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Canon Optura 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Canon Optura 500. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the color and size. The design and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the zoom and battery.

portability, usability, design, size, color

durability, price, battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon Optura 500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the image quality and color. The design and usability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the durability, while there are some mixed reviews about the size.

portability, usability, design, color, image quality


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

This summary is based on the product: Canon Optura 500 MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Optura 500 is the top of the line for matchbook camcorders on Canon's side of things. While this bad boy may not pack as much punch in the low light and video performance areas, the Optura 500 is relatively cheap, and includes some features which...

Video light and ring adapter, - Ports, - Manual audio control, - LCD pixel count

Middling Low light and video performance

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Matt Culler (

Canon Optura 500 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The slightly more expensive sibling to the Optura 400, the Optura 500 lists for US $1,099.99. The Optura 500 ships with a 1/3.4 CCD containing 1.23 effective megapixels for video and 2 MPs for stills. With a 10x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom, the...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (

Canon Optura 500 Mini DV Camcorder


As you look around the camcorder, there's an amazing amount of controls, buttons and devices on every side. Most of the controls are easy to reach, with the exception of a couple on the right hand side of the camcorder. This isn't a huge problem, as...

Compact Design Manual Audio Levels Mic Input

No accessory shoe Bottom Tape Loader Weak Mic

The auto white balance tends to be slightly warm, but using the manual white balance will eliminate this problem. The auto exposure slightly underexposes but not too much, which helps keep detail within the image. Overall, the Optura 500 has the optics...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: (

Canon Optura 500


The Canon Optura 500 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 500 (and the companion Optura 400; see a comparison table at the end), which is as adept at shooting digital video as it is snapping high-resolution...

Consumer review by: stew (

love it


I got this camera a few months ago and I picked it out partly because of the great size of it. My hands are actually pretty big, and it's still great for me. Picture quality is consistently great. Won't regret it!

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: alli_14 (

Optura 500 Mini DV Camcorder


This camcorder is very small and compact.


none right now

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: wdaunch (

What a great camera!


I was in the market for another camcorder when our Sony was stolen.

Very well thought out design, easy to operate, great value for money

Short battery life.

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: kowkhong (

Canon Optura 500 Mini DV Camcorder


This is a matchbook type camcorder so easy to carry during travel, plus well design when holding the camcorder from ergo perspective.

Built-in flash allow photo taking in all lighting condition. Well thought thru design on the strap with movable arm, video and photo buttons.

Only 10X, video taken using digital zoom is not clear. Original battery does not last long, secondary battery required.

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: green-z (

Optura 500: Far from perfect, but still the best


I’ve been a big fan of Canon DV camcorders since I bought my first ZR in 1999. That one was unfortunately stolen on an overseas trip, which started my nearly annual upgrade cycle. Since the ZR, I’ve “graduated” to the Elura 2MC, then...

Ultra compact DV camcorder with top notch Canon optics

Expensive price due to feature bloat ; plastic feel ; poor battery life

Oct, 2004

Product Specifications

From summer escapes to winter wonderlands, life is meant to be savored. That's why Canon created the Optura 500 digital camcorder. Enjoy the convenience of holding a digital video camcorder and digital camera all in one hand. Low and compact, the Optura 500 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 500 camcorder has it all. Incorporating Canon's latest digital technologies, the Optura 500 digital camcorder comes complete with features normally reserved for higher-end professional camcorders and cameras. Shoot, watch, print and share your favorite memories in vivid clarity and stunning color. Best of all, the Optura camcorders are easy to use, allowing you to enjoy every second of every moment.