Summary: Bought so I could transfer old home movies to the computer. First camera offered that is priced appropriately. Most people selling these old cameras know the people are buying them to save old home videos so they are price gouging the customers. I found several of the same model selling for over 150 bucks. Needless to say, the days of these items are over and for those who want to save their home movie collections it was a great price.
Summary: I bought one of these when they first came out. Takes great video. Very clear as you would expect from digital. However, it suffers badly in low light and is kind of fragile. I haven't used it very much and it is now non-functioning. It fragments the digital image and I am now having to sent it back to the manufacture for repairs, which will be about $150.00. My next one will be a Sony.
Summary: well...the camcorder is great and i love the size and shape of it . I have had it for 1 week and my LCD is always so blurry so i thought maybe it's just the Lcd so I connected the camcoder to the T.V and it is still blurry. The good thing is I think it has great sound and recording is just one really simple step. I like the camcorder except the fact that the screen is blurry. I am wondering if the screen is blurry just because it is new...I'm not that sure but..
Summary: These cameras are very user-friendly. I teach video classes for children ages 8-15 and even the youngest of the group are able to pick them up and go. They capture the best images when used outside; image quality is significantly sacrificed indoors when using automatic mode. They seem to be fairly durable but inconsistently so. Of the handful we have at work, one has started dropping frames during import (into iMovie, FinalCut, and Premeire) while the others do not.
Summary: I bought the predecessor to this model over a year ago, and have made a total of 15 tapes of my kids. Being busy parents, we never have time to watch them, and have maybe seen a total of 5 of the tapes. Total time operated in this period (whether recording or playing) is less than 40 hours.
Summary: We use Canon in general because of their amazing compatibility with a wide rage of formats. The ZR-Series is no exception. You are able to achieve high quality with ease. The VIC chip makes a big difference when you are importing a lot of video to edit on your PC/Mac. You'll need to pick up a Firewire for $10-15 because Canon doesn't include one in this box. I recommend visiting [...] there you can view videos of this camcorder.
Summary: I had high expectations for this camera and was extremely disappointed. Sure it has a great zoom and is easy to use, but that doesn't amount to anything when the picture quality is poor. The camera performs decently when in sunlight, but if you're trying to take some video indoors, your picture will be extremely grainy. The low-light/night mode on this camera is worthless, so don't even bother.