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Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the color and size. The portability and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed opinions on the build quality and memory. Some have doubts about the features and battery.

usability, price, portability, size, color

image quality, reliability, battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, color, portability, design

reliability, image quality

50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon ZR85 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

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Canon ZR85

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape

Cheap. 20X optical zoom. Slim design with great ergonomics. Decent stills for a sub-$500 camcorder.

Video could be sharper. Bottom-loading design inconvenient with tripod. No flash for stills or lights for low-light shooting. Has manual focus but no manual focus ring. No external mic port.

The ZR85 is inexpensive, comfortable to hold, and has a powerful zoom lens, but its video comes up short.

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Canon ZR85 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

On display at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show was the Canon ZR85, which is one step up from the ZR85. The most significant upgrade in middle camcorder in the ZR product line is the inclusion of an SD card for high resolution stills. The ZR85 is a...

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Canon ZR85

 

The Canon ZR85 is a MiniDV Camcorder with a 20x Optical Zoom.

A powerful 20x optical/400x digital zoom helps you get in close, but you should also have a close look at the other features on the Canon ZR85, like the SD Memory Card slot, selectable focusing points, PCM digital sound and 2.5" LCD view screen.

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great camra

 

great for the price but if you do mainly indoor videos you will be disopointed.

great, easy, graet features, ausome support

o.k indoor q,wish video could be tranfered throgh usb

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Useless in low light but good zoom and easy to operate

 

The ZR85 is a good choice if you have a limited budget and will not be filming in low light conditions or at night. All others should stay away though. Would also recommend staying away if you need decent still photo capability in your camcorder....

Good compact size, the 20x zoom comes in very handy

No nighttime or low light capability, poor still photo quality

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Good price, bad performance

 

I love this camcorder for its size and thats about it. Indoor and low lighting is a major problem. I compared it to the old Sharp Viewcam VL-AH160U (which is not even digital) and the sound and quality of video was, unfortunately for me as I own the...

Lightweight

Poor indoor/low light lighting

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vary nice.

 

Its all good for the price and size is good

If it had a nightlight built in.Cant have it all for the price

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VERY NICE,LOVE IT

 

VERY SMALL,NICE SET UP.THIS CAMCORDER DOES A GOOD JOB INSIDE AND OUT.FOR ALL THOSE WHO KEEP SAYING THE INDOOR SHOOTING IS BAD,TRY THIS SET THE AE TO -0.5 AND THE SHUTTER SPEED TO 1/60 AND THE WHITE BALANCE TO MANUAL.I THOUGHT THE SAME THING AT FIRST UNTIL

THE ONLY THING I DON'T LIKE IS THE MOTOR IS A LITTLE LOUD,AND IT PICKS UP A LITTLE WHEN RECORDING.WHEN YOU PLAY BACK ON YOUR TV SHUT THE LCD SCREEN AND TURN YOUR TV WAY UP,THIS HELPS TO REDUCE THE NOISE

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Warranty problems

 

It was a decent bargain until it broke 6 months later

I bought the camera and it stopped work 6 months later. I paid the $10 to ship it to them since it was still under warranty. The said that the part that broke was not under warranty and it would cost around $150. What a rip! I would not invest $400 in a c

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KEEP YOUR MONEY

 

SIZE,LOOKS GOOD

VERY LOUD,PLAYBACK IS VERY POOR.I HAVE A VHS-C THAT DOES 150%BETTER THEN THIS THING.INDOOR VIDEO OH MAN SO BAD.THIS CAMERA IS A WASH

Product Specifications

Special moments may come and go, but with Canon's ZR-series camcorders you can capture and relive those sunny days at the beach, casual strolls through crisp fall foliage and family-packed holiday celebrations with brilliant clarity. Smoothly conforming to the contour of your hand, the ZR series camcorders feature the ultimate in Canon design and functionality, allowing you to effortlessly capture once-in-a-lifetime moments whenever and wherever they happen. Smooth and compact, the Canon ZR85 camcorder immediately conforms to the contour of your hand, allowing memories to be effortlessly captured anytime, anyplace. A step above the Canon Z80, the ZR85 blends exceptional value with powerful performance.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.5in
Height:3.7in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Low light / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:85
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.2
Max Focal Length:56mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:400
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
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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