Canon ZR830 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CCD

16:9 - 0.5 Megapixel Image - 0.3 Megapixel Video - 35x Optical Zoom - 1000x Digital Zoom - Electronic IS - MPN: 1879B001
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Whether you're shopping for your first camcorder, or would like to upgrade from analog to digital, the new ZR camcorders are a perfect balance of style, performance and affordability. The ZR digital camcorders give you a brilliant Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom lens, Canon's 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 ZR830 comes with an array of features that turn your camcorder into a digital still camera, including 9 Point AiAF , Progressive Photo, Simultaneous Photo Recording, Special Scene Modes, and Image Effects. It is also compatible with SD HC memory cards for storing even more of your images. All this, plus the ZR830's ease-of-use makes it easy to capture life's precious memories.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Tape Media, Memory Card, MiniDV
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Interface Connection 1 x IEEE 1394, 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Image Stabilization Electronic
normalized-Weight 13.40
normalized-Optical Zoom 35
Expert Reviews
Canon ZR830 MiniDV Camcorder
3 Star Review  cnet.com - Mar 1, 2007

THE GOOD: Easy to use menu system with joystick control; impressive color in good lighting; wide-screen LCD; built-in lens cover; low price. THE BAD: No accessory shoe or microphone input; bottom-loading tape compartment; low-resolution still photos; not enough stabilization at maximum zoom; poor low-light performance. THE BOTTOM LINE: If you dont shoot in low light and dont plan on using it to shoot still images, this feature-rich camcorder is a bargain.

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Canon ZR830
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Canon ZR830 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.3 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #11 MiniDV camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Canon ZR830
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 5 expert reviews for Canon ZR830 and the average expert rating is 63 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Camcorder with Features SD Card For Outdoors
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Dec 25, 2009

Video is Good according to 11 Camcorder experts. -- "impressive color in good lighting."-review.zdnet.com -- "impressive color"-reviews.cnet.com -- "impressive color in good lighting"-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Optics, Battery, Interface, etc.

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User Reviews
poor quality and worse customer service
1 Star Review   By member iron4ore - May 5, 2009   

Strengths: easy to use

Weakness: poor quality motor and terrible customer service

we enjoyed the camera for about a year and a half until it stopped working. Still images are poor but worse is the quality of the unit. It wouldn't have been that big of a deal but the Canon customer service did nothing but try to over charge us for fixing it. After using it to video maybe 60 minutes worth of tape the camera stopped working. I don't think I will be purchasing any more canon products

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Decent Beginner's Camcorder
3 Star Review   By member grimfand - Apr 29, 2008   

Strengths: Good picture quality, easy to use, menu and joystick works well, good zoom

Weakness: loud tape motor, no microphone input, does not come with firewire cable, still pictures too low resolution

Watch out for the motor, I read reviews complaining about thinking it wouldn't be a big deal but its really annoying. nothing is worse than watcing a home movie with a constant hum, gear noise on top of it due to the tap motor. serious design flaw in my opinion. If i knew it was this bad I woudlnt have purchased this model. if sound isn't important to you, rest of the camera is nice, good pictures, widescreen or 4:3 choices and easy to use. just wish it came with a fireware cable instead of a usb cable, especially since the still picture ability is worthless due to the such low resolution of the pictures.

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Canon ZR830
4 Star Review   By member jimmyq69 - Apr 23, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use. Good basic features. Great price. Great picture (in the right lighting)

Weakness: Not good picture if the lighting's not great. Feels a bit cheap.

This is a great camera for the price - there's not really much you can get for around $200 and as long as you make sure you're shooting in good lighting, you're going to have a great picture. My biggest complaint is that the picture is mediocre in bad lighting - but I guess you can't get everything you want at this price.

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Decent Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member scarlethawk - Apr 12, 2008   

Strengths: Everything seems to work and work well on this. It's fairly easy to navigate, very good zoom lens, and has decent battery life.

Weakness: Picture quality under weak light conditions isn't great.

This is my first camcorder in a while and I don't claim to be an expert, but I have enjoyed using this camera. BTW, the box come with all required accessories, expect firewire cable. I am happy with my purchase.

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Good Camcorder but still images are not very clear
3 Star Review   By member tumor - Mar 9, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use menu system, impressive color in good lighting, built-in lens cover, low price.

Weakness: No accessory shoe or microphone input, low-resolution still photos, not enough stabilization at maximum zoom, poor low-light performance.

I like the feature of taking pictures while viewing movies, but the still image quality is poor. Also, when filming to the SD card the movie is very small. I do like the firewire and the 35X zoom is great. I use sports mode most often. It would have been nice to have a higher MP camera feature. I turned off the image stabilization as it reduced the quality of the still images.

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XR830 miniDV Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member jsheidler_8304372395 - Mar 1, 2008   

Strengths: Lightweight, easy to use, great quality videos.

Weakness: Battery does not last very long

This miniDV recorder replaced an old VHS-C unit. Overall I am very pleased for the first month I have owned it. Easy to use controls and an impressive 35X zoom are great features. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take family videos. For the low price and Canon quality this is tough to beat!

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Good ZR830
5 Star Review   By member 8803809 - Feb 23, 2008   

Strengths: long time battery and good sight.

Weakness: small screen

I bought this small cute baby to my girl, she loves it so much. long battery use and good view sight. but the screen is a little small and weak in my opinion.

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canon zr830
4 Star Review   By member hengxue - Feb 8, 2008   

Strengths: good price.

Weakness: not find

It is a good product witht the good price. I am happy with this camcoder. I have a 14-month baby girl so it is a great product to record her funny face.

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Great entry level miniDV camcorder
4 Star Review   By member wrtoyworks - Feb 5, 2008   

Strengths: For under $200, this is a great unit. 35x optical zoom, comfortable grip, very nice video quality.

Weakness: This camcorder doesn't seem to work very well in low light conditions. It works, but the video quality isn't nearly as good.

Very nice camcorder for a sub-$200 price. MiniDV digital tapes are inexpensive, yet the video quality seems very good to me--given the camera and the media are so affordable. I like the way the buttons and controls are laid out and everything seems very easy and comfortable to use. The LCD too is very nice and bright. I would highly recommend this camcorder if you don't have a lot of money to spend, or you need something to create youtube videos or similar. The only things I don't like are that it doesn't seem to create very good quality video in low light conditions, and the viewfinder seems a bit small and difficult to use (for those of us that don't always want to use the lcd). But overall, a great buy for the price!

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Canon ZR830
4 Star Review   By member afrugal1 - Feb 1, 2008   

Strengths: Ease of Use, Low Cost

Weakness: A Bit Noisy

Canon ZR830 is a low cost camcorder. It is easy to use and has good features. The quality of the output is in line with other camcorders in this pricing group. Best when used with good, bright lighting. Great for a beginner like me!

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Description
Whether you're shopping for your first camcorder, or would like to upgrade from analog to digital, the new ZR camcorders are a perfect balance of style, performance and affordability. The ZR digital camcorders give you a brilliant Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom lens, Canon's 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 ZR830 comes with an array of features that turn your camcorder into a digital still camera, including 9 Point AiAF , Progressive Photo, Simultaneous Photo Recording, Special Scene Modes, and Image Effects. It is also compatible with SD HC memory cards for storing even more of your images. All this, plus the ZR830's ease-of-use makes it easy to capture life's precious memories.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Tape Media, Memory Card, MiniDV
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Interface Connection 1 x IEEE 1394, 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Image Stabilization Electronic
normalized-Weight 13.40
normalized-Optical Zoom 35
Summary
Product Title Canon ZR830 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CCD
Manufacturer Canon
Lowest Price $449.99 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.7 | 19 Reviews
Image Processor
Image Sensor: CCD
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Image Sensor Size: 1/6"
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 35 X
Digital Zoom: 1000x
Video Recording
Video Capture Format: DV, MJPEG
Minimum Lux Rating: 2 lux
General Features
Additional Features: Built-in Light, Built-in Speaker, Fader Function, PC Connection, Viewfinder
Power
Power Source: Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions
Height: 3.6 in
Dimensions: 3.60" Height x 2.20" Width x 4.70" Depth - not including grip belt
Weight: 13.40 oz
Width: 2.2 in
Depth: 4.7 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
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URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Electronic
Image Format: JPEG
Video Broadcast Standards: NTSC (analog)
Product Series: ZR
White Balance: Auto, Manual, Preset Modes
Max Focal Length: 91 mm
Effective Video Resolution: 0.3 Megapixel
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Spot Focus
Total Camcorder Resolution: 0.7 Megapixel
Product Model: ZR830
Effective Image Resolution: 0.5 Megapixel
Brand Name: Canon
Total Pixels: 680000
Maximum Image Resolution: 1024 x 768
Included Components: AC Adapter, Battery, Cables, Remote
Number of Scene Modes: 9
Exposure Control: Program AE
Maximum Video Lines: 525
Min Focal Length: 2.6 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 1024 dpi
Max Aperture: 2.0 1/f
Frequency Band: Built-in Manual Lens CoverRemote ControlEffective Pixels in Widescreen (16:9) Modes:Approximate 450 KiloPixels (IS Off)Approximate 360 KiloPixels (IS On)
Special Effects: 16:9 Wide Screen TV Effect, Slow Shutter
Exposure Settings: AE Lock, Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 768 dpi
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Expert Reviews
Canon ZR830 MiniDV Camcorder
3 Star Review  cnet.com - Mar 1, 2007

THE GOOD: Easy to use menu system with joystick control; impressive color in good lighting; wide-screen LCD; built-in lens cover; low price. THE BAD: No accessory shoe or microphone input; bottom-loading tape compartment; low-resolution still photos; not enough stabilization at maximum zoom; poor low-light performance. THE BOTTOM LINE: If you dont shoot in low light and dont plan on using it to shoot still images, this feature-rich camcorder is a bargain.

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Canon ZR830
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Canon ZR830 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.3 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #11 MiniDV camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Canon ZR830
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 5 expert reviews for Canon ZR830 and the average expert rating is 63 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Camcorder with Features SD Card For Outdoors
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Dec 25, 2009

Video is Good according to 11 Camcorder experts. -- "impressive color in good lighting."-review.zdnet.com -- "impressive color"-reviews.cnet.com -- "impressive color in good lighting"-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Optics, Battery, Interface, etc.

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User Reviews
poor quality and worse customer service
1 Star Review   By member iron4ore - May 5, 2009   

Strengths: easy to use

Weakness: poor quality motor and terrible customer service

we enjoyed the camera for about a year and a half until it stopped working. Still images are poor but worse is the quality of the unit. It wouldn't have been that big of a deal but the Canon customer service did nothing but try to over charge us for fixing it. After using it to video maybe 60 minutes worth of tape the camera stopped working. I don't think I will be purchasing any more canon products

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Decent Beginner's Camcorder
3 Star Review   By member grimfand - Apr 29, 2008   

Strengths: Good picture quality, easy to use, menu and joystick works well, good zoom

Weakness: loud tape motor, no microphone input, does not come with firewire cable, still pictures too low resolution

Watch out for the motor, I read reviews complaining about thinking it wouldn't be a big deal but its really annoying. nothing is worse than watcing a home movie with a constant hum, gear noise on top of it due to the tap motor. serious design flaw in my opinion. If i knew it was this bad I woudlnt have purchased this model. if sound isn't important to you, rest of the camera is nice, good pictures, widescreen or 4:3 choices and easy to use. just wish it came with a fireware cable instead of a usb cable, especially since the still picture ability is worthless due to the such low resolution of the pictures.

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Canon ZR830
4 Star Review   By member jimmyq69 - Apr 23, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use. Good basic features. Great price. Great picture (in the right lighting)

Weakness: Not good picture if the lighting's not great. Feels a bit cheap.

This is a great camera for the price - there's not really much you can get for around $200 and as long as you make sure you're shooting in good lighting, you're going to have a great picture. My biggest complaint is that the picture is mediocre in bad lighting - but I guess you can't get everything you want at this price.

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Decent Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member scarlethawk - Apr 12, 2008   

Strengths: Everything seems to work and work well on this. It's fairly easy to navigate, very good zoom lens, and has decent battery life.

Weakness: Picture quality under weak light conditions isn't great.

This is my first camcorder in a while and I don't claim to be an expert, but I have enjoyed using this camera. BTW, the box come with all required accessories, expect firewire cable. I am happy with my purchase.

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Good Camcorder but still images are not very clear
3 Star Review   By member tumor - Mar 9, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use menu system, impressive color in good lighting, built-in lens cover, low price.

Weakness: No accessory shoe or microphone input, low-resolution still photos, not enough stabilization at maximum zoom, poor low-light performance.

I like the feature of taking pictures while viewing movies, but the still image quality is poor. Also, when filming to the SD card the movie is very small. I do like the firewire and the 35X zoom is great. I use sports mode most often. It would have been nice to have a higher MP camera feature. I turned off the image stabilization as it reduced the quality of the still images.

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XR830 miniDV Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member jsheidler_8304372395 - Mar 1, 2008   

Strengths: Lightweight, easy to use, great quality videos.

Weakness: Battery does not last very long

This miniDV recorder replaced an old VHS-C unit. Overall I am very pleased for the first month I have owned it. Easy to use controls and an impressive 35X zoom are great features. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take family videos. For the low price and Canon quality this is tough to beat!

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Good ZR830
5 Star Review   By member 8803809 - Feb 23, 2008   

Strengths: long time battery and good sight.

Weakness: small screen

I bought this small cute baby to my girl, she loves it so much. long battery use and good view sight. but the screen is a little small and weak in my opinion.

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canon zr830
4 Star Review   By member hengxue - Feb 8, 2008   

Strengths: good price.

Weakness: not find

It is a good product witht the good price. I am happy with this camcoder. I have a 14-month baby girl so it is a great product to record her funny face.

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Great entry level miniDV camcorder
4 Star Review   By member wrtoyworks - Feb 5, 2008   

Strengths: For under $200, this is a great unit. 35x optical zoom, comfortable grip, very nice video quality.

Weakness: This camcorder doesn't seem to work very well in low light conditions. It works, but the video quality isn't nearly as good.

Very nice camcorder for a sub-$200 price. MiniDV digital tapes are inexpensive, yet the video quality seems very good to me--given the camera and the media are so affordable. I like the way the buttons and controls are laid out and everything seems very easy and comfortable to use. The LCD too is very nice and bright. I would highly recommend this camcorder if you don't have a lot of money to spend, or you need something to create youtube videos or similar. The only things I don't like are that it doesn't seem to create very good quality video in low light conditions, and the viewfinder seems a bit small and difficult to use (for those of us that don't always want to use the lcd). But overall, a great buy for the price!

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Canon ZR830
4 Star Review   By member afrugal1 - Feb 1, 2008   

Strengths: Ease of Use, Low Cost

Weakness: A Bit Noisy

Canon ZR830 is a low cost camcorder. It is easy to use and has good features. The quality of the output is in line with other camcorders in this pricing group. Best when used with good, bright lighting. Great for a beginner like me!

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Entry-level affordable minidv camcorder
4 Star Review   By member sz2002us - Jan 21, 2008   

Strengths: Simple to operate

Weakness: Poor video quality in low light

I am a first-time camcorder user who used cameras a lot. I bought this camcorder is because it is less expensive and I need to have a platform to step into the realm of higher end camcorders. And this camcorder is the right choice for me. After a couple of days’ trial, I found it’s easy to operate and offers functions and quality of pictures that satisfy my needs. Its 16:9 screen mode is a plus which I can use it to show my footages on my wide screen TV. I didn’t have many complaints about this camcorder as it comes at a bargain price. The only negative thing I would say is its poor indoor video quality compared with outdoors. But for someone who is not going to shoot in low-light a lot, this camcorder shall be a great choice.

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Good camera for low price
4 Star Review   By member Prem33_2000 - Jan 10, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use

Weakness: Dont know.

This would be fun to use. Very small and hopefully it will work well. I just bought this and dont know how its going to work, but found out this is a good camera and very easy to operate.

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Canon ZR830
3 Star Review   By member pan4 - May 23, 2007   

Strengths: Simple to learn and operate, very light, convenient to carry.

Weakness: Resolution is not high. Buttons seems not delicate. The battery is on the surface of camcorder, looks bad.

Though this camcorder seems not in a very high quality, considering its price, the feature-rich camcorder is a bargain. I think it is suitable for whom is beginning to make a video.

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Very Good camera for starters
4 Star Review   By member anancheng - May 15, 2007   

Strengths: Light weight and compact. Easy to use and very good quality video for the price. Very good picture with good lighting and when use outside. The image stabilization is great.

Weakness: slightly loud motor. Need good lighting in order to get high quality video. Plastic looks a bit cheap.

Over all , I like this camera. This is my first camera . It's perfect for first video camera buyer who want a simple starter camera with some of advance features but don't want to spend lots of money.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Nice & handy
4 Star Review     

Strengths: 2.7" LCD is a very good option.

Weakness: We can't shoot still photograph with better quality.

It is my first cam coder bought from Dell. Sevice is good. It is working nice. Operation is simple and flexible. Because of 0.68 mg pixle we can't shoot pictures.

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