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Canon Optura 400 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Canon Optura 400 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. Reviewers really like the price and size. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas the viewfinder and zoom get negative reviews.

portability, usability, image quality, size, price

battery, zoom, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 400 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 400 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Canon Optura 400 Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the durability and size are on the whole positive. The design and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the price.

usability, design, size, durability

price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon Optura 400 MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomCanon Optura 400 MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Rick Broida (cnet.com)

Canon Optura review: Canon Optura

 

Although the Optura offers impressive features such as manual exposure controls, optical image stabilization, and cameralike still-photo features, its low-light shooting capabilities will likely disappoint the home moviemaker. If you're going to remain...

Manual focus ring; cameralike mode wheel; shutter- and aperture-priority modes available for video; optical image stabilization; excellent LCD and microphone; takes decent snapshots.

Poor low-light video quality; microphone picks up motor noise.

Canon's feature-packed camcorder shoots very good daylight footage but has reason to be scared of the dark.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Glenn Menin (pcmag.com)

Canon Optura 400

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape

Very compact design. Flash for still-image capture, AF assist lamp, and headlight for low-light shooting make this a versatile model. Good still-image capture. Many manual controls, including audio recording level.

Bottom-loading design gets in the way of tripod usage. EVF doesn't extend, pivot, or have a rubberized eyepiece. Flash stills unsatisfactory.

This $1,000 camcorder has a ton of features. It shoots better-than-average videos and good still images, and it's our Editors' Choice for the $800-$1000 price range.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Optura 400 is Canon's upper tier matchbook camcorder this year; though the Optura 500 is slightly more advance, the Optura 400 packs a 1/3.4 CCD with 1.23 effective Megapixels for video and 2 MPs for stills into a small body, with a 10x optical...

Manual Audio Control, - Handling/Feel, - Ports/ Still options

No accessory shoe

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon Optura 400 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

This year, the upper tier of Canon's matchbook camcorders starts here, at the Optura 400. With an MSRP of US $999.99, and succeeded only by the Canon Optura 500, the Optura 400 packs a 1/3.4 CCD with 1.23 effective megapixels for video and 2 MPs for...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Canon Optura 400

 

The Canon Optura 400 is a MiniDV Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

Canon raises the stakes for all-in-one digital imaging devices with the release of the Canon Optura 400 (and its sibling Optura 500; see a comparison table at the end), which is as adept at shooting digital video as it is snapping high-resolution...

Consumer review by: picusaurio (epinions.com)

Disappointing low-light sensitivity

 

Small, lightweight, sturdy

Very bad light sensitivity, sepia-like tone, dull colors

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: picusaurio (shopping.com)

Disappointing low-light sensitivity

 

I bought a canon digital videocam because I have owned the canon A70 digicam, and wanted to have video memories of my newborn. But when it comes to video, optura 400 has the worst low-light footages I have ever seen (even since the flour-sensor era)....

Small, lightweight, sturdy

Very bad light sensitivity, sepia-like tone, dull colors

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: aztrainer (shopping.com)

A lot of power for a small package

 

I have been looking at the different mini DV cameras for about a year. I was getting tired of lugging around my Sony Handicam. My friend had the Cannon ZR-400 and allowed me to use it over a weekend. I found it to produce a very good picture in a many...

Lightweight, Size, Functions, Quality of the pictures in both video & Photo

Location of the zoom button, Hard to use with large hands, small SD card

May, 2006

Consumer review by: aztrainer (epinions.com)

A lot of power for a small package

 

I have been looking at the different mini DV cameras for about a year. I was getting tired of lugging around my Sony Handicam. My friend had the Cannon ZR-400 and allowed me to use it over a weekend. I found it to produce a very good picture in a many...

Lightweight, Size, Functions, Quality of the pictures in both video & Photo

Location of the zoom button, Hard to use with large hands, small SD card

May, 2006

Consumer review by: kb9vrg (epinions.com)

A powerful package

 

I am by no means a video expert. I've done well over 4,000 shots on various digital still cameras. Previously, I owned a full-size VHS camcorder for a couple of months that I had purchased off of eBay, but due to the size of the unit and the like, ...

Small size. Great picture. Acceptable still photos

Small size, battery life, photos only transfer via USB, hard to use with large hands

Dec, 2005