Canon DC301 reviews: DVD storage SD camcorder

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+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on weight.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 19 reviews.
Canon DC301: Horizontally held, 32x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

Confirmed purchaser

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
A nice Little Camera with lots of handy fetures.
Bad points:
Quite Hard to copy videos to pc and uploading videos is hard because of the format
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Sep 2008

Neil, Halesowen

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to operate
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 May 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
We bought this for my son's 13th birthday and he loved it straightaway. It's easy to use and the quality is fantastic. A great buy for any member of the family.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Jan 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good value for money
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Feb 2009

JENNIE, BROMLEY

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
LIGHT TO HOLD, SMALL ENOUGH TO TAKE ON HOLIDAY.
COMES WITH ALL ADAPTERS FOR BOTH HERE AND ABROAD.
Bad points:
NOT LONG ENOUGH BATTERY LIFE.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Nov 2008

Confirmed purchaser Casual user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use as a "point and shoot device", quality of image.
Bad points:
The disc initialisation and finalisation is not as intuitive as I would like. Also, because the finalisation process needs the mains power supply, it's necessary to always take it with you (on holiday for example).
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 8.0
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Jul 2008

hannah, liverpool drama student

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very lightweight and straight-forward to use
Bad points:
it didn't come in all black
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Feb 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 1024x768
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 32
Media format DVD
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 430
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 4.6
Maximum aperture wide 2
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 40.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1450
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2008-03-31

Also known as: DC301

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Manufacturer's Description

Convenient straight-to-DVD recording in a compact package. With near-instant Quick Start shooting and intuitive controls, moviemaking has never been easier.

  • 36x Advanced Zoom
  • Straight-to-DVD recording
  • Quick Start
  • Joystick controller
  • DVD-R Dual Layer
  • True Wide High Resolution 16:9 recording
  • DIGIC DV II
  • LCD video light
  • Capture photos to memory card

A DVD camcorder that makes moviemaking easy.

Canon 36x Advanced Zoom
The DC301 features a powerful 36x Advanced Zoom, benefiting from the unique combination of a genuine Canon Video Lens and super-fast DIGIC DV II processing.

Straight-to-DVD recording
Capture footage directly to DVD (-R/-RW/-R DL) for instant playback in almost any home DVD player. Simply finalise a finished DVD in-camera and you’re ready to go.

Instant shooting with Quick Start
Never miss life’s important moments again thanks to Quick Start. One push of the dedicated Quick Start button powers up the DC301 from Standby mode almost instantly – perfect for capturing all those unexpected events.

Intuitive control
An easy-to-use Joystick, positioned on the frame of the LCD screen, gives you complete control over every important shooting and playback option.

Record for longer
Compatibility with DVD-R Dual Layer media allows the DC301 to offer enhanced recording times. Perfect for long days out and extended breaks, it can store up to up to 108 minutes on an 8cm Dual Layer DVD. An optional high capacity battery extends shooting time further.

True Widescreen recording
With Canon’s True Wide High Resolution 16:9 recording system, the DC301 records stunning panoramic movies, ideal for playback on widescreen TVs. Perfectly compose and preview your movie on the 2.7” 16:9 LCD screen. Or use the wide 0.35” EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) to conserve battery power.

DIGIC DV II for photos and videos
Originally developed for the demands of High Definition recording, DIGIC DV II offers faster processing speeds and advanced noise reduction technology. With split path processing, video and photos are processed separately, ensuring that the colours of each look their best.

LCD video light
The LCD screen doubles as a handy video light when turned to face forwards. Providing welcome illumination in dark conditions, it allows recording to continue when ambient light is poor.

Advanced photo capture
Perfect for sharing, still images are captured to SD or SDHC (High Capacity) memory cards. Beautiful photos can be printed directly on printers with a compatible memory card slot.


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