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Canon ZR 800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 219 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the build quality and battery.

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

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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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Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR 800

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 user reviews of Canon ZR 800 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

build quality

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

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Canon ZR800

 

If you don't mind working with tape, a budget-level MiniDV model such as Canon's ZR800 can be one the best deals in the camcorder market. Sure, it doesn't include still image capture or some of the nice extras--such as an accessory shoe--that can be...

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.

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"Good for learning, not durable though."

 

Need a cheap camera to learn basic filming, this camera is a good starter for the price. The reliability is suspect since the camera died after less than 10 hours of use. $145 is repair estimate.

mic port, small size, low cost

Not durable - camera died after less than 10 hours of use. Need firewire on pc to download movies. No filter threads.

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Good for learning, not durable though.

 

Need a cheap camera to learn basic filming, this camera is a good starter for the price. The reliability is suspect since the camera died after less than 10 hours of use. $145 is repair estimate.

mic port, small size, low cost

Not durable - camera died after less than 10 hours of use. Need firewire on pc to download movies. No filter threads

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"Great standard camera for 720 x 480 or 640 x 480"

 

I Love this camera. Low cost and great video/audio

Low power use & batteries are cheep so you cna have many with you when shooting. I have recorded great footage in many conditions with this camera.

Not good for low light conditions.

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Great standard camera for 720 x 480 or 640 x 480

 

I Love this camera. Low cost and great video/audio

Low power use & batteries are cheep so you cna have many with you when shooting. I have recorded great footage in many conditions with this camera

Not good for low light conditions

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The second Canon I owned broke

 

Don't buy a camera that uses a tape and needs cable to move picture from camera to computer. Buy one with a disc that you can take from camera and stick directly into computer. When my first camera broke, I bought the used camera just like it on ebay...

I loved the picture and the ease of use

First camera lasted two years (and was going to cost 160 to repair), second from Ebay lasted 2 months (for a total of two years with previous owner probably.) Ports went bad on both cameras and I couldn't get my video from tape to computer

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"The second Canon I owned broke"

 

Don't buy a camera that uses a tape and needs cable to move picture from camera to computer. Buy one with a disc that you can take from camera and stick directly into computer. When my first camera broke, I bought the used camera just like it on ebay...

I loved the picture and the ease of use.

First camera lasted two years (and was going to cost 160 to repair), second from Ebay lasted 2 months (for a total of two years with previous owner probably.) Ports went bad on both cameras and I couldn't get my video from tape to computer.

Consumer review by:

Canon ZR800

 

I Love this camera. Low cost and great video/audio

Low power use & batteries are cheep so you cna have many with you when shooting. I have recorded great footage in many conditions with this camera

Not good for low light conditions

Consumer review by:

Canon ZR800

 

Need a cheap camera to learn basic filming, this camera is a good starter for the price. The reliability is suspect since the camera died after less than 10 hours of use. $145 is repair estimate.

mic port, small size, low cost

Not durable - camera died after less than 10 hours of use. Need firewire on pc to download movies. No filter threads

Consumer review by:

Canon ZR800

 

Don't buy a camera that uses a tape and needs cable to move picture from camera to computer. Buy one with a disc that you can take from camera and stick directly into computer. When my first camera broke, I bought the used camera just like it on ebay...

I loved the picture and the ease of use

First camera lasted two years (and was going to cost 160 to repair), second from Ebay lasted 2 months (for a total of two years with previous owner probably.) Ports went bad on both cameras and I couldn't get my video from tape to computer

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

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:4.7in
Height:3.6in
Weight:13.2oz
Width:2.2in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:800
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

Miscellaneous

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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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