Summary: Well, I'm going to have to bunk on the previous reviewer. I love my ZR45MC and have for about 10 years. Have not noticed the humm mentioned, however, will admit sound pretty much stinks; internal mic picks up too much background noise. That said, picture quality is fab.
Summary: This was my first digital camera, and I absolutely love it. Still going strong after 4 years. I've used it on trips, to record concerts, and just general fun. It's incredibly easy to use. The complaints I have are geared towards the fact that it's outdated.
Summary: one thing to watch out for,when using the zoom button,dont just let it go after you zoom,or it will click and the noise will be recorded. however,if you edit and can dub different audio then it wont matter. that said, we love the camera.
Summary: I have read a lot of reviews and concluded that I'll give this camcroder a try. I was not really afraid of the motor whining but on the low-light performance much really. Anyway after I bought I did a couple of trial shootage in various lighting conditions and I was satisfied.
Summary: Canon did it's homework with this camera. There are endless perks to spicing up your video recordings. Everything is very easily accessible. The buttons are no problem for my fat fingers. Any buyer would be very impressed with this setup and completely satisfied with the video quality.
Motor noise while recording caused by automatic audio gain.
Raj Reviews, Amazon
21 November 2002
Summary: . 1) Solution from Canon's online tech supt website: CanonDv Q. In quiet situations, I can hear the noise of the motor being recorded. What can I do about this? A. Automatic audio gain will set the volume to capture any available noise.
Summary: I agree with most of the reviews. I bought the big battery, and found that it lasts long enough for a weekend trip without recharging. Operation is simple, and fairly self explanatory. Downloading stills (via USB) and video (via IEEE) is a snap. Bundled software is adequate.
Summary: This is my first digital camcorder. As a first timer its very easy to use which I liked most. without the tape i hooked to my Sony VIAO PC and within 10 minutes I made a small movie. the setup is so easy.
Summary: The good: Compact, easy to carry, lots of good features (too many to list; read the specifications), excellent playback picture, works great with my iMac, excellent sound reproduction, and straightforward instructions.