Summary: I have owned the zr10 for 3 years. Initially, I was thrilled to death over it's small form factor, quality of picture (in good light) and fantastic cd quality sound. Now, it just eats tapes, so I can no longer enjoy it's small form factor, quality of picture (in good light) and fantastic cd quality sound. Nope, it just eats tapes. It seems to enjoy eating maxell as well as TDK, but will eat just about anything you serve it.
Summary: I bought this camcorder last year. It was good for taking video, but I don't like the way it keeps still images. The way it works is keeping the same screen for 5 sec, and is recorded on the tape. To transfer to a computer, you need another device, which only save into floopy disk. But overall, it's a good camcorder if you need something cheap and only need to make movies.
Summary: Watch out this Mini-DV Camcorder's lens! The Maximum CCD resolution only 460,000 pixels. It's only slightly higher than Digital8 camcorder's resolution. Most Mini-DV has CCD 680,000 pixels. Like the Panasonic PV-DV51, for similar price, got 680,000 pixels better lens but bigger body. Both Canon and Panasonic models have pretty good performance rated by Consumer Report. If you don't care the lens resolution, just go for ZR10!
Summary: I was very pleased with this camera when I first got it. I have a couple of issues that would have made me go with another camera had I known from the start... 1. Low light quality is very bad! I don't mean candle light. I'm talking about indoor night shots with all of the lights on. Picture comes out very grainy. Camera definitly needs a light. Daytime shots are great, crystal clear. 2. Still pictures go on tape. You then have to capture that picture to your computer.