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 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.
it doesn't have a flash,otherwise excellent camera/camcorder
S. Brusco "Sam Brusco", Amazon
12 December 2001
Summary: I'm amazed how much stuff and features they were able to cram into this little camcorder and still have it ergonomical, compact and light. Unfortunately they left out one very important feature to any good still camera... the flash! Stills taken indoors by lamp light are grainy and dark. I'm going to try the optional light to see if that makes a difference. If it had a built-in flash, it would have rated 5 stars with me.
Summary: My original goal in purchasing this camcorder was to record a festival in Russia where I would need a reliable battery between charges, good low light shooting,and plenty of space on tapes so I wouldn't run out. In my first week of shooting, I tried various scenarios. I interviewed a friend in low light conditions. I was very impressed by the quality of the sound - both hers and mine as I was interviewing.
Summary: This small compact DV camcorder is worth every dollar, but not worth every penny. It has great handling, a slick look, with an awesome menu system. It has various digital effects, including chroma key, which I thought was very cool. It's very light, it only weights about a pound, unless you use a bigger battery, or light. Which I found to be very useful as well.
Summary: I recently purchased a ZR30MC and am thrilled with the output and the design of the Camcorder. I read many reviews on the net on the ZR10 and have heard many complaints about filming in low light conditions. The quality in low light is just fine - maybe they fixed the problem with the ZR30mc. I do have a friend who has a Sony TRV20 that handles low light significantly better but it is almost double the price. On outside video I cant imagine the quality being any better.