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Canon ES 8400V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Canon ES 8400V. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and zoom are on the whole positive. The image quality and price also get good reviews, but the size and viewfinder get negative views.

usability, price, image quality, zoom, design

portability, durability, battery, viewfinder, size

On average, users rate this product 67/100.

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Excellent Basic Hi8 Camcorder


It's small, easy to use, has more features than you're ever likely to use, and to my eye the video image on our 32 inch Toshiba TV is as good as our Sony Digital 8 camcorder (and will record for twice as long ------120 minutes vs. 60 minutes on a...

Many Features -Compact design- Easy to use-Excellent video

No remote- Photo feature is of limited use without computer video capture device

Jan, 2005

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For a life time of memories!


I bought my Canon ES8400V after my son was born when the camcorder that I already owned a RCA quit holding a charge on it's battery it was a VHS shoulder held one also, So when I say the hand held Canon camcorder and for the price I thought it would be...

Easy to use and a clear picture

Blurs when recording Christmas lights

Jan, 2003

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For the Camcorder Ignorant -Canon ES 8400V Hi8 Camcorder-


Canon ES 8400V Hi8 Camcorder

Powerful zoom, simple operations, affordable price, feature rich

Nothing Unusual to complain about as of yet

Dec, 2002

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Not Too Shabby


This camcorder is a perfect choice if you want decent quality at a low price during this period of rapid emerging digital technology. Rather than spending $1,000 to $2,000 on a digital camcorder that still records on video tape, consider purchasing a...

Good Quality and low price

Hard-to-reach and hard-to-use zoom button

Nov, 2002

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Canon ES8400V Hi8 w/LCD


The Canon ES8400V Hi8 w/LCD is a great camera. First and foremost it is a Canon, which means high quality craftsmanship by itself. It has 22X Optical and 800X Digital zoom power which is more than plenty. The picture quality does decrease some slightly...

Great features, easy to use, excellent recorded picture, plenty of zoom power. Good

Night focus could be better, but still good. Initial battery pack could last longer

Nov, 2002

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Better get a sony...


I bought this camcorder after doing extensive research on the web. I read the one and only review I could find for this camcorder at the time, and it seemed to boast on it. I had no idea that after the experience I had with it I was going to be trading...

Lots of effects, low price, more features

Had to return twice, built-in light not effective

Oct, 2002

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Value for Money


I bought this camcorder after watching a commercial on TV in April 2002. My first experience was a good one. I had a new born baby and shooting indoors at home with the 2.5" LCD was very easy. I also quickly grasped all the features (except the...

Easy access to Buttons, Easy to handle, good sharp picture, feature packed

poor quality of built-in light, small LCD, b/w view-finder

Jul, 2002

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You Don't Have to Pay Big Money For the Memories!


I have finally made the camcorder purchase! I've been waiting years but every time I looked, the prices were in the $1000 range which was much more than I could justify. My mother and dad.....who NEVER buy electronics purchased a video camera for their...

Inexpensive, All the needed features, puts out a pretty good picture

Short battery life, need to buy accessories

Jul, 2002

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Was a great little camera while it worked!


I purchased this camera for two trips that I was taking and used it for about 1 hour to get familiar with it before the trip. Well as luck would have it , this camera died on the first shooting of the trip! It was not dropped or bumped it just quit! It...

Easy to use and clear instructions. All buttons were within reach

Worked for two days than quit

May, 2002

Product Specifications

Pick up a Canon ES8400V Hi8 camcorder, and you're got a world of spectacular video possibilities in your hand. With a wealth of advanced functions, a powerful zoom lens, video effects and Canon's elegant user-friendly design, the ES8400V is just the tool you need to make your video production dreams come true. Canon's exclusive precision optical zoom lens lets you capture everything from sweeping panoramas to thrilling close-ups, all in flawless detail. The powerful digital zoom lets you increase magnification to an incredible 800x, for even more dramatic results. The advanced image stabilization system instantly compensates for "camera shake" caused by unsteady hands, giving you smooth, stable pictures even for the extreme close-ups, without a tripod. The ES8400V features a bright color LCD screen that makes it easy to shoot well-composed video without having to squint into a viewfinder. Rotate the screen for high or low - angle shots, or turn it around 180 degrees for recording yourself. When you're done shooting, the screen is great for playing back your scenes. The built-in video lights lets you keep on shooting even when the light fades. Even in total darkness, the ES8400V lets you capture the nightlife without having to carry or connect any added gear. FlexiZone AF/AE by Canon lets you keep your subject in perfect focus and exposure regardless of the shooting and lighting conditions. Simply use the FlexiZone controller to align the FlexiZone with your subject in the viewfinder. The ES8400V does the rest! The great video opportunities can come suddenly, and even if you're ready, is your camcorder? When there's no time to adjust focus, exposure or white balance, rely on the ES8400V, which does it all automatically for you. Just switch on, point and shoot. The ES8400V features 8 special digital image effects (Art, Black & White, Sepia, Negative, Mirror, Mosaic, 16: 9, Cinema, strobe and ghost) to add to your video recordings, for a touch of variety and impact at the touch of a button. You'll never have to search for the right button with the ES8400V. The convenient Custom Keys function lets you personalize your camcorder by putting your most commonly used functions at your fingertips.