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Canon ZR850

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Canon ZR850

11 May 2007
  • Summary: Canon's new MiniDV top model, the ZR850, continues the ZR tradition of offering affordable, easy-to-use wide-screen movie-making, though low-light performance is still subpar.
  • Pros: New, easier-to-use menu system with joystick control; impressive color in good lighting; wide-screen LCD; built-in lens cover; low price.
  • Cons: No accessory shoe or microphone input; bottom-loading tape compartment; doesn't support analog-to-digital conversions; not enough stabilization at full zoom; poor low-light performance.
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Overall 6

Expert Review

Easy Camcorder
11 May 2007
  • Excerpt: The Canon ZR850 ($329 MSRP) represents apex of the new ZR triforce released this year, marching in front of the step-down ZR830 and entry-level ZR800. But will this leader prove to be a valiant one? It has more juice in the video quality department and a larger still image resolution. Let’s find out if those features alone are enough to make it through the trenches.
  • Pros: - Compact, - Inexpensive, - Reliable media
  • Cons: - Cheap construction, - Compelling mic jack on the entry-level ZR800
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