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Canon ZR 830

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews of Canon ZR 830. 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. Comments about the design and zoom are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. Reviews are divided on the image quality.

usability, price, portability, zoom, design

battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR 830 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR 830

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 user reviews of Canon ZR 830 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the design and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas the connectivity and battery get less positive reviews.

usability, price, portability, image quality, design

battery, connectivity

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR830 MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical ZoomCanon ZR830 MiniDV Camcorder + Accessory Kit

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Amongst Canon’s new line of ZR camcorders, the ZR830 finds itself between a rock and a hard place. It is the middle child, wedged between the ZR800, which includes a microphone jack, and the ZR850, which offers better video quality and larger stills....

Compact, - Inexpensive, - Reliable media

Cheap construction, - More compelling choices in model-up and model-down

May, 2007

Expert review by: John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon ZR830 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon ZR830 ($299 MSRP) is not a bad little DV camcorder, but with HD moving towards the mainstream, and new formats sprouting left and right, this DV camcorder seems like a bit of a throwback. This is not a camcorder that reflects any of the major...

The Canon ZR830 is without a doubt a pretty good DV camcorder at a pretty good price. The problem is, it's step-up sibling, the ZR850 offers some worthwhile upgrades, and only costs a few dollars more - better video resolution (with a negligible drop...

Mar, 2007
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Expert review by: Michael Perlman (washingtonpost.com)

Canon ZR830

 

Amongst Canon's new line of ZR camcorders, the ZR830 finds itself between a rock and a hard place. It is the middle child, wedged between the ZR800, which includes a microphone jack, and the ZR850, which offers better video quality and larger stills....

The ZR830's 1/6-inch imager is capable of producing 680,000 gross pixels, which is pretty standard amongst the vast majority of entry-level camcorders. In bright light, the ZR830's colors appeared saturated, yet remained strong in the greens, blues,...

May, 2007

Expert review by: John Neely (reviewed.com)

Canon ZR830

 

The Canon ZR830 shares its core imaging specs with the ZR800, the standard entry-level 1/6" CCD with 680,000 gross pixels. The effective pixel count changes depending on the aspect ratio and electronic image stabilization (EIS); in 16:9 with EIS on, it...

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Canon ZR830 1/6" CCD 2.7" 112K wide-screen LCD 35X Optical Zoom MiniDV Camcorder

 

This thing is small don't lose it, has lots of built in features. Very good value for all the options.

Very compact and small in size

Poor video in low lighting

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: Like it (newegg.com)

Pretty Good

 

I havn't fully checked it out but I believe you can use it as a webcam with the proper software and you can film directly to your HD's for sure. Still finding new features as I like to explore the device rather than read the manual.

Light weight, easy to use, fits the hand comfortably, inexpensive--not cheap, loads of features. Good camcorder for the buck

No night vision if you get the 850 you get the night vision but not on the 830. Some motor noise but have not noticed it on the tape at play back maybe because I have the wind filter turned on? The included cable will not transfer you video to your...

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: n/a (newegg.com)

not bad

 

It was a toss up b/w Sony and this. I chose this. so far so good

This is a surprising light weight and easy to use camcorder. My first digital and I'm liking it quite a bit

Not much except the focus gets out of whack for no apparent reason

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

NIce camcorder -- for the price....

 

For the $$, I am very happy with this unit -- my second Canon Camcorder.

Excellent "up and running out of the box" capability. I was impressed how fast I could get this camera working. Very Good quality of recordings during the day

Light sensitive recordings -- average to below average (though, I am still looking at settings)

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: scarlethawk (pricegrabber.com)

Decent Camcorder

 

This is my first camcorder in a while and I don't claim to be an expert, but I have enjoyed using this camera. BTW, the box come with all required accessories, expect firewire cable. I am happy with my purchase.

Everything seems to work and work well on this. It's fairly easy to navigate, very good zoom lens, and has decent battery life.

Picture quality under weak light conditions isn't great.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: tumor (pricegrabber.com)

Good Camcorder but still images are not very clear

 

I like the feature of taking pictures while viewing movies, but the still image quality is poor. Also, when filming to the SD card the movie is very small. I do like the firewire and the 35X zoom is great. I use sports mode most often. It would have...

Easy to use menu system, impressive color in good lighting, built-in lens cover, low price.

No accessory shoe or microphone input, low-resolution still photos, not enough stabilization at maximum zoom, poor low-light performance.

Sep, 2008

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. Whether you're shopping for your first camcorder, or would like to upgrade from analog to digital, the ZR camcorders are a perfect balance of style, performance and affordability. The ZR digital camcorders give you a brilliant Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom lens, Canon's advanced image stabilization system, Widescreen HR recording, DIGIC DV image processing, Joystick controller, and Level and Grid Markers. The results are brilliant video and digital photos that you can easily share with family and friends. The ZR830 comes with an array of features that turn your camcorder into a digital still camera, including 9 Point AiAF (Auto Focus), Progressive Photo, Simultaneous Photo Recording, Special Scene Modes, and Image Effects. It is also compatible with SD HC (High Capacity) memory cards for storing even more of your images. All this, plus the ZR830's ease-of-use makes it easy to capture life's precious memories.

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in
Height:3.6in
Weight:13.4oz
Width:2.2in

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 / Slow shutter / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:830
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0
Max Focal Length:91mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:35
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Dark gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.45Megapixel
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

Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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