Canon MD101 reviews: MiniDV storage SD camcorder

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

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8.3 out of 10 based on 31 reviews.
Canon MD101: Horizontally held, 30x optical zoom camcorder using . See full product description

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Sara, Wrexham

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This product offers excellant value for money. It is compact and lightweight and very easy to use. Normally I get my husband to set new fangled things up for me but I did it all myself with this one. The image quality is good and the sound quality excellant. I would definately recommend this product.
Bad points:
The joystick is a little clumbsy and there isn't a fade in/out button but otherwise - great product.
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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Nov 2007

Anne, Cardiff

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I had read reports on your Site that the image quality was not great, but I have found it to be very good.
Ease of use is a big factor and connection to a TV screen is simple.
Bad points:
The directional button is a bit fiddly, but that is probably to keep size to a minimum.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Dec 2007

Michelle, Stafford

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The camera is small and light, ideal for carrying wherever you go. It is easy to use, my 8 year old has mastered it!
Bad points:
Slightly plastic look and feel to case - not a major issue.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Nov 2007

Danny , Wakefield

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very simple to use and not over technical with features.
Bad points:
The only bad point i think is that you can only charge the battery in the camera instead of a separate charging dock.
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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Dec 2007

David, Kent

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very light, easy to use and charge
Bad points:
appears delicate. One problem is that it is too easy to wipe previously recorded material.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Dec 2007

PAM, DERBY

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
EASY TO HANDLE,DOES WHAT I WOULD EXPECT FROM A CAMCORDER OF THIS PRICE.ITS A LOVELY SIZE.MY LAST ONE WAS HUGE IN COMPARISON.
Bad points:
INSTRUCTIONS DO GO ON A BIT! I KEEP CATCHING THE ZOOM BUTTON WHILST HOLDING IT MY PALM.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Dec 2007

veronica, canterbury area

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
bought for a 10yr old and simple enough for her to use
Bad points:
none as yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Dec 2007

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 30
Media format MiniDV
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 800
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 375
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 4.4
Maximum aperture wide 2
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 49.8
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1494
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2007-06-01

Also known as: MD101

Camcorders Buying Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

Accessible widescreen-ready camcorder. Features include: 30x optical zoom, Easy shooting and intuitive navigation. A mic input connection lets you capture superior audio.

  • 30x optical zoom lens (800x digital)
  • True widescreen recording and 16:9 LCD and EVF
  • Easy Shooting mode and Joystick controller make moviemaking easy
  • Compact lightweight styling
  • Microphone input
  • DIGIC DV

The accessible widescreen family camcorder – making home moviemaking easy.

High performance optical zoom lens
A simple solution for virtually any moviemaking situation, the MD101 features a powerful 30x optical zoom lens. Offering one of the highest zoom factors found on any camcorder at this level, the genuine Canon lens records video in stunning clarity – even when events happen at a distance. For higher magnification, activate the long-range 800x digital zoom.

True widescreen recording
Capture a bigger picture by recording true 16:9 widescreen movies. Use the 2.7" widescreen LCD to preview what you’ve recorded as it will appear on a wide TV. If you want to conserve battery power, monitor recording via the 0.35" 16:9 colour EVF (Electronic Viewfinder).

Easy to use
There’s no need to be intimidated. The MD101 has been designed by Canon to make moviemaking simple. A one-push Easy mode lets even novices begin shooting straight away. More advanced features are selected using an intuitive Joystick controller, positioned on the frame of the LCD.

Convenient and compact
Feel completely at ease during recording thanks to the camcorder’s lightweight and balanced body. The MD101 hides real power behind its deceptively simple design.

Microphone input
The MD101 incorporates an external mic input connection for those occasions when you need to capture superior quality sound. Simply plug in an external microphone and you’ll have extra flexibility to control your audio recordings.

DIGIC DV
With DIGIC DV – Canon’s innovative image processing technology – movies appear vivid and vibrant on the screen. Delivering uncompromised quality, DIGIC DV makes it possible to record lifelike images with beautifully resolved colours.


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