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Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability and battery.

portability, usability, image quality, price, size

battery, reliability

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 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The usability and price are also appreciated.

image quality, price, usability, portability, size

65% of the reviews on 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

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: denisma (

Horrible Quality



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

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: Brad Hussey (

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

May, 2003

Consumer review by: James (

It's A Canon




Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: Marco Colapietro (

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

Feb, 2003

Consumer review by: F Wysoki (

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.

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: (

ZR 40 Just OK


Nice design, easy to use, compact and good features

Poor video quality for a DV camera.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: Frank Brick (

Great camcorder


Superdope portability, great for taping videos with the wife

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

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: Chillman7173 (

Nice little camera


Lightweight and affordable. Easily transfer data

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

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

canon ZR 40


Compact, good image quality, good handling

Poor indoor picture Quality

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

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



tape jams inside, small buttons and hard to access

Dec, 2002

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


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

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


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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD