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Canon ZR 900

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive views about the features and battery.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, design

battery, features

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 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR 900

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 user reviews of Canon ZR 900 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, portability, color

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

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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

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best used for those that due editing of their work

 

I have used this mini DV for about 4 years and it has brought nothing but great results. I have done several videos of my car, placing this camera mounted on the hood, out the window and did some inside shots while driving. Nothing is said if it had a...

Fast start up and point and shoot, all controls are within reach of one hand. Top loading for a quick change out of tapes. Front mic is good within 20-30 feet

Standard battery is only good for about 30-45 min

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Light, easy and smart design!

 

Generally this is just 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...

Top loading mechanism is a smart update. Easy to use, with the help of the joystick located at the side of lcd. Generous detail on the design with chrome lining from the lens over the top with a holographing name of the model and the mini DV logo

It does not have a LANC outpot for external control. Audio only from the audio and video output is not available. Lesser digital effects compared from the previous ZRs. Does not support still pictures on tape like what the the ZR45 or ZR50 had

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Canon ZR900 miniDV Camcorder

 

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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....

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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.

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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

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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....

yes

none

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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...

Inexpensive

Not very sophisticated

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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

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
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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in/5in
Height:3.2in/3.6in
Weight:13.4oz
Width:2.2in/2.7in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:900
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

Miscellaneous

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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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