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Canon Optura 400

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Easy Camcorder
5 November 2004
  • Excerpt: The Optura 400 is Canon’s upper tier matchbook camcorder this year; though the Optura 500 is slightly more advance, the Optura 400 packs a 1/3.4 CCD with 1.23 effective Megapixels for video and 2 MPs for stills into a small body, with a 10x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom. While these specifications are the same as last year’s Optura 300, this year’s models include more digital still options and offer improved handling.
  • Pros: - Manual Audio Control, - Handling/Feel, - Ports/ Still options
  • Cons: - No accessory shoe
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon Optura 400

PC Magazine
20 September 2004
  • Conclusion: This $1,000 camcorder has a ton of features. It shoots better-than-average videos and good still images, and it's our Editors' Choice for the $800-$1000 price range.
  • Pros: Very compact design. Flash for still-image capture, AF assist lamp, and headlight for low-light shooting make this a versatile model. Good still-image capture. Many manual controls, including audio recording level.
  • Cons: Bottom-loading design gets in the way of tripod usage. EVF doesn't extend, pivot, or have a rubberized eyepiece. Flash stills unsatisfactory.
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