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Canon ZR900 MiniDV Camcorder with 37x Optical Zoom

by Canon
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  • Capture video to MiniDV tapes
  • 41x Advanced Zoom; image stabilizer
  • Widescreen HR recording
  • 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
  • Still image recording
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 5 x 2.7 inches ; 13.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001144JRO
  • Item model number: ZR900
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,757 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Easily capture life’s most precious moments with the new ZR-series Canon camcorders. These easy-to-use MiniDV camcorders feature Genuine Canon Optics in an affordable yet ultra-compact and sleek design that will deliver the high level of performance you’ve come to expect from Canon.

Canon ZR900 Highlights

Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom Now you can capture true widescreen 16:9 video with stunning image quality from any distance -- all the way up to 41x. Canon’s exclusive Advanced Zoom system combines Genuine Canon Optics with Canon’s proprietary DIGIC DV Image Processor to let you seamlessly zoom both wide and long, retaining optical quality throughout the zoom range.

Quick Start Instead of powering off your camcorder between shots, simply press the Quick Start function to put the camcorder in stand-by mode. Quick Start considerably reduces the power consumption of the battery and allows the user to return to recording mode in less than a second, so you’ll never have to miss another special moment.

Widescreen HR recording The ZR900 records true widescreen for picture perfect video. Canon’s image processing system uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing a big picture in true 16:9 widescreen so no one and nothing is left unseen. And Canon camcorders take advantage of more pixels to give you amazing quality.

2.7-inch widescreen LCD A widescreen LCD lets you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your TV will display later.

Image stabilizer Shoot rock-steady video -- even when you’re at maximum telephoto without a tripod. It is even effective while panning or zooming.

LCD video light Shooting in low light situations has never been easier with Canon’s new LCD video light. The next time you are using your ZR900 in a dimly lit room, simply flip over the LCD screen to face your subject and activate the video light function. A soft light emanating from your LCD illuminates the area in which you are shooting, allowing you to get high quality video even in less than ideal lighting conditions.

Joystick The joystick makes using the camcorder easier than ever. You can control playback, focusing, exposure, and menu options from one convenient place.

DIGIC DV image processor Video and photos require different image processing. Unlike other manufacturers’ camcorders which process video and photos the same way, DIGIC DV treats them differently. This results in video and photos with exceptional color and clarity.

Smooth zoom control With this innovative feature, you can always be sure of smooth, steady, professional looking zoom shots. Simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds. You can also select variable so you can control the speed manually.

Level Shot and Grid Markers It's easy to keep your ZR900 level for more professional-looking video. Simply press the Level Shot Control button, and a horizontal marker appears in your viewfinder. Then line up any horizontal lines in your shot to the marker and you know your camcorder is level. The Grid marker is also very convenient for setting up the special balance in your shots. And since background colors vary, you can select from two line colors to make the lines easily visible.

Built-in lens cover A built-in lens cover gives you the ability to protect your Canon video lens without ever having the inconvenience of a dangling lens cap that’s easily lost.

Still image recording Capture stunning photos in 4:3 aspect ratio to an SDHC card.

Microphone/headphone terminal The ZR900 features a microphone terminal for attaching an external microphone. The audio/video terminal doubles as a headphone terminal for monitoring sound while recording.

Advanced Photo Features A variety of features allow you to capture great photos.

  • 9 Point AiAF: Bring off-center subjects into sharp focus.
  • Histogram display: With just one push of a button, the brightness information of a still image is revealed. This allows you to monitor image quality, so you can make adjustments to improve the next shots.
  • Image Effects: Choose from the following effects to add a creative flare to your photos: Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening, and Soft Skin Detail.
  • Special Scene Modes: A wide selection of automatic exposure modes makes it easy to capture great video or photos under any condition. Choose from: Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, or Fireworks.


9 selectable languages English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese

One-year parts and labor limited warranty Canon’s camcorder limited warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers’ warranties expire.

Product Description

This Canon ZR900 mini DV Camcorder has been Factory-Refurbished to pergorm as new. It is sold with a 90-Day Canon warranty. Canon's ZR900 mini DV Camcorder is designed to deliver the latest in style, features and advanced technology. The exclusive Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom is combined the Canon lens optics with the market-leading DIGIC DV image processor to deliver a fuller range of image quality and more flexibility when you're shooting. In both wide angle and telephoto positions, there is virtually no loss in image quality throughout the range. The ZR900 is specifically designed to make it easier to capture great video, including a 680k Pixel CCD image sensor, 2.7-inch 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 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. 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. It is also compatible with SD memory cards for storing images. ZR900 has a microphone terminal to add an external mic to boost audio on your video recordings. Max F/Stop f/2.0 - 5.2 Minimum Illumination - 2 lx (Night mode) Viewfinder - 0.35 114K pixels, widescreen LCD Screen - 2.7 112K pixels, widescreen Dimensions - Width 2.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's small, lightweight, and simple.
Brian Z
If he had ever visited the Menu section, let alone play around with it, he wouldn't have written an embarrassing and incorrect review.
Senthilkumar Gunasekaran
The video shot in well lit areas, and that shot outside, is excellent quality.
J. Burton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Senthilkumar Gunasekaran on June 14, 2008
I am forced to write the review because of totally uneducated review left by "E. Robles "VJ Pike". He apparently never went to the menu section of the camera. When i get any electronic item, the first thing I do, is to go to the Menu and play around with the setting. If he had ever visited the Menu section, let alone play around with it, he wouldn't have written an embarrassing and incorrect review. While I agree with SDHC part is falsely advertised, markers and 41x zoom are not.

Go to Menu->Camera Setup->Zoom and you can select between 37x, Advanced 41x, and 2000x digital+optical zoom options.
Go to Menu->Display Setup->Marker and you can select level marker and grid options.

These are not falsely advertised, but the user did not have the opportunity to find out. I wonder if he bought the same camera or thought he did and bought something else.

Regarding the camera, its a solid performer. Zoom is more than enough. Video quality is pretty good although not the best (For something less than 200$ what do you expect? HD?).
The external mic jack is a big plus. It's very light and fits right into my hands. Mini DV allows me to get uncompressed video out of my tape. Manual controls are adequate, although they could have thrown in more controls for spot exposure, more focus controls.
One drawback is the picture is grainy when shooting in low light. Also it could have had still picture mode to a sd card or something.
I paid 185$ for this camera. I certainly am not complaining. It does what its supposed to do and it does it pretty well. I am more than satisfied with what I got for what I paid.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on April 28, 2008
It is a good camcorder for the price. My only complaint is that it is firewire which limits the ability for Windows based systems to utilize the device. The 900 has only tape whereas the 950 used SDHC memory. I actually purchased the ZR950 after this purchase to get the USB connection and I am much happier.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By V. Lonnquist on June 24, 2008
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This camcorder performs well and does everything I was looking for.
Easy to move video to computer.
User friendly menu.
Zoom is steady until it reaches near maximum.
Small in in-obtrusive.
Easy to carry and set up.
Sound quality is very good.
Over all, excellent buy for the money.
I would highly recommend.
Del - Montana
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Burton on September 30, 2008
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This is a good overall camcorder. Very light and small with an excellent zoom. The video shot in well lit areas, and that shot outside, is excellent quality. Dimmer environments produce more grainy results. I'm sure all camcorders suffer from this problem, however. Expect some noise from the tape drive in very quiet situations, but it is not unreasonable. I would recomend this to a friend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Mahanay on July 22, 2008
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Canon ZR900 MiniDV Camcorder with 41x Optical Zoom

Bought this camcorder as a graduation gift for my 13 year old niece. She already has an iMac and a digital camcorder so this camera fit in perfectly and she is able to take great videos and edit them in iMovie. She loves to make movies with her ZR900 and the the size, features and price is right.

We already have an entire DVD put together of our 4th of July party just two weeks ago.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carmeltwist on June 20, 2008
Very happy with product--thought there was a catch as I've never ordered online and the fact that it was so cheap! Cheaper than the manufacturer...no catch it was brand new and I have been using it ever since
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gadget® on March 2, 2009
Simple and inexpensive, yet very good quality recordings and with an amazing 37x optical zoom! Lacks remote control, but it sure is inexpensive! I made just a short new video to try it out, but this is not why I bought it. I wanted a camcorder to replace an old one of this format. No, I do not want to create more new videos. I needed a new one like this so I can transfer all my old tapes to get them onto DVD. Tape is so passe! Still I have to deal with all those old ones and my old camcorder died. This one is relatively cheap, supremely easy to use and is making quick work of playing back my tapes so I can transfer the signal to computer via FireWire or to my Humax TiVo with built-in DVD recorder. In other words, I am using this camcorder as a "mule." I think that, with reasonable care, consumers would be pleased with the purchase of this camcorder for regular use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By asbman on August 17, 2012
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I would imagine your looking at a mini Dv camcorder to use to shoot video and then edit with it. If your not planning to edit you video than go buy a mini DVD camcorder and not a mini dv camcorder, but if your like me, who likes to edit, the canon Zr is the camcorder to go with. The video standards met my requirements. Does good in low light, sharp, almost HD looking video, and video that is deep in color. The audio is clear and you can hear everything everyone says. I will be honest though. When i first bought the Zr i put it down for a week. The motor noise is unbearable especially if you use 16 bit audio. I then found out switching to 12 bit audio the camcorder does not pick it up as much but it is still constantly there. I use Pinnacle Studio 14 to edit and since the Zr microphone in my opinion is a little to sensitive and picks up unwanted noise in the background (air conditioners, motors noise, etc) turning down the volume when i edit eliminates the motor noise/unwanted noise but still leaves you with clear, good, loud sounding audio. That is why motor noise is not a big deal if you plan to edit. So don't let that be a negative point that makes you not want to buy this camcorder. Overall great camcorder, I plan on using it for a while. Also mini Dv tip: If you want you mini dv camcorder to work for a long time only use one brand of tapes and do not put in/eject allot of tapes in a small amount of time. It will mess up your camcorder. I thought Mini Dv was outdated but its really the way to go if your big on editing.
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