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Canon MV850i / ZR 300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 153 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and portability are generally positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Many are critical about the features and battery.

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

battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV850i / ZR 300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon MV850i / ZR 300

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 12 user reviews of Canon MV850i / ZR 300 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

features

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon MV850i MiniDV Digital Camcorder [22x Optical, 2.5" LCD, DV in/out]Canon MV850i - Camcorder - 800 Kpix - optical zoom: 22 x - Mini DVCanon MV850i - Camcorder - 800 Kpix - optical zoom: 22 x - Mini DV

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon MV850i / ZR 300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Canon MV850i / ZR 300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

image quality, battery, usability, portability, connectivity

value for money, features

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR300 MiniDV Camcorder w/22x Optical Zoom (High Metal)Canon ZR300 MiniDV Camcorder w/22x Optical Zoom (High Metal)

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Canon ZR300 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

Canon has released its most expensive ZR model to date at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the ZR300. The ZR300 sits atop the ZR model line both in price and in features. However, the added features over the less expensive ZR200 may not be...

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Canon ZR300

 

Canon ZR300 MiniDV Camcorder w/22x Optical Zoom.

Canon, a trusted brand name synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television, combines advanced technology and ease of use to ensure that videos and photos are preserved with spectacular color, clarity, and detail....

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Canon MV850i DV Camcorder Review

 

General handling is good ; stylish design with lots of visible, well-placed buttons. Goog connectivity and 22x optical zoom is a bonus

440x digizoom useless (you can't make out an image, so it shouldn't be a selling point!)

It's a economically priced entry-level camcorder that will appeal also to the upgrade market. At the price, it's great value for money.

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Canon ZR300 MiniDV Digital/Tape Camcorder

 

I have been using this guy for about 5 years now, and it's never really done me wrong. It has been through a heck of a lot, and it's still running. Just recently started showing signs of needing a tape-head cleaning, but a cleaning tape can be picked...

If you’re using it with the Hi-8 tapes, you’re going to want to bring a few extra batteries. Running the tapes, recording, playing back, editing; it takes a lot out of the batteries and you’ll find they run down pretty quickly! Overall I’d like to say...

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Disappointed

 

so... My old Panasonic broke and I needed a new vid camera. The guy at B&H talked me into this deal, "the Canon optics are better!"

Silver

Takes lousy videos

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good

 

low light performance arn't great. otherwise, I like this camcorder a lot. It is very easy to use and the price is so decent in terms of features it has. it also comes with a wide lens. I bought an extra battery in case I need take dv for a long time...

good price and compact design

low light performance

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good

 

(Edited April 25th by raise) low light performance arn't great.

good price and compact design

low light performance

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Great camera for the price.

 

Great video camera for the average person. In a matter of minutes, somebody with 0 expierience (such as myself)can be filming. Then, with a little practice the camera really is impressive. The first feature that stands out is the zoom. It's one of the...

Easy to use, quick to learn. Good price. Great zoom, numerous features

Not great for still pics. Editing software is easy to use, but not detailed enough

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Great camera for the price.

 

Great video camera for the average person. In a matter of minutes, somebody with 0 expierience (such as myself)can be filming. Then, with a little practice the camera really is impressive. The first feature that stands out is the zoom. It's one of ...

Easy to use, quick to learn. Good price. Great zoom, numerous features

Not great for still pics. Editing software is easy to use, but not detailed enough

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Canon ZR300 MiniDV Camcorder

 

I am an electronic technician, I know the power I used was good, so was the AC adapter, it's just a piece of crap. Literally the first time I rewound more than 20 min, the thing started smoking and no longer would eject, the tape was stuck, and the way...

Cheap, wide angle lens, easy PC transfer

Started smoking the very first time that I rewound more than 20 min of footage

Product Specifications

Introducing a new line of digital camcorders from Canon that fit your hand as perfectly as your budget. The ZR300 houses some of Canon's most-advanced digital technologies in a sleek shell designed for superior ease-of-use. Featuring a high-resolution 16: 9 widescreen home theater recording mode, powerful 22x optical/440x digital zoom, and compatibility with both Windows XP and Apple Computer systems, the ZR300 camcorder is the ideal choice for chronicling the many chapters of your life. Canon, a trusted brand name synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television, combines advanced technology and ease of use to ensure that videos and photos are preserved with spectacular color, clarity and detail. From wedding bells to baby steps, college days to golden years, you can trust Canon to capture life's irreplaceable moments.

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:0.9lbs/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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.6
Max Focal Length:61.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:22
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:440
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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