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Canon MV5 Mini DV Camcorder

We have collected and analyzed 4 expert reviews and 61 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 73/100 and users rate it 79/100. The average review date is Jul 16, 2004. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 76/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 17, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon MV5 Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the durability and portability. The size and design also get good opinions.

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Dec, 2018

Expert review by : paul_smart (

Canon MV960 Camcorder


I tend to see far more Digital Cameras than Camcorders however with more and more functions being available on either then maybe one is the solution for the other.

This Canon camcorder weights around 400grams and is 11x4.5x9cm when closed. The screen when open adds another 7.5cm to the 4.5cm width. The screen is itself is 6x3.5cm with four push buttons and a five position wheel below the TFT display that controls...

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

The MV5i MC has a 2.5-25mm 10x optical zoom lens with 200x digital magnification, a built-in microphone to ensure perfect stereo sound and an image stabilizer to guarantee smooth video recordings. Besides video, it can take brilliant still pictures (1024x768XGA), measuring up to 800K in size. Video and still images can be stored on the included 8MB memory card, you can even connect the camcorder directly to the card photo printer CP-10 to produce beautiful color prints. It features DV-out and DV-in ports and all the software you need for image manipulation is included. Being the top model of the series, it includes a USB interface for fast and easy communication with a PC and Motion JPEG compression function to store video material small enough for email or web usage.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):75min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2.5

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight




Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist/Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:5/5i/5i MC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:4.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:1.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.0984 - 0.984
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8/F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:420Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution: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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:200
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 / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions