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Canon Optura 400 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and design. The image quality and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive comments about the viewfinder and battery.

portability, price, image quality, design, usability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 400 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 400 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Canon Optura 400 Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

design, usability

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon Optura 400 MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomCanon Optura 400 MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom & Coach Case

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Canon Optura 400

 

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Extremely compact; excellent image quality; performs well in low-light conditions.

Short battery life; poor microphone placement; grainy still photos.

A very good pocket camcorder that, in a pinch, can double as a decent snapshot camera. With a higher-resolution LCD and a video light, the Optura 500 is a better bet, though.

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Canon Optura 400

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape

Very compact design. Flash for still-image capture, AF assist lamp, and headlight for low-light shooting make this a versatile model. Good still-image capture. Many manual controls, including audio recording level.

Bottom-loading design gets in the way of tripod usage. EVF doesn't extend, pivot, or have a rubberized eyepiece. Flash stills unsatisfactory.

This $1,000 camcorder has a ton of features. It shoots better-than-average videos and good still images, and it's our Editors' Choice for the $800-$1000 price range.

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The Optura 400 is Canon's upper tier matchbook camcorder this year; though the Optura 500 is slightly more advance, the Optura 400 packs a 1/3.4 CCD with 1.23 effective Megapixels for video and 2 MPs for stills into a small body, with a 10x optical...

Manual Audio Control, - Handling/Feel, - Ports/ Still options

No accessory shoe

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Canon Optura 400 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

This year, the upper tier of Canon's matchbook camcorders starts here, at the Optura 400. With an MSRP of US $999.99, and succeeded only by the Canon Optura 500, the Optura 400 packs a 1/3.4 CCD with 1.23 effective megapixels for video and 2 MPs for...

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Canon Optura 400

 

The Canon Optura 400 is a MiniDV Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

Canon raises the stakes for all-in-one digital imaging devices with the release of the Canon Optura 400 (and its sibling Optura 500; see a comparison table at the end), which is as adept at shooting digital video as it is snapping high-resolution...

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Canon Optura 400

 

i don't understan how do i upload a video from my camera to the pc?!?! i used the usb but it not working help please!

help me please

help me now please

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please help me !

 

i don't understan how do i upload a video from my camera to the pc?!?! i used the usb but it not working help please!

help me please

help me now please

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"please help me !"

 

i don't understan how do i upload a video from my camera to the pc?!?! i used the usb but it not working help please!

help me please

help me now please

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Compact, feature packed with many manual options

 

It is a great camcorder for home or business with excellent color outdoors, sharp images. I have not seen any graininess and it is so quiet that I cannot hear it recording. I have to look at the video light. Autofocus adjusts quickly. Available for...

Size, ergonomic design and intuitive to use. Large 1/3.4 inch ccd, Canon optics and image algorithms. Takes good stills up to 1632 by 1224, can put video on the card and convert analog. Very quiet

Some prefer better low light performance, but this is one of Canon's best with an internal video light in night mode and I can get an external video light if I need more light

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Canon Optura 400

 

It is a great camcorder for home or business with excellent color outdoors, sharp images. I have not seen any graininess and it is so quiet that I cannot hear it recording. I have to look at the video light. Autofocus adjusts quickly. Available for...

Size, ergonomic design and intuitive to use. Large 1/3.4 inch ccd, Canon optics and image algorithms. Takes good stills up to 1632 by 1224, can put video on the card and convert analog. Very quiet

Some prefer better low light performance, but this is one of Canon's best with an internal video light in night mode and I can get an external video light if I need more light

Product Specifications

From summer escapes to winter wonderlands, life is meant to be savored. That's why Canon created the Optura 400 digital camcorder. Enjoy the convenience of holding a digital video camcorder and digital camera all in one hand. Low and compact, the Optura 400 camcorder features a swivel grip and palm pad... perfect comfort when shooting long days at sporting events or marathon birthday parties. For those desiring stunning videos and photos, supreme ease-of-use and powerful versatility, Canon's Optura 400 camcorder has it all. High fashion meets high-tech. Merging the two, creating a powerful pair, Canon offers what is sure to be a sought-after gift. Fashion conscious, tech savvy gift givers and receivers will ogle over the Optura 400 mini DV 2.2 megapixel camcorder "wrapped" in a Coach leather carrying case tailored just for Canon. Not only will they be dressed in their holiday best, but their Optura 400 camcorder decked out in its Coach-clad case, will also catch the attention of partygoers.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4in
Height:4.2in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.1in

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 / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Super night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:400/400 Coach Edition Gift Set
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Optura

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:47mm
Min Focal Length:4.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
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 / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:200
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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