Summary: There really isn't much to say here that hasn't already been said. Sufficed to say, this camcorder is about the best quality you're going to get for this price range. In fact, you'd pretty much have to double the price to see a noticeable increase in picture quality (at least among digital camcorders I've personally used, which is quite a few).
Summary: I purchased this camera a couple of years ago, right when it first came out. I've been using it ever since, and I'm pretty happy with it. First of all, it's not a professional camcorder that has multiple 4:3 CCD sensors. It's got one sensor. It does have a jack for an external mic, but it's an unbalanced mini-jack, not dual XLR inputs. It has a headphone jack, but I've never used it. It also has an internal mic, and I can report that it picks up sounds very, very well.
Canon ZR960 simple to use and is compatible with my Mac
11 April 2010
Summary: I love that it is so easy to use. This is my first camcorder that uses DV cassettes, so there is a little bit of a learning curve in that area. The quality of the playback is excellent. It transfers easily to my Mac with the use of a DV (IEEE1394) cable. One of the main reasons for me buying the Canon ZR960 was its compatibility with the Mac ... I am completely satisfied with my purchase.
Summary: After owning a Sony Handycam hi 8 for a number of years and the unreliability of the camcorder tape mechanism, I decided to try a flash camcorder, and a hard drive camcorder. both of these were very easy to use, but when playing back on any TV larger than 19 inch, the picture was extremely grainy and got very pixelated on 42 inch and above. There are NO adjustments to be made on any of these type of camcorders to correct this issue.
Yes its a MinDV format, but I love it for ease of editing.
12 February 2010
Summary: I use to have a Sony HC-42 but it jammed and choked on a MiniDV cartridge, thus I had to replace it and researched what was remaining camcorders that use the MiniDV cartridges. Not that many left on the inexpensive end. Sony has a HC-52 and the Canon ZR960. Went to B**tBuy to look at the Sony HC-52. What a disappointment in the quality and feel of that camcorder. Total junk feel to it. I was really disappointed since that is the successor model to the HC-42.
People are Confused about MiniDV - It is NOT obsolete
Charles Seiler, Amazon
28 November 2009
Summary: I am getting very upset because all of the people who say they have done video for 25 years should no better than to say that MiniDV is obsolete! MiniDV records in 500% compression. MINI DVD and HardDisk HDD and FLASH cameras record in 1500% compression. MiniDV records in in superior DV AVI format, which has individual frames and editing can be done WITHOUT LOSS OF QUALITY once uploaded to your computer.
Summary: I have made videos for 25 years, I teach it at a university, I have trained many many people on a wide variety of gear. We bought this camera to replace our aging public access cameras and was very unhappy that we bought cheap cameras. However, I took one home I am stunned by the quality and ease of use. MiniDV is almost history, but we are using it and so are many others. This camera in decent light looks comparable to cameras costing so much more.
Summary: This is a very well-designed, easy-to-use DV camcorder. I prefer DV tape over other formats for its easy archiving and "unlimited" recording time (just pop in another tape). This unit also syncs perfectly with iMovie on my Mac. A couple of downsides (which are probably not unique to this unit): 1) The mic input is stereo mini. If your external mic is mono, you'll need an adapter.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Sound, Simple Controls