Canon Elura 90 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom – Very good digital camcorder

A service provider and merchant who thoughtfully delivered as promised and as expecteda very satisfied customer.

In researching digital camcorders i prefer to rely on the experts. Apparently there’s a guy on this site who has it out for canon for some reason, and has blasted this camcorder in particular. Read all of his ‘other’ reviews, and you’ll see that he blasts the entire canon line, as if he’s actually bought each camera and found fault with each of them. Clearly impossible, and clearly a person with an agenda. For an honest review of the canon elura digital cameras, specifically the elura 90, read the write-up on cnet. Perhaps the best site for technical reviews and pricing information. Not only did they point me in the direction of a great digital video camera, the cnet.

This is my first camcorder, and i have done a lot of research on which camcorder to buy. I bought it in august,2005, and used in extensively when i went to rome and barcelona. It was easy to use, and the video inside the cathedral came out clear even though it was very dark inside. I even saw details from the ceiling which i did not see when i was looking at it with my naked eye. I like the ability to take photos , only at times i forgot to switched between tape and card. I was in a panic when i was trying to chnage tape because i could not make the tape pop out, but after some practice i got it right. The videos were very steady, i am sure of it because after sometimes my arms gets tired and started shaking while taking videos or photos, but amazingly when i was watching the vidoe and reviewing the photo they all came out clear,and have no evidence that my arms were shaking. My only prolem is to figure out how to get a good video or photo with the sunlight facing the camera. Here are the specifications for the Canon Elura 90 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom:

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  • Compact MiniDV camcorder with 1.33-megapixel still capability, built-in video light, and still flash
  • 20x optical zoom and 400x digital zoom with image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen with backlight
  • Built-in slot for SD memory cards and MultiMediaCards
  • Powered by NB-2LH Lithium-ion battery pack

When my elura 80 died, i didn’t want to purchase a new model hd camcorder. These may be hd, but require an extra step before you can edit your movies. There are a few hd mini dv models, but i could not afford one. So i hunted for another elura model camcorder. I found a ‘gently used’ elura 90 which has two features my elura 80 did not have. The elura 90 has an external microphone jack and a low light assist lamp and a brighter light for shooting in very low light. The elura 90 serves my purposes quite nicely. I enjoy making mini movies of my cats. The elura 90 is light, fits nicely in my hand, and is easy to operate. It also has image stabilization so i can do all my shooting hand held.

This was my first comcorder purchase, and after thorough research using consumer reports as well as much satisfaction with my canon 510 digital camera, i decided on this one. Widescreen recording, even though it’s not high-definition, is essential as all future tv purchases for myself as well as most of my family and friends will be larger screen. Recording in the 16:9 mode prevents the picture from having to be stretched on such tvs to fill the entire screen. Microphone range is sufficient. Still pictures from the camera are good enough for websites, emails, and small prints. Switching from tape to memory card mode is easy. The power switch is easily turned on, and does at times when storing your camcorder in a bag with other items. However, the camcorder shuts off automatically after a few minutes of unuse, so i have never noticed battery drain from such occurences.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Excellent little camcorder
  • A Great, Older Mini DV Camcorder
  • Thank you.

This is one great camcorder i have. Its very simple to operate and best part is, i can do recording at night as it comes with built in flash. I haven’t used all its features but surely like its design. Its small and cute but it’s desplay is big enough. Very pleased with this purchase.

This is an excellent product. The person selling it was extremely helpful and nice. I would purchase fromthem again.

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Canon Elura 90 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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