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Canon Optura Pi Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Canon Optura Pi Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and color are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the memory, while there are some critical comments about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, price, image quality, color, durability

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura Pi Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 22 reviews)

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Very expensive disappointment.

 

Good design. Flash and battery interchangeable with other Canon cameras (G series). Very convenient.

Poor quality of the tape mechanism. Jagged, heavily pixelated image.

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"REMOVE CASSETTE" Warning plagues users!

 

Excellent quality output, both audio and video

Fatal problem for many users.

Consumer review by:

A true camcorder

 

After doing a lot of research and handling a lot of digital camcorders, I decided the Optura Pi fit my needs best of all. I'm expecting my first child soon and I expect to be shooting lots of home movies and making video clips to share on the web. ...

Optical image stabilizer, good low light

None so far

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My first camcorder and I'm happy

 

I am new to this review scene and I am not a creative writer, but I can give you some quick points in a summary that can help with your buying.

Clear stable images on the go.

Built in mic picks up manual adj. Sounds

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Very Competent DV

 

I purchased the PAL version of this camcorder, the Canon MVi30 in Hong Kong. I bought this camcorder in Aug 2000, so I have been using it for a while.

Optical stabilisation, WYSIWYG display, Low light recording, Progressive scan

No hi-res digital still photos, Cheap CCD

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You Can Still Buy This Great Camcorder!

 

Hello video enthusiasts! Wanted to share my experiences with you regarding camcorders. Whether you are buying your first unit, or are replacing an older one, this should help. First let me tell you that I have not purchased a camcorder since 1986 (I...

Great Performance, Solidly Built, Easy to Use.

Too minor to list.

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Still the best and still available

 

Funny how price and make is all it takes for people to qualify their choices but if you film for capturing those treasured moments or simply for the love of the medium this palmcorder will satisfy your needs.

Still the best palmcorder available and the industry knows it.

Color saturation a bit weak.

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This is it!

 

I purchased this camera after returning a JVC mini DV model GR-DVL805U camcorder.

Excellent video quality ; Low light performance ; size ; LCD screen size and resolution

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Outstanding DV Camcorder

 

A month ago I decided to purchase a DV camcorder for the purpose of recording business presentations and placing them on the web. After many hours of research I decided that the following criteria were essential:

Good low light performance, excellent in good light

Mediocre battery life ; so-so ergonomics for controls

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Poor Quality

 

I have had to return two Optura PI cameras due to playback problems. Both cameras experienced video and audio distortion when playing back dubbed tapes from either a VCR or DC50 Video Capture Card. Also some of the recordings from the same camera...

Good Stabilization. Good LCD Display. Playback Controls on LCD Screen.

Very Poor Quality in playback and dubbing. Mulitple cameras with the same problem. Unreliable!

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