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Canon XM1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the value for money and portability are overall positive. The usability and battery are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the features and memory.

image quality, battery, usability, portability, value for money

color, memory, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon XM1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon XM1

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 11 user reviews of Canon XM1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

battery, usability, image quality, portability, control panel

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon DM-XM1 Professional Mini DV CamcorderCanon DM-XM1 Professional Mini DV Camcorder

EISA Award - Best Product

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CANON DM-XM1

 

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC109: Nightmare!

 

My parents bought my husband and I this camcorder for Christmas 2007 as we were expecting a baby and we thought it would be lovely to be able to record him. It cost just over £200 and came well wrapped in bubble wrap and a box. The camera is designed...

Small

Wrong instructions, nightmare to transfer data over

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Sony HVR-Z1: good pro/semi pro camera

 

This is certainly not a camera just for someone who wants to take the occaisional holiday video. However, with thiis you can take really good quality proffessional video. The camera is much bigger and bulkier than a handicam, and also has a much larger...

quality, controls

weight, price

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV270: this is the camera you want

 

This Is the Best camera for the price. I have had mine for going on 3 1/2 years. it has good picture quality. make sure. you use high 8 tapes. if you connect it to the computer you'll have to hit menu and go down to the settings and hit yes for usb...

takes good picture good sound good quality

that you have to buy lot of tapes

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Canon DM-XM1

 

Great level entry bit of Kit.

Amazing surround sound and widescreen experience

Mini disc only has 30 mins recording time

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Canon MV930: No nudity allowed apparently. rats!

 

I often look at myself in the the mirror and think that today, I am going to do great things. Often this involves shooting a major Hollywood blockbuster complete with dazzling special effects. Strangely this has never happened as I quickly realise that...

Small and does the job

Sound a bit ropey . Unaccomadating wife

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Canon DC 10: Ultra Compact Camcorder

 

Gadgets are a pet love of mine and compact has always intrigued me when it comes to cameras and mobiles, and so when it came to buying a camcorder for my month long trip in many different places across Europe, I decided to splash out and treat myself,...

good effective resolution, compact

small optical zoom

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Canon MV800: smile please your on candid camera

 

Smart little camcorder light and easy to use. Accessories camera came with compact power adaptor battery pack lithium button battery lens cap and cord stereo video cable scart adaptor It was brought for me as a present i think it cost around £200. I...

light easy to use

no long play feature

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Canon XL2: Go PRO for less

 

The Canon XL2 is the pro-sumer miniDV camcorder that is most often spotted on the sets of low budget and independent films. Not because it is a cheap option, but because for a fraction of the cost of a professional rig, you can deliver the same...

Interchageable lens system, 2xXLR inputs built in, adjustable viewfinder position

Not good for low light performance, bulky when compared to consumer units, not HD

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Sexy and Functional

 

The Sony Handycam DCR TRV270, a Digital8 model (a combination of the Hi8 analogue tape and the digital codec), achieves a perfect balance between high quality and affordability. Not only is this superb video-camera highly functional, boasting an...

Great audio and visual quality, affordable, lots of features, brilliant zoom

Not for the seasoned professional

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Product Specifications

At last there's a high-performance camcorder for serious digital enthusiasts. The Canon XM1 is the sister model to the XL1, a camcorder highly praised by the professionals for its state of the art technology with broadcast quality pictures. Based on the same exceptional design, the XM1 combines the strengths of the Canon L lens system, CCD technology and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to achieve outstanding picture quality. Equipped with a series of pre-programmed settings and filming effects, this serious tool will help you attain new levels of creativity. Renowned for its expertise in imaging technology, Canon is the first video manufacturer to bring out a camcorder equipped with a Fluorite lens. Fluorite is a natural ore with the powerful ability to collect light at a single point, thus by-passing the optical limitations posed by normal glass. The incorporation of fluorite technology provides unrivaled sharpness and resolution while eliminating most color aberrations. The improved image quality is especially apparent when filming at high magnifications. What's more, to beat brightness blur caused by sand or snow, an ND filter reduces the amount of light to the CCD. The XM1 also boasts a 20x optical zoom, which is equivalent to a huge 806mm zoom lens on a 35mm SLR camera and which simply outperforms existing 3 CCD camcorders. It operates in combination with the Optical Image Stabilizer, which is built into the lens and virtually eliminates camera shake, previously a problem experienced when shooting with long zoom ratios. Canon camcorder Image Stabilization operates in a purely optical manner outperforming models with electronic stabilization. Canon's XM1 incorporates a 3 CCD system with Pixel Shift to bring you high-quality color recordings. Each CCD sensor has 320, 000 pixels and is dedicated to a primary color, red, green or blue, to enhance natural color reproduction with low color noise. The Pixel Shift feature automatically compensates for the human eye's sensitivity to green and provides detailed resolution rivaling that of 480, 000 pixel systems. As each pixel captures more light, you get a better signal-to-noise ratio and greater dynamic range. Vertical smear is thus minimized, further contributing to the impressive picture quality.

Accessories

Accessory Type:Shoulder strap
Compatibility (Product Type):Camcorder

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):1hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Hot-shoe clip-on flash/None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.7in
Height:5.3in
Weight:2.6lbs/2.9lbs
Width:4.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aperture-priority / Auto mode lock / ND filter effect / Photo mode / Sand & snow / Shutter-priority / Spotlight/Auto mode lock / Sand & snow / Spotlight/Sand & snow / Spotlight

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Canon
Model:200/SS-600/XM1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon DM/Canon FA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:84mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

CE Product Type:Flash adapter
Color:Black/Black / White/Gray metallic

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:300Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:320Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Fade trigger/Black & white fader / Fade trigger / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:DV
Digital Zoom:100
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cinema / Slim / Stretch / Strobe/Black & White / Slim / Stretch / Strobe/Cinema / Slim / Stretch / Strobe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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