Summary: I bought this to transfer MiniDV's to digital - my computer - when my original MiniDV camcorder quite working. Prices to convert MiniDV tapes to CD or Digital are high so with this purchase I could connect the camcorder to the computer and transfer the tapes at home for a fraction of the cost.
Summary: I received EVERYTHING with this lovely camara! I have the instruction booklet,cables,batteries,carrying case,etc. I would've rated the item a 4 or 5 if I had actually shot footage. It turned on so, so far I am happy with that. I've just not made the time to do everything with it yet. The camara barely has a scratch. I love the weight of it and the design. Hopefully when I get it up and runnin' I'll have more good things to say about it.
Summary: We bought this camera early 2006 when our daughter was born. Our son was born in May of 2009 and right after he was born the mini dv would no longer go into the camera when we put it in there. It just stayed out and made beeping noises. Some of our other friends had Cannon's and theirs had done the same thing.
Summary: This is a good camcorder for a while. After 2 years of "light" use, there was a small screw came out of the body. It recently got worse: cassette won't eject. It's a common problem with this model. If you google it you will find a lot of complaints. Fortunately I have all my clips downloaded. Too many (small) mechanical parts. I would recommend ones that only uses memory cards.
Good camcorder but with a bit of known technical problem
mr00us "mr00us", Amazon
23 July 2008
Summary: This is fairly nice camcorder for the price. It worked fine for me for a while and suddenly one day it would not hold the cassette. The screen gives the error "remove cassette". I thought something is wrong with the cassette, so changed it but still the same. I googled the error and found many people are having the same problem of either not accepting the media or not giving it back. Called Canon and they sent me a $160 repair bill.
canon ZR serial camera might has life span problem
Y. Tu "buylowandwait", Amazon
9 February 2006
Summary: I bought a ZR70 camcorder, and it died after about 2 years, and many buyers had the same problem with that model. check out the reviews about this problem: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000088USX/sr=1-1/qid=1139558055/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-6913632-7235201?%5Fencoding=UTF8 I am not sure if the problem will happen to other canon camcorder models, but it is better to be cautious, a camcorder should last much longer than 2 years.