Summary: Bought in 2002, great camera until two weeks ago. When I rewind the dispay on LCD reads Eject Tape, I remove and re-insert until I get rewinded. I see from reading about this camera that this is a common problem. Just wait...once it begins seek no resolution (save the money and time), bite the bullet and buy another camera.
All was well until the "safety mechanism" went berserk.
4 April 2004
Summary: This is not a high-end camera, but was good enough for me. I have recorded 12 tapes on it. Beginning with tapes 11 and 12 a problem has developed with rewinding the cartridge. After about 1 minute (recording time) worth of rewinding, it stops and displays "Remove Cartridge" on the screen. I take out the tape, put it back and get another minute rewound before it happens again. These have all been brand new tapes.
Summary: I did extensive research on this model (the whole ZR series) and I must say, a lot of things are positive for this little camera. * light weight, * small, * bright outdoor pictures, * PRICE. And some negative points raised by many so far, which of course I have not been able to test as I have not bought this item, is the motor noise being recorded and the night shots being grainy. I will not discuss anything about it as they have been beaten to death by now.
Update to my previous review regarding motor noise.
Raj Reviews, Amazon
9 December 2002
Summary: The high pitched motor noise is present in recordings, not only in very quiet situations (as my prvious review indicated, based on CanonDV site), but is also present when the camera is placed in front of speakers playing music. The above info is based on my playing two sample sound clips posted in a review at dvspot website by Jeff Keller. The persistant motor whine was VERY irritating and definately unacceptable.