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Canon Optura 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Canon Optura 500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The design and usability also get good views, whereas many are critical about the zoom and price.

portability, usability, design, size, image quality

durability, battery, price, 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 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 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 really like the image quality and color. The design and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the durability, while there are some mixed views 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

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (

Canon Optura 500


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Excellent ergonomics; high-resolution LCD; compact size; video light and accessories.

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.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

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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

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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: andy_bulgin (

"Great Camera--Reviews are Misleading"


I purchased this camera in March 2005 after months of hemming and hawing over which camera to buy. I waited so long that my first [cheap] choice (the Optura 30) was no longer being sold. My dilema with the Optura 500 was the reviews I was reading--all...

Compact, great video and stills

None so far

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: Kauai (

"The best little camcorder I've had so far!! (and I've had alot)"


I've bought and used alot of little camcorders for over 12 years and this is the best so far. It's light and small for always carrying around, the 2meg. stills is just as good or even better than my 3meg. Canon PowerShot SD110, the video is good...

A perfect dual purpose camcorder with a flash for the stills and a light for the video.

The image stabilizer isn't that good.

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: (

"Not what I Expected from other Reviews"


Stylish, easy to use

I purchased this camcorder recently and put it through many tasks. I was very disappointed with the video performance and am bewildered at how it scored so highly in this forums review. First, motor noise is very prominent and extremely annoying. Second,

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: (

"Great Little Video Camera"


This is a great little machine with lots of extras built in. You have everything you need to start for an beginner to video like myself. Its all in one compact design. I like the SD card option for movie making. For vaction or for family pics this one

Low battary life on the play back video option.

Dec, 2004

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iv had this camcorder for awhile now, i think its gr8,does all u need for a small camera. i took a few stills, and quality was gr8. tape quality awsum, what more can i say, im glad i bought it. in spite of its minor flaws, this camcordeer is gr8, at the e

one con, is that the night light is alittle bright, kinda blinds people, it works gr8 dnt get me wrong, but its that kind of bright shape lite that hurts ur eyes. also the mic, its just in the wrong place, canon has to do something about this, u can just

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.