as the images were scrambled - tried this with several tapes that did work fine on other units
3 January 2015
Summary: The piece I received from the seller never worked. I was not able to capture tape media from the unit, as the images were scrambled - tried this with several tapes that did work fine on other units.
Excerpt: This camcorder is a wonderful compact digital to keep around.The video if extreamly high quality, and the built in firewire port makes it easy to upload your video onto your computer to edit. There is an imput on the camera so you can digitize you old VHS tapes as …
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.
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..
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.
Summary: I own one of these cameras and it has very low hours on it. The transport mechanism has failed and will not properly load and play tapes. Not only that, the tapes now appear to be damaged for playback on another machine.
Summary: Yes it does eat tapes. I have the camera and I have owned it for about 3 years. It did some fine work. I have no complaints except if you need a camera that will never eat tapes, be very wary. I posted my movies on a couple of websites. I make short movies.
Summary: Like many of the other reviewers, my ZR40 is now giving me the infamous "Remove cassette" message and is mangling tapes. I have used it to record maybe 7 hours worth of video over the last two years. Search the web for "canon zr users group" and "eating tapes" to hear similar horror stories.
Summary: Like many who have found this camcorder, I liked the canon name and bought based on Canon and value. It was a mistake because I don't feel I should have already used up the life of this camera yet. If you go to several discussion groups you will see it has several issues with the deck, i.e.
Summary: Well where do I begin? After a month of use, the battery stopped working. Contacted Canon via email. They replied battery is not under warranty. Would you like to buy another one? Please. 6 months later. I started transferring video to my computer only to find out this stupid camera eats tapes.