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Canon MV800i / ZR 100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 202 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and portability. The battery and usability also get good feedback, whereas views are divided on the design. Many are less positive about the resolution and build quality.

value for money, usability, battery, portability, color

image quality, reliability, build quality, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV800i / ZR 100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 202 reviews)

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Canon ZR100

 

Review: With a list price of just $299 and online prices even lower, the Canon ZR100 proves that digital moviemaking lies within the grasp of even the most budget-challenged buyers. Although this MiniDV camcorder lacks certain amenities--most notably...

Superb color quality; choice of automated and manual shooting modes; low price; solid battery life; supports add-on lenses and filters

Few manual controls; bottom-loading tape compartment; no accessory shoe; poor low-light performance; no photo capture

Canon's bargain-basement camcorder provides home-moviemakers with the tools to shoot surprisingly high-quality video, but good lighting is essential.

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Canon ZR100 First Impressions Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

Canon announced this week at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, the 2005 ZR model line up, the entry-level model being the Canon ZR100. Subtle would be the adjective of choice for describing the changes apparent in the new ZR line up. Visually,...

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Canon ZR100

 

Canon ZR100 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom.

Canon's most affordable, yet exceptionally powerful, digital camcorder brings together a variety of advanced features in one stylish package. Inside the streamlined body of the ZR100 is Canon's DIGIC DV system, which delivers outstanding image quality...

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Canon ZR100

 

I was given this as a gift, I only wish I would have returned it before I used it! This camera stops working suddenly, it will not allow a tape to load it has been repaired but continues to malfunction. It currently has a motor surging noise and wiil...

Lightwieght

Several malfunctions

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This camera is broken more time than it works!

 

I was given this as a gift, I only wish I would have returned it before I used it! This camera stops working suddenly, it will not allow a tape to load it has been repaired but continues to malfunction. It currently has a motor surging noise and wiil...

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Several malfunctions

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"This camera is broken more time than it works!"

 

I was given this as a gift, I only wish I would have returned it before I used it! This camera stops working suddenly, it will not allow a tape to load it has been repaired but continues to malfunction. It currently has a motor surging noise and wiil...

Lightwieght

Several malfunctions

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I really wanted to like this camcorder...

 

We were given a Sony Hi8 camcorder for my wife's baby shower, but I ended up returning it to Best Buy because I had read that MiniDV was a higher quality format. Because the Sony camcorder we received came from Best Buy and we also had a gift card, our...

Small size, good battery life, many features/special effects

Poor quality video, inaccurate color representation

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"I really wanted to like this camcorder..."

 

We were given a Sony Hi8 camcorder for my wife's baby shower, but I ended up returning it to Best Buy because I had read that MiniDV was a higher quality format. Because the Sony camcorder we received came from Best Buy and we also had a gift card, our...

Small size, good battery life, many features/special effects

Poor quality video, inaccurate color representation

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Canon ZR100

 

We were given a Sony Hi8 camcorder for my wife's baby shower, but I ended up returning it to Best Buy because I had read that MiniDV was a higher quality format. Because the Sony camcorder we received came from Best Buy and we also had a gift card, our...

Small size, good battery life, many features/special effects

Poor quality video, inaccurate color representation

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Canon ZR100

 

the canon zr100 is a very, very good camera for beginners. it has a very up front menu setup. I personally do not car for the design of the frame, its too tall and too skinny. the controls for the VCR mode could be hidden behind the sreen like on its...

color and clarity, ease of use

overall design, button placement, battery life

Product Specifications

The vibrant color of a summer sunset, the exhilarating action of a championship goal, and the tender moment of a newlywed kiss are all preserved in spectacular color, clarity and detail by the ZR100. Canon's most affordable, yet exceptionally powerful, digital camcorder brings together a variety of advanced features in one stylish package. Inside the streamlined body of the ZR100 is Canon's DIGIC DV system, which delivers outstanding image quality videos. With the 20x Optical Zoom/400x Digital Zoom lens, you'll also quickly appreciate why the name Canon is synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television. Another highlight of the ZR100 is its high-resolution 16:9 widescreen recording mode, which lets you capture true widescreen videos. With the ZR100 in hand, all of life's most precious moments are yours for the taking.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in
Height:3.7in
Weight:15.2oz
Width:2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Super night mode

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:100
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.2
Max Focal Length:56mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:400
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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