Canon ZR-900 MiniDV Camcorder

Canon ZR-900 MiniDV Camcorder

Canon ZR-900 MiniDV Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1/6" CCD Image Sensor
  • 41x Advanced Zoom
  • Image Stabilizer
  • 2.7" Widescreen LCD
  • 0.35" Widescreen Color EVF Viewfinder
  • DIGIC DV Image Processor
  • Records to MiniDV
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Canon ZR-900 overview

  • 1Description

For those of us still faithful to the tape-based MiniDV format Canon's ZR-900 provides quality and value. This standard definition camcorder features a 1/6" CCD image sensor for capturing accurate video and a 41x Advanced Zoom for excellent close-ups. However, the microphone input, virtually unheard of in today's consumer video market, just might be this camera's most impressive features of all.

Smooth Zoom Control provides three preset speeds for professional looking zoom shots while the Quick Start function ensures that you'll never miss another once-in-a-lifetime moment again. The convenient joystick allows you to control playback, focus, exposure and menu functions. This camcorder also features a 2.7" LCD, Widescreen HR recording, an Image Stabilizer, a DIGIC DV processor and a built-in lens cap. If you're looking for a MiniDV camcorder, at an affordable price, you just found it.

MiniDV Recording
Record your favorite moments right to MiniDV for the time-tested image quality that keeps the faithful coming back for more.
41x Advanced Zoom
Canon's 41x Advanced Zoom extends the power of the 37x optical zoom for the longest Zoom available from the company. What's even better is that there is no loss of image quality, leaving you with accurate video.
1/6" CCD Image Sensor
This 1/6" CCD image sensor provides stunning video every time you shoot.
Smooth Zoom Control
Smooth Zoom Control gives you three preset zoom speeds to choose from for smooth, steady shots.
Quick Start
Never miss the moment again because you're waiting for your camcorder to start up. Pressing the Quick Start button once keeps your camera in sleep mode. When you're ready to start recording just hit the button again and begin recording in under a second.
2.7" LCD Display & Widescreen HR Recording
Widescreen HR recording captures your video in full 16:9. Using the 2.7" LCD monitor you can compose in the same widescreen format, leaving no doubt in your mind that what you saw on the screen is what was recorded.
Image Stabilizer
The Image Stabilizer on the ZR-900 gives you a steady shot even when you're panning and zooming or shooting telephoto.
LCD Video Light
Use the LCD video light for low-light situations that could use a little more punch. The extra light will produce better color and detail in typically hard to record conditions.
The convenient joystick allows you to control playback, focus, exposure, and menu options.
DIGIC DV Image Processor
Canon's DIGIC DV image processor gives your video superb color and accuracy.
Level Shot & Grid Markers
The Level Shot Control button on the ZR-900 produces a horizontal mark, allowing you to line up level shots. The Grid marker also helps you to even out tough shots. Both markers can appear in color, making it even easier for you to compose.
Built-in Lens Cover
Never lose your lens cap again with Canon's built-in lens cover. When the camera turns on the cover opens and when it turns off it closes.
Microphone Input
Virtually unheard of in the consumer camcorder market the microphone input sets the ZR-900 apart.
In the Box
Canon ZR-900 MiniDV Camcorder
  • BP-2L5 Battery Pack
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-590
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Canon ZR-900 specs

    Sensor 1/6" CCD (approximately 680,000 pixels)
    Lens Focal Length=2.6-96.2mm
    f/stop: 2.0-5.2
    Zoom 41x Advanced Zoom
    37x Optical
    2000x Digital
    Filter Size N/A
    System NTSC
    Format MiniDV
    Audio PCM digital sound 16 bit (48kHz/2 channels), 12 bit (32kHz)
    Image Stabilization Image Stabilizer
    Lux Night mode: 1.6 lux
    Recommended: more than 100 lux
    Line In Recording No
    A/V Dubbing No
    Tape Loading Yes
    Display Type LCD
    Display Size 2.7"
    Viewfinder 0.35" widescreen
    Camera Features
    Manual Controls White Balance
    Built-in Speaker Yes
    Built-in Mic Yes
    Accessory Shoe No
    Fade Resistance No
    Effects Yes
    Built-in Light/Flash Yes - LCD video light
    No - flash
    Digital Still Mode
    Still Recording Media N/A
    Resolution N/A
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs Mic input
    DV in
    Output A/V out
    DV out
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack No
    Operating Systems Windows 98 and later
    Mac OS 9 and later
    Power Requirements 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.7 x 5.0 x 3.2" (68.5 92 x 119mm)
    Weight 13.4 oz (380g)

    Canon ZR-900 reviews

    ZR-900 MiniDV Camcorder is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the price... We were looking for another Canon MiniDV Camcorder...we had had our previous Canon camcorder for 7 years without a problem. We would definitely purchase this item again. It's compact and easy to use (have yet to read the instructions in detail and have had no problems filming day-to-day family events). The joy stick is a nice feature. Also like that the lens cap is integral to the camcorder. The only downside is the viewing screen seems narrow from top to bottom. I can't always get a full view (head to feet) of my kids when they are being recorded. For the price, I think this is an excellent buy. Consumer Reports recently rated this highly as well.
    Date published: 2008-11-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maxi performance for a Mini I bought the ZR-900 because I needed a reliable video camera that I could afford. I use it professionally and in conjunction with Final Cut Studio 2. Beware if you're also using it with FCP. You must use a UBS cable to connect the MAC to your external media drive. It performs exceedingly well for its class. Auto close-ups that are very tight can take a while to focus. The zoom works better on pulls than on pushes. Low light performance is excellent for its price range; Works ok in florescent lighting. Camera microphone sound is satisfactory.
    Date published: 2008-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well with Mac The videos transfer seamlessly to my Mac Powerbook G4 using Final Cut Express or iMovie. That's terrific!
    Date published: 2008-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The mic jack is a real plus Although the mic jack is a real plus, the instructions warn that you should not use a mic cable longer than three meters, and they aren't kidding. I tried a long mic cable and experienced ruinous noise.
    Date published: 2008-06-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from ZR-900 Mini DV - CANON-gets the job done Originally, I bought the product to serve as a way to play/rewind/fast forward miniDV tapes for editing purposes. That purpose is great. General recording is o.k. for the price. Picture on the monitor is often better than what is downloaded. Basic camera... gets the job done. If you are looking for a GREAT picture ... you will need to spend more.
    Date published: 2008-12-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality for an affordable price.. Works pretty well in low light (indoors). Easy to use. I'm glad I purchased this camera. I just sent an email video to my motherinlaw of her grandson. It was very easy to produce with Windows Video.
    Date published: 2009-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pictures for a consumer camera! I'm still shooting tape with professional cameras. This little camera is easy to use and shoots great video. I can edit the tapes in my professional equipment.
    Date published: 2008-12-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The ZR900 is better than I thought. The ZR900 is good. One of the great features of this camera is the microphone input. However, what I really wanted was the ZR930, it has a remote control.
    Date published: 2008-08-10
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