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.) The ZR 500 can take a beating.
Pros: This camera is durable, catches medium to fast images, and is quite easy to operate. I believe the most convenient part about this product is that it enables you to edit the video on your camera! Just buy it , check it out.
Cons: The only downside is that ..wait..there isnt one!