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Canon MV600

alaTest has collected and analysed 269 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative ratings about the resolution and features.

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We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 user reviews of Canon MV600 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 really like the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the battery.

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78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon MV600i Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-in/out]Canon MV600i Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-in/out]

May, 2017

Consumer review by: stephen_logan (

Canon MV600i: I can with my Canon


This is the first camera I have had the wherewithal to buy, whilst I had been searching a little higher in the canon range I decided on a safety first item. This camera in all the reviews seemed like a nice cheap but effective utility to practice on...

Easy To Use, Good for its price, Compact

Usual Image and sound problems, May need to buy extras

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: stephen_logan (

Canon MV 600i : I can with my Canon


This is the first camera I have had the wherewithal to buy, whilst I had been searching a little higher in the canon range I decided on a safety first item. This camera in all the reviews seemed like a nice cheap but effective utility to practice on...

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: urface09 (



Okay camcorder, would not recommend though. The sound for me was pretty much horrible. Horrible battery life, around one hour. Not good for nightime or indoors however outside it is pretty good. Even though this camera looks good and all, I returned...

Cheap. good quality

Some lousy functions.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: kelleygang (



if you havea promble with mv600i and theres not pic but you can play back i think you should call canon first on 131383 and see if they will fix it for free before you though it out

i brought this cam at a garage sale for ten bucks it did not work and i rang canon and they told me it came with a fault and i sent it in and they fixed it for free.

i have no dis like about this mv600i

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: marc.strahm (



A cheaper price will never make up for a lousy service. If you lokk for a Canon, dont just look at the product, remember, if you have my luck, they do not come up for their faulty product.

Small, not to expensive

It only worked for the 3 first cassettes and never worked ever since. Canon Switzerland is the lousiest support service you can immagine. Since the first failure was in the guarantee time, they took it for repair, made me wait for 5 eweeks, and...

Aug, 2004

Product Specifications

The MV600i gives you all the benefits of digital filming and still images in an easy to use package. High image quality combined with the versatility only digital technology can offer make this affordable camcorder irresistible. The lens technology, which Canon has been developing for 60 years means that whether you're recording videos or shooting VGA still images, all 800, 000 pixels will make every image startlingly clear. With the extensive features and accessory range of the MV600i, you'll have no excuse for missing the perfect filming opportunity. The Night Mode lets you film in low light conditions. Everything you record with the MV600i is routed to the appropriate storage media with the best possible results. For instance, videos are sent on the optimum route to miniDV tapes. The MV600i comes complete with DV Messenger software, a service you can use in conjunction with Windows Messenger available on Microsoft Windows XP. DV Messenger enables you to exchange files and have live conversations using your camcorders as webcams.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:1.6

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

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:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Sand & snow / Spotlight / Portrait mode / Night mode / Low light / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8 / 4.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:360
Filter Size:3.05
Focal length range (f-f):2.8 - 50.4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:18
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40 / 5 - 35

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
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

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: No


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:360
Faders:Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Zigzag/Beam / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Window wipe / Corner wipe / Puzzle / Tide / Flip / Jump / Zigzag / Beam
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Sepia / Mosaic / Monotone / Mirror / Colour / Wave / Cube / Ball/Art / Ball / Colour / Cube / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.33
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :14.7