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Canon MVX2i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 reviews of Canon MVX2i. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and battery, while there are some mixed views about the memory and size.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MVX2i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon MVX2i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Canon MVX2i from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability and durability. The design and image quality are also appreciated.

usability, image quality, design, durability, portability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon MVX3i MiniDV Digital Camcorder [2.2MP, 10x Optical]Canon MVX3i MiniDV Digital Camcorder [2.2MP, 10x Optical]

Feb, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon MVX2i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Canon MVX2i from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the size.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon Optura Xi MiniDV Camcorder w/11x Optical ZoomCanon Optura Xi MiniDV Camcorder w/11x Optical Zoom

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Tom Hardwick (

Canon MVX3i test and review from Computer Video Magazine


Canon's top megapixel single-CCD camcorder is versatile, lightweight and capable, but is it money well spent?

May, 2004

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

Canon MVX3i DV Camcorder Review


Excellent, well resolved images, DV and AV in/out, SD flash memory card, USB streaming, variable aperture and frame rate, comprehensive controls, full AV/DV connectivity, 16:9 anamorphic, networking

Lack of proper 16:9 widescreen, small viewfinder

An excellent mid-priced single-CCD camcorder which handles well, produces great images and is a joy to use. Well done Canon.

Expert review by : Neil Bennett (



Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Canon Optura Xi

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Mark Bassett (

Canon Optura Xi Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


Canon ups-its-anti with the Optura Xi, a revised and refined take on the Optura 10. Sitting firmly on the high-end of the Optura line, the Xi is a 2-megapixel CCD camcorder with digital camera capabilities. The Optura Xi captures footage or stills to...

Nov, 2003

Expert review by : Diana Weynand (

Canon Optura Xi


A fabulous camera with full-manual controls and features.

Beautiful colors, Manual audio gain control, Zebra pattern, 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Tape loads from bottom

May, 2004

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

Camcorder Review: Canon Optura Xi Mini DV


There are a lot of fine cameras out there, but only a few knock our socks off every year. The Canon Optura Xi definitely left us with ten cold little piggies. With full manual exposure controls (with zebra stripes for monitoring the exposure) and...

Beautiful colors ; Manual audio gain control ; Zebra pattern ; 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Tape loads from bottom

A fabulous camera with full-manual controls and features.

May, 2004

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Canon Optura Xi


The Canon Optura Xi is a MiniDV digital Camcorder with a 11x Optical Zoom.

A first-class ticket to image excellence awaits you with the Canon Optura Xi camcorder. Beneath its silky exterior lies a true visionary at work, producing video and photos that are nothing short of breathtaking. Refined, smart, and dynamic, the Optura...

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My First DV (or camcorder of any type)


After many decades as a nature/UW photographer I decided to try DV after seeing the results I got with a housed digital still camera's video - at just 15 fps.

Optical stabilization, fast zoom, fine DV images with good sharpness and color balance

Poorly designed, easily turned on power switch. Pathetic still images

Mar, 2005

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Great dual-purpose camera


The OpturaXi is a great little camera. We had thought about purchasing a model that uses discs instead of tape so we could easily view them with our DVD player, but settled on this model and simply load the tapes to PC for DVD burning.

Ease of use, good photos, great video, nice lens and accessories, Canon optics

Switching between memory card and tape (awkward), eject interferes with quick-release

Sep, 2004

Product Specifications

A beautiful palm-sized video in a class of its own, the MV3iMC, is a wonderful new addition to Canon's digital video range. MV3iMC incorporates an array of miniaturization innovations to set new standards in image quality, compactness and versatility. It is the first Canon digital video to take advantage of the MultiMediaCard. By inserting this card into the camcorder's built-in slot, you can take digital still snaps using the MV3iMC's Photo button. These images can then be directly transferred from the card to your computer without the need for connecting cables, and the search and edit options contained on the MultiMediaCard also open up a range of image combination possibilities. Weighing about the same as a can of soft drink, MV3iMC gives you all the functions and usability you want in an ultra compact, stylish all-metal cased, hand-sized package. A camcorder and digital still camera rolled into one, Canon's MV3iMC offers exceptional value. The compact design of MV3iMC 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. MV3i features an improved 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, MV3iMC camcorder reads and isolates 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 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. The MV3 series has 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 these camcorders. 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 Dubbing: Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-512
Run Time (Up To):1hour(s)
Video recording time:6.15

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2
Photo effects:Black&White, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:None/Pop-up flash


Colour of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35 / 8.89

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/8.9cm
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/Night mode / Sand & snow / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Super night mode/Sand & snow / Spotlight / Night mode / Stitch assist / Super night mode/Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard/SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:3i/3i MC/X3i
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.4 / 25.4 / 4.5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.33 / 2 / 2.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200 / 360
Filter Size:4.6
Focal length range (f-f):4.7 - 47 / 45.4 - 817
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6/F/1.6-1.9/F/1.6-2.6/F1.6
Max Focal Length:35mm/47mm
Min Focal Length:3.5mm/4.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 18
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Metallic grey/Silver

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.77Mpix/420Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.23Mpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.4 / 1/3.4"/1/3.4"/1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )/7.5 mm ( 1/3.4 ) / 7.5 mm ( 1/3.4" )/7.5 mm ( 1/3.4" ) / 7.5 mm ( 1/3.4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronic/Optical

Other features

Art: Yes
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
I/O ports:1 x headphones \n1 x composite video/audio output \n1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) \n1 x USB \n1 x DC power input
Lens system:45.4 - 817mm, F/1.8, 360x, 18x
Manual Focus: Yes
Media types supported:MMC, SD
Mirror: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Resolution:1280 x 960 / 1632 x 1224

Ports & interfaces

Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/6-1/2000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):1632 x 1224


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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:MPEG4

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MJPEG/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:200/40
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Tide / White fader / Window wipe / Zigzag/Black fader / Fade trigger / Mosaic fader / Scroll wide/Fade trigger / Mosaic fader / Scroll wide/White fader / Window wipe / Corner wipe / Tide / Zigzag / Beam / Black fader / Fade trigger
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Sepia / Mosaic / Mirror / Wave / Cube / Colour Mask / Ball/Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Art / Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Mosaic Fader / Sepia / Wipe/Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.8 / 9
Height :13.1 / 20.1
Weight:500 / 725
Width:7.2 / 8

White balance

White Balance:Auto