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Canon ZR 950

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and portability are generally positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, but the viewfinder and features get critical views.

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

features, viewfinder

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 78/100 = Good quality.

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Canon ZR950

 

The Canon ZR950 is a decent MiniDV camcorder for novice users with a long zoom.

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

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 its...

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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

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Affordable Camera for Mac OS X

 

I ordered this camera primarily because I am a Mac OS X user. I wanted something 100% compatible with my Mac and its software. The cool thing is that you can use this easily as a web cam via the firewire cable. Image quality is good and serves its...

The camcorder is simple and easy-to-use. Via a Firewire (4 to 6 pin) you can plug it into your Mac and use it as a web cam. (Although the microphone on the camera is not enabled.) It's light & compact. The one plus is the use of SDHC memory cards

It's a bit bulkier than some of the high-end mini camcorders. No touchscreen. Not as advanced, but does the job

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Excellent for day use

 

Before I bought this camera, I didn't find any reviews for it but still went forth 'cuz of its great price. It has excellent zoom and gives vivid colours in daytime shooting (video) but has a lot desired in night time shooting. Shooting in flourescent...

excellent zoooom

night shots are grainy

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Great Camera, Upgraded from a Canon ZR60. Much Improvement

 

I like it bit it is missing a very large feature: Microphone Input. Other than that, it is great. Thanks

Large Zoom, Large LCD Screen, View Finder for Daytime, Intuitive Design, USB, FireWire400 for mac use, top tape hatch instead of bottom

No Microphone Input, Static Viewfinder, Sound Quality OK

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One great minidv camera!

 

This is one of the best deals on the market currently. Great video resolution and the ability to take photo's as well. The ability to zoom in on objects from far off and lots of extra's that most camera's do not offer. 1+ megapixel as well. Good luck...

Great video, great 48x advanced zoom, looks great, ease of use, Vista ready

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Amazon review summary for Canon ZR 950

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 user reviews of Canon ZR 950 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.

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

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

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Great buy

 

Great. Outstanding picture and video quality. Easy to use

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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...

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Love it

 

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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..

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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
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

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in/5in
Height:3.2in/3.6in
Weight:13.4oz
Width:2.2in/2.7in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:950
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

Miscellaneous

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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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