Excerpt: We received this camcorder as a baby shower gift and we love it. It is easy to use for a beginner and takes good video. The only issue we had was when we didn't have a digital camera we tried to take still pictures and the quality is poor. This camcorder has good battery life and is easy for everyday use.
Summary: Gentlemen, I recently found out that Canon has a worldwide recall for ZR70 and similiar models. I got my ZR70 repaired for FREE. Check out your nearest Canon Service Centers. I am based in Manila, Philippines, they did it here, for sure they'll do it there in the States. Problem starts with the wiring that connects the CCD, it overheats and lossens. That's the reason why the recording just goes dead.
Summary: This is my first camcorder. I also have a Canon S30 (3.0 mp). I bought the ZR70 based on my experience with Canon and the feature set. I'll start with my positive impressions: -The 22x optical zoom is great. I feel confident in knowing that I'll probably never need a longer zoom. I don't even need to use the digital zoom with the ZR70. -The feature set for this camera is impressive. It has many digital effects and scene transitions.
Unacceptable motor noise in an otherwise good product
Kevin Moore, Amazon
30 March 2003
Summary: This was the 3rd camcorder I tried. I wanted something that was quiet and had a decent LUX. It shot fairly well in low light situations but the motor noise was too loud. Very high pitch. When playing back, low noise scenes were dominated by eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee at a high note. Too bad. I liked everything else. Circuit City was great about returning it, as usual. I finally went with the Sony TRV22 (4th one I tested).
Summary: Good: 1)The various editing & filming functions of the camcorder. 2)The controls are easy to use. 3)Zooming and wide angle function 4)Compact and light. 5)Nice remote control function Bad: 1) The motor noise is still present! (you can hear it in the recorded mini-DV tapes) 2) The image stablization is not always present. 3)Takes awhile to auto focus during low and night-time conditions. 4) To utilize the msn messenger video option, you need exclusively Win XP OS.