Canon ZR800 MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

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May 22, 2009
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Hey, I’m having a lot of fun with my first DV camera.
It’s been a while since my "Super 8" movie film camera was pressed into service. So consider that as a comparison.
I read reviews about the zoom "pop" noise. A nice, smooth, easy release should solve that. No noticable noise
from motor. Oh, yeah, I bought a refurb. for @ $140
so my cost seems minimal. I’ve had it a couple of weeks
and no buyer’s remorse.
The footage I’ve shot exceeds what I thought would be the quality of the camera. I figure there are a lot of good cameras out there.
I read a review that this one may work on Skype.
As with any item, read and re-read the manual and have a good time. Salutations from my time, "Happy trails to you, until we meet again." The camera is wonderful and the large bag was a great surprise. I can fit my still camera in it too – very nice! Thanks for quick shipping, excellent packing, and a great product. Exactly as described, plus the addition of the large camera bag! Would use this seller again in a heartbeat.
I have owned my ZR800 for over a year now and still love it. It is probably the best camera you can get for the money. One of the best things about it is having the ability to plug in an exterior mic. Not many consumer cameras have that feature. You can buy some great hand held or lapel mics for under $30. Get one and combine it with the ZR800 and you can do some really good things.

Another nice thing is that it uses tapes, still the best way to go.

If you are looking for a cheap, standard definition camera that you can plug in a mic to and get great audio, the Canon ZR800 is the way to go.
good for the money. nice picture good features cons: pc needs firewire port, the camera picks up the noise of the motor when filming in low volume situations
This camera is pretty solid for the price. I use it for video production and have done a music video and am currently making an internet tv show with it. Like most camcorders, the on board mic is pretty bad, so I got a Rode VideoMic, and now its great! The low-light performance is far, but more expensive cameras do a lot better. The manual controls are pretty good, but I would have liked to be able to control the aperture. My one big complaint is that it has no headphone jack. All in all, this camera is a great beginner camera to learn on.
The ZR800 gives you clear, vibrant and brilliant video and digital photographs with a 680K Megapixel CCD image sensor. 35x Optical and 1000x Digital Zoom lets you get closer to the action for unsurpassed optical performance. The ZR800’s image stabilizer allows you to shoot rock-steady video even at maximum telephoto without a tripod for professional-looking video. Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV image processor takes video and photos differently, resulting in exceptional color and clarity for both. The 0.35-inch viewfinder on your ZR800 displays your widescreen image in a letterbox view. The 2.7-inch LCD screen lets you view your widescreen shot right as you’re taking them. The Widescreen Button lets you switch from standard 4:3 to 16:9 Widescreen HR with the camcorder’s advanced image stabilization. Simultaneous Photo Recording lets you capture a digital photograph while recording video. Level and Grid Markers – Both markers can be set to white or grey for enhanced visibility 680K 1/6-inch CCD Image Sensor MiniDV Tape Format Viewfinder – 0.35-inch, 114,000 pixels, widescreen LCD Screen – 2.7-inch, 112,000 pixels, widescreen Exposure Lock – Lets you lock your exposure settings and then recompose your shot Auto Slow Shutter Function – Ensures perfect exposures in low light by lowering your shutter speed 9 Point Ai-AF – Auto Intelligent Auto Focus will bring it into sharp focus Progressive Photo gives you sharper detail in your digital photography Scene Modes – Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight or Fireworks Image Effects – Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening, and Skin Detail Dimensions – Width 2.2 x Height 3.6 x Depth 4.7 inch (57 x 92 x 119 mm not including grip belt) Weight – 13.2 ounces (375 grams)


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