Summary: I rated this one already, I remember, but they keep asking for it, so here goes again. The camcorder works perfectly. The price was extremely reasonable. I especially like the fact that the seller was willing to give a 30 day guarantee.
Summary: Not only do I want a camera that is decent and of good quality, I also want durability and something stable. I don't know if it's something I did (considering I have dropped it countless times) or is the making of this camera, but it all started with the battery,and then the camera started eating my tape,and DV tapes a bit pricey. I got my first camera when I was in like...3rd grade,and I still have it,and all the hell that's been through..
D. L. Starkey "Author of Grief's Untold Stories", Amazon
30 August 2010
Summary: After reading some of the more positive reviews, I took a chance on this camcorder and this time got burned! I have more professional camcorders too since I produce wedding videos, marketing videos, and videos for work on the side. So I'm not comparing this camcorder to them. But I have also had 1ccd cameras (older ones), that produce video quality that far exceeds this camera! The video images are blurry even when recorded outside in full daylight. Very disappointed.
Summary: This camera is decent. Don't be fooled by the USB port though. It is only used to transfer picture files, NOT video. There is a separate fire wire port for that. It takes nice video and has a decent mic for picking up audio. In a high volume setting like recording a live band it doesn't hold up very well. The audio get quite distorted.
Summary: The Canon ZR950 s a great beginner camera. It was my first camcorder and I have filmed many things on it including a full 25 minute documentary. It's very easy to manage and travel with and this comes in handy. Comes with a microphone with has really come in handy and the LCD screen is reversible.
Pros: Compact, great quality
Cons: The ZR950 has no audio inputs so one must rely on the microphone built in. Also if it shaken slightly the DV can be destroyed.