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Canon Elura 70 MiniDV Camcorder

Canon Elura 70 MiniDV Camcorder

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Rating: 1 stars
Summary: Never buy canon DV again
Review: Bought one from dell.com, after one day test with this "high" rated DV, decided to return it back. It's a horrible canon DV.
1. Very bad resolution of recording on SD card, even worse than my cheap webcam.
2. Unaccept noisy while recording tape.
3. Compare to USB stream or usb mode webcam, DV messager is a joke function, hard to use and bad compatibility.
4. Light shoot is another joke from canon DV.

Rating: 1 stars
Summary: Buy a SONY (more expensive but more reliable)
Review: I bought my Canon Elura 70 and after four hours of use (4 one-hour tapes recorded) the tape compartment refused to close. The camera was sent to Canon Factory Service for repair. Canon has the most horrible customer service I have ever seen in my life. I sent the camera and never received any feedback from Canon. An entire month passed and they didn't sent me a single email nor a single phone call to acknowledge the receipt of the camara. I called them many times. In the fourth time, an enlightened sould gave me my order # and they found the camera. They shipped the camera back to me but after a few recordings, the tape compartment was not closing again. My Canon Elura 70 will now go to where it deserves most: the garbage bin. I will never again in my life buy anything from these crooks. There is one word that defines what Canon products are: CRAP. If you are in the market for a Digital Camcorder I would strongly recommend you to stay away from the Canon Eluras. Go for a SONY. SONY products are more expensive than the Canon Elura 70, but believe me, they will save you a lot of headaches.

Rating: 1 stars
Summary: do not buy Cannon
Review: I had an Elura 50, it had the worst problem in all the camborders I owned. It randomly gave you a 'remove cassette' message, and you can not close the chamber.
Search the internet, and you will find Canon has lots of complaint about this problem.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Take it from someone who has researched.
Review: I'm about to shoot my first independent film and I looked long and hard for the right camera at the price range I could afford. In the end, I was really torn between this camera and the panasonic PVGS120.

What I was really looking for in a camcorder was good video quality. The canon definitely has better stabilization than the panasonic but what got to me the most was how bad the GS120's picture distorted after 32X or so. The advertized 700 zoom is a waste of time and space not to mention the consumers money. Why have that in when it's almost unbearable to look at?

The next issue was that of the 3ccd in the GS120 versus the one chip of the canon. I must say that if you compare the two side by side (esp after white balancing) you'll see that the Canon can edge out the colors and look that you'll find through the GS120. Impressive for a one chip cam. And besides folks, a 3 chip cam at this price range is too good to be true. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise (the GS200 and 400 are different stories however!).

As a bonus, the Canon has an audio input which helps ME cover all my audio bases. My intention is to use both an external mic and a digital recorder to make sure I get the best sounds to synch with my film. This is highly important because any person who is good at making movies will tell you that sound is as (if not more) important than what the audience sees visually.

The Canon Elura 70 fits nicely in the palm of my hand and feels great. The menu is so easy to use that I got the ins and outs of my cam in an about 2 hrs.

Now for the con which really isn't that major anyways. The backlight sucks. But then again, you shouldn't even be dependant on it. Get a VL 1 or VL 3 flash to go with it and you'll be set. Not a big deal. Using Nightmode blurs the screen and distorts the shutter anyways. Don't bother. It was nice of them to throw it in anyhow :)

So in conclusion, the factors that helped me lean towards the Canon were the stabilizer, the zoom, and the fact that this 1 CCD camera looks just as good as panasonic's 3CCD cam. I hope you enjoy it and it definitely gets my thumbs up. Take care.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Very good camcorder for the price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Review: Not sure what the reviewer below is talking about but based on his lack of details I imagine it's not a genuine review.

Anyway, I spent allot of time researching before buying a camcorder and decided on the Elura 65 -- check out the review of the Elura 70 (the 60, 65, and 70 are basically identical) on http://www.dvspot.com .

The Elura 60 didn't have a hot shoe which I knew I would need since most camcorders in this price range do not have a good light -- if any at all. Daytime recording is excellent.

Some argue that it's only a single CCD camcorder but it's a large CCD as apposed to the three small CCDs in the Panasonic PV-GS120. The Panasonic was my second choice but I read allot of negative reviews about the image stabilization. The Elura also fits more comfortably in the hand when compared to Panasonic. In addition, the Canon has virtually no tape noise when operating.

I highly suggest that you get the double capacity battery BP-2L14, the hot shoe light VL-3, and the portable battery charger CB-2LT. The double capacity battery will last about four hours and adds very little weight to the camera. The supplied batteries drain very quickly. Night shots are notoriously bad for all camcorders in this price range even though some are better than others. The VL-3 light will make a big difference in picture quality at night. Also, the portable charger is more convenient to travel with than the big and cumbersome charger supplied in the box.

I can't comment about the reliability yet since I've only had it for a couple of months. But based on my experience with other Canon products it should be good. Enjoy!

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Great camcorder for the money.
Review: Pros: Great package. The camcorder is small, but easy to use. Mega pixel capacity for little money. Video quality is great. SD memory is handy.

Cons: Not as compact as the Sony HC series.

I am a very savvy consumer and I have spent a lot of time researching cameras and camcorders. It seems like I always end up buying Canon products and there is a reason for it.

The Elura 1/4.5 inch CCD is the best in the class. Sony offers a smaller 1/6 inch CCD for the same price. The quality of materials used to make the Elura series is excellent. The picture is great, but it is the little things impress me. The hinge on the LCD screen is the best designed hinge ever on a camera. The camera is compact and has been well engineered. The video quality is great because it has a bigger CCD than many of the camcorders in the same price range. Don't get me wrong it isn't as good as the Canon GL2, but for the money I am impressed. It has a big lens that lets a lot of light in, which improves low light video.

The SD card slot and the hot shoe is a nice feature. The mega pixel capacity is also great. It doesn't take as good still pictures as my Canon S410, but in a pinch the Elura does good for still pictures. This is expected because this is camcorder first and a camera second. I would recommend the Elura 70 over the 65 because you get a bigger battery and wide angle lens that is useful indoors.

Now for the bad. The only thing that made me almost buy the Sony HC40 was the Sony is more compact. Even though the Sony is more compact, the Canon is still small. I was also weary of the touch screen menu on the Sony.

Overall, I am very impressed with this camcorder and would recommend it to anyone.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: The winner!!
Review: Well, choosing between the cameras, and after going for MVX250i (European twin for Elura 70, as I live in Europe), I'd like to point out some really strong sides of the cam: 16:9 is really WIDER than 4:3 (not just cutting upper & lower parts only) and is taking full advantage of 1.3 MPixel CCD, which btw, let's the stills be captured to SD card in 1280*960 res.. not bad at all for screen viewing. The optics are absolutely superior in its class, the angle for close-ups IS wide and the optical zoom is remarkable. It HAS mike input, unlike new ZR series (which I was considering at some point), and the motor is much quieter also, comparing to ZR. Its shape & size is excellent, it feels solid and is really comfortable to held - thanks to the low height. On table it may seem somehow thick, but to palm it fits perfectly.
If to mention one con, then in lower light conditions the cam tends to boost the sensitivity of the CCD too much, making picture quite grainy. Also, any faster movement in dark will result in blurry picture. The built in white LED sure does its job well, but the sand in the picture remains... So you'll get some of the advertised colours with the price of noise, the opposite of Sony's night-mode. Sure you can attach external lamp any time ..
As a conclusion, it seems there is no other cam offering this level of features & design at this price.. at the moment. If you are looking for something small & capable, this is it. Absolutely no regrets so far..

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Top Choice
Review: You can find a full review + users opinions on the Elura 70 at www.camcorderinfo.com.
I bought mine at another vendor's site, after carefull research.
Let's just say I consider it the Top Choice for the entry level digital video fan.
Canon is scoring a hit with this year's line of Eluras. In fact, they have announced they even are pulling out of the analog camcorder bussines.
In my opinion the Elura 70 offers the best package of features and characteristics, compared to the other brand's models on its category (under $1K)

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