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Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews of Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the price and image quality are generally positive. The size and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the battery and durability.

portability, usability, size, image quality, price

durability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Canon ZR20 Digital Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the price and image quality. The size and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive views about the durability.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Canon ZR20 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The Canon ZR20 is Canon's latest addition to their well-rounded MiniDV line. The ZR20 has a MSRP of $799 and a street price of around $550. The camcorder doesn't have a ton of extra features that are included on other camcorders, but that doesn't...

Nov, 2004

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small, lightweight, durable, GREAT zoom

battery weight, wished they were lighter and lasted longer between charges

Dec, 2006

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Very impressed by this camera


This digital camcorder is very easy to use once you read the instructions. There is a menu that you ...

Lightweight, compact, easy to learn to use.

Takes awhile to turn on the LCD screen.

Jul, 2003

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Great little camera- need extras for editing!


This is my second camcorder. I wanted to make the transition to the digital camcorder so that I could edit video on the computer. Last year after VBS at church we tried to edit the video using some software that we could never get good quality...

Price, Size, Able to computer edit, zoom adequate.

need additionals for editing, low light quality little grainy

Oct, 2002

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You get what you pay for


Most good cameras are like pizza. Some people love Joe's, some love Nino's. My friend buys old Russian cameras and loves them. Other friends buy high-end stuff. This video camera is high quality goods. I've had mine for more than a year and I love it....

Small, light, good picture quality.


Aug, 2002

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Good but with Flaws


The Canon ZR20 model is a good and cheap digital camcorder. The picture is sharp and has good colours, but unfortunately the camera only has one ccd chip (with only 290,000 effective pixels), but none the less, the picture is still good. The audio...

Good picture and audio, good price, manual settings

Fragile camcorder, only one CCD

Jun, 2002

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A Good Camera


This is my first video camera - I have always been a still picture photographer in the past, but with two small children, I wanted to capture a bit more...

Easy to use, feature rich, great picture in outdoors, and great sound

A bit grainy in low light, seems a bit fragile

Jan, 2002

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Great camera for the money


I was eager to find a camera that gave me the ability to transfer footage from the 100+ VHS tapes I had lying around to MiniDV, thus making it possible for me to get my old footage into my Macintosh where i could slice and dice them up with Final Cut....

nicely priced, analog input (copy VHS to MiniDV and vice versa!)

image quality in low light is a somewhat weak

Jan, 2002

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My 1st Camcorder & 1st review!


I did as much on and offline research as possible and finally decided on the ZR20. The only differences between that unit and the ZR25/30 are the progressive scan and memory card features (I already have a decent digital camera so no love lost there)....

Tiny, sleek, powerful, easy to pickup and learn, seemless computer recognition

Those light-up buttons on the ZR 30 are sure purty!

Jan, 2002

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For indoor family video, think twice about digital camcorders.


I have just returned this camcorder for a refund; to those people who have said low-cost camcorders are horrible indoors: you were right!

Size, ease of use, solid construction, analog input.

Grainy, dark picture indoors, still shots stored on tape.

Jan, 2002

Product Specifications

Canon's innovation and expertise in the optical and image capture markets, brings you the new ZR20 Mini DV camcorder. The ZR20 is a highly versatile digital imaging solution for those customers seeking the capabilities of a full-featured digital camcorder and a digital still camera all in one sleek design with artistic detailing that's comfortable to hold. The superior quality of digital video resulting from higher horizontal resolution yielding sharper picture detail and component color sampling preserves more color information than analog. With this mini DV camcorder you will realize truly amazing picture and sound quality. Images reaching up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution reveal stunning detail and clarity. The camcorder versatility expands even after shooting as they easily connect to a DV ready device. The DV terminal provides digital connectivity for high-speed transfer of video, stills and audio from the camcorder, DV VCR to a DV ready computer. 12/16 bit audio, 16 bit offers one set of stereo tracks and achieves the same quality as CD, while the 12 bit mode creates two sets of stereo tracks, audio dub is possible when recorded in 12 bit mode A high quality image stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly, giving you smooth, stable pictures, enables you to record shake free images. In addition to being fully automatic, the camcorder offers manual control over focus, white balance, and shutter speed.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):150min/165min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


Consumable Type:Print cartridge/Toner cartridge

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating/Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight/Sand & snow / Spotlight / Portrait mode / Night mode / Sports mode


Consumable Subcategory:Cartridges
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon BX/Canon MP/Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Category of Accessory:Printing consumables
Color:Black / Metallic silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4 / 1/4"/1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
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

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe/Vertical wipe / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Fade trigger
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Sepia / Mosaic/Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD