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Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 user reviews of Canon ES8400V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price and image quality. The size and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

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Canon ES8400V Hi8 Camcorder Review


Back in 1996, you could purchase a Hi8 camcorder for $2,500 and consider it a steal. Now you can get a Hi8 camcorder for less than $300 and it may or may not be a good buy. Camcorders like Canon's ES8400V are riding a sort of digital-analog cusp....

20x Optical Zoom, Mic Input, Easy To Use, Manual controls, Microphone jack, FlexiZone control, Affordable, Built-in light, FlexiZone exposure control

Low Light, LCD interferes with Set Dial, No headphone jack, Pixel count, Small viewscreen, No mic/headphone jacks, Loud tape-engaging mechanisms, Manual focus located under the LCD

The ES8400V is a solid, well put-together camcorder. It's got all the basics a beginner or casual hobbyist would need to get started. The most incredible aspect is its $299 price tag, including some nice bonus features such as a video light and PAL...

Jun, 2002

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Canon ES-8400V Hi-8mm Camcorder


I purchased this camera the day before a funeral when 2 family members were detained when their son wrecked a 4 wheeler and they would miss the funeral. I picked it up, checked it out and set it on auto and away we went. It turned out very nice and the...

Very easy to learn and use. Use the A setting and learn the others when you get time. Easily hooks to vcr and allows you to dub to vhs.

None I could find.

Oct, 2003

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Canon ES-8400V Hi-8mm Camcorder

May, 2003

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Canon ES-8400V Hi-8mm Camcorder


this thing is awsome.all the goodies at an affordable price

22x optical zoom 800x digital zoom


May, 2003

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For a life time of memories!


I bought my Canon ES8400V after my son was born when the camcorder that I already owned a RCA quit holding a charge on it's battery it was a VHS shoulder held one also, So when I say the hand held Canon camcorder and for the price I thought it would be...

Easy to use and a clear picture

Blurs when recording Christmas lights

Jan, 2003

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For the Camcorder Ignorant -Canon ES 8400V Hi8 Camcorder-


Powerful zoom, simple operations, affordable price, feature rich

Nothing Unusual to complain about as of yet

Dec, 2002

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Not Too Shabby


This camcorder is a perfect choice if you want decent quality at a low price during this period of rapid emerging digital technology. Rather than spending $1,000 to $2,000 on a digital camcorder that still records on video tape, consider purchasing a...

Good Quality and low price

Hard-to-reach and hard-to-use zoom button

Nov, 2002

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Canon ES8400V Hi8 w/LCD


The Canon ES8400V Hi8 w/LCD is a great camera. First and foremost it is a Canon, which means high quality craftsmanship by itself. It has 22X Optical and 800X Digital zoom power which is more than plenty. The picture quality does decrease some...

Great features, easy to use, excellent recorded picture, plenty of zoom power. Good beginner camera

Night focus could be better, but still good. Initial battery pack could last longer

Nov, 2002

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Better get a sony...


I bought this camcorder after doing extensive research on the web. I read the one and only review I could find for this camcorder at the time, and it seemed to boast on it. I had no idea that after the experience I had with it I was going to be...

Lots of effects, low price, more features

Had to return twice, built-in light not effective

Oct, 2002

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Value for Money


I bought this camcorder after watching a commercial on TV in April 2002. My first experience was a good one. I had a new born baby and shooting indoors at home with the 2.5" LCD was very easy. I also quickly grasped all the features (except the...

Easy access to Buttons, Easy to handle, good sharp picture, feature packed

poor quality of built-in light, small LCD, b/w view-finder

Jul, 2002

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