Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out], Fantastic little camera

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Excellent entry level camcorder but lacking dv-in or av-in features of the higher spec models in the range. Now if someone could find a way to enable these features – which are probably there but simply disabled – that would be nice.

This a fantastic intermediate level camcorder at a great price. I have used many photography products from canon before, and as always was very impressed to see that canon does always give great value for money to it’s customers. The 18x optical zoom is awsome for people who have used zooms of 3x, 5x. The recording quality is fantastic. The audio/video quality is excellent. The camcorder is easy to handle/operate with all the buttons/controls well placed/designed. This camcorder has colour viewfinder in addition to the colour lcd screen. The user manual is well laid out and gives clear instructions and examples of use, though i guess for most part you won’t need the user manual, because the controls are self explaining.

Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

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  • Mini DV
  • 18x Optical Zoom / 360x Digital Zoom
  • 1/6 CCD 800K
  • 2.5 Colour LCD screen / colour viewfinder
  • Electronic Image Stabiliser
  • Night Mode
  • 7 Programmed Auto Exposure Mode
  • Audio Dubbing
  • DV out (IEEE1394 compatible)
  • DV Messenger

Canon camcorder at very competitive price. Canon is a well known name in the technology industry. So no surprise that the camcorder looked rather impressive. The canon mv600 mini-dv digital camcorder is very compact and rather nice to look at. The compact size is a major plus. It records on the mini-dv format which gives good picture quality. It has a dv out which allows you to send stills to your pc for editing. It has features other more expensive camcorders have like night mode ( enables recording in low light conditions), electronic image stabiliser, audio dubbing e.

Good, but with some problems. The picture quality is very good, but sometimes there are some problems it. Sometimes there are some horizontal lines on the picture, and you can see them also on the tv. So while i am recording, even with no changing conditions, sometimes these horizontal lines apper on the screen and disturd the picture. I don’t know why this happens. Is it e camcorder malfunction or i have to adjust something?. Please help me with this problem.

What can i say about the mv600?. Its light, produces excellent video and is possibly the best value for money camcorder on the market. The mv600 as pointed out is a basic model. Firewire port/av output only (and no firewire cables), no case, no tapes and limited windows xp software, so buyers should be aware of what you do not get. What you do get is a fun, easy to use camera that produces excellent video. It has some nice video effects and various program functions including night shooting (some light is still needed for exceptable results – full moon etc) so the mv600 still has some techie things you can fiddle about with. I have found only 2 slight issues that i have with the mv600. Firstly canon claims the standard battery supplied (bp-508)has a life of 75-100 mins depending on conditions and which viewfinder/screen you use. The actual battery life is more 35-60 mins, so a spare battery is essential.

Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out] : Good, but with some problems. The picture quality is very good, but sometimes there are some problems it. Sometimes there are some horizontal lines on the picture, and you can see them also on the tv. So while i am recording, even with no changing conditions, sometimes these horizontal lines apper on the screen and disturd the picture. I don’t know why this happens. Is it e camcorder malfunction or i have to adjust something?. Please help me with this problem.

Unfortunately, the write up on the amazon site failed to state that the camera had a fault. Apears theses cameras suffer from a problem with the ccd. Sensor, preventing camera from functioning fully. That is, the camera couldn’t see anything. Seems to be a known issue with this model camera. Playback and transfer function to a pc to allow what i needed the item for. May see if i can get it fully repaired one day. Otherwise item packed well, and delivery on schedule as advised.
Unfortunately, the write up on the amazon site failed to state that the camera had a fault. Apears theses cameras suffer from a problem with the ccd. Sensor, preventing camera from functioning fully. That is, the camera couldn’t see anything. Seems to be a known issue with this model camera. Playback and transfer function to a pc to allow what i needed the item for. May see if i can get it fully repaired one day. Otherwise item packed well, and delivery on schedule as advised.

This review is from : Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

The camera on the whole is very good. The picture quality and sound is great. There are numerous reviews adversly commenting on the noisy motor – to me this didn’t pose much of a problem as the microphone did not pick it up. The battery on the other hand is rubbish. Within 45 mins – 1 hour the battery is dead. This is definitly not a camera for someone who wants to film their childrens theatrical shows etc as the battery wont last long enough.

This review is from : Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

The camera on the whole is very good. The picture quality and sound is great. There are numerous reviews adversly commenting on the noisy motor – to me this didn’t pose much of a problem as the microphone did not pick it up. The battery on the other hand is rubbish. Within 45 mins – 1 hour the battery is dead. This is definitly not a camera for someone who wants to film their childrens theatrical shows etc as the battery wont last long enough.
This camera is great value for money. The quality of both film and audio is exceptional. I recommend that you buy a firewire cable so that you are able to download your video to your computer so you are able to edit and create special effects on your video then e-mail it to a friend (or even put onto cd).

This review is from : Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

This camera is great value for money. The quality of both film and audio is exceptional. I recommend that you buy a firewire cable so that you are able to download your video to your computer so you are able to edit and create special effects on your video then e-mail it to a friend (or even put onto cd).

This review is from : Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

This camcorder does everything you’d expect an entry level machine to do, plus a little bit more. The various shooting modes are well thought out, but do note that the advertised “night mode” is simply a slow shutter/low frame rate option that produces quite grainy and jerky results. The picture quality is excellent, and the various connection ports all do what they should. With a firewire card installed in your pc, editing is easy and pain free (as long as you have some decent software, the camera comes with no editing software). But there is one major problem. The internal microphone picks up the sound of the motor. This means that everything you shoot is marred with a constant and very loud whine. Even when shooting in moderately noisy environments it is audible, and when recording speech in a quiet room, it can actually drown out softer speakersan external microphone is essential, and whilst you can pick these up for little more than the cost of a pack of tapes, it will add to the bulk of the camera, and unless you buy canon’s own (very expensive) microphone, you will need to carry extra batteries too. It’s a bit of a pain, to be frankso, a great camera potentially spoiled by sloppy sound insulation.
This camcorder does everything you’d expect an entry level machine to do, plus a little bit more. The various shooting modes are well thought out, but do note that the advertised “night mode” is simply a slow shutter/low frame rate option that produces quite grainy and jerky results. The picture quality is excellent, and the various connection ports all do what they should. With a firewire card installed in your pc, editing is easy and pain free (as long as you have some decent software, the camera comes with no editing software). But there is one major problem. The internal microphone picks up the sound of the motor. This means that everything you shoot is marred with a constant and very loud whine. Even when shooting in moderately noisy environments it is audible, and when recording speech in a quiet room, it can actually drown out softer speakersan external microphone is essential, and whilst you can pick these up for little more than the cost of a pack of tapes, it will add to the bulk of the camera, and unless you buy canon’s own (very expensive) microphone, you will need to carry extra batteries too. It’s a bit of a pain, to be frankso, a great camera potentially spoiled by sloppy sound insulation.

This review is from : Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

Having bought this just a few days ago, i was remarkably suprised at its size. Although lacking in size, this camera delivers astonishingly good sound and picture quality. The lcd screen is most useful for small editing tweaks, and of course as a viewfinder. Watching your shots on it may be tedious. One mini-dv tape is 1 hour on standard play (the camera supports long play as well- 90mins) the battery supplied lasts around an hour and 15 minutes, so its well worth getting a spare. Charging takes place on the camera itself, not with an external charger, which is annoying to me, as wires lead everywhere when watching on a tv and charging at the same time.

This review is from : Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

Having bought this just a few days ago, i was remarkably suprised at its size. Although lacking in size, this camera delivers astonishingly good sound and picture quality. The lcd screen is most useful for small editing tweaks, and of course as a viewfinder. Watching your shots on it may be tedious. One mini-dv tape is 1 hour on standard play (the camera supports long play as well- 90mins) the battery supplied lasts around an hour and 15 minutes, so its well worth getting a spare. Charging takes place on the camera itself, not with an external charger, which is annoying to me, as wires lead everywhere when watching on a tv and charging at the same time.
Posseses a high power 18x optical zoom and colour viewfinder. Feature packed and really easy to use. Sharper images than the mv500 series due to upgraded sensor and yet retailing at over £100 cheaper than the mv500 model it replaced.

This review is from : Canon MV600 Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 18xOptical DV-out]

Posseses a high power 18x optical zoom and colour viewfinder. Feature packed and really easy to use. Sharper images than the mv500 series due to upgraded sensor and yet retailing at over £100 cheaper than the mv500 model it replaced.
Basic , small & extra kit needed to appreciate fully. If you have a very limited budget for a camcorder, this model is pretty good value for money for a digital camcorder, quite easy to use and comfortable to hold. There is a good sized lcd screen and an adjustable view finder. The quality of the pictures taken are very clear as is expected with a digital camcorder. The functions available are limited, the next model up in the range the cannon mv600i has a few more features including smart card memory for taking digital photos and mpegs that can be easily downloaded via usb, but it is a bit more pricey, but worth it if your budget can strech to it. The mv600 does not have this function (it will still take photos, but it records them onto tape) and there is dv-out but no dv-in as listed in the technical specification on amazon. If you want to edit your videos on computer once you’ve recorded your footage, you will need an ieee 1394 connection (which isn’t included), though its pretty straight forward to transfer footage onto vhs with the leads supplied. The camcorder can also double up as a webcam for video conferencing (provided you have the ieee 1394 connection on your computer and windows xp as the software supplied only works with xp) in fact not much is included with the camcorder. You will also need tapes, also not included and its also a carry case of some sort (also not included). Another concern is the speed with which the battery ran out and its worth buying a spare battery if you are thinking of taking it out and about.
Basic , small & extra kit needed to appreciate fully. If you have a very limited budget for a camcorder, this model is pretty good value for money for a digital camcorder, quite easy to use and comfortable to hold. There is a good sized lcd screen and an adjustable view finder. The quality of the pictures taken are very clear as is expected with a digital camcorder. The functions available are limited, the next model up in the range the cannon mv600i has a few more features including smart card memory for taking digital photos and mpegs that can be easily downloaded via usb, but it is a bit more pricey, but worth it if your budget can strech to it. The mv600 does not have this function (it will still take photos, but it records them onto tape) and there is dv-out but no dv-in as listed in the technical specification on amazon. If you want to edit your videos on computer once you’ve recorded your footage, you will need an ieee 1394 connection (which isn’t included), though its pretty straight forward to transfer footage onto vhs with the leads supplied. The camcorder can also double up as a webcam for video conferencing (provided you have the ieee 1394 connection on your computer and windows xp as the software supplied only works with xp) in fact not much is included with the camcorder. You will also need tapes, also not included and its also a carry case of some sort (also not included). Another concern is the speed with which the battery ran out and its worth buying a spare battery if you are thinking of taking it out and about.
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