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Canon Optura 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Canon Optura 500. 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. Reviewers really like the color and size. The design and usability also get good feedback, but the battery and price get less positive opinions.

portability, usability, design, size, color

durability, price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon Optura 500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the image quality and color are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the size, and many are negative about the durability.

portability, usability, design, color, image quality

durability

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

Jun, 2019

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Optura 500 is the top of the line for matchbook camcorders on Canon's side of things. While this bad boy may not pack as much punch in the low light and video performance areas, the Optura 500 is relatively cheap, and includes some features which...

Video light and ring adapter, - Ports, - Manual audio control, - LCD pixel count

Middling Low light and video performance

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon Optura 500 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

The slightly more expensive sibling to the Optura 400, the Optura 500 lists for US $1,099.99. The Optura 500 ships with a 1/3.4 CCD containing 1.23 effective megapixels for video and 2 MPs for stills. With a 10x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom, the...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Mark Montgomery (videomaker.com)

Canon Optura 500 Mini DV Camcorder

 

As you look around the camcorder, there's an amazing amount of controls, buttons and devices on every side. Most of the controls are easy to reach, with the exception of a couple on the right hand side of the camcorder. This isn't a huge problem, as...

Compact Design Manual Audio Levels Mic Input

No accessory shoe Bottom Tape Loader Weak Mic

The auto white balance tends to be slightly warm, but using the manual white balance will eliminate this problem. The auto exposure slightly underexposes but not too much, which helps keep detail within the image. Overall, the Optura 500 has the optics...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Canon Optura 500

 

The Canon Optura 500 is a MiniDV Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

Canon raises the stakes for all-in-one digital imaging devices with the release of the Canon Optura 500 (and the companion Optura 400; see a comparison table at the end), which is as adept at shooting digital video as it is snapping high-resolution...

Consumer review (newegg.com)

love it

 

I got this camera a few months ago and I picked it out partly because of the great size of it. My hands are actually pretty big, and it's still great for me. Picture quality is consistently great. Won't regret it!

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Optura 500: Far from perfect, but still the best

 

I’ve been a big fan of Canon DV camcorders since I bought my first ZR in 1999. That one was unfortunately stolen on an overseas trip, which started my nearly annual upgrade cycle. Since the ZR, I’ve “graduated” to the Elura 2MC, then...

Ultra compact DV camcorder with top notch Canon optics

Expensive price due to feature bloat ; plastic feel ; poor battery life

Oct, 2004

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