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Canon MVX2i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 reviews of Canon MVX2i. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the zoom and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability also get good opinions, whereas the memory and size get mixed opinions. Many are critical about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MVX2i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon MVX2i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Canon MVX2i from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the portability and durability. The design and image quality are also appreciated.

usability, image quality, design, durability, portability

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

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon MVX2i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Canon MVX2i from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the zoom and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the size.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Canon Optura Xi

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Mark Bassett (

Canon Optura Xi Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


Canon ups-its-anti with the Optura Xi, a revised and refined take on the Optura 10. Sitting firmly on the high-end of the Optura line, the Xi is a 2-megapixel CCD camcorder with digital camera capabilities. The Optura Xi captures footage or stills to...

Nov, 2003

Expert review by : Diana Weynand (

Canon Optura Xi


A fabulous camera with full-manual controls and features.

Beautiful colors, Manual audio gain control, Zebra pattern, 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Tape loads from bottom

May, 2004

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

Camcorder Review: Canon Optura Xi Mini DV


There are a lot of fine cameras out there, but only a few knock our socks off every year. The Canon Optura Xi definitely left us with ten cold little piggies. With full manual exposure controls (with zebra stripes for monitoring the exposure) and...

Beautiful colors ; Manual audio gain control ; Zebra pattern ; 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Tape loads from bottom

A fabulous camera with full-manual controls and features.

May, 2004

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Canon Optura Xi


The Canon Optura Xi is a MiniDV digital Camcorder with a 11x Optical Zoom.

A first-class ticket to image excellence awaits you with the Canon Optura Xi camcorder. Beneath its silky exterior lies a true visionary at work, producing video and photos that are nothing short of breathtaking. Refined, smart, and dynamic, the Optura...

Expert review by : Tom Hardwick (

Canon MVX3i test and review from Computer Video Magazine


Canon's top megapixel single-CCD camcorder is versatile, lightweight and capable, but is it money well spent?

May, 2004

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

Canon MVX3i DV Camcorder Review


Excellent, well resolved images, DV and AV in/out, SD flash memory card, USB streaming, variable aperture and frame rate, comprehensive controls, full AV/DV connectivity, 16:9 anamorphic, networking

Lack of proper 16:9 widescreen, small viewfinder

An excellent mid-priced single-CCD camcorder which handles well, produces great images and is a joy to use. Well done Canon.

Expert review by : Neil Bennett (



Consumer review (

My First DV (or camcorder of any type)


After many decades as a nature/UW photographer I decided to try DV after seeing the results I got with a housed digital still camera's video - at just 15 fps.

Optical stabilization, fast zoom, fine DV images with good sharpness and color balance

Poorly designed, easily turned on power switch. Pathetic still images

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (

Great dual-purpose camera


The OpturaXi is a great little camera. We had thought about purchasing a model that uses discs instead of tape so we could easily view them with our DVD player, but settled on this model and simply load the tapes to PC for DVD burning.

Ease of use, good photos, great video, nice lens and accessories, Canon optics

Switching between memory card and tape (awkward), eject interferes with quick-release

Sep, 2004

Product Specifications

With the latest technology, extensive manual functions, an ergonomic body and the ability to shoot both movies and stills, the MVX3i offers superb creativity. The MVX3i is a truly creative digital imaging machine that shoots movies and stills. An ergonomic body together with well-positioned controls means all functions are readily accessible. A high-visibility 3.5" color LCD and color viewfinder make composing and menu navigation easy. With the 2.2 Megapixel CCD the MVX3i produces ultra high-resolution video images with 1.7 effective Megapixel as well as still images recorded at 2.0 effective Megapixel. Zoom range is 10x optical/200x digital for movies, 9x optical/36x digital for stills. To keep compositions pin-sharp, the MVX3i is equipped with an Optical Image Stabilizer. An RGB Primary Color Filter ensures reds, greens and blues keep their intensity when reproduced. DIGIC DV ensures the recorded colors of both movies and stills match the colors you see at the time of shooting. With MPEG4 your movies are routed to the SD Memory Card for easy transfer to your computer. The MPEG4 recording time is only limited by the size of the SD Memory Card. A high level of creative control is provided by means of Auto Exposure Bracketing, Back Light Compensation and Manual Audio Level Control. The Custom Key button allows you to select various modes - such as Optical Image Stabilizer, Zebra Pattern and Drive Mode - easily and quickly. High Resolution 16: 9 mode ensures great image quality on wide screen TV without distorting the image by adding more effective pixels. A variety of shooting modes allow you to get the best shot when shooting stills. These include Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Auto Exposure and Slow Shutter speed. You can also take still photos during movie recording. Direct Print lets you obtain superb photo prints quickly and easily by connecting straight to a Canon printer - there's no PC required. PictBridge lets you do the same with any PictBridge compatible printer. Existing analog recordings can be easily converted into digital format. With USB and IEEE1394 FireWire connectivity, transferring images to a computer is completely straightforward.


Audio dubbing: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-512
Video recording time:6.15

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2
Photo effects:Black&White, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash


Color of product:Silver
Product color:Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5 / 3.5

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Sand & snow / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Super night mode


Built-in flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV/Canon Optura

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 3.4 / 1 / 4.5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.33 / 2 / 2.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200 / 360
Filter size:1.81
Focal length range (f-f):0.185 - 1.85 / 1.79 - 32.2
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-1.9
Max Focal Length:47mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm/4.7mm
Optical Zoom:10/11
Optical Zoom:10 / 18
Type:Zoom lens

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.23Mpix/1.77Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.23Mpix/2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.5 mm ( 1/3.4 ) / 7.5 mm ( 1/3.4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

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

Other Features

Art: Yes
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
I/O ports:1 x headphones \n1 x composite video/audio output \n1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) \n1 x USB \n1 x DC power input
Lens system:45.4 - 817mm, F/1.8, 360x, 18x
Manual focus: Yes
Media types supported:MMC, SD
Mirror: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Resolution:1280 x 960 / 1632 x 1224

Ports & interfaces

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


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/6-1/2000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):1632 x 1224


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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video compression format:MPEG4
Video formats supported:MPEG4

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Tide / White fader / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:MJPEG/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:200/220
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.33
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.07 / 3.54
Height:5.16 / 7.91
Weight:17.6 / 25.6
Width:2.83 / 3.15

White Balance

White Balance:Auto