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Canon Optura 30 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the value for money and image quality are overall positive. The usability and color also get good feedback. The features and battery get less positive views.

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

size, battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 30 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 30 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Canon Optura 30 Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

color, usability, portability, resolution, build quality

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon Optura 30 MiniDV Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

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Canon Optura 30

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape

Decent video. Full feature set. Manual focus ring provides lots of control. Intelligent hot shoe. Top-loading cassette design allows for changing tapes while using a tripod. Built-in flash. Impressive still-image capture ability.

No AF assist lamp, no audio gain control, no headlight.

A solid camcorder that shoots good video, with many features aimed at enthusiasts, who will, however wish the unit had an AF assist lamp, LED lights, and audio gain control.

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Canon Optura 30 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

With just over 1.2 million effective pixels for video and 2 million effective pixels for still images, the Canon Optura 30 Mini DV camcorder produces a crisp, vivid image for a camera priced at just US$899. The Optura 30 contains a 2.2 Megapixel...

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Canon Optura 30

 

The Canon Optura 30 is a Mini DV camcorder with a 12x Optical Zoom.

Whether shooting up-close or from a distance, the Canon Optura 30 delivers video and photos with exceptional definition and contrast, making every shot you take a potential award-winner. Featuring Genuine Canon Optics, the Optura 30 combines a powerful...

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Excellent all around camera

 

I bought this camera with the intention of making short movies. I did a lot of research to get the most for my money, and I got exactly what I wanted. For budding filmmakers, you can't get a cheaper camera with this kind of image quality, an effective ...

Video quality, manual controls, still images, overall design and handling, decent image stabilization

LCD hard to see in sunlight, mediocre low light performance, short battery life

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Canon Optura 30 Mini DV Camcorder

 

I purchased this camera after being very pleased with the quality of a friend's Canon Elura 50.

Compact, good color capture in various light situations

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Canon Optura 30 Mini DV Camcorder

 

After scouring the web, I came to a decision between the Sony HC42 and the Optura.

Clear picture, good-sized LCD display, good zoom quality

Eyepiece is too small, night-vision is choppy, can't use special effects without LCD display open

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Canon Optura 30 Mini DV Camcorder

 

I was so surprise to see the small size of the mini DV.

Compact adn easy of use

Too small for adult hands

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Superb Optics and Extensive Featureset

 

After my Sharp digital camcorder stopped functioning after under two years of ownership I decided it was time to invest in something a little bit more high end. I took a trip to the local electronics superstore and began browsing the camcorder section....

Compact, superb Canon optics, feature-packed, great overall performance

A little on the pricey side, non-standard lens size

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Canon Optura 30 Mini DV Camcorder

 

After my Sharp V7UL camera stopped functioning on me I took a trip to Best Buy and began browsing the camcorder section.

Feature-packed, built-in flash, image quality, optical zoom

None noted

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Canon Optura 30 Mini DV Camcorder

 

It is my first camcorder, and I found that it was so easy to record a viedo with optura 30 with the well-written manual.

very easy to use, high still picture quality at low light, viedo to SD card (512 MB for ~30 minutes), good software for viedo editing

can not get higher viedo quality with SD card (320x240)

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Product Specifications

Canon's new OPTURA 30 Megapixel camcorders unite the world of video and photography like never before. Featuring DV Photo Plus, Canon's one-of-a-kind system for achieving premium image quality, and fueled by a 2.2 Megapixel CCD image sensor, they capture video and photos with stunning clarity. An RGB Primary Color Filter adds dynamic realism, making colors come alive. Experience the ultimate in picture quality, while still enjoying unbeatable style and performance. Imagine a camcorder, digital camera, and webcam seamlessly combined, and fitting in the palm of your hand. Compromise is a thing of the past; the OPTURA 30 delivers the best of both worlds, giving you the freedom to capture exceptional quality video and breathtaking photos.

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

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:3in

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:30
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Optura

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57.6mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.23Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution: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

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:240
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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