Excerpt: The ZR850 offers a few upgrades, including a better imager, but lacking the mic input of the ZR800, we're torn on which is the better value. The ZR850 has been given a shiny, stylish makeover compared to last year's ZR700. The ZR850's sensor has been increased to a 1-megapixel CCD, compared to the 680,000-pixel CCD found in the rest of the ZR line.
Summary: I mainly "used" to use it as dv encoder/decoder thru firewire, but when I changed from a G5 1st generation to a G5 dual core 2.3ghz, it was never compatible with it. My computer would just crash every time I hooked it up to it. Anyway, as a normal camcorder I think it's got good all in all features and good picture quality for hobbist stuff, mainly family moments.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile
Summary: I use the camera primarily for recording my daughter growing up. I have done some nature shooting too. Its a nice camera. I haven't had time to explore all of the features yet, but there does seem to be some that I won't ever use. The IS doesn't seem to work too well and the camera gets very shaky when hand-held with maximum optical zoom; a tripod is a must.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound