Canon MV650i

Like most camcorders, the MV650i is designed for right-handed use, with the main functions (record, zoom and so on) just a thumb-push away.

More configuration buttons are hidden under the 2.5in fold-out LCD display. There are also transport buttons for the VCR above the screen, which can be lit in green, orange, blue, yellow, turquoise or purple, depending on your preference. If you like to customise your camcorder, then the MV650i is more than happy to oblige.

Canon’s model uses MiniDV, and we found the quality of recorded footage to be good. The device can be slow to focus, especially when zoomed, but we did find at the length of the zoom (22x maximum) it refused to focus at all. Bring it back a bit, though, and it is fine again.

There’s a Secure Digital card slot at the bottom so you can store images and even short video clips. Quite why you’d want to store jerky, low-resolution clips on the card when you’ve got a perfectly good camcorder at your disposal is a bit of a mystery, however.

The ‘i’ at the end of the model’s name denotes the DV-in feature, which allows you to record any edited footage back onto DV tape.

The MV650i is an easy-to-use, reasonably sized and affordable camcorder. If you’re looking for your first camera but don’t want to break the bank, the MV650i is a worthy contender.

Price: $1599
Vendor: Canon
Phone: (02) 9805 2000

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