Canon MD235 reviews: MiniDV storage SD camcorder

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8.9 out of 10 based on 15 reviews.
Canon MD235: Horizontally held, 37x optical zoom camcorder using . See full product description

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Walter, Oakham Over 75 technically competent

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Wide range of Zooms.High quality hardware
Bad points:
No software included.Soft protective case would be useful.No Firewire lead.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Oct 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good picture quality and sound
Bad points:
fiddly joystick menu
can't turn the sound off when transferring the film to your pc and it is very loud!
10 second start up time
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Oct 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Exceptionally light and very quick to switch on. Large, clear and bright video screen with an easy-to-navigate menu system.
Bad points:
Be prepared for disappointing image results in low light conditions.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Oct 2008

Andrew, London Techie

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use/quick start.
Microphone input.
16:9 recording
Mini DV format
Tape access door does not get in way of tripod thread mount
IR remote control
Bad points:
Special Effects - not obvious how to use
Coin batteries for remote & memory backup
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Dec 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Picture quality, ease of use, value for money, spare battery's readily available and interchangeable with other canon VCR and digital camera products.
Bad points:
build quality, mostly plastic construction so not sure of longevity/durability over the longer term
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Jul 2008

Paul, Essexish Amazing English Guy

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Lightweight. Easy to use.
Bad points:
Transfers files to PC in "real time" - an hour's tape takes an hour to transfer.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Jul 2008

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 68x82x127
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 37
Media format MiniDV
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) 380
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 5.2
Maximum aperture wide 2
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 41.7
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1877
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2008-02-19

Also known as: MD235

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Manufacturer's Description

With a Canon 45x Advanced Zoom and a microphone input connection, the MD235 is a versatile Megapixel camcorder. Capture panoramic True Widescreen images in brilliant colour thanks to DIGIC DV.

  • Canon 45x Advanced Zoom
  • Powerful Megapixel recording
  • True Wide High Resolution 16:9
  • Quick Start
  • Microphone input
  • Easy-to-use Joystick controller
  • DIGIC DV
  • Multiangle remote control
  • LCD video light
  • Easy Mode and Program AE modes

Megapixel recording and superior audio – truly capture the moment.

Powerful Advanced Zoom
Canon’s 45x Advanced Zoom combines genuine Canon optics with unique DIGIC DV processing – capture more detail than ever before. An Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) helps eliminate camera shake and keeps movies looking smooth.

Megapixel capture
Enjoy the benefits of high resolution Megapixel recording for superior quality video images.

True widescreen
Record stunning, panoramic widescreen footage in true 16:9 format, ideally suited for playback on a widescreen TV. Use the 2.7" widescreen LCD to monitor video footage in the correct dimensions during recording, or opt to shoot using the wide colour EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) to conserve battery power.

Quick Start
Canon’s unique Quick Start technology powers up the MD235 almost instantly from Standby mode – a perfect way to ensure that you never miss those once in a lifetime moments, such as a child’s first steps.

Hear more clearly
Attach an external microphone to the camcorder via the microphone input connection to capture superior quality audio – an ideal way to shoot in situations where there is substantial background noise.

Versatile and easy
A handy joystick controller, located on the frame of the LCD screen, makes controlling the camcorder easy. More sophisticated moviemaking features are accessed by navigating on-screen menus.

DIGIC DV
Make movies that look just like real life. Thanks to the processing power of DIGIC DV colours appear fresh and bright.

Multiangle remote control
A multiangle remote control gives you the freedom to experiment. Since the remote sensor is positioned on the fold out LCD screen, you can operate the camcorder from virtually any position – simply angle the screen towards you to gain full remote control.

LCD video light
The MD235’s 2.7” LCD screen also doubles as a handy video light. When positioned to face forward, it provides enough illumination to render close-up subjects visible even in dimly-lit situations.

Easy does it
With a one-push Easy mode, the MD235 is ready for shooting straight out of the box – perfect for beginners. A full range of Program AE modes let you take more control as your skills grow.

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