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Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 141 reviews of Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The portability and image quality also get good opinions. Many are critical about the color and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 user reviews of Canon ZR45MC Mini DV Digital Camcorder from 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 Views about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the color and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

reliability, color

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR45MC MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Digital Still Mode & MMC Card SlotCanon ZR45MC MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Digital Still Mode & MMC Card Slot

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Canon ZR45MC Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The Canon ZR45MC has an MSRP of $799 and a street price around $600. It's effectively the Canon ZR40 but with added still capability. Although there are similarly price camcorders with better still capability, the manual control this camcorder offers...

Mar, 2002

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Canon ZR-45 is excellent digital camcorder with minor issues...


I have had this camcorder for 4 months, and have used it mainly for filming family events with digital editing, and wanted something very portable. Overall, it has been excellent in my first 5-6 hours of filming! Other reviews I have read complain...

Compact and easily held/carried, Easy to use, Very good movies

Poor still shots, Battery life acceptable at best, Zoom controls not great

Jun, 2003

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Easy and fun to use! A must for the new user!


So, what makes a good camera? With the hundreds of various video cameras and company’s manufacturing them, its can be tricky to find the best on for you. Your best bet is to research well, because it is an investment!

Great hand held, excellent ergonomic, good video quality, excellent zoom

controls and functions can be difficult to learn

May, 2003

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great camcorder and great price


We researched camcorders and tried out many models. We picked this one for the basic features we needed and the reasonable price for it's many options. It does much more than we needed, but the extra options are so much fun to use. Its very easy to...

Comfortable size, many options, great price, easy to use.

Instructions a bit difficult to follow.

Mar, 2003

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Three week test in Europe


I bought this camera mail-order for less than $500 and got the video editing software free.

Cheap. Compact. Easy to Use.

Looks. Above Average Video (could be better, though). Poor stills (minor)

Feb, 2003

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Good Buy, worth what you pay .... (with discounts)


I have had the camera for about 5 months now. I bought it for my honeymoon which is in June 2003. We wanted a small, high quality, fashionable, easy to use camera. The only thing I regret with this camera is the addition of the digital camera or...

Lightweight, Small, Comfortable

Poor Still Photos unless you have steady hand or tripod

Jan, 2003

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great camcorder for amateurs


I am a first-time camcorder owner, so I did a lot of research before buying this model. After reading lots of reviews, I narrowed my choices down to the Canon ZR45 and the Sony TRV18. The Canon was smaller, lighter, cheaper and fit better in my hand...

price, size, features

standard battery life, users manual

Jan, 2003

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Need a camcorder? Just get this one!


There are so many different brands and types of camcorders on the market that it is indeed hard to pick one these days.

easy to use, a plethora of features, visually pleasing

buzzing sound when playing back footage

Jan, 2003

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Objective motor noise tests.


Before purchasing the ZR45, I had read many reviews here and on other web sites, that said the motor noise on these units was so loud, that the tape would record it. I also found an equal number of posts disputing this fact.

Great size, design, weight. Perfect price point for features.

Motor noise.

Jul, 2002

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Nice camera if not for the humming noise


Sorry, I found out that my review of this camera was accidentally placed on the Canon ZR50 site. My apologies to the Canon ZR50 (never apologized to an inanimate object before), but I would doubt it's much different than the 45. Here is the review:...

Many features, compact size

Very loud and annoying humming noise during playback and record

Jul, 2002

Product Specifications

Outstanding optical performance and strict attention to detail makes the ZR45MC an indispensable memory maker. Your style and creativity are limited only by your own imagination. The flexibility and quality of the ZR45MC will win you over. Enjoy all the benefits of digital video, digital photo mode, a 2.5" flexible color view screen, and 18X optical zoom/360X digital zoom. The ZR45MC features Color Night Mode, Image Stabilization, a high quality microphone, a built-in analog to digital converter, plus Progressive Photo Mode for exceptionally sharp still images, MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card technology for easy storage and transfer of still images, and a USB terminal.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:45 MC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon ZR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.9
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.8mm
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
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

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Fade trigger / Horizontal wipe / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe
Digital Zoom:360
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD