Summary: I would still say that it is a good product while it lasts. The problem with this is that you never know when your cassette will stuck inside and never come out; and then that's the end of life of this product. You would rather spend hard-earned money on something that has a better dependability. It may die just when you need it most and without any warning, seriously!
Summary: The camera arrived in good shape and seems to work well. I haven't had much time to spend with it yet. The disappointments were that it was not the model I ordered, therefore none of my accessories that I already had fit. Also, it did not come with an instruction manual, nor some of the cords needed to do everything. In fact it even came with a wrong cord that doesn't fit it.
Summary: I run a multimedia lab, where we own several of this model of camera, as well as others from the Canon ZR series. They get very light, careful, daytime use. They are not carried with other equipment, they are carefully stored, and generally pampered. I also personally own this model. It is light, easy to use, easy to carry. The video quality is decent - in fact, we have used some of the video (not audio) in broadcast pieces.The audio is adequate for most personal usage.
Summary: Three weeks ago, I bought a Canon ZR200 camcorder to tape my son's wedding. I had a nine-year-old Sony 8mm camcorder, but I figured digital technology would outdo it in every category. I was wrong. I chose the Canon because I had recently purchased a Canon digital Rebel XT which I am quite happy with, and the controls on both were similar, so I wouldn't have much of a learning curve. As it turned out, the learning curve was the least of my problems.