Summary: I've had this camcorder since 2008, and I'm happy with it still. I have a warning for you if you're considering buying UV and/or polarizing filters - DON'T! I ordered a set, supposedly fit this camcorder, but they do NOT fit! I e-mailed Canon, they said it does not accept filters.
Summary: Propbably the last of the "good" zr series, Canon seems to be cheaping out.
Pros: This camera rocks. as a professional user I use it daily. it takes a beating. I noticed it is $100 more than ZR830 and ZR850 which have 35x zoom. This is 25x zoom. Dont leave this camera in the cold. Moisture seems to affect it until it dries out.
Cons: Camera should not be left in the cold, moisture affects it. Then must dry out to work properly.
DO NOT buy from Butterfly Video-- "bait and switch" scam
19 December 2006
Summary: I ordered this camera from butterfly video. Within less than an hour I got an email to call their service representative "tom" about my order. I was concerned that perhaps the item was backordered.
Great replacement for my ill Sony digital camcorder
Rich W., Newegg
22 November 2006
Summary: I am not a "heavy user of video, so I was really disappointed with the Sony. It is about 3 years old, but gee, I haven't shot more than 11 1-hour tapes with it. With playback, and re-recording with Movie Maker, I estimate that it has less than 40 hours of use. (I digress here.
Pros: I really like the miniature joystick selector. It works quickly and easily. Great colors. This replaces my Sony DC-20, which is not working right. I was able to create a movie on the PC (w/Movie Maker) and write that back to the Canon tape, which recorded flawlessly.
Summary: I didn't anticipate anything from this machine, that is why I still rated it as Good. Don't anticipate anything around this price range to provide old days' quality. I chose DV instead of DVD/HDD for its higher picture quality.
Cons: So so low light performance. The machine I have can't record 640x480 onto memory. Can only record 320x240 of 33" in length! That is less than my digital camera! Small lens, which is the problem of all camcorders nowadays. Not straightforward function control as even to Sony Hi-8. Minimum white ba...
Summary: I bought this video camera nearly two weeks ago. Very good quality and very easy to carry around. There are some issues I have with it though. First of all, Canon supplies a seemingly useless usb cable, as it cannot be used by itself to download movies to the computer.