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Canon ZR50MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder

Canon ZR50MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder
alaScore 72

90 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Canon ZR50MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR50MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 user reviews of Canon ZR50MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated.

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon ZR50MC MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Digital Still Mode & MMC Card Slot

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Donald W. Smith (

The Canon ZR50MC is a nicely engineered, easy to use, high-quality camcorder for home video, as well as a useful tool for those who want to edit.


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, Multiple tape speeds, Two included batteries, Good value

Plastic body construction

Sep, 2002

Consumer review by: redwing (

Canon zr50 great little camera


Used it for years to videotape plays

Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Unsatisfied customer (

You could do better


I have had problems with this camera. It gets its job done most of the time, but my audio speakers for playback have stopped working. This happened shortly after I purchased my first one so I took it back and then it happened again to the second one...

Attractive Design, Simple Controls

Night mode blurry picture

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: daveyjr37 (

Canon Zr 45/50


If your are looking for a small compact camera this is the one. It is very affordable, can take digital pictures, and you don't need to be a nuclear physicist to control it. It comes with a 8MB compact flash card for your digital pictures. It has image...

Small, Compact, Affordable

Digital pictures sometimes very digitized

Mar, 2003

Consumer review by: gastric (

Great first camara... I think.


I received this as a generous Christmas gift (thanks Dad!) and have been experimenting and using it for a couple of weeks now. This is the ONLY camcorder I've ever used, though I have a years worth of experience using an Olympus D490 Zoom digital still...

Small size, 22x optical zoom, accessory shoe, decent battery life.

Minor motor noise apparent, requires manual adjustment for low light recording.

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: krmsk8er (

Not what it seems...


I bought this camera recently because i wanted to film my friends and i skateboarding and also have the ability to take pictures. At first, i loved this camera. But when i started to want to do more with the camera, it started to diminish in...

Very Compact, Fairly easy to use.

Quality is a bit lower than expected

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: lil_pyro (

Easy and Light for Travel


Compact, small, lightweight.


Oct, 2002

Consumer review by: fluffybear (

Nice camera if only it wasn't so loud


Canon has become superior in many ways to Sony when it comes to camcorders. I put both high on the list. This particular model is digital, has a separate card for still shots which is nice, and is loaded with features. Most useful is the compact...

Many features, compact size

Very loud and annoying humming noise during playback and record

Jul, 2002

Consumer review by: dkozin (

Canon ZR50MC Mini DV Camcorder


Price, performance, features, analog inputs and pass-through, USB, MMC, color viewfinder

Cumbersome manual focus adjustment

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 ZR50 MC 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. ZR50 MC features selectable-color light-up buttons above the LCD panel, adding a touch of fun while also making it possible to play back cassettes when in dark surroundings.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

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:50 MC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.6
Max Focal Length:61.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:22
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

Digital Scene Transition:Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe
Digital Zoom:440
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