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Canon ZR 800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 reviews of Canon ZR 800. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR 800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 user reviews of Canon ZR 800 from 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 Views about the zoom and portability are generally positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but there are some less positive comments about the connectivity. There are some mixed comments about the size.

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75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon ZR800 MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Phil Ryan (

Canon ZR800 review: Canon ZR800


Canon ZR800

Inexpensive; easy-to-use joystick control; 35x optical zoom; above-average color reproduction; microphone jack.

Poor low-light performance; bottom-loading tape compartment; not enough stabilization at maximum zoom; no still image capture.

Canon's latest entry-level MiniDV camcorder is a great choice for anyone looking to create video on a shoestring budget.

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: Pierson (

Mucho Bang for the Buck


I purchased this camera to produce promotional videos to put on my company's website. I figured I didn't need a high end or high cost camera for the reduced quality of web video. After a few videos I was pleasantly surprised that not only did it shoot...

Good color and picture quality. There's a reason this camera was a Consumer Reports Top Pick. You get a lot of value from it

Due to its light weight it's easy to get shaky, however the image stabilization does and excellent job at reducing shakiness

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: dan the man (

great camera for the price!


after using the exact same camera in my media productions class (in which we use 3 of them) for the past year, it wasn't hard to know what i was looking for, and this camera is it! now i use this for recording performances of my band, and the external...

cheapest digital video camera on newegg, yet the quality is great! it looks better than a $500 dvd camera that i was using prior to purchasing this one ; has features like simple exposure settings (sports, night, portrait, ect), and some other simple...

camera, battery, a/v cable, charger, and thats it... no media, no firewire cables, no bag ; had same model in media productions class, and all the buttons on the screen went out. no idea why, so it was rma'd ; battery only lasts about an hour and 15...

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: Sctt (

Stay Away


There is so much to love about this camera, but even those positives cannot outweigh the one negative of motor noise.

I love everything about this camera except the sound. It fits in the palm or your hand. The screen "toggle" button makes navigation easy. The camera is intuitive. 35x optical zoom works great. The picture is very good

The only thing I don't like about the camera is the motor noise that is recorded when filming. In playback it is unbearable. It is for this reason I can only give the camera one star. The loud buzzing recorded on the tape makes this camera a joke at...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

Stay away!


Newegg as usual shipped VERY fast. In fairness to Newegg, I had read the other reviews that talked about the motor noise. Just didn't realize it was this bad.

Low price. Very compact. Image quality not bad at all with enough light

THE MOTOR NOISE IS HORRIBLE. It overpowers all other sounds on any kind of a recording other than a loud event. It is REALLY bad. Thankfully, it has an external mic input. So, if you don"t want to hear the camera, and do what to hear whatever you're...

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: RL (

Good Price for this nice camera


First it Made in Japan ; Second Price ; Third Canon is the best

Good Bless NewEgg

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: dcxk (

No good for new HDTV


good pop for the pennies. Good on regular tv's

Just be warned that on the newer hdtv's you will be fairly dismayed by the output of this camera. I had it for a month and had to return it

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

Excellent Service


got bf2142 to work in vista have to change ref rates in settings folder

Fast Shipping


Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: E (

Great for home movies


Overall a pretty good camera. I would definitely recommend it to anybody who was looking for a mini-dv camcorder.

Takes great video outside. Lots of options (16:9 and 4:3). Some transitions built in. Video stabilization. For the price a good camcorder

Indoor video is a bit noisy. Firewire only no usb2.0. Also no Firewire cable included but I think that is common. The indoor video quality is the only reason I didn't give it a 5

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Arne (

Ok camcorder except for the motor noise.


Decent, but not great, camcorder for the money. Video quality is good but audio quality is awful. The whining of the motor is pretty bad if you use the built in mic. I hope an external mic works better.

Easy to operate. Decent video quality (better than the flip). Compact

Horrible motor noise, external mic is a must. Bottom loading tapes. No separate battery charger. Requires Firewire port

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

Around the world, the name Canon means optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance. And Canon digital video camcorders are no exception. Whether you're shopping for your first camcorder, or would like to upgrade from analog to digital, the ZR camcorders are a perfect balance of style, performance and affordability. The ZR digital camcorders give you a brilliant Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom lens, Canon's advanced image stabilization system, Widescreen HR recording, DIGIC DV image processing, Joystick controller, and Level and Grid Markers. The results are brilliant video and digital photos that you can easily share with family and friends. The ZR800 has everything you need to enter the world of digital video camcorders including some features that are traditionally found on more expensive models. It provides the user with the perfect combination of style and ease-of-operation that makes it easy to capture life's precious memories.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L5

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0/F/2.0-5.0
Max Focal Length:91mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:35
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Deep blue

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:450Kpix
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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Low Sharpening / Mirror / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid / Wave


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic