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Canon DM-MV 3 MC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Canon DM-MV 3 MC. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the color and design. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the portability. Many are less positive about the price and battery.

size, image quality, usability, design, color

battery, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DM-MV 3 MC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Lynn Wright (



Overall though, the MV3 is a great miniDV camera: small enough to take anywhere, with tons of features and capable of great video quality in normal shooting conditions

Product Specifications

Canon is pleased to announce the world's smallest movie and still image digital camcorder. The new MV3 series are the smallest digital camcorders on the market, without compromising image quality or features. This model features an attractive vertical design and is ideal for capturing both still and moving images. The compact design is contributed to by signal processing LSI and Canon's second-generation interior working (mechachassis) along with a slim lithium ion battery and repositioning of switches. It also features a newly developed small Canon 10x optical zoom and 40x digital zoom lens with image stabilizer. The MV3 series features an improved 800, 000 pixel RGB progressive scan CCD for excellent color reproduction and is ideal for users who want to use the camcorder as a digital stills camera. Using Progressive Scanning, the MV3 series camcorders read and isolate information frame by frame. Sharp still images are then recorded at a speed of 25 full-frame images per second - ideal for fast moving subjects. If the user wants to be sure to capture the best moments, the progressive scan mode makes it possible to record the moving image and then choose the desired still image(s) from the recorded tape. A high resolution 200, 000 pixel, 2.5 inch LCD monitor mounted on the side of the camcorder gives clear, sharp images. The LCD monitor can be moved to a variety of positions for shooting and playback of recordings, and its information display gives details such as zoom position, battery level and tape remaining. The MV3 series also features a new 3-element stereo microphone system, which enhances the capacity to minimize the voice of the operator, therefore creating a more equal balance with the voice of the person being filmed. This new microphone system is located on top of the camcorder, thus contributing further to the compact size of the MV3 series. The camcorder also features 7 programmed AE modes including full auto, auto, sports, portrait, spotlight, sand and snow, and lowlight. In addition there are 9 digital effects allowing users to enhance images. Effects include Art, Sepia, Monotone, Mosaic, Autofade, Wipe, Scroll, and Mosaic fade. The MV3 series also feature an Audio Dubbing function. With this feature it is possible to create or replace commentary or music to footage allowing for personalized films.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):200min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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:Aperture-priority / Night mode / Photo mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Shutter-priority / Sports mode / Spotlight/Aperture-priority / Photo mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Shutter-priority / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:3/3 MC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6
Max Focal Length:35mm
Min Focal Length:3.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:420Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:40
Faders:Fade trigger / Mosaic fader / Scroll wide
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Mosaic Fader / Sepia / Wipe


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor