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Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews of Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and price are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

reliability, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 user reviews of Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the battery and size are overall positive. The usability and image quality also get good reviews. Comments are divided on the price. There are some less positive comments about the durability and reliability.

portability, image quality, usability, size, battery

reliability, durability

49% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon Optura 20 MiniDV Camcorder with 3.5-inch LCD and 16x Optical ZoomCanon Optura 20 MiniDV Camcorder with 3.5-inch LCD and 16x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Canon Optura 20

 

For the mini digital camcorders we tested and rated in this roundup, image quality remains the one area where manufacturers still need to do the most work. And it's the single most important factor to consider when buying one. Our Editors' Choice...

Oct, 2003

Expert review by: D. Eric Franks (videomaker.com)

Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder and S830D Photo Printer Review

 

The gradual and incremental pace of improvements in consumer Mini DV camcorders can mask how far we've come in the last seven years. When we take a step back and look at the state of the industry, we suddenly notice that the quality to price ratio of...

Ergonomic handling, Quality still features, Integrated photo printing

Bottom-loading tape, Default 12-bit audio, Strange 16:9 mode

The 1280x960 resolution is merely adequate for printing still images, but Canon really has a nice option for printing directly from the camera to their S830D printer ($300), which we also tested. The camera connects directly to the printer via a USB...

Aug, 2003

Expert review by: D. Eric Franks (videomaker.com)

Canon Optura 20

 

Ergonomic handling, Quality still features, Integrated photo printing

Bottom-loading tape, Default 12-bit audio, Strange 16:9 mode

Aug, 2003

Consumer review by: Toys4sale (shopzilla.com)

This Is A Great Camcorder for The Money

 

Great Clarity on pictures, Substancial Zoom Range, Large LCD

Haven't found much wrong yet..

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: aggieboy (shopzilla.com)

Not Ready for Primetime

 

Lightweight, Easy to Use, Large LCD

Very Poor Low-Light Functionality, Battery Life

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: Mari C (shopzilla.com)

I love this camcorder

 

ease of use, beautiful pictures and video, large LCD screen

none so far

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: 14668321 (ciao.com)

Canon Releases Optura 10 and Optura 20 Camcorders

 

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), continues to provide consumers with the highest quality and easy-to-use DV camcorders to help capture life's moments with greater creative flexibility at affordable pricepoints with the...

Good

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Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: yuwlyuwl (epinions.com)

good Video, worst Camera

 

It's video is pretty good: - image quality (from home-use perspective) - ease of use I think its low-light performance is not too good - but the "good ones" aren't much better either. (Sony video claims to work well at 0lux; I have a Sony DFS707 ...

good video

EXTREMELY painful d-camera photo manipulation

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: tescat (epinions.com)

A high-end camera for a mid-range price!

 

After having created my first home DVD movie with my Canon Optura 20, I can honestly say that I am extremely pleased with this camera’s incredible value in terms of features, ease of use, feel, and especially the video quality. Although slightly ...

Near-broadcast quality video, ease of use, accessory hot shoe, large LCD, excellent features.

Bottom-loading tape, non-extendable view finder, larger than pocket-size.

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: Toys4sale (pricegrabber.com)

Canon Optura 20 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

This is a great Camcorder! I chose between the Sony TRV38 and Optura 20. After reading professional and amateur reviews, I knew that this camera excelled and was a great value for the price I paid..

Great zoom range 16x, Color Clarity is excellent, Has nice effects feature. Large 3.5" LCD

In super low light you must move the camera very slowly or video appears choppy.

Jul, 2004