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Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews of Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the price and image quality are overall positive. The size and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the battery and durability, and reviews are divided on the memory.

portability, usability, size, image quality, price

durability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the price and image quality are on the whole positive. The size and usability also get good views. Some have doubts about the durability.

portability, usability, size, image quality, price


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Canon ZR20 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The Canon ZR20 is Canon's latest addition to their well-rounded MiniDV line. The ZR20 has a MSRP of $799 and a street price of around $550. The camcorder doesn't have a ton of extra features that are included on other camcorders, but that doesn't...

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: CKY (

Camera is alright, could be better


Very light, FireWire output, inexpensive

Zooming in all the way can result in huge pixels.

Mar, 2003

Consumer review by: Mr. Bishop (

ZR-20 Got to Love it!


compact, light, easy to use and easy to download into imovie

bottom loading tape slot. Can't load tape while on a tripod

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

ZR20-A good compact DV Camera


Least expensive in its category, very compact

no memory stick

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Dave (

I love this camera.


Compact and easy to use-Screen is clear and in color-Price

Absolutely none.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

An excellent choice for home videos


It's excellent.

cost . I feel it was a bit over priced.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (

Very crisp love the lcd.

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (

Canon makes the mark

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Probably would buy another


The weight and size of this camera are its ***ets

the viewing surface is hard to see in some light

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Canon service


Compact size, good quality picture & audio, Firewire output

Not very reliable.

Apr, 2002

Product Specifications

Canon's innovation and expertise in the optical and image capture markets, brings you the new ZR20 Mini DV camcorder. The ZR20 is a highly versatile digital imaging solution for those customers seeking the capabilities of a full-featured digital camcorder and a digital still camera all in one sleek design with artistic detailing that's comfortable to hold. The superior quality of digital video resulting from higher horizontal resolution yielding sharper picture detail and component color sampling preserves more color information than analog. With this mini DV camcorder you will realize truly amazing picture and sound quality. Images reaching up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution reveal stunning detail and clarity. The camcorder versatility expands even after shooting as they easily connect to a DV ready device. The DV terminal provides digital connectivity for high-speed transfer of video, stills and audio from the camcorder, DV VCR to a DV ready computer. 12/16 bit audio, 16 bit offers one set of stereo tracks and achieves the same quality as CD, while the 12 bit mode creates two sets of stereo tracks, audio dub is possible when recorded in 12 bit mode A high quality image stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly, giving you smooth, stable pictures, enables you to record shake free images. In addition to being fully automatic, the camcorder offers manual control over focus, white balance, and shutter speed.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):150min/165min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


Consumable Type:Print cartridge/Toner cartridge

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating/Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Sand & snow / Spotlight / Portrait mode / Night mode / Sports mode


Consumable Subcategory:Cartridges
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon BX/Canon MP/Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Category of Accessory:Printing consumables
Color:Black / Metallic silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4 / 1/4"/1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
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:Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe/Vertical wipe / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Fade trigger
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Sepia / Mosaic/Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD