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(based on 8 ratings)
Brand: Canon
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Around the world, the name Canon means optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance. And Canon digital video camcorders are no exception.

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 our exclusive Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom, which combines the legendary Canon lens optics with our 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's 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's the perfect choice for capturing all of life's precious memories.

Canon Exclusive - Genuine Canon 41X Advanced Zoom
The Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom on the ZR900 is just the kind of exclusive Canon feature you've come to expect from the leader in imaging and optics. Advanced Zoom extends the power of your zoom and is the longest zoom Canon has ever offered. In both wide angle and telephoto positions, there is virtually no loss in image quality throughout the range. How is this accomplished? With a Genuine Canon lens which remains in constant motion through the entire extended zoom range aided by our proprietary DIGIC DV image processor.

The ZR900 offers you more flexibility to get just the shot you need by giving you the choice of Advanced Zoom in default mode or you can select a 37x Optical Zoom or 2000x Digital Zoom. You will always be able to get the shot you need, no matter how close or far away and always with the quality you expect from Canon.

Optical Performance You Can See
The name Canon is synonymous with optical excellence the world over. Brilliant optical quality is part of every Canon broadcast TV lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder -- and the ZR900 is no exception. It gives you clear, vibrant and brilliant video.

The ZR900's image stabilizer allows you to shoot rock-steady video -- even at maximum telephoto without a tripod -- for more professional-looking video.

Brilliant Video
The new ZR900 features Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV image processor, which results in exceptional color and clarity in your video.

Widescreen HR Recording - So, why is the way you record widescreen images so important? Because you want an image made for widescreen, not adapted for widescreen. Because every HD television is widescreen -- widescreen is the future.

16:9 High Resolution - The story of how we do it may be a bit technical, but the result is clear to see. Canon camcorders use the entire width of the image sensor to capture video in true 16:9 format. What difference does this make? It's simple. With more pixels captured, you get better image quality. Some competitors' camcorders force the wider picture into a smaller space on the sensor -- giving you a less true image, with fewer pixels and lower quality.

In addition, the large 2.7" LCD screen and .35" color viewfinder on your ZR900 displays your widescreen image in a letterbox view and makes it easier to see all that you're shooting. From side to side and top to bottom, what you see is what you get. Either way, there isn't the guessing or extra work in looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror.

These other features make it easy to record brilliant video.

Smooth Zoom Control - With Canon's smooth zoom control, you'll have three, pre-set zoom speeds that ensure professional, steady zoom shots.
Level and Grid Markers - Capturing level, well-composed shots is simple with the ZR900. Line up the horizon or other horizontal lines with the Level Marker in the viewfinder for level landscapes. Or, use the Grid Marker to help compose the perfect shot. Both markers can be set to white or grey for enhanced visibility, no matter what the background.
Soft LCD Video Light - The ZR900 even comes with a video light built-in to the LCD screen to help give a soft, even light to a nearby subject when you're shooting in dark conditions.
Microphone Terminal - The ZR900's built-in microphone terminal allows you to use an accessory microphone with the camcorder. This feature is especially useful for educators or trainers who need to cleanly record audio for documentation purposes in which a clear voice must be heard. It is also handy for a home video in which you want to record a narration without interference from background noises. You also have the choice of using the built-in microphone as well.

Easy Operation - The new ZR900 comes with a variety of features that make it an easy-to-operate camcorder.

Joystick - The Joystick makes using the camcorder easier than ever. Extra buttons have been eliminated, allowing you to access many functions from one convenient place. The Joystick lets you control Play, Stop, Fast Forward, and Rewind functions during playback. It also controls exposure lock and exposure compensation during recording.

With Quick Start, you'll never miss a shot again. Simply push the Quick Start button, in between shots, to put your camcorder in stand-by mode. Push the Quick Start button again, and your camcorder powers up and begins to record in less than a second. When using Quick Start, you are considerably extending the life of your battery compared to that of regular recording mode.

Also, an easy-to-read menu system makes the ZR900 a breeze to operate.

For the ultimate in stress-free shooting, there's the Easy Mode. In this setting, your ZR900 will automatically choose the focus, exposure and any additional available parameters to ensure that whatever you're recording comes out looking great. You don't have to worry about a thing- just point and shoot!

In addition, this versatile camcorder is designed for lower battery consumption. So there's less chance of missing the shots you want.

Perfect Exposures - The ZR900 gives you exposure controls found on expensive digital still cameras.

Exposure Lock - With a push of its convenient omni-selector joystick, the ZR900 lets you lock your exposure settings, and then recompose your shot. For example, you can lock your exposure while zoomed in on your subject's face. Then, even if you zoom out to include a very bright or dark background, your ZR900 will still give your subject the right exposure. Also, by shifting the omni-selector left or right, you can adjust your exposure by up to +/-11 stops (+/-2.75 EV).
Auto Slow Shutter Function - he Auto Slow Shutter function ensures perfect exposures in low light by lowering your shutter speed.
Program AE Mode - The ZR900 comes with Program AE Mode settings that give you perfect exposures in a variety of conditions: Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks, Portrait, Sports and Night.

Share Your Videos - The ZR900 comes with an array of features that make it easy to share your videos.

Firewire/IEEE 1394 DV Terminal - Transfer your video to your computer and you can easily share your captured memories with friends and family. With the ZR900, it's simple. Just connect your computer to your camcorder's IEEE1394 DV terminal with a DV cable. Also known as Firewire or iLink, this high-speed interface lets you download your precious video footage with virtually no loss of video or audio quality. Your favorite recorded moments retain their pristine image and sound for everyone to enjoy.

Additional Features
Built-in Manual Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Plus, you don't have the bother of your lens cap dangling from your camcorder.
1-Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.3 stars
(based on 8 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Comfortable to operate(7), Durable(6), Great features(5), Great picture quality(5), Great sound(4)
Best Uses:
Family(5), Outdoor events / games(4), Travel(5)
Describe Yourself:
Casual user(4)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Works great!
By Drew from Central Valley, CA on 10/7/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Video Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

I bought one of these last year for vacation. Surprisingly, the picture quality was great compared to a similar camcorder I once had by JVC. This camcorder is small and simple to operate. My only gripe, as already mentioned, is there is not show to mount a light. Other wise, this is a great little camera to have handy. Ya gotta love Canon!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Don't judge a book by its cover
By 1st time dadVerified Reviewer from maryland on 10/6/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile
Cons:
Poor Battery Life
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

i purchased this camcorder and for the price its pretty descent the battery life is a lil short but who cares about that " just buy a new one" it takes awesome video and the sound isnt bad either

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Good for the Price
By The GoatVerified Purchaser from Lost in Georgia on 9/1/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Simple Controls
Cons:
Could have better sound, Does not take stills
Best Uses:
Family, Special Events
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

This is a good overall camcorder for a novice. It does have some limitations, but for the price it is comparable to anything on the market. The case that came with it is very nice. I wish it had a shoe for a light but still a great little camcorder.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
good beginners camera
By donVerified Purchaser from michigan on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Family, Special Events, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

very simple to operate for a beginner, a little more difficult to operate in the dark, it doesnt seem to work that well. All in all it performs well

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Love It!
By LineyVerified Purchaser from Zachary, La on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Family
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

Great for filming my kids during all of their special moments!

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Good things do come in small packages
By ClaudiaVerified Purchaser from Pico Rivera, CA on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

We took it on our family vacation and it was great because it didn't take up too much space.

[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
DEFINATELY USER FRIENDLY!! GREAT BUY!!!
By Starr from Atlanta, GA on 7/10/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Sports, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

This was purchased for my 11yo son as a first time video camera...and he absolutly loves it! He uses all the features.Posts on Youtube and all!

[13 of 15 customers found this review helpful]

 
CANON STILL THE BEST!!
By FIJIMANVerified Reviewer from LAS VEGAS/HENDERSON, NEVADA on 4/25/2008
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Pros:
Very Compact, Very Handy
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
WHATEVER
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon ZR900 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder:

VERY VERY COMPACT ENOUGH FOR TRAVEL, FAMILY FUNCTIONS, SPORTS, ETC, ETC.

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