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Canon MV450I

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Canon MV450I. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and zoom. The price and size are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and color, and there are some mixed views about the durability.

usability, size, price, zoom, portability

image quality, reliability, color, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV450I is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Canon MV450I from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size. The usability is also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

usability, size


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

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The MVX460 is the smallest of the three pricier MiniDV models, thanks in part to the unusual placement of its battery, which is tucked away behind the LCD.

The MVX460 impressed us when we reviewed it in What's New, Shopper October 2006. Five months on, it's still a great MiniDV camcorder.

Feb, 2007

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Sep, 2008

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Canon MVX450: Handy, with lots of features


Simply a handy video camera that might not be ultra durable but apart from that offers a lot for not a lot. The wide screen option is handy, taking stills albeitat a lower resolution at the same time as filming video is a brilliant enhancement not...

wide screen, small, good standard battery

feels "plasticky

Nov, 2007

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Canon MVX450


Reasonable low light performance, Autofocus seems fast and intelligent. Native 16:9 looks great on widescreen tvs. Easy mode is just that. Excellent zoom.

Shutter is manual - need to remember to close it! Image stabiliser could be better. Bright led light helps in low light conditions, but gives a bit of a blue hue to everything. Hand strap adjustment is via velcro only and is difficult to get tight...

Nov, 2006

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for beginners......


I've never had a camcorder before and only used old fashioned clunky things in the past so after a lot of research I bought this C...

Nov, 2006

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Wide screen

Nov, 2006

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Canon MVX450


Ease of use

Grainy viewfinder Lots of plastic

Nov, 2006

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Great piece of kit


As a bit of a Canonophile, I was disappoint...

May, 2006

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canon mvx460


i bought this Canon MVX460 camcorder several days ago and i am very pleased with it. its very small and sits comfortably in your h...

Apr, 2006

Product Specifications

The featherweight Canon MV450i digital camcorder is so compact and stylish, it fits neatly into your palm and your budget! Flagship camcorder of the new MV400i series, MV450i incorporates the latest extended-recording technology, radically increasing recording time by 3 times per cassette and making sure you don't run out of film just when you need to shoot. The easy-to-use MV400i series also brings you digital line-in functionality so you can save valuable video footage of those all-important moments by copying 8mm/VHS tapes onto new long-lasting PAL system DV tapes, as well as upload edited footage or graphics from your PC. MV400i series compact, stylish and quality camcorders deliver excellent digital picture quality and extended shooting time. They come in a handy size made possible by the compact signal-processing LSI and smaller mechanical chassis. Adding to their attractiveness are a translucent LCD viewer and customizable color-illuminated control buttons in 3 choices of colors. Superb digital picture quality is guaranteed by Canon's famous high-performance 10x optical / 200x digital zoom lens with Image Stabilizer, completely eliminating distortion and camera shake. Enhanced picture quality from the Progressive Photo mode is especially evident from still digital pictures. The 3x ELP recording mode gives four hours recording on one 80-minute tape and a possible extended shooting time of up to 9hr 30min. MV450i features enhanced PC-compatibility using the supplied SD (Secure Digital) card and MMC (MultiMedia Card). Next-generation storage media SD memory cards incorporate advanced copyright protection for digital content, high-speed access performance, and expanded recording capacity. Together the SD card and MMC enable advanced manipulation and storage of digital images where, for example, images recorded on a memory card can be combined with images being recorded by the camera on a DV tape. Among its state-of-the-art features, the MV400i series is equipped with a DV terminal (IEEE1394) allowing high-quality dubbing, with editing and processing of images by connecting the camera to a PC. Analog line-in enables valuable images previously recorded on 8mm/VHS tape to be transferred onto long-lasting DV tape. The audio dubbing and A/V insert feature then let you add new sound to original sound, or replaces original sound and images on a pre-recorded tape. When shooting, Canon's programmed auto exposure (AE) lets the user select the shooting mode to suit the scene (with Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand and Snow, and Low-Light modes) and then lets the camera take care of the photography. During shooting or playback, the digital effects feature adds special effects to images, including faders and color effects.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208DG
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208DG
Run Time (Up To):8.5hour(s)

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:2
Photo effects:Art, Mirror, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/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/Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):750000
Optical sensor size:1 / 5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.33

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter size:1.06
Focal length range (f-f):1.72 - 34.6
Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10/20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/750Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix/540Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"/1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )/6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
I/O ports:AV / Microphone\nUSB\nAV\n
Lens system:800x/80x
Resolution:640 x 480

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
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:1/2000 ~ 1/6


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:200/800
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions