Canon Elura 100: A Comprehensive and Detailed Product Review

canon elura 100

Smartphone cameras are getting better and better each year, and they are chipping away big chunks of market share and revenue from entry-level camcorder makers. However, there are still a number of dedicated yet basic, affordable camcorders with features that smartphone owners can only dream about. The Canon Elura 100 is one of the newer entries in the budget camcorder market. In this article, we’ll review this camera and analyze how it compares with other budget-friendly camcorders.

What Is the Canon Elura 100?

The Canon Elura 100 is a compact, midrange camcorder with a 1.33MP CCD sensor. The 0.8-lb. camera is capable of taking both videos and photos using Canon’s nine-point Ai/AF autofocus system.

Canon Elura 100

Product Specs

The Canon Elura 100 weighs about 0.8 lbs. and measures 2.2 x 3 x 4.3 inches. The camera has a four-way joystick for digital effects that is well placed at the back of the camera, near the buttons. There is also a switch for Easy/Program mode. This button gives you quick access to such functions as white balance and the exposure presets.

This camcorder has a top-loading tape door which is located on the right of the camera. The door has a zoom rocker and buttons for photo mode, the video light, and printing. The printing function can be used to print if you connect to a printer compatible with the PicBridge application. The device is powered by a CCD sensor.

The Canon Elura has decent optical zooming abilities: it can zoom optically up to 20x, and its digital zoom feature can magnify images up to 800x. This camera has USB port, a mini-jack microphone port, and audio and video output ports. Its power button is located at the rear, near the record button on the right. There is also another switch you can use to choose between recording on the SD card and an inserted Mini-DV tape. This camcorder also has buttons for LCD backlighting and recording in wide-screen.

The Canon Elura 100’s battery pack is located behind the LCD. Canon says that its battery can take you through 85 minutes of recording. This camera has a 123,000-pixel LCD. With a still image resolution of 1MP, photos taken by this camera are not outstanding at all by today's standards.

Pricing

This camera is sold for about $70. You can get it from Amazon, eBay, Canon’s official store, and other stores.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Canon Vixia HF R800 1080p HD Camcorder
  • Sony Video Recording HDRPJ440 PJ Handycam
  • GoPro HERO4 BLACK
Canon Elura 100 MiniDV Camcorder
  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Feature
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

The Canon Elura 100 camcorder costs about $70 on Amazon.

Pros

  • Great performance in low light
  • 20X optical zoom
  • Huge variety of presets
  • Rotating touchscreen display
  • Easy to use
  • Video LED light

Cons

  • The mic is unidirectional
  • Has no WiFi capability
  • The 1MP still-image sensor is disappointing
  • Still-image camera also lacks flash and manual shutter speed control

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Description

  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Feature
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

In addition to standard camcorder features, this camera has a suite of editing features which can be accessed via the touchscreen display. You can give your videos a cinematic look without transferring the footage or file to another device. This camera is also famous for its 0.5x slow-motion recording and up to 1200x fast-motion recording.

Pros

Cons

  • Doesn’t have WiFi
  • Video quality is not great
  • Has no internal memory

Sony HD Video Recording HDRPJ440 PJ Handycam Camcorder
  • 50Mbps XAVC S3 1920x1080 at 60P, AVCHD and MP4 codecs
  • 26.8mm ZEISS Lens w/30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom
  • View on 2.7" LCD or project up to 100"(diag) on built-in projector

Description

  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Feature
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

This camera has a 1-year+90-day warranty.

Pros

  • Detailed 9.2MP sensor
  • Has a projector function
  • Has WiFi connectivity
  • Rotating LCD

Cons

  • Low-quality, 13-lumen projector

GoPro HERO4 BLACK
  • Professional 4K30, 2.7K60 and 1080p120 video, 720p240 video for super slow motion playback and 12MP photos at up to 30...
  • Built in Wi Fi and Bluetooth support the GoPro App, Smart Remote and more
  • Improved camera control and built in video trimming lets you create and save short video clips right on your camera

Description

  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Feature
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

This camera has a one-year warranty.  However, because the camera was made with the needs of active outdoor use in mind, it is generally more durable than ordinary camcorders.

Pros

  • High-quality 4K recording abilities
  • Waterproof and shockproof abilities
  • Phone-syncing abilities
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Very high-quality photos
  • Low cost
  • Superb slow- and fast-motion shooting

Cons

  • Lack of optical zoom
  • Average battery life

Conclusion

The Canon Elura 100 is sleek camcorder with an optical zoom of 20x. The camera has standard exposure compensation and white balance presets. However, its basic 1.33MP sensor and the lack of Wi-Fi connectivity means that this camcorder is only useful to casual shooters. We give it a rating of 2.5 Stars by today's standards.

Users who want better quality videos and still photos can opt for the 4K, 12.0MP GoPro Hero4. This camcorder is lighter, cheaper, and more resilient than all the other camcorders on this list. However, remember that the GoPro Hero4 does not come with native optical zooming abilities. The Full HD Sony Video Recording HDRPJ440 PJ Handycam has decent video recording and photo-shooting abilities. This camera also doubles as a projector but, at a rating of 13 lumens, its use as a projector is limited to very casual, non-demanding home users.

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