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Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder

Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder
alaScore 66

82 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and usability. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the battery.

portability, price, image quality, usability, size

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 66/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

price, portability, image quality, battery, resolution

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon ZR40 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, & Digital Still Mode

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Horrible Quality

 

Small

Has broken 4 times in recording a total of 4 hours!

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This is a very sweet camera, it's cool, and small

 

Compact, Excellent Quality, Easy to edit through computer

Battery Power should be atleast 3 hours

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It's A Canon

 

Size

None

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Im a 12 year old with a video camera

 

this camcorder is great, the zoom is excellent

night mode kinda sucks, and i had to buy a light for it $40

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Own 10 of these units

 

Quality is pretty good for consumer use and it's easy to use

Bottom loading tape, confusing Dv recording in VCR mode.

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ZR 40 Just OK

 

Nice design, easy to use, compact and good features

Poor video quality for a DV camera.

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Great camcorder

 

Superdope portability, great for taping videos with the wife

Auto night vision is awful(our honeymoon scenes were awful)

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Nice little camera

 

Lightweight and affordable. Easily transfer data

No built in auto light. 100 Bucks extra for next model up.

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canon ZR 40

 

Compact, good image quality, good handling

Poor indoor picture Quality

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Don't fall for the price..after one year I have to buy again

 

Lightweight

tape jams inside, small buttons and hard to access

Product Specifications

Enter the world of DV and realize truly amazing picture and sound quality. Images reaching up to 500-line horizontal resolution reveal stunning detail and clarity. Clearly superior quality than even the best analog camcorders, by 20% at least, and free from annoying color noise. DV is the right format, right now! The ZR40 takes advantage of the latest digital video technology, yet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Sporting a sleek body design, and an extensive list of features, this camcorder provides exceptional results, and is remarkably easy to use. Canon's attention to detail guarantees a flawless shooting experience, seamless connectivity, and endless creativity.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):95min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.7in
Height:3.9in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.3in

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

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Apple/Canon
Model:40
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
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:Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe
Digital Zoom:360
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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