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Canon ZR 830

alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and portability. The image quality and value for money also get good reviews, but there are some less positive opinions about the resolution.

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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 78/100 = Good quality.

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Canon ZR830

 

Canon's ZR830, the middle of the company's three new MiniDV camcorders, is a whole lot like last year's model, the ZR600 . In fact, other than a longer 35x optical zoom lens and some minor menu changes on the ZR830, the two products are virtually the...

Easy to use menu system with joystick control; impressive color in good lighting; wide-screen LCD; built-in lens cover; low price.

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

If you don't shoot in low light and don't plan on using it to shoot still images, this feature-rich camcorder is a bargain.

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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"Not the best quality but good enough, and durable"

 

Small, easy to use camcorder that will last a long time

not the best quality and you need to have a couple batteries

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Great buy!!! Highly Recommended!!!

 

This is a great camera!! I highly recommend it!!! Totally worth the price!! So easy to use too.

Very good quality, great features, cool effects (EX: black&white, sepia...), good picture quality, 35x zoom, worth the price

I have not had any yet

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"Great buy!!! Highly Recommended!!!"

 

This is a great camera!! I highly recommend it!!! Totally worth the price!! So easy to use too.

Very good quality, great features, cool effects (EX: black&white, sepia...), good picture quality, 35x zoom, worth the price!!

I have not had any yet.

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Canon ZR830 MiniDV Camcorder

 

This is a great camera!! I highly recommend it!!! Totally worth the price!! So easy to use too.

Very good quality, great features, cool effects (EX: black&white, sepia...), good picture quality, 35x zoom, worth the price

I have not had any yet

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Amazon 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.

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

This summary is based on the product: Canon ZR830 MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

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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

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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