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Canon Optura S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Canon Optura S1. 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. Comments about the durability and image quality are generally positive. The price and size are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed opinions about the usability. The battery and zoom get negative views.

portability, size, price, image quality, durability

zoom, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Canon Optura S1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the durability and image quality. The size and price are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the zoom.

portability, price, size, image quality, durability

zoom

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon Optura S1 2.2MP MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomCanon Optura S1 2.2MP MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: novrain (pricegrabber.com)

great compact camcorder

 

I bought this camcorder to replace my 4-year old Sharp VL-Z3U, which is also a very compact camcorder. Canon Optura S1 is much better than the old Sharp Z3U in every aspects, except that both are only 10x optical zoom. I am very satisfied wit the...

compact form factor, accurate color

none so far

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: kitchau (pricegrabber.com)

Canon Optura S1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

Small light and compact. Good size 2.5" LCD. Great picture under well lighted conditions. Not so great quality at low light conditions. Battery life could be better. Lasts only about an hour. Only 10X optical zoom. 2 megapixels stills can be taken with...

Small light and compact. Good size 2.5" LCD

Batery life could be better. Not great at low light conditions. Only 10X optical zoom

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: yongoh (pricegrabber.com)

Ultra Portable MiniDV Camcorder

 

This is my very first camcorder purchase. I've been taking still photographs for years, and saw no need to go into video...until, that is, I found out that my wife is pregnant. The baby's due in a few weeks and everyone's been telling us to get a...

Size ; Features ; Weight

Quality degrades a bit in low light ; Wide angle not wide enough

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: yongoh (pricegrabber.com)

Ultra Portable MiniDV Camcorder

 

This is my very first camcorder purchase.

Size ; Features ; Weight

Quality degrades a bit in low light ; Wide angle not wide enough

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: Shopper54 (pricegrabber.com)

Optura S1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

I used the camcorder for the first time a couple of weeks ago on an overseas trip.

The small size, light weight, and video quality.

The inconvenient location of the play, pause, rewind, etc. buttons, tiny text, unbalanced hand strap, the extended velcro on the strap catches onto clothing.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Shopper54 (pricegrabber.com)

Optura S1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

I used the camcorder for the first time a couple of weeks ago on an overseas trip. The small size and light weight made it a pleasure to take everywhere in a small handbag. The video quality is impressive. I took very few photo stills because of the...

The small size, light weight, and video quality

The inconvenient location of the play, pause, rewind, etc. buttons, tiny text, unbalanced hand strap, the extended velcro on the strap catches onto clothing

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Shopper54 (pricegrabber.com)

Optura S1 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

I used the camcorder for the first time a couple of weeks ago on an overseas trip. The small size and light weight made it a pleasure to take everywhere in a small handbag. The video quality is impressive. I took very few photo stills because of the...

The small size, light weight, and video quality.

The inconvenient location of the play, pause, rewind, etc. buttons, tiny text, unbalanced hand strap, the extended velcro on the strap catches onto clothing.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: kaolan (pricegrabber.com)

A small camcorder

 

It's extremely small that you can even put it in your pocket.

extremely compact ; decent video quality ; large LCD

looks kind of bulky ; battery ; only 10X zoom ; mini-sd card

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: kaolan (pricegrabber.com)

A small camcorder

 

It's extremely small that you can even put it in your pocket. It weighs less than one pound and its largest dimension measures only 4.1 inches. This camcorder is definitely one of the smallest Minidv camcorders I've ever seen. It feels very comfortable...

extremely compact ; decent video quality ; large LCD

looks kind of bulky ; battery ; only 10X zoom ; mini-sd card

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: aguante (pricegrabber.com)

Cool device, ideal for backpackers and adventurers.

 

I'm not a professional videographer. Still I might well be the pickiest man in the world when it comes to video quality. I'm the one who keeps noticing MPEG artifacts in TV transmissions all the time, because I've been doing my own DVDs for 5 years. In...

Small, small, small -- Never-seen-before color accuracy -- Excellent daylight video quality

Bad nighttime video quality -- Wide angle frame comparable to other cam's half-way zoom frame -- Unable to stamp Date/Time in the video

Nov, 2005
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