Summary: Having several miniDV tapes recorded some time ago, and having my camcorder die at the same time, I needed a device to convert and edit the content. This camcorder does the job beautifully, and it is certainly in good condition for recording and making and playing new tapes.
Summary: I purchased a ZR-25 which is basically the same camera. My satisfaction with the camera is overwhelming. I mainly bought it for our trip to Disney, boy did it work great! It fit in my fanny pack! Let's face camcorder facts, if it is to cumbersome to carry, ya just won't use it! This thing is tiny and the video is DVD quality! I cut 2 DVD's so far, and the video is superb! One complaint people have had with this camera is the poor indoor/low light capability.
Summary: I must apologize for my previous review of the Canon ZR30. The review was rather negative, but the problem was in my ignorance--not the camera. I had complained that the recorded picture was too pixelated--That anything with hard edges was represented by over-sized wobbly digital blocks. This temporary problem, I since learned, resides in my iMovie editing software. iMovie cannot reveal the true quality of the digital footage.