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Canon DC301

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Canon DC301. 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. Reviewers really like the zoom and reliability. The portability and usability also get good views, but there are some negative reviews about the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC301 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 DC301 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 reliability and portability, whereas there are some negative views about the durability.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon DC301 Digital DVD Camcorder (32x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon DC301 Digital DVD Camcorder (32x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

Oct, 2016

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Canon DC301 Camcorder Review


The Canon DC301 DVD camcorder makes widescreen moviemaking simple. Easy to master controls, 36x Advanced Zoom and built in video light put a world of cinematic possibilities at your fingertips.

Although this camera is small and has all the bells and whistles, it’s basically meant for shooting family videos and having them on a disc. That’s it. You can’t edit it unless you buy editing software and god forbid if you lose the software that comes...

May, 2012

Product Specifications

The DC301 features a powerful 36x advanced zoom, benefiting from the unique combination of a genuine Canon video lens and super-fast DIGIC DV II processing. Capture footage directly to DVD (-R / -RW / -R DL) for instant playback in almost any home DVD player. Simply finalize a finished DVD in-camera and you're ready to go. Never miss life's important moments again thanks to quick start. One push of the dedicated Quick Start button powers up the DC301 from Standby mode almost instantly - perfect for capturing all those unexpected events. An easy-to-use Joystick, positioned on the frame of the LCD screen, gives you complete control over every important shooting and playback option. Compatibility with DVD-R Dual Layer media allows the DC301 to offer enhanced recording times. Perfect for long days out and extended breaks, it can store up to up to 108 minutes on an 8cm Dual Layer DVD. An optional high capacity battery extends shooting time further. With Canon's true wide high resolution 16:9 recording system, the DC301 records stunning panoramic movies, ideal for playback on widescreen TVs. Perfectly compose and preview your movie on the 2.7


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):7.91
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB-2LH, BP-2L24H
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L24H

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


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86
Display Resolution:112000 x 112000
Display resolution (numeric):112000

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


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.53
Effective megapixels (movie):0.54
Optical sensor resolution:1024 / 800000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6 / 25.400 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.68 / 0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40.5 - 1676 / 40.500 - 1450
Focal length range (f-f):2.6 - 96.2 / 2.600 - 83.200
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/2.0-4.6
Max Focal Length:83.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:32
Optical Zoom:32 / 37
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.53Megapixel
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
Audio output:AV
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Resolution:1024 x 768
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge:No / Yes
S-Video Out: No


Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/2000

Still image

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


Camcorder media type:Memory card, Optical disc
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported:DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
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
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.33
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.6 / 12.600
Height :9
Width:6.6 / 6.600

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Tungsten, Daylight