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 did a lot of research and finally decided to get the ZR30 camcaorder. I've been VERY happy with the results. Great design, very small, still pics, digital, and all other features are great! The only thing that is a "little bad" is the low light isn't that great. Just turn a light on and seemed to be fine. Highly Recommended!
Summary: I bought the canon zr30mc from a friend who was rushing for the canon xls and its the best thing i ever purchased in my entire life. I filmed a documentary both indoor and outdoor and the quality is superb. All you have to do is to make sure you set the auto exposure correctly and its the best. If you want superb quality for a outdoor shot make sure you purchase a filter for the lens so that the sky doesn't look washed out.
Summary: Read the specs, compare ALL the features, talk to those who own it, and you too will buy it! Simply the easiest to use and best quality digital video camera you can buy! And the price---what more is there to say? Some cameras you buy and get home to find no microphone plug! Some no Firewire connection or RCA video jacks to archive all those old tapes you have. You won't have that problem with this Canon gem. This is the second of the ZR series I have owned.