Summary: I purchased this camera just a few days ago so I have yet to try out all the functions and get a real feel to it, but so far I really enjoy it. I like Canon. I have one of the Canon digital still cameras, although just an entry-level point-and-shoot, I think it's great for the job. First of all, those of who have yet to move from analog to digital, do it now! Prices for digital camcorders are incredibly low. Digital quality is superior to all analog.
Summary: My wife and I recently bought this camera. We're expecting a baby in a few months so we wanted to get a high quality camera for capturing those precious moments of the baby's life. We shopped around a bit and considered all the major brands and decided on the Canon. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this camera. It has many nice features and it is fairly easy to use. It records very good video, but the still pictures aren't photo quality.
Summary: If you looking for a high quality Mini DV camcorder at a reasonable price then look no further. Cannon is for you. I am not a person who can be easily impressed but ZR70 has got everything which you expect from your camcorder. Here are few things I would like to share: 1. The picture quality is excellent. On a sunny day you can expect broadcast level picture quality. Even if it is cloudy the picture quality is impressive. (That is what I care about most) 2.
What motor noise? Awesome optical zoom~Great Camera !
Laurie B Macrae, Amazon
4 September 2004
Summary: This is my first camcorder. I have downloaded several 60 minute MiniDV tapes to my editing program and have had NO detectable motor noise. I purchased the optional directional stereo microphone that attaches to the accessory shoe for higher quality sound recording, but haven't used it yet. The 22X optical zoom is fabulous. I turned off the Digital Zoom.
Summary: Things sometimes get better - Canon improved this camcorder-series, and we should be happy about it! This is what I can say about a close model to this one (the ZR50MZ), the earlier top-model: I work with camcorders since 1988 - S-VHSC, Hi8, etc. No question, no matter what kind of digital camcorder you compare with an analog one, it is superior.
Summary: This is the first video camera I have purchased. Having used many Hi8 and SVHS video cameras I was unsure what camera to buy. After reading the reviews and asking associates and testing the camera. I purchased the ZR70MC at my local electronics shop and immediately liked the look and feel of the controls along with the excellent quality of the videos I was taking. Outside the camera's picture quality was excellent.
Summary: I have purchased several Canon products in the past but never owned a video camera before. I did some research and with Canon quality in mind I purchased this camera just before a trip to Maine. I was rewarded with great pictures as well as video! Since I had no experience with video of any kind I was so pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to learn. I am in my mid 50's and my children are shocked that Mom could learn to take great video (It's the camera)!
Summary: This is an update to my review of the ZR50MC camera (see ZR-50MC Report With DM-50 Mike and VL-3 Light, May 22, 2002). I have had the ZR50MC camera for well over a year and I've used it for 6 major events- (2 weddings, 2 cello recitals, 2 school productions). Very simply, this camera works for me very, very well. I typically use the ZR50MC with the DM50 mike, VL-3 light (in poor lighting conditions) and BP-535 (the big one) battery always.