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Canon MVX4i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Canon MVX4i. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and size are overall positive. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom, and there are some negative comments about the color.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MVX4i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Canon MVX4i from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the portability and price, but there are some mixed views about the usability.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon MVX4i MiniDV Digital Camcorder [4Mp, 10x Optical]Canon MVX4i MiniDV Digital Camcorder [4Mp, 10x Optical]

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The MVX4i is a great little camcorder, offering strong digital photography and comprehensive manual control. But it's also extremely expensive. If the price comes down over the coming months, this will be hard to resist.

Comfortable and Compact, 4 MegaPixels for still images, Good level of manual control, Excellent video performance

Bottom loading tape mechanism bad news for tripods, No accessory shoe, Jumpy autofocus

Jan, 2005

Expert review by : James Morris (

Canon MVX4i


The digital stills capability of camcorders is finally starting to be more than just a gimmick; a number of manufacturers are now exceeding the 3Mp (megapixel) level with their premium models. But Canon has been relatively slow to bring its camcorders...

The MVX4i is a great little camcorder, offering strong digital photography and comprehensive manual control. But it's also extremely expensive. If the price comes down over the coming months, this will be hard to resist.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Canon MVX4i


The Canon MVX4i is a very good pocket camcorder that's also a reasonable snapshot camera.

Compact ; Excellent video quality ; Performs well in low light ; Nice set of manual controls

Some of the controls are in awkward locations

Still-shot quality is far better than you'd expect from a camcorder, although the colours appear surrealistically vivid. The 4-megapixel images offer reasonable detail, and indoor shots with flash look about as good as you'd expect from a budget...

Nov, 2005

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Canon MV X4i


Canon MV X4i GOOD! I have been all liking this machine son very much quite good I love you! Canon MV X4i The camera user's allocation to the digital camera request increases Gao day by day and defend to tremble function is more and more valued by the...



Mar, 2009

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A Medium grade DV cameras


The better life screen, see Canon MV X4i, my very heart. This is a mid-range DV cameras, suitable in low-income people. First evaluation of its performance now, we all know that Canon cameras are experts in the field, Canon MV X4i LCD screen brightly...

Static photography, and optical lens good

The appearance of heavy

Mar, 2009

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Canon MVX4i


I blew min up in 2008 hot swapping battery while using the firewire. I liked mine so much that I had it repaired in 2010, still going strong in 2010, might not be HD but it has 16:9 widescreen. Added bonus that you can buy lots of aftermarket stuff...

16:9 ratio, good solid camera, tapes provide lots of space


Dec, 2010

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV270: this is the camera you want


This Is the Best camera for the price. I have had mine for going on 3 1/2 years. it has good picture quality. make sure. you use high 8 tapes. if you connect it to the computer you'll have to hit menu and go down to the settings and hit yes for usb...

takes good picture good sound good quality

that you have to buy lot of tapes

Oct, 2008

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Canon MV930: No nudity allowed apparently. rats!


I often look at myself in the the mirror and think that today, I am going to do great things. Often this involves shooting a major Hollywood blockbuster complete with dazzling special effects. Strangely this has never happened as I quickly realise that...

Small and does the job

Sound a bit ropey . Unaccomadating wife

Jan, 2008

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Canon DC 10: Ultra Compact Camcorder


Gadgets are a pet love of mine and compact has always intrigued me when it comes to cameras and mobiles, and so when it came to buying a camcorder for my month long trip in many different places across Europe, I decided to splash out and treat myself,...

good effective resolution, compact

small optical zoom

Jun, 2007

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Sexy and Functional


The Sony Handycam DCR TRV270, a Digital8 model (a combination of the Hi8 analogue tape and the digital codec), achieves a perfect balance between high quality and affordability. Not only is this superb video-camera highly functional, boasting an...

Great audio and visual quality, affordable, lots of features, brilliant zoom

Not for the seasoned professional

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

With 4 Megapixel performance and exquisite designer looks, the MVX4i gives you style and resolution to burn. Delivering outstanding video and super-sharp photo quality for superb prints up to A4. With its incredibly powerful 4 Megapixel sensor concealed within a sleek designer casing, the MVX4i is no ordinary camcorder. DIGIC DV and an RGB Primary Color Filter deliver professional video quality and the type of impressive digital still results normally associated only with high-end digital still cameras. The DIGIC DV split path processor renders stills and video according to each format's specific requirements, for uncompromised video and digital still image quality. Optical data is translated into beautiful, lifelike imagery, for warm and natural skin tones, rich, vibrant sky blues and lush green grasses. Eliminating the need for signal conversion, the RGB Primary Color Filter enhances tonal accuracy and color definition. Avoiding complicated menus, an AE Mode dial gives you immediate access to all shooting modes, including an abundance of photo functions normally found only in digital cameras. Special Scene modes help with great results in tricky lighting conditions, while access to features such as Auto Exposure Bracketing and a built-in flash give you complete control over your image. The same 9-point auto focusing found in Canon's leading still cameras keeps your image sharp - even with off-center subjects. You can even shoot photos and record video simultaneously or record up to 60 frames at 5fps in a single burst. For sweeping panoramic effect, your MVX4i delivers High Resolution 16: 9 widescreen mode. And to ensure corner-to-corner clarity of all the big screen drama, an ultra compact 10x zoom lens builds on 60 years of Canon experience, delivering crisp, high contrast images. Your new camcorder even features Electronic Image Stabilization - keeping your footage steady, even when you can't be. For shooting in low light, the MVX4i's Mini Video Light and Light Guide Flash extend your after dark options. Use the Manual Audio Level Control to improve your sound recording quality, keeping recording levels good and even. To create album quality prints (up to A4), simply connect your new camcorder to any PictBridge compatible printer and hit the Print/Share button - it is that easy. And with the Hi-Speed USB connection, photo prints and file uploads to computer are also super fast.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3.25 / 3.41
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-308, BP-315
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-308 / Canon BP-315
Run Time (Up To):55min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Photo effects:Art, Mirror, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash/None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Scene / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Super night mode/Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight


Built-in flash:Y

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Country Kits:Sweden
Model:4i/4i MC/X4i
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):4
Optical sensor resolution:4300000
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:4.3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:1.34
Focal length range (f-f):1.64 - 16.4
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6/F/1.8
Max Focal Length:35mm
Min Focal Length:3.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:420Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4Mpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.8"/1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )/9.1 mm ( 1/2.8 ) / 9.1 mm ( 1/2.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
I/O ports:Headphone\nMicrophone\nUSB\nAV / USB\nHeadphone\nMicrophone\nAV in/out
Lens system:41.6 - 416mm, 200x, 10x

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


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


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 / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag/Fade trigger / Mosaic fader / Scroll wipe / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:200/40
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.98 / 4.02
Height:3.98 / 4.02