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Canon DC 201

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews of Canon DC 201. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good views. Many are critical about the zoom and battery.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC 201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Canon DC 201 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the usability. The price also gets good feedback.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon DC201 Digital DVD Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon DC201 Digital DVD Camcorder (35x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Canon DC201 DVD Camcorder


It's one of the cheapest camcorders out there, but is it worth buying?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (

Canon DC201 Camcorder Review


The Canon DC201 is a dedicated DVD camcorder that puts the power of direct-to-DVD recording into the palm of your hand. Powerful optics and simple controls deliver widescreen moviemaking with ease.

The DIGIC DV II, the powerful processing chip found inside the Canon DC201, was created for Canon’s prestigious HD camcorder range. It delivers super-fast camera responses, vivid colours, crystal-clear images and sophisticated noise reduction.

May, 2012

Expert review by: paul_smart (

Canon DC201 Camcorder


Like a lot of recent camcorders this records to mini (8cm) DVD's either DVD-R or DVD-RW. This is the lowest specified of three almost identical offerings but don't let that put you off.

It seems strange to call a 30x optical zoom entry level but of the three in this grouping it is. I took both movie and still images with the and was perfectly happy with both. Canon DC201 It is 13x8x4.5cm and it's weight is around 400grams. The...

Jul, 2007

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Canon DC201


DVD camcorders often surprise us. We have never made any secret of thinking the format has some unresolved issues. Yet the cams themselves have proved popular with the buying public and often confound our expectations with their quality

Impressive price, Uncluttered and easy to use

Only suitable for entry-level users, Limited digital outputs

An affordable entry-level camcorder that will be ideal for simple point-and-shoot work like holidays and special occasions

May, 2007

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Canon DC201


Lightweight and easy to use. Instructions take a bit of reading, but overall very good value

May, 2008

Consumer review by: Charlie (

Canon DC201


Very light weight and compact - slightly grainy picture in low light conditions

record button not well situated for small fingers

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: Christine (

Canon DC201


compact size

a bit complicated for people not very good with technology

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Canon DC201


Compact, easy to use

The zoom button is difficult to use, especially for my husband's bigger hands

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: irene (

Canon DC201


Compact shape and size; weight; easy to use controls

None experienced as yet

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Canon DC201


easy to use

short battery life

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

The widescreen-ready Canon DVD Camcorder DC201 benefits from a powerful optical zoom lens and DIGIC DV II, Canon's most powerful video image processor originally designed for High Definition (HD) recording. A range of user-friendly features includes a Quick Start button and an intuitive menu system, easily navigated using a Joystick controller. The camcorder offers additional digital stills functionality, recording to disc. This camcorder is optimized for high-resolution true widescreen recording. A wide 2.7" LCD and a 0.27" 16:9 color EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) allow users to compose and play back footage in the same dimensions that will be displayed on a wide TV set. It is then a simple process to finalize the DVD in-camera before playing it back in a compatible home DVD player. The camcorder can also be switched to standard 4:3 recording mode. Designed for genuine one-handed shooting, controls are optimally positioned on the camcorder body. A Joystick at the back of the camcorder falls easily under the right thumb and is used for easy selection of a range of shooting features. The DC 201 also features Canon's Quick Start innovation. It can take most camcorders several seconds to be ready to record after being switched on. With Quick Start, however, a camcorder enters Record mode almost instantly. With one push of the dedicated Quick Start button, the camcorder rests in Standby mode, conserving battery power. With one more push of the button, the camcorder is ready to record in approximately one second. Quick Start allows users to capture events they might otherwise miss - a child's first steps, for instance, or a match-winning goal. DIGIC DV II was first introduced with Canon's flagship HD camcorder, the XL H1. Designed to handle the increased data rate of HD, this ultra-fast image processor is now found in camcorders across Canon's range. DIGIC DV II features advanced noise reduction technology that results in sharper, higher quality images. It also provides true-to-life colors that appear vivid and vibrant on the screen. With split path processing, video and photo signals are handled separately, allowing optimal color reproduction for each. Compatibility with Dual Layer media (DVD-R DL) allows users to record more. Up to 108 minutes of video can be stored on a single disc, cutting down on the amount of times a shooting day has to be interrupted. The DC201 offers consumers a wide range of choice!


Built-In Microphone:No / Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

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


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV II
Minimum illumination:1.1
Photo effects:Sepia, Art, Black&White, Mosaic


Colour of product:Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):123000
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):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/Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Sunset / TV screen


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.5
Effective megapixels (movie):0.5
Optical sensor resolution:800000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1000 / 800
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):49.8 - 1494
Focal length range (f-f):2.6 - 78 / 2.6 - 91
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital
Interchangeable lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.4
Max Focal Length:78mm
Maximum aperture number:5
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Minimum aperture number:2
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1
Optical Zoom:30
Optical Zoom:30 / 35
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:540Kpix
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 Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Art: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Resolution:1024 x 768
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
PictBridge: No
S-Video Out: No


Camera shutter speed:1/2000

Still image

Histogram: Yes
Maximum image resolution:1024 x 768
Still image resolution(s): / 1024 x 768, 640 x 480


Camcorder media type:Optical disc
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:No / xD
Disc types supported:DVD / DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Capture modes:LP
Video Resolutions:640 x 480

Video Input

Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid/Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skintone / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9

White balance

White Balance:Auto