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Canon ZR600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The usability and value for money also get good feedback, but there are some negative views about the viewfinder and battery.

portability, value for money, usability, image quality, size

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Canon ZR600

 

Pricewise, Canon's budget-pleasing ZR600 MiniDV camcorder falls squarely between the ZR500 and ZR700. Should you consider this middle-of-the-pack model? That depends on what features you hold dear. The Canon ZR600 shares the ZR700's 680,000-pixel,...

Wide-screen LCD; easy-to-use controls; built-in lens cover; above-average color reproduction; 25X optical zoom; plenty of manual controls; accepts add-on lenses and filters; low price.

No accessory shoe or microphone input; bottom-loading tape compartment; grainy, low-resolution still photos; not enough stabilization at maximum zoom; poor low-light performance.

Stick with well-lit environments and you're sure to like the Canon ZR600, a low-priced, feature-rich camcorder.

Consumer review by:

Great for beginners, super easy to use

 

If you want easy, this is the camera. I bought it for ease of use, students and teaching staff at a school. I shot a movie of skit in dark gym, characters in spotlight, zoomed from 20 feet away. The sound was decent, every word understandable, no added...

Super easy -- turn it on and record ; Records on Mini-DV, or short movies on S-Disk ; Show movies on TV, or download from SD to computer ; Records for more than an hour with large battery ; Use with screen or view finder

Not for user seeking HD ; Had a hard time using it with tripod

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"Great for beginners, super easy to use"

 

If you want easy, this is the camera. I bought it for ease of use, students and teaching staff at a school. I shot a movie of skit in dark gym, characters in spotlight, zoomed from 20 feet away. The sound was decent, every word understandable, no added...

Super easy -- turn it on and record.

Not for user seeking HD.

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Canon ZR600

 

Please, please, please do NOT buy this camera! I was horribly disappointed by nearly every aspect of this thing. It has no mic-in, the battery is horrible, and the image is grainy. You need LOTS of light. That is, if you aren't shooting in excellent...

Small, easy to hold, good controls, nice LCD, built-in lens cover

Horribly loud tape motor records onto all video, image quality grainy

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"Absolutely awful product; please don't buy it!"

 

Please, please, please do NOT buy this camera! I was horribly disappointed by nearly every aspect of this thing. It has no mic-in, the battery is horrible, and the image is grainy. You need LOTS of light. That is, if you aren't shooting in excellent...

Small, easy to hold, good controls, nice LCD, built-in lens cover

Horribly loud tape motor records onto all video, image quality grainy

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Absolutely awful product; please don't buy it!

 

Please, please, please do NOT buy this camera! I was horribly disappointed by nearly every aspect of this thing. It has no mic-in, the battery is horrible, and the image is grainy. You need LOTS of light. That is, if you aren't shooting in excellent...

Small, easy to hold, good controls, nice LCD, built-in lens cover

Horribly loud tape motor records onto all video, image quality grainy

Consumer review by:

Canon ZR600

 

This is a great camcorder for kids or grownups who just want to mess around, and have fun. For a low price, it's a great camcorder for beginners.

Build in lens, great for messing around with friends, far zoom

After so far with the zoom, the image stabilization isn't very usefull

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A camera with many features, with a low price.

 

This is a great camcorder for kids or grownups who just want to mess around, and have fun. For a low price, it's a great camcorder for beginners.

Build in lens, great for messing around with friends, far zoom

After so far with the zoom, the image stabilization isn't very usefull

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"Great Camera for the Price"

 

I would reccomend this camcorder for the beginner. It's easy to use and the size of it is great. All of the controls for recrording is at your fingertips. Video quality in low-light is not too good. If it had a light and better low-light video quality...

Easy to use, compact size, good video

Bad video in low light, no light

Consumer review by:

Great Camera for the Price

 

I would reccomend this camcorder for the beginner. It's easy to use and the size of it is great. All of the controls for recrording is at your fingertips. Video quality in low-light is not too good. If it had a light and better low-light video quality...

Easy to use, compact size, good video

Bad video in low light, no light

Product Specifications

Around the world, the name Canon means optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance. And Canon digital video camcorders are no exception. For budget-conscious consumers, the ZR family of cameras is a perfect balance between style, performance and affordability. They give you a variety of features, including Widescreen HR recording, a FireWire/DV Terminal and Canon's advanced image stabilization system. The results are brilliant video and digital photos that you can easily share with family and friends. Beneath its stylish Silver Frost finish, the ZR600 packs a powerful combination of performance and features. It comes with a 25x optical zoom, Canon's longest ever. It also comes with features found on more expensive camcorders such as: an easy-to-read menu system; an omni-selector joystick that lets you easily operate playback, focus, exposure and menu options; a big 2.7" LCD view screen; Smooth Zoom Control; and Level Shot Control. The ZR600 is a stylish performer you can take anywhere.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L5

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:3.6in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:1.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:600
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.6
Max Focal Length:65mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver frost

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:450Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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 Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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