Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 0059B001
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CNET editors' review
price range: $475.00
- Reviewed by: Rick Broida
- Edited by: Aimee Baldridge
- Reviewed on: 06/30/2005
- Released on: 03/15/2005
The good: Superb color quality; choice of automated and manual shooting modes; low price; solid battery life; supports add-on lenses and filters.
The bad: Few manual controls; bottom-loading tape compartment; no accessory shoe; poor low-light performance; no photo capture.
The bottom line: Canon's bargain-basement camcorder provides home-moviemakers with the tools to shoot surprisingly high-quality video, but good lighting is essential.
by drumfish on August 23, 2005
Pros: Features, Size, Widescreen
Cons: Night Mode, Recording Time
Summary: So far I have had very few problems with this camcorder, its done what I expected it to do. The night mode is slow and the shutter speed makes the ...
Summary: So far I have had very few problems with this camcorder, its done what I expected it to do. The night mode is slow and the shutter speed makes the picture look bad.
I have read reviews about this camcorder some make me feel unsafe about it, but then its just a review.
It took me about half an hour to figure out most of the camcorders features.
It was a bit hard to understand how the tape input worked.
I hope I get many years outta this camcorder, and well be very displeased if it starts to fail after one year of canon support. As I find most Sony Products do to me.
I would at this time Recommend this camcorder
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
This camera is broken more time than it works!
by paulainkeylargo on August 11, 2007
Cons: Several malfunctions
Summary: I was given this as a gift, I only wish I would have returned it before I used it! This camera stops working suddenly, it will not allow a tape ...
Summary: I was given this as a gift, I only wish I would have returned it before I used it! This camera stops working suddenly, it will not allow a tape to load it has been repaired but continues to malfunction. It currently has a motor surging noise and wiil not tape or play back anything. It just stops working and shuts off mysteriously, all around a waste of money. Canon now wants me to pay for repairs. Total waste of money.
I really wanted to like this camcorder...
by ebeamsales on November 20, 2006
Pros: Small size, good battery life, many features/special effects
Cons: Poor quality video, inaccurate color representation
Summary: We were given a Sony Hi8 camcorder for my wife's baby shower, but I ended up returning it to Best Buy because I had read that MiniDV was a ...
Summary: We were given a Sony Hi8 camcorder for my wife's baby shower, but I ended up returning it to Best Buy because I had read that MiniDV was a higher quality format. Because the Sony camcorder we received came from Best Buy and we also had a gift card, our choices were pretty much limited to the selection that Best Buy had to offer. We were looking for a small, easy-to-use camcorder and I wanted at least a few cool features to spice up videos of our daughter. I am not a professional videographer, mind you, but I think that I am a step above the average Joe. We went with the ZR200 initially because the price was good and as far as I could tell, the quality of the video was OK, under Best Buy's well-lit showroom. I actually did research on Cnet about the ZR200 before we opened it and we returned it in favor of the ZR100 because we didn't need the digital camera feature or the remote, so we figured we'd save $50. But after using the ZR100 for a few months, the overall quality of the video is pixely, blocky, and the colors are too saturated. I realize the camera has an issue with low-light performance, but I filmed a lot of footage in out family room, which has very bright, recessed halogen lighting and the video is grainy, poor and low quality. I filmed a friend's wedding and turned off some features like image stabilization (this degrades video quality slightly) and used a tripod, but the quality didn't improve. All the special effects and the ease with which I can import the footage into my computer via FireWire is great. And the camera is small, it is easy to use. But when the quality of the overall video is of VHS quality, it is not worth it. I ended up doing more research and bought a used Panasonic PV-GS65 on eBay FOR THE SAME PRICE. The difference in quality is ASTOUNDING. Take it from me, DO NOT SKIMP on video quality to save a few bucks. There are plenty of low-budget camcorders out there that take excellent quality footage. But do your research first.
Great camera for beginners
by miller357 on January 4, 2006
Pros: color and clarity, ease of use
Cons: overall design, button placement, battery life
Summary: the canon zr100 is a very, very good camera for beginners. it has a very up front menu setup. I personally do not car for the design of the frame, ...
Summary: the canon zr100 is a very, very good camera for beginners. it has a very up front menu setup. I personally do not car for the design of the frame, its too tall and too skinny. the controls for the VCR mode could be hidden behind the sreen like on its big brothers, the elura series. wide screen mode IS ACTUAL WIDESCREEN! not just streched out video. battery life absolutly sucks. it probably wont last the lenghth of a 60 min. tape. the veiwfinder does't flip up but it is very usful. its color and it saves a wole lotta battery. it does have manual focus, indoor/outdoor, nightmode and lowlight mode, and white balance. the lowlight is useful inside and the nightmode does make a difference outside, although it is a little choppy. uploading it onto your computer is rather smooth. works awsome with windows movie maker. a firewire is an absolute necessity but you can get one on amazon for $15.
Overall: great camera for beginners, Awsome picture, not best design, get a firwire
Just OK no better than my Canon ES190
by tpearson2025 on December 28, 2005
Pros: Lightweight,easy to operate
Cons: Picture quality not great for digital
Summary: This is my 2nd Canon i have a ES190 I Guess i thought a digital camcorder would have a better picture but this ZR100 is no better than my 8mm ...
Summary: This is my 2nd Canon i have a ES190 I Guess i thought a digital camcorder would have a better picture but this ZR100 is no better than my 8mm ES190 BUT I HAVE HAD MY ES190 for 4 years no problems at all.I use SP mode only so i know thats not the problem.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 0059B001
- Description: The vibrant color of a summer sunset, the exhilarating action of a championship goal, and the tender moment of a newlywed kiss are all preserved in spectacular color, clarity and detail by the ZR100. Canon's most affordable, yet exceptionally powerful, digital camcorder brings together a variety of advanced features in one stylish package. Inside the streamlined body of the ZR100 is Canon's DIGIC DV system, which delivers outstanding image quality videos. With the 20x Optical Zoom/400x Digital Zoom lens, you'll also quickly appreciate why the name Canon is synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television. Another highlight of the ZR100 is its high-resolution 16:9 widescreen recording mode, which lets you capture true widescreen videos. With the ZR100 in hand, all of life's most precious moments are yours for the taking.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder
- Digital Zoom 400 x
- Camcorder Media Type Mini DV
- Optical Sensor Size 1/6"
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Min Illumination 2 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Digital Video Format AVI
- Special Effects Black & White,
- Image Stabilizer Electronic
- Digital Scene Transition Beam,
- Shooting Programs Sports mode,
Super night mode,
Sand & snow,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Camera Flash None
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Webcam capability Yes
- AV Interfaces Composite video
- Type 20 x x Zoom lens - 2.8 mm - 56 mm - F/1.6-3.2
- Lens Construction 8 groups / 11 elements
- Lens aperture F/1.6-3.2
- Optical Zoom 20 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 2.8 mm
- Max focal length 56 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 28 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features Analog to digital conversion with pass through,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
16:9 widescreen mode,
- Remote control None
- Included Accessories Power adapter,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.33 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 113,000 pixels
- Type 2.4 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK),
1 x Composite video/audio (input/output)
Memory / Storage
- Media type Mini DV
- Video Recording Modes LP,
- Supported Battery Canon NB-2LH
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 720 mAh ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 2 in
- Depth 5.1 in
- Height 3.7 in
- Weight 15.2 oz
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