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Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews of Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The usability and image quality also get good views, whereas the viewfinder and durability get negative opinions.

portability, image quality, usability, price, size

reliability, durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder


alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 user reviews of Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and size. The usability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the price. Many are critical about the durability and reliability.

portability, image quality, usability, size, battery

reliability, durability

49% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2020

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Canon Optura 20


For the mini digital camcorders we tested and rated in this roundup, image quality remains the one area where manufacturers still need to do the most work. And it's the single most important factor to consider when buying one. Our Editors' Choice...

Oct, 2003

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

Canon Optura 20


Ergonomic handling, Quality still features, Integrated photo printing

Bottom-loading tape, Default 12-bit audio, Strange 16:9 mode

Aug, 2003

Expert review by : D. Eric Franks (

Canon Optura 20 Mini DV Camcorder and S830D Photo Printer Review


The gradual and incremental pace of improvements in consumer Mini DV camcorders can mask how far we've come in the last seven years. When we take a step back and look at the state of the industry, we suddenly notice that the quality to price ratio of...

Ergonomic handling, Quality still features, Integrated photo printing

Bottom-loading tape, Default 12-bit audio, Strange 16:9 mode

The 1280x960 resolution is merely adequate for printing still images, but Canon really has a nice option for printing directly from the camera to their S830D printer ($300), which we also tested. The camera connects directly to the printer via a USB...

Aug, 2003

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Canon Releases Optura 10 and Optura 20 Camcorders


Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), continues to provide consumers with the highest quality and easy-to-use DV camcorders to help capture life's moments with greater creative flexibility at affordable pricepoints with the...



Mar, 2009

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good Video, worst Camera


It's video is pretty good: - image quality (from home-use perspective) - ease of use I think its low-light performance is not too good - but the "good ones" aren't much better either. (Sony video claims to work well at 0lux; I have a Sony DFS707 ...

good video

EXTREMELY painful d-camera photo manipulation

Sep, 2004

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A high-end camera for a mid-range price!


After having created my first home DVD movie with my Canon Optura 20, I can honestly say that I am extremely pleased with this camera’s incredible value in terms of features, ease of use, feel, and especially the video quality. Although slightly ...

Near-broadcast quality video, ease of use, accessory hot shoe, large LCD, excellent features.

Bottom-loading tape, non-extendable view finder, larger than pocket-size.

Jul, 2004

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Way better than a Sony anything ...


After much deliberation I recently decided on the Canon Optura 20 and it has been everything I wanted. I've been pleasantly surprised by many of the features. When I first went exploring the menu, one of the first things I found that ticked the ...

Quality stills, lightweight, BIG SCREEN

No green "nightshot" mode

Jun, 2004

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Canon Optura 20: Easy, Functional, and Fun!


After consulting with a few professional video editors, my options in mini-DV land were incredibly diminished. Turns out that Canon and Sony are the two best brands of cameras. However, Canon manages to do the same thing as Sony for $100’s cheaper....

Very simple to use, connect, and "fiddle" with...

The battery could be better, but I know this one is better than most...

Feb, 2004

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This camera is a piece of junk, do not buy it. I had 3, yes, 3 defective ones, or maybe Canon just doesn't care about the loud grinding motor noise when recording and during playback. Yes, some cameras have a little motor noise, but this one was ...


That I trusted Canon as a name and bought it.

Jan, 2004

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Motor noise ruins that great camera !


This is a great camera for the price. The visual quality is awesome for a one-chip cam. It has all the bells and whistles you ever gonna need. I particularly like the fact that you can make lots of manual adjustments if you wish (white balance - ...

Great picture, lots of manual settings, comfortable to handle

Motor noise picked up by built in mic ; 16:9 feature useless when shooting

Jan, 2004