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Canon ZR 950

Canon ZR 950
alaScore 77

136 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews of Canon ZR 950. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the zoom and portability are generally positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably.

price, usability, image quality, portability, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR 950 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 user reviews of Canon ZR 950 from 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 People are impressed by the zoom and portability. The image quality and usability also get good feedback.

price, usability, image quality, portability, zoom

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR950 1.07MP MiniDV Camcorder with 37x Optical ZoomCanon ZR950 1.07MP MiniDV Camcorder with 37x Optical ZoomCanon ZR950 1.07MP MiniDV Camcorder with 48x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

Canon ZR950 Review


While its intuitive controls make it well suited for the future Kevin Smiths of the world, the Canon ZR950's video quality wasn't up to par with its nearest competitors, and stability issues kept its biggest asset--the optical zoom--from living up to...

Lightweight, portable body, Long 37X optical zoom, Widescreen and standard aspect ratios

Important functions buried in menus, Image quality and stability not as good as competition

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (

Canon ZR950 Review and Prices


As the highest end unit in Canon's 2008 line of MiniDV camcorders, you might expect the Canon ZR950 to offer upgraded features over the ZR930. It would be more accurate, however, to describe this camcorder as having different features to the midrange...

Inexpensive, 48x zoom, easy to use, video light, SD card slot

Poor low light performance, no microphone jack or accessory shoe

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: johnpbr (

Great buy


Great. Outstanding picture and video quality. Easy to use


Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Joshua Marius- LeThe (

Not bad...


I am used to paying way more for a video camera but I needed one ASAP. This camera is not bad at all, but lacks tons of features included in $400-$600 dollar cameras. It does deserve 5 stars though because of the price and how it's able to get the job...


Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

Love it



I got this mostly for christmas, and plays, and sports and that kind of stuff...and have to say I really do love it..Makes my life so much easier..


Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

Canon ZR950 Silver MiniDV Camcorder 37X Optical Zoom 2000X Digital Zoom 1/6" CCD 2.7" 112K


easy use quick start. also you can make detailed adjustments.

in easy mode picture a little grainy even in average light.

May, 2008

Consumer review by: Big Dish (

Great Camcorder for cost


It has great optical zoom and the battery lasts for over 1 hour. It comes with a remote and USB Cable in the box. It IS VISTA compatible. I like the fact that you can record in widescreen so it looks better on newer widescreen HD TVs.

The camera function on the camcorder is terrible. It is only 1 mega pixel and I have seen cell phones that take better quality photos.

May, 2008

Consumer review by: richard (

campm zr950


camera worked fine

firewire port was dead. tried to use on 2 different computers

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Jamie-Grace (

Canon ZR950


The Canon ZR950 s a great beginner camera. It was my first camcorder and I have filmed many things on it including a full 25 minute documentary. It's very easy to manage and travel with and this comes in handy. Comes with a microphone with has really...

Compact, great quality

The ZR950 has no audio inputs so one must rely on the microphone built in. Also if it shaken slightly the DV can be destroyed

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: adjie_streetballers (

Canon ZR 950


( included ), 1 x Canon BP-2L5 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 530 mAh ( included ) Supported Battery: Canon BP-2L5 Environmental parameters Max Operating Temperature: 104 °F Min Operating Temperature: 32 °F Manufacturer warranty Service & Support: 1...



Mar, 2009

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. Canon's entry-level digital camcorders are designed to deliver the latest in style, features and advanced technology at a most affordable price. Starting with the exclusive Genuine Canon 48x Advanced Zoom, which combines the legendary Canon lens optics with Canon

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

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 / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.2
Max Focal Length:96.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:37
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:710Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
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

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid/Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


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