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Canon-zr850.32619812
5.2 out of 10

Canon ZR850

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Reviews and Problems with Canon ZR850

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Overall 4
4.0

"Great camera for the deaf."

baldmarc1, CNET
8 September 2008
  • Pros: None that out weigh the cons!
  • Cons: The absolute worst buzzing noise is recorded on audio. It is unbearable and makes all recording absolutely worthless and un-watchable.
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Overall 4
4.0

I would not recommend this to anyone

S. Hall, Amazon
18 May 2008
  • Summary: I had this Camcorder for about 5 days before I returned it. After recording one tape I decided to watch the footage to see what kind of quality it had. The video quality was outstanding but the audio was not. The motor in the camcorder puts off a quite hum which you don't pay any mind because it's very faint. However, the internal microphone picks up this hum and records it. I love everything else about the camcorder.
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Overall 4
4.0

"My ZR850 left me in the dark!"

JRide71, CNET
17 December 2007
  • Pros: Lots of features for the money, high res sensor, SD slot, lightweight
  • Cons: Frightful low light performance, tape noise, "cheap" feeling chassis and controls,
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Overall 4
4.0

Not worth the money

All Around "all around", Amazon
31 May 2007
  • Summary: I am a first time camcorder owner and decided to get this camcorder based on reviews on another website. Then, right after I ordered the camera, I began reading the reviews on Amazon and got worried--I should have checked here first. After further research, I decided to also order the Panasonic PV-GS80 to compare the devices. What I found is that the Canon is just as loud as everyone has reported.
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Overall 3
3.0

"DV port broke"

JarVander, CNET
28 April 2007
  • Pros: Produces stunningly vivid and fluid 1280x720 widescreen video in bright sunlight. Menus were easy to navigate and the feature set was good for the price.
  • Cons: Grainy video under normal indoor lighting, I needed to set up extra lighting for indoor use. The microphone recorded a very loud tape drive drone. Digital image stabilizer was useless.
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Overall 4
4.0

"If you don't mind the noise"

Beaglelady, CNET
8 April 2007
  • Pros: Great features, easy to use
  • Cons: loud motor/tape noise that you hear while recording and on playback/grainy video
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Overall 4
4.0

Motor noise is a HUGE problem!

Mom on the move, Amazon
17 March 2007
  • Summary: I used to have an Canon Elura 70, which was an excellent camcorder but the firewire transfer didn't work so I decided to replace it with the Elura 100 only to find that Canon had discontinued the Elura line. I really wanted an Elura for the improved video quality over the low-end zr models. So as a compromise I purchased the ZR 850 which has a 1MP CCD, not a good as the Elura (1.3MP) but better than the other ZR's (.640MP).
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Overall 4
4.0

"Poor normal and low light performance. Poor light. Ugly LCD viewscreen"

TheUndertow, CNET
12 March 2007
  • Pros: Price relative to high end models
  • Cons: Prive relative to entry line models. Poor image quality under normal and low light.
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Overall 4
4.0

"Poor low light performance and no infrared night mode"

Boceefuss, CNET
12 February 2007
  • Pros: Small, 35x zoom
  • Cons: Terrible resolution & low light setting and no infrared night mode
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Overall 4
4.0

"This is a bad camera is not worth the price go with a sony camcorder!"

vilcomvenom, CNET
10 February 2007
  • Pros: 2.7" Screen, 35X Optical Zoom, 1000x Digital Zoom, Bright Screen, Built-in Lens cover, Compact design, Alright Fader effects, Battery is very compact
  • Cons: Bad low-light quality, Viewfinder does not pull out, MiniDV tape is loaded on the bottom, Joystick is cheap and hard to use, Only 320x240 for video resolution, 1 Megapixel doesn't make a difference.
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