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Canon MD205

Canon MD205
alaScore 80

21 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews of Canon MD205. 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 size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MD205 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Canon MD205 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good comments.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon MD205 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (36 x Optical Zoom With 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon MD205 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (36 x Optical Zoom With 2.7" Widescreen Colour LCD)

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: eric (

Canon MD205


wieght.easy to use

joy stick takes some getting use to

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

This easy-to-use camcorder MD205 benefits from a Canon 36x advanced zoom and the processing power of DIGIC DV. A microphone input allows capture of superior audio to give every movie that extra edge. The unique combination of genuine Canon optics and powerful DIGIC DV processing now offers extended magnification - even distant shooting subjects are captured in crisp detail. An Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) helps to ensure steady footage. Your home movies are recorded in eye-catching 16:9, allowing you to get the most out of your widescreen TV set. During shooting the 2.7" widescreen LCD and 16:9 widescreen color EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) help you compose your movies in the correct dimensions. Use the LCD to share the view whilst shooting, or choose to use the EVF to save on battery power. With just one push of the dedicated Quick Start button, the camcorder powers up almost instantly from Standby mode. Never miss a moment of the action. Capturing superior quality audio is easy - simply attach an external microphone to the MD205 via its microphone input connection. This is particularly useful when shooting in noisy environments, when ambient sound might otherwise interfere with your movie's soundtrack. Situated on the frame of the LCD screen, a joystick makes it easy to operate all of the camcorder's key controls. To access more advanced features, simply use the joystick to navigate menus displayed on the LCD screen. Record colors in full, vivid color with the power of DIGIC DV processing. DIGIC DV, unique to Canon camcorders, optimizes the colors in the images you shoot, ensuring that they appear vibrant and true-to-life. When turned to face forwards, the camcorder's LCD screen doubles as a convenient video light. It lights up close subjects when shooting in poorly lit conditions. The camcorder features a one-push Easy mode that allows beginners to get shooting straightaway. Switching all of the camcorder's key settings to automatic, it allows you to concentrate on what you are filming. For more advanced users, a full range of program AE modes is available.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-2L5
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L5

Camcorder Features

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


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1.6


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86
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

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.54
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40.5 - 1676
Focal length range (f-f):2.6 - 83.2
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:36
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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


Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 1/6


Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards: No
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Full HD: No

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2000
Faders:Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid


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

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.2
Weight:38 / 380

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Tungsten, Daylight