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Canon MV530i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Canon MV530i. 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. People really like the portability and zoom. The image quality and usability also get good views. Many are negative about the battery.

price, usability, image quality, zoom, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV530i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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This Camcorder is OK, for the price it is acceptable but as we all know technology is getting better and cheaper by the day. You can get great quality cheap HD camcorders now for a great price. But this little beast has served me well over the years...



Jan, 2012

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It is a really good and a hardy camera. I would recommend it to anyone. Only thing is that you need to look after it well by servicing at least once an year and not using the same tape to re record.

I have been using this for nearly 5 years now, and I havent had a single issue still. Reading all other reviews, main problem seems to be the chewing of the tape.I havent had that after so many years, so wonder the problem is to do with the tape...

the picture quality of still pictures taken on the card are not that great

Aug, 2009

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Thank god for this site!! I'm actually reviewing the MV430i which I want to replace as it started chewing tapes again (been fixed for this twice under warranty at 12 month intervals). The quote to fix it is 1/2 cost of new camera and I am confident it...

video picture quality (in good light), ease of transfer to pc, came bundled with good editting software, good size/weight for the price, easy controls to use while filming

mechanical quality, whirring on recorded tape from mechanism

Sep, 2005

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choice peice of equipment

it has wickid as video recording, an it can zoom in far i take all my skate movies on it.

the handles a bit uncomfortable but thats about it

Aug, 2004

Product Specifications

The MV530i digital camcorder offers users enhanced PC connectivity and improved performance in a compact and stylish design. With its increased lens magnification, enhanced specifications and affordable price, this MV model offers an outstanding price/performance ratio. Measuring just 58 x 99 x 144, this addition to the MV line-up is extremely compact and well designed. The CCD size in the MV530i has been reduced from 1/4" to 1/6", thus allowing Canon to dramatically increase the lens magnification while maintaining the compact size of the preceding MV400 Series models. With the incorporation of a new high-performance Canon lens, MV530i provides a significant improvement in magnification capabilities. The MV530i utilizes an optical 18x/digital 360x, which are both replacing the 10x optical zoom lens of the preceding MV400 Series. The "i" version model MV530i provides users with digital line-in functionality. With this feature, users can upload edited footage or graphics from their computer, or other digital devices, to the camcorder. This feature also provides the possibility to incorporate analog video data into new digital recordings. The MV530i model features Analog and DV-in/out. By selecting the shooting mode that best suits the scene, the MV530i model adjusts internal controls to create the perfect video each time. Mode choices are Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand and Snow, and Low Light as well as the new Night Mode with which color shots are possible even in dim conditions. Canon's Progressive Photo system in the MV530i model provides excellent digital picture quality. With this system, a mechanical shutter is used concurrently with an interlace scan CCD to eliminate time lag blurring and capture clear and sharp still images. The enhanced picture quality produced by progressive photo mode will be especially evident when observing the printed digital images.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:0.5

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:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:360
Focal length range (f-f):2.8 - 50.4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:18
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:540Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
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:360
Faders:Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Chroma Key / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Sepia/Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions