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This was the first camcorder i owned and it served me well for many years. i have used it for making short films with m friends and genral point and shoot activities. I think for someone inexperienced with camera's this is a great starter model.
Features: It offers all the standard features of a small handicam, easy access record button and zoom controls, viewfinder and fip out screen. Then through the menu access via the screen and buttons you have all the other settings such as shooting modes and effects. the shooting modes are great if you do not want to have to deal with manual controls as you can just select the desired option and your ready to go. the effects are all pretty lame and wouldn't really bother with them at all apart from maybe the B/W and sepia options. if you are more familiar with camera functions though and would like easy access to features such as focus and shutter speeds and white balance etc. i wouldn't really recomend this model. It also has the standard playback controls easy located above the screen. it output options are good with a firewire out for PC capture and a composite lead to conect to the tv for playback.
Quality: as far as point and shoot camera's go the image quality from this was pretty good obviously not up to todays HD standards but good none the less. it suffers from pixilation and grain issues in low light conditions though and its nightime modes don't help this much.
Audio: the built in mic provides reasonable sound quality in indoor situations as long as you are facing the subject and in a close range. outside the sound is very easily distorted with wind and other background noises.
overall it is a good quality camera from a very respectable company who know what their doing. if you want a cheap reliable point and shoot handicam i would recomend it.
Built on Canon's heritage of precision optics, the MV700i is not only effortless to use, it also has one of the highest zoom ranges of any camcorder in its class.
Canon's engineers have always abided by the rule that technology has no purpose unless it can be put to good use. That is why the MV700i camcorder works straight out of the box. You won't need a PhD in systems theory to get started. No wading through complicated manuals - just turn it on and start shooting.
The compact size and slim, ergonomic palm design feels as easy in the hand as it is to use. Buttons controlling all important features fall right beneath your fingertips, and you will be delighted by the wide proportions of the color LCD. Menu navigation is intuitive, uncomplicated and available in 8 languages.
Sitting just beneath the surface to await the more adventurous is a generously specified camcorder with a raft of advanced features. A remarkably high ratio 18x optical / 360x combined zoom means you will never be too far from the action, while shooting in low light conditions is no problem thanks to 'Night Mode'.
The camcorder includes Image Stabilization to keep the action steady without a tripod and a 1/6" high resolution CCD sensor for sharp images. The camera features DIGIC DV, a dedicated DV processor that raises the bar on image quality, recreating 'emotional' colors, tones and details to deliver images we humans love and remember: Redder apples, greener grass, bluer skies and warmer and more realistic skin tones.
The MV700i includes an Analog/Digital converter and Analog In port to allow input of signals from analog devices such as video recorders to be converted in-camera and stored digitally to miniDV format.
To add interest to video footage, Canon has included a host of creative digital effects. These include Art, Sepia, Monotone, Mosaic, Colors, Mirror, Ball, Cube and Wave. Scene transition options include Auto fade, Wipe fade, Flip fade, Corners fade, Tide fade, Puzzle fade, Beam fade, Zigzag fade and Jump fade.