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Canon ZR 30 MC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Canon ZR 30 MC. 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. Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive views about the zoom and viewfinder.

portability, usability, image quality, design, size

durability, viewfinder, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR 30 MC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Canon ZR 30 MC from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the design and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical views about the zoom and viewfinder.

portability, usability, image quality, size, design

durability, viewfinder, zoom

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR30MC Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still ModeCanon ZR30MC Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Canon ZR30 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The ZR30 has a color LCD and viewfinder. I wont go into the reasons why a color viewfinder is badbut it is. You should prefer a black and white but that is no reason to rule out this sleek camcorder. The camera has a week 10x optical zoom and a 200x...

Jun, 2001

Expert review by : Bruce Coykendall (

Canon ZR30MC


The Canon ZR30 MC, with its excellent image quality and manual features, packs a punch at just under $1,000.

Mini DV at under $1,000, Excellent images, Good array of features

Plastic body construction

Sep, 2001

Product Specifications

The ZR30 MC digital camcorder gives you easy-to-use flexibility for digital video and still photography, while remaining truly affordable for home use. You can capture family gatherings, record community events, or make your own movie - all with a professional polish formerly reserved for equipment many times the price. Don't lose a minute changing tapes. Get up to three times the normal recording time on a standard MiniDV cassette with the Extended Recording Function. The ZR30 MC gives you a choice of four recording speeds. More fun, less fumbles. The clear buttons above your ZR30 MC's LCD panel light up, adding a touch of fun while also making it easier to play back cassettes in dark surroundings, without embarrassing fumbles in front of an audience. Change the look of your ZR30 MC's light-up VCR buttons to suit your mood. Choose from blue, turquoise, and green. Moving and still images come out sharp and clear, without blurring. You usually see a disappointing image when you take a 'freeze frame' out of a moving image from video. Not so with the ZR30 MC's Progressive Photo function. It records crystal-clear images of even moving subjects. The camera uses its iris like a still camera's mechanical shutter, resulting in full-frame images virtually free of time-lag blur. No larger than postage stamps, Multimedia Cards and SD Memory Cards offer you a whole new way to capture, store, and transfer still images. Just slip a card into your camera's Multimedia Card slot, and fire away. Easily connect and share your images with others! Capture and store hundreds of images depending on the card's capacity, then, take the card out to transfer the images to your personal computer for printing, e-mailing, or posting on the Web. Compose sensational shots from any angle or play back footage with the ZR30 MC's swiveling color LCD view screen/viewfinder. The screen even lets you set up a shot in front of the camera for those masterful self-portraits. When bright shooting conditions make the eyecup viewfinder the preferred way to shoot, the LCD screen tucks away neatly against the side of the camera.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):165min/2.5hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:30 MC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line: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


Color:Metallic 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

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/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Sepia / Mosaic/Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD