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Canon MV830i / ZR 200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 190 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and battery. The portability and value for money also get good reviews, but the build quality and features get critical reviews.

usability, value for money, portability, battery, image quality

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV830i / ZR 200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Canon ZR200


CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape, Video Recording Format: Secure Digital

Good overall color and dynamic range. Easy to use. Low price. 20X optical zoom lens.

Slow autofocus. Fuzzy quality in low light.

Despite some small drawbacks, this camcorder provides clear video footage for a reasonable price.

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Canon ZR200


Review: One of four models in Canon's affordable ZR MiniDV camcorder series, the ZR200 offers home and vacation videographers the tools they need to capture decent-quality video. Its amenities include a 20X optical zoom, photo capture, and an Easy mode...

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; captures low-resolution stills

Canon's affordable, compact ZR200 performs beautifully when the lights are bright, but you're probably better off with its less expensive sibling, the ZR100.

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Canon ZR200 First Impressions Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The new Canon ZR200 offers a couple of upgrades from its sister model, the ZR100, but by in large, the camcorders are similar. The ZR200 features the same imager as last year's ZRs and boasts an additional high resolution 16:9 mode, a smaller body...


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Canon ZR200


Canon ZR200 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom.

There will be no mistaking your Canon ZR200 once you've customized its start-up image and camcorder operation sounds. With the My Camera Function you can also select your preferred operating language, be it English, French, Spanish, German, Italian,...

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Using digital camera on a regular basis is impossible!


This could be a wonderful digital camera and camcorder. As it stands, all of the "card errors" make it very unreliable and aggravating to try to depend on it for any length of time. Yesterday I had no problem with the card errors. Today, all I get are...

Camcorder does a good job. Lightweight and easy to use. Also takes good digital pictures WHEN it works

Always has some type of "card errors

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Using digital camera on a regular basis is impossible!"


This could be a wonderful digital camera and ... 

Camcorder does a good job. Lightweight and easy to use. Also takes good digital pictures WHEN it works

Always has some type of "card errors

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3 month use report : Excellent


ZR200 is compact and lightweight and works very well and very easy to use. Excellent video quality ( no excellent but acceptable with low light). You can store photoes on an SD card and even take acceptable quality movies in mpeg with the SD card.

Widescreen, fireware, very easy to use, very small size, excellent video quality

No good quality photos in SD card. No excellent low light video

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Ok. But come with many problems


It was good at first but i discovered some problems. One is that the card sometimes does not work and will display "CARD ERROR". I changed to image and video size and it fixed it but now it just does it off and on. Also just yesterday it displayed " No...

Quality is good, affordable

picture quality isnt too good

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Very easy to use!


Simple operation and very good video quality

Battery life is very low

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Not for low light, but has some features


I purchased a Sony camera initially, but found too many situations where an analog input came in handy. This is a feature most video cameras except Canon lack in this price range. Also--I had owned a MiniDv camera previously, and found that my older...

Analog input, reliable playback

Poor low light video

Product Specifications

Whether it's your first island vacation or baby's first steps, you can trust Canon's ZR200 to preserve every moment with spectacular color, clarity and detail. Part of the new line in ZR digital camcorders, the ZR200 combines all the style and great looks of the ZR100 with a variety of enhanced digital features. Compatible with both Windows XP and Apple Computer systems, the ZR200 features Canon's advanced DIGIC DV system, a 20x Optical Zoom/360x Digital Zoom lens, and a versatile SD Memory Card/MultiMedia Card slot. Want to give your movies a touch of Hollywood style? The ZR200 gives you the ability to shoot true widescreen photos and videos thanks to its high-resolution 16:9 widescreen recording mode. You'll also get the advantage of Canon's world-renowned expertise in photography and broadcast television with every video and photo you take. Stylish, versatile and affordable, the ZR200 is a welcome addition to all of your life's most vibrant moments.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH
Run Time (Up To):135min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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


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 Still Resolution:0.45Megapixel
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
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD