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Canon MV450I

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Canon MV450I. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the portability and zoom are on the whole positive. The price and size are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the durability, and there are some critical reviews about the viewfinder and color.

usability, size, price, zoom, portability

image quality, reliability, color, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV450I is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Canon MV450I from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size. The usability is also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

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The MVX460 is the smallest of the three pricier MiniDV models, thanks in part to the unusual placement of its battery, which is tucked away behind the LCD.

The MVX460 impressed us when we reviewed it in What's New, Shopper October 2006. Five months on, it's still a great MiniDV camcorder.

Feb, 2007

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Sep, 2008

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Canon MVX450: Handy, with lots of features


Simply a handy video camera that might not be ultra durable but apart from that offers a lot for not a lot. The wide screen option is handy, taking stills albeitat a lower resolution at the same time as filming video is a brilliant enhancement not...

wide screen, small, good standard battery

feels "plasticky

Nov, 2007

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Canon MVX450


Reasonable low light performance, Autofocus seems fast and intelligent. Native 16:9 looks great on widescreen tvs. Easy mode is just that. Excellent zoom.

Shutter is manual - need to remember to close it! Image stabiliser could be better. Bright led light helps in low light conditions, but gives a bit of a blue hue to everything. Hand strap adjustment is via velcro only and is difficult to get tight...

Nov, 2006

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for beginners......


I've never had a camcorder before and only used old fashioned clunky things in the past so after a lot of research I bought this C...

Nov, 2006

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Canon MVX450


Wide screen

Nov, 2006

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Canon MVX450


Ease of use

Grainy viewfinder Lots of plastic

Nov, 2006

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Great piece of kit


As a bit of a Canonophile, I was disappoint...

May, 2006

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canon mvx460


i bought this Canon MVX460 camcorder several days ago and i am very pleased with it. its very small and sits comfortably in your h...

Apr, 2006

Product Specifications

The MV 450i addition to the MV line-up is extremely compact and well designed. With their stylish slim body and curvaceous S-surface design, they are easy and comfortable to operate, and provide an ideal fit for any hand. The MV450i provides users with DV-In and Analog-In. With the DV-In feature, users can upload edited footage or graphics from their computer, or other digital devices, to the camcorder. As the signal is digital, the images can be transferred without loss of image quality. The Analog-In feature provides the possibility to incorporate analog video data into new digital recordings. Users can record images from a previously recorded 8mm/VHS tape, onto their new long lasting DV tapes, thus enabling them to save, edit and preserve important and valuable video footage. Featuring 540, 000-pixel, Canon's image stabilizer and optical 10x zoom lens, the camcorder is ideal for advanced camcorder enthusiasts and users who demand a high level of image and color resolution. Equipped with a small 10x optical lens, the zoom range of the MV450i can be digitally extended to 200x - equivalent to a zoom range of 48mm to 9600mm (optical 480mm) in 35mm film format. A high-resolution, 2.5-inch LCD monitor is mounted on the side of the camcorder, giving clear and 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 monitor turns and flips for maximum handling comfort and flexibility tucking conveniently away when bright conditions make the eyecup viewfinder a more desirable shooting method. Outstanding video results are possible even during challenging conditions. By selecting the shooting mode that best suits the scene, you can adjust internal controls to create the perfect video each time. Mode choices are Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand and Snow, and Low Light. AE shift is an additional feature that gives the shooter control over how light or dark the camcorder sets the auto exposure level. The models have enhanced low light capability with a 2 lux minimum illumination. For point-and-shoot simplicity, MV450i model also includes Canon's fully automatic Easy Green Mode, suitable for most indoor/outdoor situations.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208DG
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208DG
Run Time (Up To):8.5hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:2
Photo effects:Art, Mirror, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Grey / Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:1152 x 864 / 123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset/Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Focus adjustment:Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DM/Canon MV

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):750000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.33

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:2.7
Focal length range (f-f):43.7 - 878
Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10/20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/750Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix/540Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"/1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )/6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Dimensions (WxDxH):430
Expansion slots:640 x 480
Fader:Auto Fade, Wipe, Corner Wipe, Jump, Flip, Puzzle, Zigzag, Beam, Tide
Focus:Auto/Manual / Joystick
I/O ports:AV / Microphone, DV in/out, Direct Print, Analogue-in, AV / Microphone\nUSB\nAV\n
Lens system:800x/80x / F/1.8
Light exposure control:Auto, Easy, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
Resolution:123000 / 640 x 480

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge:No / Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2000 ~ 1/6 / 1/6 - 1/2000


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:200/800
Faders:Beam / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe/Mosaic fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:113000
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.7