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Canon ZR 830

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of Canon ZR 830. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the zoom and design are generally positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the image quality. The connectivity and battery get less positive comments.

usability, price, portability, design, zoom

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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Canon ZR 830 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 Opinions about the design and image quality are overall positive. The portability and price are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the connectivity and battery.

usability, price, portability, image quality, design

battery, connectivity

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

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

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Phil Ryan (

Canon ZR830 review: Canon ZR830


Canon ZR830

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.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

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 (

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

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (

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 (

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: jmoffett87 (

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


on Apr 20, 2012

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

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

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

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



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


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


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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic