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Canon Optura Xi Mini DV Camcorder

Canon Optura Xi Mini DV Camcorder
alaAverage 4.8

6 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Canon Optura Xi Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the usability. The design is also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the color. Some have doubts about the portability and memory.

design, usability

memory, portability

On average, users rate this product 96/100.

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Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

Canon Optura Xi Mini DV Camcorder


A fabulous camera with full-manual controls and features.

Beautiful colors, Manual audio gain control, Zebra pattern, 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Tape loads from bottom

May, 2004

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My First DV (or camcorder of any type)


After many decades as a nature/UW photographer I decided to try DV after seeing the results I got with a housed digital still camera's video - at just 15 fps. I nearly always hand hold, so anything over about 6x zoom is wasted on me. Even with lower ...

Optical stabilization, fast zoom, fine DV images with good sharpness and color balance. Firewire

Poorly designed, easily turned on power switch. Pathetic still images

Mar, 2005

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Great dual-purpose camera


The OpturaXi is a great little camera. We had thought about purchasing a model that uses discs instead of tape so we could easily view them with our DVD player, but settled on this model and simply load the tapes to PC for DVD burning. The photos we've...

Ease of use, good photos, great video, nice lens and accessories, Canon optics

Switching between memory card and tape (awkward), eject interferes with quick-release plates

Sep, 2004

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I love my Canon Optura Xi for both- videos and stills!


I bought the camera last December after first trying the smaller Panasonic 3ccd camera and now I'm definetly glad I got this one. Since I got the Xi I have forgotten my Nikon SLR camera and I take digital pictures like crazy. I have a 1 year old at ...

Quality video and decent stills in one camera.It's better than Panasonic GS70 3ccd camera

A bit heavy, very motion sensitive, purple color off

May, 2004

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I paid $1135 for mine at B&H. Worth every penny of it!


I did a lot of research on the web before settling on this video camera. It's lived up to all expectations. As for low light scenarios? Well, you can buy a Sony with its infrared, but it doesn't have much range, and everything is sort of greenish ...

Performs like a prosumer cam should. Feels good to the hand, steady shooting

The on-board nightlight is an asinine feature

Mar, 2004

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Excellent DV Camcorder (Mac OS X User)


This is the first video camcorder I have ever owned which I've been using for about 2 months. Thus, I can't give much input in terms of personal comparisons to other camcorders currently out. However, I have extensively researched DV camcorders over...

Mac compatible, excellent video quality and zoom control

Extreme low-light situations does result in video degradation

Oct, 2003