Summary: I'm only using it as a Analong-to-Digital converter, saving our old VHS tapes onto MiniDV and transferring them to the computer. To that end, the camcorder works wonderfully. My only gripe is that you have to use the remote control in order to utilize the A-to-D function. I didn't have that originally so I needed to purchase the remote separately.
Summary: Awesome Camcorder & Camera functions in this lightweight, easy to use camcorder make it a breeze to shoot great memories for a novice like me, right out of the box. This camcorder also has a huge selection of special effects, and options to make really interesting video effects. I love this camcorder!
Summary: The camcorder was little dirty, and had a missing lens cover...Joanne did not have the missing cover and did not know why it was dirty...The power cord was defective...ordered a new one...Looked like it was chewed into...The case (cassette) compartment was slightly bent and unable to open at first...made some adjustments to it..
Lots of fun, versitile, small and easy to use with pretty good features.
1 August 2011
Summary: I paid $80 for this zr-40 and it is well worth the money. I use it to record directly to my laptop with either the 1394 output or the svhs output and a canopus converter. It also records on digital tape (a hassle compared to a flash drive). There were later models about $40 more but I didn't see the the svhs output.
Summary: As many others have reported, this Zr40 began eating tapes with only a few hours of use on it. I have lost many precious moments recorded on tape because of the tape loading problem. The only good thing I can say about this camera is the bag was large enough to hold my Nikon P100. The Canon is going in the trash.
Summary: This is the second Canon ZR40 that I have. It is a great little MiniDV camera and I use it to transfer my MiniDV, 8mm, and VHS to my computer to convert them to digital format. However, the 1st one I have just quit working all of a sudden and I could not get it repaired at a reasonable rate. The coments that I have heard and read is that this is a consistent problem with this camera. It works great when its working, but the camera is not known for it's reliability.