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Canon ZR850 1MP MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

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  • 1-megapixel CCD image sensor; image stabilization
  • Genuine Canon Optics with 35x optical zoom/1000x digital zoom
  • DIGIC DV image processor; still image recording
  • 2.7-inch widescreen LCD monitor; widescreen HR recording
  • Smooth zoom control; level shot control
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • 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.
  • ASIN: B000M4JDQQ
  • Item model number: 1878B001AA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,097 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Product Description

Canon ZR850 1MP MiniDV Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

From the Manufacturer

Manufacturer Description

Canon ZR850 Highlights
The Canon ZR850 is a perfect balance of style, performance and affordability -- featuring Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom lens, advanced image stabilization system, widescreen HR recording, DIGIC DV image processing, joystick controller, and level and grid markers. The results are brilliant video and digital photos that you can easily share with family and friends.

The ZR850 includes a 1.07 Megapixel CCD, along with an array of features that turn your camcorder into a digital still camera, including 9 point AiAF (Auto Focus), progressive photo, simultaneous photo recording, special scene modes, and image effects. It is also compatible with SD HC (High Capacity) memory cards for storing even more of your images. A built-in video light ensures that regardless of the conditions, your subject will be clearly seen.

Canon ZR850 Highlights

35x 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 ZR850 is no exception. It gives you clear, vibrant and brilliant video and digital photographs.

Your ZR850 camcorders come with Genuine Canon Optics, known worldwide by professionals and consumers alike for unsurpassed optical performance. In addition, the ZR camcorders come equipped with Canon's longest zoom ever: a 35x Optical Zoom. Plus, a powerful 1000x digital zoom lets you get close to the action from even farther away.

Image Stabilization The ZR850's image stabilizer allows you to shoot rock-steady video -- even at maximum telephoto without a tripod -- for professional-looking video.
Canon ZR850 Highlights
Shoot rock-steady video
Brilliant Video

The new ZR850 features Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV image processor, which processes video and photos differently, resulting in exceptional color and clarity for both. Other features make it easy to record brilliant video.

Canon ZR850 Highlights
Create the perfect shot
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 ZR850. 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.

Built-in Video Light The ZR850 even comes with a built-in video light so you can record video that's great -- when the light isn't.

Megapixel Performance

With the ZR850 you get a 1.07 megapixel CCD image sensor. Your video will be sharper, clearer and more true to life, as will your photos. Every sunset on the beach will be more dramatic with every color in the sky faithfully captured. The joy on the face of a child scoring her first goal on the soccer field is recorded just as you saw it.

Widescreen HR Recording

You want your memories to last forever -- that's why you've taken the time to capture them. And you want to shoot in widescreen format to get everything you can out of your new widescreen TV or home theater system.

Canon ZR850 Highlights
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.

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 viewfinder on your ZR850 displays your widescreen image in a letterbox view. From side to side and top to bottom, what you see is what you get. You can also view your widescreen shot in the ZR850's large, 2.7-inch LCD screen or its .35-inch color viewfinder. Either way, there isn't the guessing or extra work in looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror.

To make things even easier, a Widescreen Button lets you switch from standard 4:3 to 16:9 Widescreen HR at the touch of your finger. You can also use the widescreen feature with the camcorder's advanced image stabilization.

Every one of the camcorders in Canon's new ZR series gives you Widescreen HR Recording at a very affordable price. Why shouldn't your camcorder shoot as wide as your widescreen TV? It should -- and it's hard to match the widescreen video, or the value, you'll get from your Canon ZR.

Easy Operation

The new ZR850 comes with a variety of features that make it an easy-to-operate camcorder.

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.

Canon ZR850 Highlights
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 ZR850 a breeze to operate.

For the ultimate in stress-free shooting, there's the Easy Mode. In this setting, your ZR850 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!

Plus, this versatile camcorder is designed for lower battery consumption -- so you can keep on recording.

Perfect Exposures

The new ZR850 gives you exposure controls found on expensive digital still cameras.

Canon ZR850 Highlights
Omni-selector joystick
Exposure Lock With a push of its convenient omni-selector joystick, the ZR850 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 ZR850 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 The Auto Slow Shutter function ensures perfect exposures in low light by lowering your shutter speed.

Program AE Mode The ZR850 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.

Stunning Digital Photography

When you've got your ZR850 with you, you can leave your digital still camera at home. That's because with Canon's DoubleShot technology, you don't just get video and photography -- you get the best of both.

At the heart of the ZR850's performance as a digital still camera is Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit. Because video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV processes the two differently. So, along with stunning video images, you also get digital photos from your ZR850 that are maximized for viewing on computer monitors and as prints.

The ZR850 also comes with an array of features that add to its performance as a digital still camera.

9 Point Ai-AF A feature found on more expensive camcorders, Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the ZR850's 9 Point AiAF will bring it into sharp focus.

Progressive Photo Canon's Progressive Photo gives you sharper detail in your digital photography.

Scene Modes Special Scene Modes ensure accurate exposures under a wide variety of difficult lighting conditions. Modes include: Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, or Fireworks. For example, choose Spotlight and your camcorder exposes for the subject in the center of your frame. This is perfect for recording your child's moment in the spotlight on stage. Or, pick Night to capture the magic of a cityscape after the sun goes down.

Image Effects Four different image settings are available depending on your subject: Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening, and Skin Detail.

Simultaneous Photo Recording Simultaneous Photo Recording lets you capture a digital photograph while recording video.

Share Your Videos

The ZR850 comes with an array of features that make it easy to share your videos:
  • Firewire/IEEE1394 DV Terminal Transfer your video to your computer and you can easily share your captured memories with friends and family. With the ZR850, 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.
  • Motion JPEG Mode With the ZR850's Motion JPEG Mode, you can also record movie clips directly to your camcorder's memory card for posting online or e-mailing to family and friends.
Share Your Photos

Canon ZR850 Highlights
The ZR850 give you a variety of ways to share your photos with friends and family. It's easy to share digital photos via email because you can easily transfer images directly to your PC using the USB terminal. You can also print directly from your camcorder to any PictBridge-compatible printer, or store your digital photos on a Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card or a MultiMediaCard. Plus, these new ZRs are SD HC compatible, which allows you to use cards with a capacity of 2GB or larger. That means you can store even more digital photos than before.

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.
  • Remote Control lets you be operate your ZR850 remotely -- so you can be in the picture with everyone else.
  • 1 Year Parts And Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire.
What's in the Box
  • ZR850 Camcorder
  • Battery Pack BP-2L5
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-590
  • Wireless Controller WL-D85
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Cable IFC-300
  • Digital Video Solution Disk for Windows & Macintosh

Customer Reviews

The picture quality is very good.
E. Jeffers
The video quality wasn't bad but the motor noise was so loud I couldn't believe it.
Mom on the move
That's why I decided to buy this and it has worked great.
R. Joseph

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

156 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Marc A. Healy on May 15, 2007
I did a lot of research before I settled on this camera. I was prepared to spend a fair amount of money on a better model, but I came to the conclusion that it was a better idea to spend less money and wait a couple of years for the HD technology to come down in price and the hard drive storage format to become more established. So this was, in my opinion, the best mixture of quality and price. There are certainly cheaper models out there but beware. There are three major bugaboos camcorders have to face: internal noise, image stabalization, and low lighting conditions. You can expect cheaper machines not to excell in these and to pay dearly for those that do. Canon's real selling point is its optics, but like most lower-end models, they don't "shine" in low light. They put external mike jacks only on their chapest models so they can sell to schools (the education market likes low prices and external mikes). Personally, I have a pocket digital recorder with a lavalier mike and I edit in a separate digital soundtrack to get around the noise problem, but not everyone wants to do that. Canon's image stabalization seems improved from the previous model that I've had, although while 35X zoom seems impressive, I've not yet tested it to see what the vibration reduction is like at the etxreme end. My biggest problem is the low lighting, so I bought a portable utility light at a home improvement store for ten bucks to help with that.

The reality is that even though you don't care to spend a couple hundred bucks every year on new ccamcorders, you should consider this a disposable camera. It costs almost as much to buy a new model as to fix them. I bought this to replace a ZR85. Which leads me to another point- if you have the option, you might consider an extended warantee.
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Elder Whizzer VI: Legendary Edition on February 10, 2007
The following camcorder is the first camcorder I have ever owned. I purchase it because I am interested in taking home movies as keepsake. For that purpose, this digital camera will work perfect for anyone, However, if you keep your expectations too high, you will probably be disappointed.

Many people have complaned about motor noise on camera's along this line, if you purchase the zr 800, you can use an external mike of as high quality as possible, and avoid this background noise. If you are like me, and wanted the higher offered pixel ratio, then you can get the zr 850, which lacks the external mike and the possibility of preventing that noise. The noise, I might add, appears to me little more than a suddle white noise in the background, which can easily be filtered out with most video editing software.

When recording to the sd card (the plus of the 850), the movies shot are rather low resolution and appear a bit blurry for me. Part of this could be the videos I have shot this way consisted of a lot of close ups. This camera does not seem designed for doing much in the lines of close ups. The night vision does a very good job in pitch black. A small led on the front of the camera adds extra light. Unfortunately this is the only light you get, since any high powered light isn't available to attach to this camcoder. The led doesn't add very much light, and with any low light area, the picture resolution is severly hindered, but still seeable considering how dark it is.

The still pictures look decent, but obvious static that you would easily not see on any modern digital camera are very evident, so definately don't purchase this as a digital camera replacement.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By All Around on May 31, 2007
I am a first time camcorder owner and decided to get this camcorder based on reviews on another website. Then, right after I ordered the camera, I began reading the reviews on Amazon and got worried--I should have checked here first. After further research, I decided to also order the Panasonic PV-GS80 to compare the devices.

What I found is that the Canon is just as loud as everyone has reported. When I played back the tape on my TV, you could hear the humming noise it makes while filming plus a clicking noise each time you zoom in or out. My other complaints are that it doesn't fit in the hand as well as the panasonic, it has a bottom tape loader, and the power adapter is only a couple of feet long

In comparison, the Panasonic was quite as a mouse. Images are also more crisp on the 2.7 inch screen and the power adapter is at least 5 feet long which is very helpful.

I am returning the Canon ASAP.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By KTeacher452 on February 10, 2007
By reading Canon's description of this new line of miniDV cameras, you would think you were getting a lot more than you actually are. Motor noise is once again an issue with this Canon. Not a problem in noisy situations, but definitely noticeable at home in quieter scenes.

I find the camera a bit awkward to hold and operate, due to the placement of some of the controls. My hand tends to cramp up because of it. The strap is on an angle, and is very thin, making the camera seem unstable in one's hand.

Before using, I charged the battery overnight. It lasted a big 25 minutes on the first use - only half of what Canon claims for typical use.

The absence of necessary accessories is also a problem. So far, I have had to purchase a firewire card for my computer (which was my problem), a firewire cable for the computer, a separate one for the DVD recorder, and an extra battery. Suddenly my lower-priced camera seems more expensive.

It's not all bad news, though. The video and audio quality (minus the motor whine)are fair enough. The menu and features are nice, and easy to use. It will do for basic home movies, but don't expect much more than that.
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