Summary: I was looking for a replacement camera as ours stopped working long time ago and having family over during the holidays was the perfect time to watch a good amount of tapes from when we were all younger and the kids were just babies.
Great For Digital Video Capturing (AV-DV Converter Praise)
20 March 2013
Summary: Bare in mind that my 5-Star rating refers to what I have used the ZR100 for; I work in video and film transfer, and I could not more highly recommend this camcorder for use as a video capture device (additional Firewire and RCA AV Cables needed). Its flawless and quality-lossless AV-to-DV converter function serves as a great means for preserving your home movies with the added assurance that you're not messing with trouble-causing external capture devices.
Great picture quality, no noise, best bang for the buck
B. Roy "RoyTech", Amazon
30 January 2006
Summary: There may be "better" camcorders out there. Better in terms of more features. But it is unlikely the video or sound quality is much better than this one (in some cases actually worse). A 720X480 video frame (Mini DV standard resolution) can only accomodate approx 340 K pixels - therefore a mega or multi mega pixel camcorder will not improve your video performance one bit. And they cost least twice as much. I was looking for something really basic.
Summary: This is the ultimate question. Before this issue lets reveal a small lie of Canon. This is how they advertise this product: "The ZR100 features both a DV terminal (IEEE 1394 or Firewire) and USB terminal for connection to a DV-compatible computer or another DV-camcorder." This is the reality: No USB terminal in ZR100. I'm seriously considering filing a complaint to FTC. ZR200 has it but not ZR100.
Summary: Me and my wife decided to get a digital camcorder since our old-fashion vhs camcorder finally bit the dust. Yes, I bought this camcorder because it was one of least expensive digital camcorders out there. I briefly reviewed the instructions, explained them to my college age daughter, and we were on our way to the beach with her 7 yr old sister. She immediately started recording me and my daughter. Very, Very, Very easy to use. (I recorded a little bit too.
Summary: I recieved this camera for my graduation present. I really enjoy the little size and its capability. The digital effects that are possible to use are kind of neat, you can choose between easy and several different settings to be able to capture the best picture for the things you are shooting. It also has the ability to be transfered to your computer, which is nice, you can edit your clips. all in all this is a pretty nice product.