.

image quality, value for money, usability, portability, color

viewfinder, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

image quality, portability, battery, usability, connectivity

build quality

51% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon Optura 20 MiniDV Camcorder with 3.5-inch LCD and 16x Optical Zoom

Editor's Choice!

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Canon Optura 20

 

For the mini digital camcorders we tested and rated in this roundup, image quality remains the one area where manufacturers still need to do the most work. And it's the single most important factor to consider when buying one. Our Editors' Choice...

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Canon Optura 20

 

Ergonomic handling, Quality still features, Integrated photo printing

Bottom-loading tape, Default 12-bit audio, Strange 16:9 mode

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Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder and S830D Photo Printer Review

 

The gradual and incremental pace of improvements in consumer Mini DV camcorders can mask how far we've come in the last seven years. When we take a step back and look at the state of the industry, we suddenly notice that the quality to price ratio of...

Ergonomic handling, Quality still features, Integrated photo printing

Bottom-loading tape, Default 12-bit audio, Strange 16:9 mode

The 1280x960 resolution is merely adequate for printing still images, but Canon really has a nice option for printing directly from the camera to their S830D printer ($300), which we also tested. The camera connects directly to the printer via a USB...

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This Is A Great Camcorder for The Money

 

Great Clarity on pictures, Substancial Zoom Range, Large LCD

Haven't found much wrong yet..

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Not Ready for Primetime

 

Lightweight, Easy to Use, Large LCD

Very Poor Low-Light Functionality, Battery Life

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I love this camcorder

 

ease of use, beautiful pictures and video, large LCD screen

none so far

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Canon Releases Optura 10 and Optura 20 Camcorders

 

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), continues to provide consumers with the highest quality and easy-to-use DV camcorders to help capture life's moments with greater creative flexibility at affordable pricepoints with the...

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good Video, worst Camera

 

It's video is pretty good: - image quality (from home-use perspective) - ease of use I think its low-light performance is not too good - but the "good ones" aren't much better either. (Sony video claims to work well at 0lux; I have a Sony DFS707 ...

good video

EXTREMELY painful d-camera photo manipulation

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A high-end camera for a mid-range price!

 

After having created my first home DVD movie with my Canon Optura 20, I can honestly say that I am extremely pleased with this camera’s incredible value in terms of features, ease of use, feel, and especially the video quality. Although slightly ...

Near-broadcast quality video, ease of use, accessory hot shoe, large LCD, excellent features.

Bottom-loading tape, non-extendable view finder, larger than pocket-size.

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Canon Optura 20 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

This is a great Camcorder! I chose between the Sony TRV38 and Optura 20. After reading professional and amateur reviews, I knew that this camera excelled and was a great value for the price I paid..

Great zoom range 16x, Color Clarity is excellent, Has nice effects feature. Large 3.5" LCD

In super low light you must move the camera very slowly or video appears choppy.

Product Specifications

The Optura 20 has a personality all its own. It is highly intelligent, yet it's remarkably easy to use. Its sleek, cutting edge design totally meshes with you and your lifestyle. Versatility is at its core. It produces video which blurs the line between reality and your TV screen. Camera-inspired features open the door to a photographic world filled with flexibility, control, and excitement. Connectivity is as simple as it is extensive. New imaging opportunities are not only possible, they are yours for the taking. The Optura 20 camcorders are equipped with a full range of sophisticated features to capture outstanding video and digital photos. Genuine Canon Optics, Image Stabilization, a high-quality 1.33 Megapixel CCD and Advanced Photo Features guarantee a success every time. Superior connectivity means you can share your memories quickly and easily - without jumping through hoops.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7.3in
Height:3.6in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:3in

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:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Super night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Optura

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:64mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.23Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Vertical wipe / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:320
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Card Mix / Color / Cube / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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