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Canon DC220

We have collected and analyzed 9 expert reviews and 53 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 67/100 and users rate it 74/100. The average review date is Apr 8, 2008. We have compared these reviews to 369525 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 81/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon DC220 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the usability. The portability is also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability. The price and size get mixed opinions.

portability, usability


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This summary is based on the products: Canon DC220 DVD Camcorder with 35x Optical ZoomCanon DC220 DVD Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (

Canon DC220 review: Canon DC220


Canon DC220

Long zoom lens; decent image stabilization; fast autofocus; shutter-priority exposure mode.

Fair-to-middling overall video quality; poor still photos.

A simple DVD camcorder with decent performance and image quality, the DC220 won't blow you away, but it also will not let you down.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

Canon DC220 Camcorder Review


The Canon DC220 ($449 MSRP) is a respectable entry-level DVD camcorder sporting familiar specs and features: a single 1/6 CCD, electronic image stabilization, a 2.7" LCD, and a modest but effective array of manual controls. In many respects, the...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (

Canon DC220 Review and Prices


Despite being a step up from the DC210, Canon's introductory DVD camcorder, the DC220 still feels and performs very much like a low end, entry-level unit. The DC220 is an updated version of last year's Canon DC100 and while it may have improved in...

Simple to use, great handling, includes 16:9 widescreen mode, powerful zoom

Disappointing image quality, poor low light performance

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

Canon DC220


The Canon DC220 is a baseline DVD camcorder, all told, and the imager matches the price. Inside is a 1/6" CCD with 680,000 gross pixels (450,000 effective pixels in 16:9 with the stabilization off, 360,000 effective pixels in 16:9 with the...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


If you really must own a DVD camera and don't have a tonne of money to spare, you could probably do a lot worse than this cute budget offering.

35x optical zoom, smart and compact design, plenty of functions for the asking price

Less than 1-megapixel, ineffectual night mode

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (

Canon DC220


A simple DVD camcorder with decent performance and image quality, the DC220 won't blow you away but neither will it let you down.

Long zoom lens ; Decent image stabilisation ; Fast autofocus ; Shutter-priority exposure mode

Fair-to-middling overall video quality ; Ppoor still photos

If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive DVD-based camcorder and you don't expect to shoot in dim lighting much, the DC220 is pretty safe choice. Of course, as I said earlier, if the DC220's added features don't make a difference to you, you can...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Sulabh Puri (



If you got bored with your regular analog video recorder then try your hands on this compact DVD camcorder

Light weight ; Good zoom level

No flash ; Low pixel CCD sensor

Sep, 2007

Consumer review (

Canon DC 220


Shows some improvements in design. Canon now includes a tiny joystick, well located for your thumb, to navigate the menus. That's a big step up from the array of buttons on the left side of the DC100's body. However, the DC220 does have a triad of...



Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

Canon DC220 Camcorder


Shows some improvements in design. Canon now includes a tiny joystick, well located for your thumb, to navigate the menus. That's a big step up from the array of buttons on the left side of the DC100's body. However, the DC220 does have a triad of...

And Canon camcorders take advantage of more pixels to give you amazing quality

Video recorded on DVD-R cannot be edited on a computer

Nov, 2008

Consumer review (

Canon DC 320 review


Slightly less expensive DC210. Fortunately, Canon placed the rest of the controls in all the right places. Canon includes a decent array of controls and features for a midlevel camcorder. We were impressed with the DC220's long 35x optical zoom lens as...

DVD storage


Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

With the affordable and easy-to-operate Canon DC 220, you get all the performance of DVD technology, along with the brilliance and power of a Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom. You also get an impressive array of features found on more expensive models, including a miniSD card capability for easy image storage. With the Canon DC 220, you'll enjoy capturing the precious moments of your life and sharing them with everyone.


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV II
Minimum illumination:1.1
Photo effects:Neutral, Vivid
Self-timer delay:10


Color of product:Black, Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Built-in flash: No
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.54
Effective megapixels (movie):0.4
Optical sensor size:1 / 6 / 1/6
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.96 - 68.6
Digital Zoom:1000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.96 - 68.6
Focal length range (f-f):0.102 - 3.58
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable Lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.0
Max Focal Length:91mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:35
Optical Zoom:35
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.45Megapixel/0.53Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:450Kpix/540Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):2 - 5
Art: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
I/O ports:USB 2.0 Hi Speed\nAV
Night mode: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/2000

Still Image

Maximum image resolution:1024 x 768
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Camcorder media type:Optical disc
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:MiniSD / No
Disc types supported:DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:100/1000
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skintone / Vivid/Art / Monotone / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skintone
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

White Balance:Auto