Excerpt: The ZR500 is this year’s entry level camcorder from Canon, and let me tell you, there is a lot to like about this model. Starting with the microphone input, this camcorder caught our attention. It’s the only model in the ZR series to offer the feature, making it a stand-out model from the get-go.
Pros: -Microphone Input, -Strong performance in well lit situations, -low light improvement showed quality inscenes with less than stellar lighting, -True Wide Screen 16:9 format
Cons: -No still feature options for the hybrid user, -No independent manual control over aperture or shutter speed