Summary: Wonderful! I don't know much about video, but I just plugged it in and it worked. I am really pleased with the quality of the video and the nice way it connects to the software that came free on my computer (iMovie). Yesterday I took video in falling snow. I set the camera to Snow/Sand setting, and it took care of everything. Nice feature. The manual is minimal. I hope to find something better online.
Summary: After doing a great deal of research I purchased the Optura 40. It was highly recommended by Consumer Reports and reviewers on this and other sites. I also purchased the Video Light since most reviewers mentioned poor low light performance as the main drawback to the camera. First of all, the light created red eye in my child, the main subject of my recordings. Without the external light video of indoor events, my main place of recording, was grainy and dark.
Canon Optura 40 MiniDV- Best compact camera by far
Rachel Parisi "Celena", Amazon
7 December 2004
Summary: Canon Optura 40 MiniDV My family just bought the Canon Optura 40 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom; it is a digital video camera. I fell in love with this camera as soon as my mom charged it up and turned it on. I immediately wanted to take the camera out and start taping the first thing that came to mind. I started with video taping my house just like I was on MTV's cribs.
Summary: I received Optura 40 as a gift about a month ago. This is my firs DV camcorder. The quality of movies is amazing, colors are just perfect, and it performs quite well in a low light condition. The are also night modes that turn night in a day (not too realistic, but would be great for recording a wildlife at night for example).
Summary: I will give 5 stars for the Optics - just amazing pictures, especially in daylight. I shot a few pictures under a 60 Watt (yellow) light and the picture quality was surprisingly good. What I liked most about this Camcorder: 1. Great image quality, especially in daylight (comparable to the panasonic 3 ccd model which is much more expensive) 2. Very sleek and compact. Love the look of it 3. Robust.
Summary: I originally wanted a Sony because that is what all my co-workers recommened, however, I had to agree with the sales person who suggested the Canon. After comparing the Canon Optura 40 to several Sony models I believe I made the right choice. It didn't take long for me to read the manual and familiarize myself with the camera. I found it very easy to use and intuitive. It does have many features but the camera is not cluttered with them.
Summary: Most of the negative comments I read about the camera are from people that don't know how to use the camera. It takes a little time to go through the menus and read the cryptic (non-detailed) manual. And, not all the features are described in the manual. - The camera does very well in low light indoor situations if you put it in "Indoor" mode. - I barely noticed the camera motor noise during quiet scenes.
Summary: The Optura 30/40 has two default settings that need to be changed. The first is that in Easy and Auto modes, shutter speed can be a slow as 1/30 second. This causes video to blur, ghosts with fast movement, and blur (grain?) in low light. Go to Auto Slow Shutter (A.SL.Shutter and turn it OFF). The shutter speed will be no slower than 1/60, creating much sharper video. The second is that audio is defauted to 12 bit. Change this to 16 bit for better audio.
Summary: As many camcorder fans, I was excited by the Canon Press Release about Canon Optura 40 Camcorder, pre ordered it and received it late May. After opening the box, the camera looks great: compact, slick, nice looking lens. However, after a couple of time trial shootings, all these nice impressions were gone for good! A few Major disappointments: 1) Poor video image.