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Old May 21st, 2004, 03:30 PM   #1
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Canon Optura 20

Anyone use the optura before? It looks pretty good to me. Seems to have everything you actually need.

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Old May 21st, 2004, 03:44 PM   #2
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I just had another look at one last evening. It was going for pretty cheap. I'm sure it's a good cam for the money. It's not high end in the 1 chip arena, and not new, but I'm sure it's one of the better models out there. The new Optura 300 looks and feels a lot nicer, though, plus it's an "upright."
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Old May 21st, 2004, 07:26 PM   #3
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Compared to the zr series is this a better looking picture and all around better camera?
I had a ultura which did good is it better than that?

Just looking for a good 2nd camera.


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Old May 21st, 2004, 08:01 PM   #4
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I never compared a ZR and Optura 20, but I would guess the Optura 20 is a much better cam with much better video quality. Any Optura is at the top end of Canon's 1-CCD line, while all ZR's are at the bottom.
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Old May 21st, 2004, 09:26 PM   #5
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Ok good.... I'm just use to using $10k cameras on the highend side but don't know much about these little one chippers ...there are so many!!!! gives me a headache...ugh



Is there a after market mic hotshoe adapter ...for the optura in case of motor noise?

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Old May 21st, 2004, 11:24 PM   #6
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Tony, I can't recall if the Optura 20 has a hot-shoe. Check here:

http://www.canondv.com

Canon does make a good hot-shoe mic for their 1-chip line.
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Old May 21st, 2004, 11:56 PM   #7
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If you don't need good low light performance, the Optura 20 gives a really nice picture!
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 12:14 AM   #8
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That's the feedback I got as well. The older Optura 100MC is a lot better cam.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 08:20 AM   #9
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The Optura 20 does in fact include the Advanced Accessory Shoe.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 08:38 AM   #10
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Consider this?

If you're looking at 1 CCDs, you might see if you can find a DV852. There was a lot of discussion on this site about how good this camera was/is. I snagged one off Ebay a couple of weeks ago for $499 and it's absolutely great! Another one sold this week on Ebay with a reserve of $500.

The picture quality and image stabilizer on this camera is very good.

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