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Canon Optura S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Canon Optura S1. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the price and usability. The image quality and size are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the battery and zoom.

portability, size, image quality, usability, price

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 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Canon Optura S1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the durability and image quality. The size and price also get good feedback.

portability, price, size, image quality, durability

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

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

May, 2015

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Canon Optura S1

 

Review: Canon's attempt at a small, stylish camera ends up capturing the same combination of small size and key features that makes the iPod all the rage, but the Canon Optura S1's boxy shape and pedestrian, plastic case aren't likely to put Canon in...

Extremely compact; decent video quality in well-lit environments

Poor low-light performance

A decent pocket camcorder that's also a makeshift snapshot camera, the Canon Optura S1 is not an optimal choice for indoor shooting.

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: JerryFeist (cnet.com)

"Poor with indoor lighting"

 

Compact, good for daylight outdoor video.

Indoor shots (stage lighting) were unacceptably noisy.

Feb, 2011
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Consumer review by: Chris1940 (cnet.com)

"Great camera, great price"

 

Looked around at a number of mid-priced digital video cameras and settled on this one. Purchased from CostCo.com for $535, which included Chicago sales tax and express shipping. Later got an automatic refund from CostCo for $50 when they reduced the...

Small; good video quality, even in low light; good still pictures and optical zoom

Battery life fairly short

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: Chris1940 (cnet.com)

Great camera, great price

 

Looked around at a number of mid-priced digital video cameras and settled on this one. Purchased from CostCo.com for $535, which included Chicago sales tax and express shipping. Later got an automatic refund from CostCo for $50 when they reduced the...

Small; good video quality, even in low light; good still pictures and optical zoom

Battery life fairly short

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: JerryFeist (cnet.com)

Poor with indoor lighting

 

Compact, good for daylight outdoor video

Indoor shots (stage lighting) were unacceptably noisy

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: (cnet.com)

Canon Optura S1

 

Looked around at a number of mid-priced digital video cameras and settled on this one. Purchased from CostCo.com for $535, which included Chicago sales tax and express shipping. Later got an automatic refund from CostCo for $50 when they reduced the...

Small; good video quality, even in low light; good still pictures and optical zoom

Battery life fairly short

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: 303eddy (pricegrabber.com)

Decent Small Camcorder

 

This is a decent miniDV camcorder. It's major strengths are its size and good sensor quality. You will get great footage with adequate light. Like most camcorder, at low light the image gets grainy. The built in LED light is basically useless. ...

Nice 1/3.9" 2MP sensor, Very small, Good quality

EIS (rather than optical), plastic tripod mount, no mic-in jack, tape transport hum can be heard

Jan, 2008

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
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