Summary: So first - shame on me for not reading all the fine print tech specs about it only being hooked into Firewire and not USB. But come on, Canon, where can you even purchase a base model PC with Firewire anymore? Its hardly even available as an upgrade for most avg. consumers running Windows 7.
Canon ZR960 Review - Don't Buy it if you want to download video
James G. Pasden, Amazon
4 October 2010
Summary: I bought this product because I wanted to record video and use an external microphone. Unfortunately, the video can not be downloaded to several computers: Apple, Acer, and HP If you want to record and download your video to edit, then this camera is not for you. If you want to shoot video and then play it back on the TV, then it is ok.
Summary: I bought a video camcorder so I could download recordings onto my computer, edit the video and create short video clips which could be sent to clients. I bought this specific unit because of its high Consumer Reports rating and the manufacturer's claim that it could do specifically what I wanted. I got it home and learned that it is not compatible with ALL computers, and there is no way to tell if it is compatible with yours until you try it!