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Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 reviews of Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the color and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 user reviews of Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The portability and image quality also get good views, whereas there are some negative views about the color and reliability.

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71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon ZR45MC MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Digital Still Mode & MMC Card Slot

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Canon ZR45MC Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The Canon ZR45MC has an MSRP of $799 and a street price around $600. It's effectively the Canon ZR40 but with added still capability. Although there are similarly price camcorders with better still capability, the manual control this camcorder offers...

Mar, 2002

Consumer review by: Mike Levy (

Design flaw makes audio intolerable


It's small.

Loud grinding sound from motor inhibits clear recording

May, 2003

Consumer review by: Sean O'Connor (

Canon ZR45MC Cost Effective Digital Camcorder


Small with many easy to use features

Still picture quality is low

May, 2003

Consumer review by: (

nice toy


good price, compact, good features

controls are a little awkward, image is about 3.5 out of 5

Feb, 2003

Consumer review by: JT (

Poor, poor video quality!


Size and features

Poor, poor video quality.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Very poor quality video!


I bought it for $438 way below retail

Everything! This camera is a piece of garbage for the $599

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (



Great Picture and Small compact

The sound, but use a mic

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: HerbVic (

Excellent Product with Macintosh OS X Jaguar


Inexpensive quality, lens/filter options, A/D converter.

Documentation weak, results in trial and error learning.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: Wynter (

Canon ZA45MC Video Camcorder Review


Small, great video, very handy little camera!

Price, I bought mine at Dell!!

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: (

The ZR-45 is the perfect low-budget camera


Small in size, good color quality, very cost-effective

The sound quality is not the greatest

Oct, 2002

Product Specifications

Outstanding optical performance and strict attention to detail makes the ZR45MC an indispensable memory maker. Your style and creativity are limited only by your own imagination. The flexibility and quality of the ZR45MC will win you over. Enjoy all the benefits of digital video, digital photo mode, a 2.5" flexible color view screen, and 18X optical zoom/360X digital zoom. The ZR45MC features Color Night Mode, Image Stabilization, a high quality microphone, a built-in analog to digital converter, plus Progressive Photo Mode for exceptionally sharp still images, MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card technology for easy storage and transfer of still images, and a USB terminal.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:45 MC
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