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Canon Optura 50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and portability. The usability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the design and zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 50

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Canon Optura 50 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon Optura 50 MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

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Canon Optura 50

 

Although the Optura offers impressive features such as manual exposure controls, optical image stabilization, and cameralike still-photo features, its low-light shooting capabilities will likely disappoint the home moviemaker. If you're going to remain...

Manual focus ring; cameralike mode wheel; shutter- and aperture-priority modes available for video; optical image stabilization; excellent LCD and microphone; takes decent snapshots.

Poor low-light video quality; microphone picks up motor noise.

Canon's feature-packed camcorder shoots very good daylight footage but has reason to be scared of the dark.

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Canon Optura 50 Camcorder Review

 

The Optura 50 would make a strong contender for best camcorder in its price class (retail $799, street prices around $600), were it not for the absence of a few really useful features found on its big sister model, the Optura 60 and its low light...

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Canon Optura 50

 

Canon Optura 50 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom.

Take control and capture your video and photographic memories the way you want to remember them - all with a single camera.

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Great all around camera for price

 

I shot my 2 student films with this camera and loved it's easy access buttons and ease of use. It is able to withstand a lot of punishment so no need to be too careful, except with the lens of course. The 10x zoom makes you feel limited and who carse...

Good picture, firewire/i.link capable, easy to use, manual focus ring

Loud motor noise, only 10x optical zoom

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"Great all around camera for price"

 

I shot my 2 student films with this camera and loved it's easy access buttons and ease of use. It is able to withstand a lot of punishment so no need to be too careful, except with the lens of course. The 10x zoom makes you feel limited and who carse...

Good picture, firewire/i.link capable, easy to use, manual focus ring

Loud motor noise, only 10x optical zoom

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Canon Optura 50

 

I shot my 2 student films with this camera and loved it's easy access buttons and ease of use. It is able to withstand a lot of punishment so no need to be too careful, except with the lens of course. The 10x zoom makes you feel limited and who carse...

Good picture, firewire/i.link capable, easy to use, manual focus ring

Loud motor noise, only 10x optical zoom

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"I .like this camera but the motor noise is fairly loud"

 

I think this is a great camera, It has alot of extra features for the price, but the motor noise is very loud even when there is talking on video. The zoom is great, it has great focus when you are panning around to different subjects. There is no...

great features, takes decent stills, nice small size, it has a lot of extra stuff

loud motor noise, i found it to be quite annoying. The set switch is poorly made and placed!

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I .like this camera but the motor noise is fairly loud

 

I think this is a great camera, It has alot of extra features for the price, but the motor noise is very loud even when there is talking on video. The zoom is great, it has great focus when you are panning around to different subjects. There is no...

great features, takes decent stills, nice small size, it has a lot of extra stuff

loud motor noise, i found it to be quite annoying. The set switch is poorly made and placed

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"Unique deal at current prices"

 

As I write this review, the Optura 50 is a uniquely good deal among the widely-available high-end consumer camcorders.

General picture quality; high end consumer features; street prices

Minor performance issues and design flaws

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Unique deal at current prices

 

As I write this review, the Optura 50 is a uniquely good deal among the widely-available high-end consumer camcorders. A basic overview: the Optura 50 is the budget version of the Optura 60. As a result the 50 lacks a few of the 60's features, such as...

General picture quality; high end consumer features; street prices

Minor performance issues and design flaws

Product Specifications

Take control and capture your video and photographic memories the way you want to remember them - all with a single camera. The Optura 50 combines extraordinary 2.2 Megapixel performance with advanced controls for your digital photography. The camcorder also lets you take as much or as little control over your video as you want with a wide range of automatic settings. With these advanced controls and automatic settings - along with an advanced, 9-point Auto Intelligent Autofocus - there are no limits to your creativity. You always get the shot you want. Not only that, the Optura 50 makes it easy for you to share your great shots. The camcorder connects with your computer effortlessly, letting you manage, stream and e-mail your memories for all to enjoy.

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:5.2in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.8in

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:Beach/snow / Fireworks / Foliage / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:50
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Optura

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:10
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

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Low Sharpening / Neutral / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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