Taking finer control of your images is easier with the Canon Optura Shooters who want more advanced features will find that this mini DV camera has plenty of options to grow into and enjoy for some time, while still maintaining the simplicities that ward off headaches. Handy Dandy The Optura 60 fits nicely into your hand. It's just the right size and weight so that you can get a comfortable grip.
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The Good Manual focus ring; cameralike mode wheel; shutter- and aperture-priority modes available for video; optical image stabilization; excellent LCD and microphone; takes decent snapshots. The Bad Poor low-light video quality; microphone picks up motor noise. The Bottom Line Canon's feature-packed camcorder shoots very good daylight footage but has reason to be scared of the dark.
Visit for details. Canon hopes its Optura 60 will attract buyers who want more than an entry-level camcorder can provide: more resolution, more manual controls, more features, and better overall image quality. In most respects, the Optura delivers all those advantages, though not without a few compromises.
Although the Optura offers impressive features, such as manual exposure controls, optical image stabilization, and cameralike still-photo features, its low-light shooting capabilities will likely disappoint the home moviemaker.
If you're going to remain outside, we recommend its cheaper sibling, the Optura 50 , which has a slightly reduced zoom range but is otherwise almost identical.
With its squat, bulky design and 1. On a positive note, the camera's size and heft lend it a more professional feel than that of similarly priced lightweights, such as the Sony DCR-HC When you hold it in your hand, you feel ably equipped to shoot a documentary or a corporate video.
The camcorder's controls are relatively easy to understand and use, but you may have to consult the manual if you're not well versed in digital camera operation.
For some other functions, however, Canon follows its PowerShot design, incorporating a familiar-looking mode dial. This is a far more efficient way to switch between automatic, manual, priority, and scene-preset modes than delving through menus, as some models require. Similarly, a Function button near the front of the camcorder pulls up frequently used options such as white balance, color saturation, sharpness, and Canon's Soft Skin mode.
Unfortunately, the Menu button is behind the LCD, which makes using the menus with the viewfinder--for when you need to save battery life--a little too awkward.
Furthermore, when the LCD is open, it obscures your view of and access to the Optura's Function button and jog dial, which are used together to navigate onscreen menus. We greatly prefer having these controls near the back of the camera, as on Canon's ZR series.
The Optura comes with a tilting, telescoping viewfinder--handy when using an optional extended battery, which adds depth to the rear of the camcorder--and Canon's Advanced Accessory Shoe, which can power extras such as video lights and shotgun microphones.
Speaking of lights, the Optura 60 includes a built-in white LED for illuminating dim subjects. Another advantage is full-width recording, which is useful for videographers who plan to show their movies on wide-screen TVs--no black bars and no loss of clarity from artificially enlarging the image. Although camcorders such as the Sony DCR-HC90 have shown that electronic image stabilization can achieve great results, there's no question that the best image fidelity comes from OIS. For razor-sharp close-up work, the lens features a manual focus ring.
In any shooting mode except Auto, you simply press the Focus button to switch to manual. You can also attach one of the 34mm telephoto or wide-angle converters Canon sells separately, though we were a bit disappointed that one wasn't included in the box. The less expensive ZR comes with a wide-angle converter and, for that matter, a 22X optical zoom. Moviemakers seeking creative control over their audio and images will find it in the Optura In addition to an external-microphone input, the camcorder provides no fewer than eight white-balance presets, including auto and manual.
It also includes a handful of spiffy digital effects, faders, and image enhancements, all of which can be preselected via onscreen menus but withheld from use until you press the D.
Effects button. It's blissfully simple to make changes. Just press the jog dial and move it up or down until you hit the desired setting. The six preprogrammed scene modes include Foliage, Snow, and Fireworks. Needless to say, the Optura tries hard to emulate one of Canon's PowerShot cameras, right down to the onscreen icons that indicate various settings.
All the mode-dial settings, from aperture priority to scene mode, can be applied to still photos, so there's little to relearn if you're already PowerShot savvy.
There's also little to give up by leaving your PowerShot at home. The Optura features three-shot autoexposure bracketing; three metering modes; a continuous-shooting mode three shots at maximum resolution, five when you drop down a step ; and a built-in flash. What's more, the Optura's OIS works when you're shooting stills, too. For quickly turning snapshots into prints, the Optura can connect to any PictBridge-compatible printer. All the goodness of the Hero4 Black and Silver mixed in with a whole new bag of tricks.
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The Good Manual focus ring; cameralike mode wheel; shutter- and aperture-priority modes available for video; optical image stabilization; excellent LCD and microphone; takes decent snapshots. The Bad Poor low-light video quality; microphone picks up motor noise. The Bottom Line Canon's feature-packed camcorder shoots very good daylight footage but has reason to be scared of the dark. Visit for details. Canon hopes its Optura 60 will attract buyers who want more than an entry-level camcorder can provide: more resolution, more manual controls, more features, and better overall image quality. In most respects, the Optura delivers all those advantages, though not without a few compromises.