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Canon ZR700 / MV950 / MV960

alaTest has collected and analyzed 153 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The usability and portability also get good views. Some have doubts about the features and viewfinder. There are some mixed views about the resolution.

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

reliability, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR700 / MV950 / MV960 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 153 reviews)

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Canon ZR700

 

Wide-screen LCD; excellent color quality in outdoor settings; easy-to-use controls; built-in lens cover; supports analog-to-digital conversions; 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.

Canon's latest entry-level camcorder, the ZR700, is easy to use, affordable, and ideal for wide-screen moviemaking, but low-light performance remains a problem.

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Canon ZR700 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon ZR700 tops off the ZR series this year, which has undergone serious cosmetic changes, including a new joystick control. How does the ZR700 hope to distinguish itself? The differences from next step-down, the ZR600, are small but crucial,...

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"zr 700 review"

 

It is a good camera when it works, but just as the zr60 was worthless after a couple years due to a sensor malfunction (I bought 2 cameras at that time,too - both cameras went down at same time) the zr 700 develops pixelation and recording problems...

Manual controls for shutter, lens cover, good optical zoom

Within 3 yrs, the digital quality starts to pixelate making it unuasable in editing programs. Tried tape cleaners for it,no use. I bought 2 cameras at the same time for the stereoscopic work I do Both cameras showed the problems at the same time!

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Canon ZR700

 

It is a good camera when it works, but just as the zr60 was worthless after a couple years due to a sensor malfunction (I bought 2 cameras at that time,too - both cameras went down at same time) the zr 700 develops pixelation and recording problems...

Manual controls for shutter, lens cover, good optical zoom

Within 3 yrs, the digital quality starts to pixelate making it unuasable in editing programs. Tried tape cleaners for it,no use. I bought 2 cameras at the same time for the stereoscopic work I do Both cameras showed the problems at the same time

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"Extremely unreliable. Waste of money. Stay away!"

 

The worst camera by reliability from all I own. I am very careful with all electronics I buy, and most of it functions up to now, even ones bought more than 10 years ago.

Easy to use. Conveniently controlled by one hand.

The worst camera by reliability from all I had. Never seen a camera that started to exhibit problems the first month after the warranty expired.

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"outrageous repair price. Buy a flash drive camcorder instead."

 

I've bought the ZR700 1 year and 2 months ago. I used it rarely and have always been attentionate with it since it's a fragile piece of equipment and always kept it in a safe place. A complaint I had was that I've never been able to download movies on...

design is ok

No computer download possible, $170 flat fee repair

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Canon ZR700

 

The worst camera by reliability from all I own. I am very careful with all electronics I buy, and most of it functions up to now, even ones bought more than 10 years ago.

Easy to use. Conveniently controlled by one hand

The worst camera by reliability from all I had. Never seen a camera that started to exhibit problems the first month after the warranty expired

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Canon ZR700

 

I've bought the ZR700 1 year and 2 months ago. I used it rarely and have always been attentionate with it since it's a fragile piece of equipment and always kept it in a safe place. A complaint I had was that I've never been able to download movies on...

design is ok

No computer download possible, $170 flat fee repair

Consumer review by:

"Excellent, reliable, easy to use"

 

Bought this in January 07 to take snow skiing. Had a working Sony Hi-8, but too bulky, so wanted to go compact. Had to improvise a shoulder strap. Carried under coat during skiing. Its slim, flat body with no protrusions was perfect for this. Wanted...

Very compact, wide screen, good features, and battery life

Play back seems dark, no shoulder strap

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"Decent entry-level camera but POOR low light performance"

 

This camera is a nice camera given the price, for everyday users. If you plan on using in low light situations (such as wedding receptions) this camera performs below expectations.

Wide Angle, Price, Compact, easy to use

VERY poor low light performance

Product Specifications

The MV960 is optimized for true 16:9 widescreen recording - from the high-resolution CCD to a 2.7" wide color LCD screen with level marker and color viewfinder. Shot in 16:9 mode, video is perfect for watching back on the latest widescreen TVs. It takes just the push of a single button to switch between 16:9 wide and normal 4:3 shooting. A high quality digital photo camera and not just a camcorder, the MV960 saves photos to SD card and features 9-point Artificial Intelligent Auto-focus (AiAF) that keeps off-center subjects in focus. The top-of-the-range MV960 has DV and AV input connections. With DV input, video that has been edited on a computer can be re-recorded to miniDV tape in the camcorder. Analog-to-digital conversion is possible with AV input, allowing old home movies to be transferred to digital tape for archiving or edited together with new footage. The MV960 employs Canon's powerful DIGIC DV imaging engine. DIGIC DV provides separate processing paths for both video and still images, making sure that colors are vivid and vibrant for each. Simultaneous video and photo shooting is also possible. Key camcorder functions and controls have been refined. For beginners, a one-push Easy Shooting mode sets the most important controls to automatic. A simplified overall layout means that there are only six buttons and a convenient joystick for more creative control. Five Program AE modes are available. An additional wireless controller is supplied, allowing remote control of key functions, letting you get into the shot.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.8in/4.5in
Height:1.1in/3.6in
Weight:0.9lbs/15.7oz/6.6oz
Width:1.9in/4.4in

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

General

Product Type:Power adapter
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Canon
Model:700/960
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ACK/Canon MV/Canon ZR

Lens System

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

Miscellaneous

Color:Gray smoke

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:450Kpix/470Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
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

Power Device

Frequency Required:50/60Hz
Input Connector Qty:1
Input Connector Type:Power 2-pole
Output Connector Qty:1
Output Connector Type:Power DC jack
Voltage Provided:7.4V
Voltage Required:AC 110/220V

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:AVI/MJPEG
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave/Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD
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