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Canon Optura 50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of Canon Optura 50. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the durability and image quality. The usability and price also get good views, whereas the design and battery get negative views. Comments are divided on the zoom.

portability, price, usability, image quality, durability

reliability, battery, design

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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Expert review by: David Kender (

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...

Aug, 2005

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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.

Consumer review by: vega2lyre (

Excellent Camcorder for the price


The Optura 50 is my 1st camcorder. After 3 weeks of reading reviews of camcorders on over a half dozen sites and reviews of several dozen places to buy them, I opted to go for the Canon Optura 50. I purchased it at B&H photo for 2 reasons. They had the...

Ease of use. Great Video & Stills. Price

battery life of battery that comes with the Optura

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: yxz029000 (

Optura 50 is a good choice


(Edited June 23rd by yxz029000) Overall, For about $410, this camcorder is a good choice.

Very easy to hold and operate. The quality of the video is pretty good even under low light. The battery is decent.

Since it is compact size, all those plugs for powers, earphones and etc are crammed all over the camcorder protected with a rubber protector. I am concerned the protection rubber may wear out.

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: ambikapathij (

Canon Optura 50


I was looking for an camcorder for price ranging $300 to $400 and found reviews on Optura 50 stating the RGB and true color in video, I am impressed than the latest models from Canon (ZR 500 / 600 / 700).

Canon Optics, Ports, RGB

Function buttons

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: matthewsweeney (

Great Quality, Features, and Value


I've been using this camcorder for almost two months now, and I couldn't be happier.

Optical Image Stabilization, color quality, wireless remote, photo capabilities, Analog->Digital Conversion, Easy menu controls, and lots of extras that just make it easy to use

Battery life, USB 1.1 on card reader for photo (a little slow)

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: Lowest Price Electronics (

Simply Excellnet


This camcoder meets my expectation.

Can take 2MP still picture, great picture quality, compact and silent, analog to digital conversion, light sensitivity (can take good movie or picture in dim light), top loading


Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: mnasongco (

Very Slick, and eacy to click


The weight of this camcorder is amazing only 1.

lightweight, 2 MP with flash camera, great CD package, very small but powerful camcorder.


Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: braveranger (

Very satisfied


The most outstanding feature of the Optura 50 is the resolution and color reproduction.

1. Very high picture quality in normal light. 2. True 16:9 widescreen mode. 3. Compact size.

Grainy color in low light.

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: rgpai (

Canon Optura 50 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


Its light weight and the prcture quality is good.

light weight


Sep, 2005

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


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


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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD