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A premiership camera for championship money. Wasnt expecting too much for the price, just wanted something functional to take on my holiday. Got back, plugged into tv and was amazed at how crisp the footage is, both audio and video are v good quality. Also very robust in spite of the plasticy feel it got dropped a couple of times and also rained on. Of course, camcorder connosseurs could probably pick holes in it but for joe bloggs like me was all i needed to record my holiday, no shaky images and battery life reasonable.

It does what it says, it’s easy to operate and you can connect an external microphone to it which you can’t do with 99% of cameras in the same price range.

Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

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  • 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

It’s a shame that so many people are turning to hd camcorders, as most can’t compare with the footage quality of minidv camcorders like this. At just under £100 it’s such a low price for high quality results. This camcorder is so simple to use and connects instantly to a computer to download. No fancy docking cradle or tricky software involved. I’ve used my canon md101 for over a year now and am delighted with it.

As a first time user with a camcorder, i have to say i’m really impressed. I took it to america with my family and am very pleased with the footage i took, lasting memories. Very good value, i left all the settings on easy so just pointed and shot the images, no ‘rocket scientist’ needed. Only one small problem there is no wire to connect to my computer,(usb port)and all i’ve looked at are 4-6pin connectors, could someone tell me which one i need to buy.

Great for amateur film makers or ordinary home use. I have used this camera for just over a month now, and it has proved to be a versatile camcorder for various tasks. Out of the box it does what you’d expect it to, it records in the more modern standard of 16:9 (widescreen), however this can be easily switched to the older 4:3 option. The picture quality is far better than older mini dv camcorders i have owned in the past, and doesn’t look bad on large high definition tv’s as some camcorders can now look blurry on them not using a high def format. The sound on the built in microphone is average. It’s fine for noisy atmospheres but in normal and quieter places camera noises like the tape mechanism are clearly heard. Unlike many cheaper camcorders, canon have provided a 3. 5mm jack microphone plug, one of the most useful things they could have included. This opens the option up to using a boom microphone or clip (lapel) microphone. This of course cuts out the camcorder noises, providing a much more professional appearing video.

Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD) : Ordered this as i had some dv tapes i wanted to load on to my computer but didn’t have my old camera any more. Camera came well packed and was in excellent condition. It was delivered before i expected.

Purchased this camcorder on a recommend from my daughter. Product delivered in fast time, no problems with packaging or the contents. Still very much a novice, but does what it says it will, and no rocket scientist education required to follow the instructions. Sound could be better, so like others, i will need to invest in an ‘add on’ microphone. Feel that canon could include some sort of protective carry bag, even if it meant hiking the price a wee bit. Like my daughter, i would recommend this to others.

This review is from : Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

Purchased this camcorder on a recommend from my daughter. Product delivered in fast time, no problems with packaging or the contents. Still very much a novice, but does what it says it will, and no rocket scientist education required to follow the instructions. Sound could be better, so like others, i will need to invest in an ‘add on’ microphone. Feel that canon could include some sort of protective carry bag, even if it meant hiking the price a wee bit. Like my daughter, i would recommend this to others.
As a first time user with a camcorder, i have to say i’m really impressed. I took it to america with my family and am very pleased with the footage i took, lasting memories. Very good value, i left all the settings on easy so just pointed and shot the images, no “rocket scientist” needed. Only one small problem there is no wire to connect to my computer,(usb port)and all i’ve looked at are 4-6pin connectors, could someone tell me which one i need to buy.
As a first time user with a camcorder, i have to say i’m really impressed. I took it to america with my family and am very pleased with the footage i took, lasting memories. Very good value, i left all the settings on easy so just pointed and shot the images, no “rocket scientist” needed. Only one small problem there is no wire to connect to my computer,(usb port)and all i’ve looked at are 4-6pin connectors, could someone tell me which one i need to buy.

This review is from : Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

Great camera for not much money. You get what you pay for everywhere, but sometimes you get better than you have a right to expect. I bought this on impulse ‘cos it was cheaper than the compact digital stills camera i had gone to buy. It performs far better than i had any right to expect. Dead easy to use, but with a good degree of manual flexibility. Good optics, good facilities (including external mic and a proper viewfinder). No it doesn’t perform like a camera costing 5 or 10 times the price – but it does perform like one costing twice the price. On the motor noise issue – i can imagine that there is a bit in silent surroundings. If that’s critical, you’ll havee to think of something else. But it hasn’t been a problem for me.

This review is from : Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

Great camera for not much money. You get what you pay for everywhere, but sometimes you get better than you have a right to expect. I bought this on impulse ‘cos it was cheaper than the compact digital stills camera i had gone to buy. It performs far better than i had any right to expect. Dead easy to use, but with a good degree of manual flexibility. Good optics, good facilities (including external mic and a proper viewfinder). No it doesn’t perform like a camera costing 5 or 10 times the price – but it does perform like one costing twice the price. On the motor noise issue – i can imagine that there is a bit in silent surroundings. If that’s critical, you’ll havee to think of something else. But it hasn’t been a problem for me.

This review is from : Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

A nice little camcorder at this price. This is my first camcorder and i’m quite impressed with it. Quality at low light levels isn’t great but at this price you don’t expect it to be. Features are standard but it has got an external mic socket which you don’t see in many other cameras in this price range. Build quality is fine, lcd display is great, you can hear the tape through the mic a bit though. I’ve bought a bigger battery and seperate charger to compliment (generic models off ebay) as the battery provided only lasts about an hour.
A nice little camcorder at this price. This is my first camcorder and i’m quite impressed with it. Quality at low light levels isn’t great but at this price you don’t expect it to be. Features are standard but it has got an external mic socket which you don’t see in many other cameras in this price range. Build quality is fine, lcd display is great, you can hear the tape through the mic a bit though. I’ve bought a bigger battery and seperate charger to compliment (generic models off ebay) as the battery provided only lasts about an hour.
Great camera for a family on budget. I own this camera for 6 months now, and i still think it is great. The image quality is great outdoors and still good inside. Keep in mind to use the different presets depending on filming conditions, or go manual, and your footage will look great. About the tape transport/engine noise while filming: yes it’s there, but only when i film in a totally silent surrounding. Most people test their camcorder when they are alone, and that explains the negative reviews. The reason is that the built in microphone has automatic gain, so it becomes more sensitive when there isn’t much noise. As soon as you have people talking, music, or random background noise, the tape/engine noise is inaudible. That really is the truth about it. There is no way to prevent this, but while editing, there are plenty of ways to do away with the noise (add music, turn volume down etc)two features missing and worth mentioning: 1) there is no firewire in the box, so you must order it separately 2) as there is no threading, it’s impossible to screw filters in front of the lens.

This review is from : Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

Great camera for a family on budget. I own this camera for 6 months now, and i still think it is great. The image quality is great outdoors and still good inside. Keep in mind to use the different presets depending on filming conditions, or go manual, and your footage will look great. About the tape transport/engine noise while filming: yes it’s there, but only when i film in a totally silent surrounding. Most people test their camcorder when they are alone, and that explains the negative reviews. The reason is that the built in microphone has automatic gain, so it becomes more sensitive when there isn’t much noise. As soon as you have people talking, music, or random background noise, the tape/engine noise is inaudible. That really is the truth about it. There is no way to prevent this, but while editing, there are plenty of ways to do away with the noise (add music, turn volume down etc)two features missing and worth mentioning: 1) there is no firewire in the box, so you must order it separately 2) as there is no threading, it’s impossible to screw filters in front of the lens.

This review is from : Canon MD101 Digital MiniDV Camcorder (30x Optical Zoom, 2.7″ Widescreen Colour LCD)

For a start ill say that im generally very pleased with this camera. This is my first camcorder,so im no expert,but my first impresion is good. The only bad points are that thenight mode isnt very good,if u dnt use an external mic you will hear the sound of the tape recording,looks and feels a bit fragile and it doesnt come with the firewire cableall of these mentioned can be easily overcomeapart from that the controls are very easy to use,has good zoom and auto focus,good image quality,the transfer to pc couldn’t be easier. It works pretty well indoors too,this camcorder is advised for beginners and intermediate users for it is easy to use and powerfull enough to make some good videos.
For a start ill say that im generally very pleased with this camera. This is my first camcorder,so im no expert,but my first impresion is good. The only bad points are that thenight mode isnt very good,if u dnt use an external mic you will hear the sound of the tape recording,looks and feels a bit fragile and it doesnt come with the firewire cableall of these mentioned can be easily overcomeapart from that the controls are very easy to use,has good zoom and auto focus,good image quality,the transfer to pc couldn’t be easier. It works pretty well indoors too,this camcorder is advised for beginners and intermediate users for it is easy to use and powerfull enough to make some good videos.
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