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Canon Optura 200MC Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Canon Optura 200MC Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the memory and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 200MC Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Canon Optura 200MC Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the reliability and size. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the image quality. Opinions are divided on the durability.

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image quality

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon Optura 200MC MiniDV 1.3 Megapixel Camcorder

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (

Canon Optura 200MC


Megapixel still-image capture; built-in flash and low-power video light; compact and stylish; optical image stabilization.

Almost no wide-angle lens capability; no provision for a neck strap; no accessory shoe; bottom-loading cassette.

A true video/still hybrid it's not, but the 200MC is a capable, compact camcorder with above-average photo capabilities.

Nov, 2002

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Canon Optura 200MC Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


Although Canon continues to deliver with manual control options - the video performance, low light performance and audio performance are less than desirable on the MiniDV Optura 200MC digital camcorder, MSRP $1,699. With this ''upgrade'' Canon has done...

Dec, 2002

Expert review by: Charles Fulton (

Canon Optura 200MC


Great features and great performance.

Excellent video quality, Optical image stabilizer

Tape loads from bottom

Dec, 2002

Expert review by: Ben Long (

Canon Optura 200MC: Big Movies from a Small Video Camera


Thanks to the small size and form factor of MiniDV videotape, video camcorders are tinier than ever. The Optura 200MC is Canon's latest entry into the "micro video" market and, as with previous mini models from Canon, the 200MC delivers good quality...

Finally, the Optura is also equipped with a MMC (Multimedia card) slot that can accept any standard MMC or Secure Digital card. These are the same types of cards that you might already be using in your Palm Pilot, and the Optura uses these cards to...

Sep, 2002

Consumer review by: (

"Good features and cheap street price"


Unbelivable low price for Japanese version now in Y2004. only US$460

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: (

"A great step if moving towards a prosumer market"


Excelent video quality, along with desent still pictures. The usablity was great and some awesome features.

Motor noise is terrible, but with a little editing can be removed. Also wish that I had a carrying strap of some sort.

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: (

"Great Optics Flake mechanics"


Everything mentioned in the specs. The product is great.

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Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: shovon (

At about $700 (street) is excellent value for family use


Video & Still Camera quality is VERY good

Some controls not user friendly; Skimpy battery & Mem card

Nov, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Worth the bucks!


Compact, sturdy, easy to reach controls, high quality.

Pricey, but well worth it.

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: (



I have had the camera since 12/02 (6 months) and used it for 6 short videos. I am happy with the results but the camera has now developed a problem consisting of a message on the screen to "eject tape" whenever an attempt is made to rewind the tape....

Jun, 2003

Product Specifications

The Optura 200MC is an incredibly diverse and flexible imaging device offering numerous video and still options including four very distinct recording modes - Digital Video (for the highest quality video), 1.33 megapixel High Resolution Photo (suitable for printing), Motion-JPEG (MJPEG - ideal for e-mailing video clips) and Digital Photo (record still images along with video on the DV tape). In addition, the new Optura 200MC can be directly connected to select Canon photo printers. Its high-precision 10X optical zoom lens delivers superb definition and contrast. The digital zoom extends the camcorders magnification an incredible 200x, revealing details too small to see with the naked eye. The Optura 200MC's Optical Image Stabilizer operates in both video and photo modes to ensure smooth and steady images. It is also equipped with a built-in Auto Pop-up Flash to illuminate subjects for digital photos. Other features include a USB terminal connection that allows high-speed transfer of photos and movie clips from the camcorder to the computer and Canon's DV Messenger software, which can be used to conduct video teleconferencing.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):60min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

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 / Stitch assist / Super night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:200 MC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Optura

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.1
Max Focal Length:41mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

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

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Stripe fader / Tide / Vertical wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Card Mix / Chroma Key / Color / Cube / Luminance Key / Mirror / Mosaic / Multi-image screen / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD