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Canon ZR 900

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of Canon ZR 900. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and zoom. The portability and price also get good comments, but many are critical about the battery.

usability, price, portability, zoom, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR 900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Canon ZR 900 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and zoom. The portability and price also get good views, but the durability and image quality get less positive opinions.

usability, price, portability, zoom, size

image quality, durability

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR900 MiniDV Camcorder with 37x Optical ZoomCanon ZR900 MiniDV Camcorder with 37x Optical ZoomCanon ZR900 MiniDV Camcorder with 41x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (

Canon ZR900 Review and Prices


Despite the trend towards tapeless DV camcorders, Canon has released three new MiniDV models for 2008, including the entry level ZR900. It's hard to fault the Canon ZR900 when it comes to price: this MiniDV camcorder offers one of the least expensive...

Inexpensive, advanced 41x zoom, easy to use, port for external microphone or headphones

Poor low light performance, no SD card slot, no accessory shoe

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: JB (

Great Camera for it's size and price....


Small size makes a tripod a useful thing to have. This camera is a step down from the one I had, but the video quality is wonderful and the sound is actually better than the other camera I had. Though the other camera cost much more. Camera works great...

Great video quality, terrific sound quality.

None so far....

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: OnLocation (

Basic Inexpensive


Bought mine someplace else but wanted to let people know what they won't get if they look at the pictures and see a remote.

Its inexpensive which is the main reason why I got one. I also needed a Mic In jack which it has an few others still have.

The accessories in the pictures are for the ZR930 not the ZR900. But I didn't need them anyways.

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: chandlerb87 (

Awsome Deal Great price.


I purchased this camera and it is a great value, and just as good as the over priced ones it takes quality videos. I purchased this to collect memories of my childrens child hoods. It is th cannon ZR900 Mini DV camcorder. I love the size of it, and the...

The convenient size, the quality pictures, the zoom feature is great

I havent found anything about this product that I did not like

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: anil_503 (

Canon ZR 900


Video quality is pretty good although not the best (For something less than 200$ what do you expect? HD?). The external mic jack is a big plus. It's very light and fits right into my hands. Mini DV allows me to get uncompressed video out of my tape....



Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: blair2009 (

Mini Camera


Mini cameras into our lives, a lot of families now have the mini-video cameras, it became more and more members of our lives. We left on tours, mini cameras are indispensable things. It give our travel memories. Now want to recommend about this upgrade...


Not very sophisticated

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: aryuni (

Canon ZR 900


Need to make most effective. The Canon ZR900 is an affordable camcorder with the familiar MiniDV recording format. It is a step down from the Canon ZR950 and ZR930 because it has a lower resolution sensor, less zoom, and lacks some of the features...

Specifically designed to make it easier to capture great video, including


Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: waskito (

Canon ZR 900


am forced to write the review because of totally uneducated review left by "E. Robles "VJ Pike". He apparently never went to the menu section of the camera. When i get any electronic item, the first thing I do, is to go to the Menu and play around with...

Menu and play around with the setting

all good

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: riskidianti (

Canon ZR 900


Straight high quality product from Canon with the concept of being able to shoot videos without anything to fear! It is that simple to operate. They even had to use lesser amount of paper for its manual due to the simplicity of its functions. With an...

Supports manual focus

None noted, given available product data

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: wijayapur (

Canon ZR 900


It is a good camcorder for the price. My only complaint is that it is firewire which limits the ability for Windows based systems to utilize the device. The 900 has only tape whereas the 950 used SDHC memory. I actually purchased the ZR950 after this...

Zoom is more than enough

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Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Canon's entry-level digital camcorders are designed to deliver the latest in style, features and advanced technology at a most affordable price. Starting with the exclusive genuine Canon 41x advanced zoom, this digital camcorder combines the legendary Canon lens optics with the market-leading DIGIC DV image processor to deliver a fuller range of image quality and more flexibility when you're shooting. The ZR900 is specifically designed to make it easier to capture great video, including a 680k pixel CCD image sensor, 2.7" widescreen LCD with a soft LCD video light, quick start, joystick control, level and grid markers and more. The microphone terminal on the ZR900 makes it especially useful for educators and trainers to carefully capture the audio they need to make most effective use of the video they shoot. It is also handy when you want to more easily record a live narration for your footage. All this comes together to deliver brilliant video that you can easily share with family and friends. Easy to use, great looking and terrific value - it is the perfect choice for capturing all of life's precious memories.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

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 / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.2
Max Focal Length:96.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:37
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD