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Canon ZR700 MiniDV Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom

by Canon

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  • Features true widescreen recording and powerful 24x optical zoom
  • Widescreen 2.7-inch LCD
  • Canon's Digic DV image processor for exceptional color and clarity
  • Smooth Zoom Control function prevents jerky zooms
  • Joystick lets you easily operate playback, focus, exposure, and menu options
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Package includes: ZR700 Camcorder, NB-2LH battery pack, CA-570 power adapter, WL-D85 wireless controller, STV-250N stereo/video cable, IFC-300PCU USB cable, Digital Video Solution Disk for PC and Mac
The Canon ZR700 Digital Camcorder provides pocket-sized performance. Its balance of style, performance and affordability provide optical excellence at a reasonable price. The widescreen imaging is perfect for the more modern, wide-screen LCD and plasma screens that are coming -- and you can transfer your video and still photos to them easily thanks to the built-in FireWire - the fastest transferring format around. Its powerful 25x optical zoom and 1000x digital zoom give you Canon's longest zoom ever. Get perfect shots every time; capture every detail and preview your work on the 2.7" LCD screen. It also comes with an easy-to-read menu system; an omni-selector joystick that lets you easily operate playback, focus, exposure and menu options with a single controller. Smooth Zoom, Level Shot Control and other advanced features deliver the very best in digital photography. Viewfinder - 0.3 123,000 pixels 2.7 LCD screen Level Shot Control provides horizon and center markers for better shots 9 Point Ai-AF (Auto Intelligent Auto Focus) ensures sharp images and creative flexibility Smooth Zoom Control with 3 pre-set zoom speeds Lock exposure settings by up to +/-11 stops (+/-2.75 EV) Auto Slow Shutter for improved low light performance Motion JPEG Mode records movie clips directly to your memory card, for posting online or e-mailing Analog Line-in/Converter lets you use your ZR700 as a signal converter, switching analog signals from a TV, VCR or analog camcorder to digital Share digital photographs more easily - connect to any PictBridge compatible printer for instant photo printing Multiple image effects and scene modes Simultaneous Photo Recording Built-in video light Supports S

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  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000DZH4C4
  • Item model number: Product
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,370 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 24, 2007

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186 of 190 people found the following review helpful By N. Schweitzer on February 11, 2006
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I've been playing with this camcorder for a few days now, and I must say that I am overall satisfied with its performance, especially for the price. The camcorder records in 16:9 (widescreen) aspect by default, although you can switch to 4:3 (normal) if you like.

This camcorder is small--easily fitting in your hand--but it's not too small. I don't have any trouble using any of the buttons or switches. It is also light, which is a big bonus if you plan to carry it with you regularly.

The zoom is more than sufficient at 25x Optical / 1000x Digital. However, as with all camcorders, it is almost impossible to use the camera at anything over 100x unless it is sitting on a solid tripod. Even at 50x, the image quality noticeably degrades. For optimal performance, keep it under 25x and do not use the digital zoom (you can turn off the digital zoom in the menu system).

The ZR700 includes a "video light" for low-light situations; however, it is a single LED bulb that emits very little light. In fact, it is pretty much useless unless you are in pitch darkness, and you need to film something that is less than 2 feet in front of the camera.

And speaking of low lighting, this camera uses a new image sensor that is smaller than those used in earlier Canon camcorders, and smaller sensors are typically less sensitive to light. While in normal daylight situations the new sensor is fine, once the lights start to dim, there is noticeable grain and noise in the image. Unfortunately I've found the noise to be a problem in most indoor situations, which means many home movies will have less than amazing image quality. And unlike many other camcorders, there is no low-light infrared mode (e.g. Sony's "NightShot").
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DWC on February 11, 2007
One excellent feature of the ZR700 camera which I have not seen sufficiently discussed is its ability to transfer home video from VHS, V8, Hi8, or any other video format which has an RCA jack system (yellow, red, white), to digital video (DV) on Mini-DV tapes. (I have a ZR200 and my father has a ZR700; this is a very similar review to my posting for the ZR200)

This feature is fabulous and dramatically easier to use than other methods I have tried. I did not discover it during nearly 1 1/2 years of owning the ZR200. I inadvertently came across a terse mention of such transfers in the owner's manual. (See Canon ZR200 owner's manual at page 79 for instructions, or page 72 for the Canon ZR700 unit with similar capabilities.)

Suffice it to say that the transfer process is very easy, assuming that one has kept the original cabling which came with the ZR200 (or ZR700) camera. It produces a video image which is superior to any other method I have tried. And I have tried a number of methods, including transferring video to a high-quality external video capture card to DV and ultimately to Mini-DV tape using iMovie on an Apple computer.

Upon careful comparison of like clips, this complex, multi-step approach produced good results, but only a nominally clearer image and it has tiny diagonal stripes running across it and a curling upper left edge from the video recorder heads; overall not as good. The color quality and image clarity that results from direct videotape to Mini-DV-tape method using the ZR200ZR700 built-in features is overall, smoother, cleaner and produces a full screen image without diagonal lines or the jagged tape-head artifact in the upper left corner. Direct transfer appears to eliminate this visual nuisance entirely, or at least it did so for me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jim on January 21, 2007
We purchased this camera for taping live music shows. Our biggest problem has always been trying to work in low-light conditions. After reading reviews which were critical of this camera's low-light performance, I expected it to be similar to my old 8mm camcorder. The first show we taped was in a really dimmly lit club, and this camera captured it with no problems. This digital format is a big step above standard analog 8mm, so for me this is a very impressive camera. Technology has come a long way. Also, the still-image features are very useful. I've seen reviews bashing the photo quality as grainy, but since our photos are mostly for web pages anyway, it isn't that critical.The feature is great for our purposes. It even lets you put a screen capture on the memory card from the tape. Totally cool. This is my first digital camera after working with a standard 8mm for 25 years. The difference is night & day. I am very impressed with this camera.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Mellott on January 9, 2007
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This is a great product. First of all, it is TINY! So small, and light... you really want to take it everywhere with you. While some people complain about grainy picture in low-light or indoors situations, I really don't have any complaints; the video quality is amazing. The menus are easy to use, and quick to figure out... and quite a few options are available. Also, the ability to capture in widescreen is nice, but what is even nicer is that this camera has easy-to-use modes to help use different video sizes depending on what kind of television you are hooking it up to. And, I love the fact that I can convert analog video (VHS, etc) to digital. Also, this camera worked very well with my macintosh computers, and iMovie... and it was even usable as a webcam in Yahoo messenger.

Overall, this is a great camera, and it is worth every cent. It is the perfect size, so you won't feel like you are "lugging" the camera along just to capture those special moments... and you can send things to VHS, or your computer for dvd... this is a great deal, and I would recommend it to anyone. I own many other canon products at home, and they are all great, and have lasted me many years.
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