Summary: Please be advised that Canon U.S.A., Inc. has posted information on the web regarding the Elura 40MC and Elura 50 camcorders. This information relates to the "Remove the Cassette" message being displayed on the camcorder's LCD screen. This information can be accessed by visiting Canon's on-line support at the following URL: [...] [...
Summary: this was my first digital video camera and i think it is perfect for anything i would ever want to do. it has many different lighting options that actually absorb what little light you have and spread it throughout your video. it is an amazing little camera. only problem is, you gotta buy the firewire stuff if you want to edit. still a great little camera!
Summary: Other than the so-so optical zoom at 10x -- you should never pay any attention to digital zoom claims -- this new Elura is a winner. The miniscule size is definitely its strongest selling point, emphasized by stylish styling. It uses the industry-standard MiniDV tape, unlike Sony's MicroDV model which is slightly smaller but uses the faulty MicroDV format.
Summary: Pros: 1. Small size - smaller than my 3MP digital camera ! 2. Standard USB, IEEE 1394 ports, S-Video, RCA everything 3. Ability to take small 10 sec AVI files on the MMC Card Cons: 1. The zoom button does not feel comfortable - needs getting used to 2. Low light quality not great - most cameras are bad at low light 3. Focus not as good as Sony 4. LCD not as bright as Sony General: If you are buying the camera to take still shots - do not.
Great camcorder--Some easy solutions for the drawbacks.
21 December 2002
Summary: This is a great camcorder! I got one and my wife loves it so much. We enjoyed all the pros of the camcorder and we also solved all the cons easily. Cons: 1. Motor noise, yes, it is there, but not that noticable. Besides, any decent video editing software is able to filter that out. We also have a small,cheap standard Mic(got for free? Forgot), it also work fine to get rid of the noise. 2.
Summary: At first I was a bit disappointed with indoor (home) picture quality. However, I faced the know fact that all camcorders need ample light indoors. I bought a cheap Sima light attachment bracket and a Sunpak CZ-200 light. It improved the situation indoors. Pictures in malls and other commercial facilities are simply great! Works great outdoors- no matter what kind of weather you have. The still pictures are very poor though- will stick with the digital camera for this.
Summary: I looked at quite a few DV camcorders before I settled on the Canon Elura 40MC. You will not find a more compact camcorder with this many features in this price range. I especially like having the ability to convert my old analog videos to digital using the pass-through feature. My only complaint is that it is easy to block the auto-focus sensors with your fingers as you hold the camera. I practiced holding the Elura so that I know the proper position of my fingers.
An great camcorder and VERY easy to take with you.
Eric Majewski, Amazon
23 July 2002
Summary: Armed with lots of research and my wife's two criteria for selecting a camcorder (it had to be small and easy to use) we bought the Elura MC 40 for its list of features in a very small and very cool package -- plus the canon quality. This one has all the features of a full-sized DV cam, but fits into a small, padded waist pack with a couple of tapes, batteries, and the charger without a problem.