Summary: I purchased this camcorder used, with nothing but a battery on its back. I had a 10 year old Canon ZR60 which went dead in the middle of recording and I needed to get video off some miniDV tapes and finish my project as inexpensively as possible. I purchased a battery charger separately, and for under $100 I was much better off. This camcorder is similar to my old zr60, so there is no learning curve.
Excerpt: I am usually horrible at operating camcorders, but this one is so easy to use! You can control it with the buttons on the outside, or with the toggle buttons on the display screen. We have been wanting to get one for a long time, and after a lot of shopping around, this one was the best price for the features included. I had to get the book out and go over anything I did not understand, and the book is very easy to follow.
The Canon ZR 500 is a tough, compact SD Mini DV Camcorder
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I can't say enough good stuff about my trusty Canon ZR 500 camcorder. As many people go the way of Hard drive or mini dvd video recorders, I haven't jumped on the bandwagon just yet. The ZR 500 is dependable and tough while providing a terrific picture quality. It is very easy to transfer videos from the 500 to a computer via firewire cable (which is included with the camcorder.
Summary: awesome camera i got this one to replace my last one that got wet and quit working liked this little so much that i looked allover for a another one found one here on amazon reasonably priced with all accessories
Summary: I have had this camera since 2007 but did not know that much about it besides to use it similar to my other cameras. I did make some nice little movies of my grandchildren and after reading reviews I really thought I could only use it during the day. For the last couple of years I had not used it and I was thinking of selling it but when I tried to turn it on I was having a problem. In order to see what the problem was I had to read the manual.