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Canon MV700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Canon MV700. 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. Reviews about the portability and zoom are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon MV700 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the design and portability are overall positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon MV700i Digital Camcorder (Mini DV, 18x Optical Zoom)Canon MV700i Digital Camcorder (Mini DV, 18x Optical Zoom)

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Edvarcl Heng (

Canon MV700i


The Canon MV700i packs in just enough features and functionality for the casual traveler to shoot videos on the fly.

Jan, 2004

Expert review by : D-Photo (

Canon MV700i Review – 001


The Canon MV700i has an appealing thin and tall profile that feels nice in the palm of the hand. It was interesting that visitors would pick up this camera first when they saw the three in my office.

I also like Canon's positioning and size of the playback controls outside of the LCD panel. Users will appreciate this when connecting the camera to a TV. Fans of the Sony and JVC will argue that the remote controls with those cameras (none for the...

Feb, 2009

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Canon MV700


This Canon MV700 is my first digital camcorder, and I went round a few shops asking about their recomendations and they all said c...

Dec, 2004

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Ideal first digital camcorder


This is my first digital camcorder and it worth every penny. I shopped around before getting this model and thought that I would e...

Jul, 2004

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Quite Good for It's Price


I bought this camera about a year ago for $649. Since then I have used it on and off and not had any problems. Overall it was worth buying and great for a beginner hobbyist on a budget.

Video quality is fairly good for a single CCD camcorder of this price. A few good manual settings available. 18x optical zoom is also good.

Resolution not too great. No remote or microphone input. Don't expect to use included software for anything beyond the basics.

This top-of-the-line, full-featured camcorder produces excellent video and takes decent digital stills.

Oct, 2006

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"Quite Good for It's Price"


I bought this camera about a year ago for $649. Since then I have used it on and off and not had any problems. Overall it was worth buying and great for a beginner hobbyist on a budget.

Video quality is fairly good for a single CCD camcorder of this price. A few good manual settings available. 18x optical zoom is also good

Resolution not too great. No remote or microphone input. Don't expect to use included software for anything beyond the basics

Aug, 2006

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I spoke to the Canon guys and they agreed to the fact that a particular lot was faulty. The company should have recalled these faulty models back, but risked the bad word of mouth by sitting tight on their profits. Now I never stop telling everyone, to...

Cheap to purchase. Easy to use.

This is what put me off the Canon brand. I used it about 10 times in the warranty period and comes the 13th month (wonder why?), it just stopped displaying the picture in the viewfinders.

Dec, 2007

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Well it wasn't actually this camera but it has put me off Canon products for good. So I won't actually rate this particular camera to be fair, but I rate the motherboard 0.

It lasted 3 years.

It died after 3 years and the Canon repair quote came out at more than I bought it for.

Sep, 2007

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Complete let down not very happy with camera should be better quality like my old Sony was wont buy cannon ever again

I thought buy a cannon it would be good what a mistake went on holiday and it would not work the cdd for the picture would not come on it is on call back from cannon as faulty and repaired free but no filming on hols had a Sony before never any...

Not good quality used twice and broke rely on name too much not as good as cannon make out read pros above

Jul, 2007

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This camera is excellent for children to learn the use of digital video without having an expensive price tag and not having to be too concerned if it gets knocked about by them.

Great Price

A longer life battery would be avantage; unable to use extension mic.

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications

Built on Canon's heritage of precision optics, the MV700i is not only effortless to use, it also has one of the highest zoom ranges of any camcorder in its class. Canon's engineers have always abided by the rule that technology has no purpose unless it can be put to good use. That is why the MV700i camcorder works straight out of the box. You won't need a PhD in systems theory to get started. No wading through complicated manuals - just turn it on and start shooting. The compact size and slim, ergonomic palm design feels as easy in the hand as it is to use. Buttons controlling all important features fall right beneath your fingertips, and you will be delighted by the wide proportions of the color LCD. Menu navigation is intuitive, uncomplicated and available in 8 languages. Sitting just beneath the surface to await the more adventurous is a generously specified camcorder with a raft of advanced features. A remarkably high ratio 18x optical / 360x combined zoom means you will never be too far from the action, while shooting in low light conditions is no problem thanks to 'Night Mode'. The camcorder includes Image Stabilization to keep the action steady without a tripod and a 1/6" high resolution CCD sensor for sharp images. The camera features DIGIC DV, a dedicated DV processor that raises the bar on image quality, recreating 'emotional' colors, tones and details to deliver images we humans love and remember: Redder apples, greener grass, bluer skies and warmer and more realistic skin tones. The MV700i includes an Analog/Digital converter and Analog In port to allow input of signals from analog devices such as video recorders to be converted in-camera and stored digitally to miniDV format. To add interest to video footage, Canon has included a host of creative digital effects. These include Art, Sepia, Monotone, Mosaic, Colors, Mirror, Ball, Cube and Wave. Scene transition options include Auto fade, Wipe fade, Flip fade, Corners fade, Tide fade, Puzzle fade, Beam fade, Zigzag fade and Jump fade.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):11.75
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-508, BP-535 / Proprietary Lithium

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2
Photo effects:Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:112000

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


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.4
Optical sensor resolution:400000
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8 / 4.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:360
Filter Size:3.05
Focal length range (f-f):2.8 - 54
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:18
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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

Other features

Art: Yes
Compatible operating systems:WinXP, Win2000
Expansion slots:Multi Media Card\nSecure Digital Card\n
I/O ports:Analogue-in\nHeadphone\nDV\nAV\nBuilt-in charger / USB\nDirect Print\nAV\nS-video
Lens system:F/1.6 / n/a
Mirror: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Full Auto, Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand and Snow, Low Light, Night Mode

Ports & interfaces



Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 1/6


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:360
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag/Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Colour / Cube / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:113000
Viewfinder screen size:0.33
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.9 / 9.5
Height :13.9 / 9.5
Width:5.3 / 5.9