Summary: I ordered this for my wife as a gift for her birthday. She already has one but it does NOT work properly and cannot be fixed. She has been concerned that she will never be able to watch all of the old videos of the kids etc.. Also, there is no converter kit on the market for the small casettes that this recorder uses. So it was important to find a replacement recorder that is in good condition and works. Will find out today if it works, as today is her birthday.
Summary: I had researched the item and made a decision to buy the specific one I did for purposes of making a video from inside the cockpot of my airplane...The specific item had the necessary auxiliary input jacks for me to accomplish my goal....
Summary: Decent enough hand held camera with excellent picture quality thanks to the powerful MiniDV format and has a handy built in volume control, but it remains a very dated camera. The heads up display on the view screen is not overly user friendly and the camera is very difficult to upload to a PC for editing. Best suited for those looking for a video camera to take simple video for home television viewing.
Summary: Good reliable camera at a great price - from ebay. Technology is changing so fast that many times perfectly usable cameras have been used very little before being resold. ebay allows a guy like me to acquire a camcorder like the ZR 85 with little effort for an excellent price - and put it to work.