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Canon MV5 Mini DV Camcorder

Canon MV5 Mini DV Camcorder
alaScore 76

65 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Canon MV5 Mini DV Camcorder. 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. People are impressed by the image quality and portability. The design and size are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the battery. Views are divided on the price.

usability, size, design, portability, image quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV5 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : paul_smart (

Canon MV960 Camcorder


I tend to see far more Digital Cameras than Camcorders however with more and more functions being available on either then maybe one is the solution for the other.

This Canon camcorder weights around 400grams and is 11x4.5x9cm when closed. The screen when open adds another 7.5cm to the 4.5cm width. The screen is itself is 6x3.5cm with four push buttons and a five position wheel below the TFT display that controls...

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

The MV5i MC has a 2.5-25mm 10x optical zoom lens with 200x digital magnification, a built-in microphone to ensure perfect stereo sound and an image stabilizer to guarantee smooth video recordings. Besides video, it can take brilliant still pictures (1024x768XGA), measuring up to 800K in size. Video and still images can be stored on the included 8MB memory card, you can even connect the camcorder directly to the card photo printer CP-10 to produce beautiful color prints. It features DV-out and DV-in ports and all the software you need for image manipulation is included. Being the top model of the series, it includes a USB interface for fast and easy communication with a PC and Motion JPEG compression function to store video material small enough for email or web usage.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):75min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2.5

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight




Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist/Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist/Sand & snow / Spotlight / Portrait mode / Night mode / Stitch assist / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:5/5i/5i MC/MV5
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DM/Canon MV

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:4.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:2.8
Focal length range (f-f):2.5 - 25
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8/F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:420Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" )/4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVI/MJPEG
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Window wipe / Corner wipe / Puzzle / Tide / Flip / Jump / Zigzag / Beam / Black fader / Fade trigger
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Sepia / Mosaic / Monotone / Mirror / Wave / Cube / Colour Mask / Ball/Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Ball / Colour / Cube / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions