|Canon ZR930 1.07MP MiniDV Camcorder with 37x Optical Zoom
|List Price: $269.99
Our Price: $225.00
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Canon's ZR930 miniDV Camcorder is designed to deliver the latest in style, features and advanced technology. The exclusive Genuine Canon 48x 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 ZR930 is specifically designed to make it easier to capture great video, including a 680k Pixel CCD image sensor, 2.7" Widescreen LCD with a Soft LCD video light, Quick Start, Joystick control, Level and Grid Markers and more. The microphone terminal on the ZR930 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 ZR930 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. 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 2.7 x Height 5.0 x Depth 3.2 (57x92x119mm) not including grip belt Weight - 13.4 ounces (380 grams) camcorder body only not including lens and battery pack
- Capture video to MiniDV tapes
- 48x Advanced Zoom; image stabilizer
- 1-megapixel CCD sensor; widescreen HR recording
- 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
- Multi-angle wireless remote included
- amazon's description is incorrect
this is not a gripe with the product or the seller but with amazon which stated in description "also compatible with SD cards" which unfortunately is not true. i ordered this product thinking it had all the features of the 950 plus an external mike jack but this unit is missing a still capture feature that I desired since I'll be traveling and only want to carry one camera. so this is going back. one other reviewer mentioned the lack of SD card (which I only now discovered). so if you want a camcorder to take stills onto SD, look elsewhere. If you want an external mike and a greater zoom, then this wins out over the ZR950....more info
- Beware MAC users
We bought this camera in July 08 and this one was a great choice for us ... until we bought a Mac Book Pro in December. This camera was not compatible with iMovie. Our Mac wouldn't recognize the camera at all. I called Apple and talked with their support reps and they said the same. I brought in the camera to the Apple store and they plugged it into their computers to test it there and the same thing happened, which is nothing. It was very frustrating to have a new camera and a new computer and not be able to use them together. Ultimately, we bought a different camera. However, if you are not concerned with using Mac's software, this is a fine, basic camera. I would suggest to anyone looking to buy a camcorder to seriously think about buying one that takes still photos also. I didn't think I cared about that, but ultimately, I wanted the ability to do both. ...more info
- Great camcorder for anyone!
This camcorder is very small, so it can fit in coat pockets, a purse, etc...very convenient to just grab it and go. It's easy to use...we've had it since Christmas and have used it several times so far and haven't had any problems....more info
- Repeat purchase
I've bought a second ZR930 for a family member because we really like ours and it is perfect for newbies. Very simple to operate and just as easy to download from the tapes to a Firewire'd PC (I have Vista and it was easier than I expected, must buy firewire cable though). Only difference between 930 and 950 is that 950 has SD slot for still shots (930 doesn't), and the 930 has an external mic jack (950 doesn't). I'm not interested in taking stills with my video camera, so the 930 was the better choice for me and cheaper! ...more info
- Great Camcorder!
I bought this Camcorder 2 months ago from Amazon. I use it to record family events, starting with my daughter's High School marching band competition at the KSU stadium in Manhattan, KS. Even though I was way up in the stands, the 48X zoom made it look like I was on the field with them. The video and audio quality was awesome! I especially liked the 16:9 wide format output that looked great on our Samsung LCD HDTV! I have recorded several other family events in different lighting conditions with great results. Transferring the output to a DVD Recorder using its firewire output and a firewire cable (not included) was easy. I would highly recommend this Camcorder! ...more info
- Received a unit that either had a bad battery or a bad charger.
I received a unit that had a bad battery or a bad charger. I called and asked it I could get a different battery,
but was told I would have to send the unit back. I obtained a RA and sent the unit back UPS (no charge to me)
Expecting to receive a replacement, instead I got a call telling they were sorry but I wouldn't get a replacement
but I would receive my money back. Received my money less the shipping charges that was incurred on my
initial order.I later found that the camera was no longer available so I went to Sears and got a different one
on sale. I don't get why it happened this way unless the Model is discontinue but no one has indicated this....more info
- Love it !!!!
I was looking for an inexpensive mini dv camcorder. I looked and researched a long time before buying the Canon ZR930. I was looking for simple, light weight and a good price. I bought this camcorder a month ago and love it. It is so simple to use and I have had no problems with it or using it. It is very light weight. I really like the built in lens cap. It also has a great built in mic. I use this camcorder a few times a week. I would recommend this camcorder to anyone. I am a novice with a camcorder. This one makes me feel confident about taping events and such. Great price. Great camcorder....more info
- A very good entry level device
I bought this specifically so my wife and I could tape horse riding clinics and our practice exercises. Quality zoom was important to us, and the ZR930 has it. Video quality is fine for playback on a home TV, with settings for regular or wide-screen.
Firewire download to a PC with XP works well, but mind you, it happens in real time, so half an hour of video takes half an hour to download. Downloaded files are massive, and our PC's external hard drive is going to get some work. While I chose this model for the external mic input, the built-in mic picks up voices from a considerable distance, so the point-and-shoot approach works well for us. The little joystick on the LCD panel looks dainty, but a gentle touch is all you need, and the response is good.
One minor annoyance: there's a slider switch to focus the eyepiece, but it's in a tiny nook between the eyepiece and the battery where an ordinary finger doesn't fit easily. It's a problem if people with different visual acuity share the camera.
Add-ons and accessories you may find useful:
Spare battery or two (large size)
Firewire cable (4-pin on the camera, 4 or 6 pins at other end, depending on what you're plugging into)
Tripod (zoom is excellent, but requires a very steady hand)
Stand-alone battery charger (for when you need to be shooting and recharging simultaneously)...more info
- Seemed great until I tried to upload to computer
At first I reviewed this camcorder with 5 stars; however, once I tried to upload to the computer I realized that the firewire port does not work and I have to mail the camcorder back to the manufacturer. This is extremely annoying. It is a good camcorder to use in that it is extremely easy, the viewfinder is very clear and controls instinctive. I have a little trouble with the zoom (getting it to move smoothly), but I think that's because I'm a lefty and you need to use your right hand for it. Other than that, this is my 4th camcorder (over the course of 20 years) and if it uploaded properly I would be completely satisfied. It was easy to buy accessories at a low price, and the battery seems to last a long time. There are fancier camcorders but odds are you can't do better for the price IF the firewire works....more info
- Very good for the price
This the best video camera I've seen for under $500. Well made and pretty good image quality. You won't want to be shooting for big screen HDTV, but for the web and viewing on the computer this is the best you can get for the money. The plug-in for an external mic is very useful. So useful in fact that I'm still surprised so few cameras offer it. You'll get _much_ better sound quality with a good external mic, so it's a good thing to have. The only reason I didn't give this camera five stars is that it could really use a mount for an external mic or a light. That would make this camera perfect for the price. The lack of a mount is annoying, but the only negative to an otherwise fine camera....more info
- Good value for the $$
Seems like a good value for the money. Has most of the features you need to take video of the family and on vacation. For serious video you need an HD, but for 95% of the videos most people take this camcorder is fine. I rated it four stars for the value for the dollar, of course high end camcorders will give superior results for those that require it....more info
- Condensation sensor addressed by Canon repair
UPDATE JUNE 23, 2008:
To update my rating, I give 1 star to the condensation sensor design, 5 stars to the rest of the camera.
After 3 weeks turnaround, Canon returned the camcorder to me. They graciously covered cost of shipping when I first called in the issue, and they e-mailed me a UPS slip to sent to the New Jersey facility. I've done some early tests on the repaired camcorder and it seems the condensation sensor is not as finicky as before. They said it was 'repaired', but didn't specify whether they dialed down the sensitivity or disabled condensation sensor altogether. Good thing the warranty lasts for a full year. :-)
Outside of this repair issue, this is an excellent camcorder. Has a microphone input, great video quality, and very easy to upload video. I hope to enjoy using it for many years to come. Will continue to test it before arrival of our first child due in September! :-)
Through casual use, the condensation error has come up more than 75% of the time I've tried using it. I think the sensor is oversensitive in order to protect the camera, but at at unreasonable cost to the consumer, because it is no longer useful for "convenient" use.
I am not using it in highly humid environments, so this is particularly frustrating. I have missed several important video footage occasions due to uncooperative condensation error. Stay away from this camera. I have emailed Canon about this problem and I'll update here when I get more news from them.
UPDATE JUNE 17, 2008:
The camcorder arrived June 4 in NJ facility, but they haven't been able to track the camcorder down (should only have taken 3 to 5 days). I just sent the following email to Canon Support (with minor edits).
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I'm writing to ask Canon USA to take necessary steps to expedite our camcorder repair issue.
Kelly from NJ service center is looking for our ZR930 that arrived by UPS on June 4 (almost 2 weeks ago). The camcorder still has not been found. We are expecting our first baby very soon, and we are getting extremely anxious!
The camcorder suffers from a hypersensitive condensation fault, and was only 35 days old when I sent it for service. It is practically new, as I've only taped 3 hours of footage. The condensation fault has appeared almost 80% of the time I've tried to use it, a very poor performance record. I have asked NJ facility to reduce its sensitivity or disable the condensation sensor altogether.
I cannot rely on this camcorder to tape my new baby given the current condensation warning behavior. We have already missed the taping of my wife's PhD convocation and our last chance to see the space shuttle on the launchpad in Florida due to the condensation warnings. (Outdoor conditions were no different than a regular day at the baseball stadium)
Please let me know what actions will be taken by Canon USA. We simply want a working Canon camcorder that does not give false or conservative condensation errors on a regular basis. While the user manual mentions the issue, it gives no indication to the user that these faults can be so frequent, and if so, on what basis (i.e. specify the exact humidity and temperature fluctuations and conditions necessary to trip the sensor). Otherwise, this camcorder will forever feel like a "hit or miss" recording device. Even cell phone cameras can reliably take low quality images. (The key here being "reliably").
We are deeply disappointed with Canon USA on this particular issue (we are Canon digital camera fans) and desperate to hear from Canon about our camcorder. The cynical side of me feels oversensitive condensation warnings in MiniDV camcorders is the current marketing ploy to encourage consumers to adopt the newer and more expensive hard drive based camcorders which yield larger profit margins. Such condensation issues were not as prevalent with older MiniDV camcorders before flash based camcorders came along. Please prove us wrong, Canon!
I hope to hear from you asap!
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- Need to know info
I recently purchased the zr830 and found a number of issues with it. If you wish to compare that review you can read it on my profile rather than me re-hashing it here.
The zr930 is a step forward though and is certainly worth the price quoted here. They changed the interior configuration to a more box like shape allowing them to maximize the space and fit as much technology inside as possible. Due to this not only have they included a mic port but they have been able to adjust the AV output to double as a headphone jack so you can monitor sound. Both of these features are necessary as they have failed to fix the sound problem that has dogged this line of cameras for a number of years. The motor noise can still be heard on playback if you use the built in mic and thats really the only area that this camera loses a star. The 35x zoom of last year has been increased to 48x and the picture quality is sharper and brighter than previous models.
I've never had any issues with connecting it to my PC. I did not use any of the software that was included as its usually junk they just want to force you to use. I hooked it up to my PC, my computer immediately recognized it and then I used one of my other programs to start it up.
If you are new to camcorders there are some things you should take into consideration.
Name brand BATTERIES are expensive. While there are cheap ones that you can get for around $10 online these are cheaply made chinese generic versions. They take A LOT longer to recharge and generally only last about 6 - 10 months. The name brand usually lasts around 18 months but as I found out the other week can cost $100. There's is no reason that the battery on an item like this should cost nearly half of the original item price. I would expect a battery to cost $30 at most.
Another unexpected experience you'll come across is the sheer amount of space that will be taken up on your computers hard drive by a video transfer. Only yesterday I went to transfer 20 minutes of tape and it used up 5 gigs yes thats GIGS of space. If you are like me and you need to have all of your video accessible and on your computer then make sure you have a hard drive with the necessary capacity or at least prepare to invest in a new external one for video storage.
In conclusion. This is a great budget cam and if you invest in a good external mic I don't think you could do much better.
4 out of 5 Satisfied.
- Great bang for the buck camera!
I bought this camera a few weeks ago and I am very pleased with it so far. First, it's very light to hold and easy to use. Video quality is good in average light. Low light is so-so but that is true with most consumer level camcorders. Audio is fine with the built in microphone but great with an external mic plugged in (which is the main reason I bought this model from Canon). My Windows Vista computer's firewire port recognized the camera and had no problem at all importing video from it. You can control the camera via the firewire connection and import the parts you want too, etc. Only complaint is the battery is very weak and runs out after about 30 minutes or so of record time. Buy an extra battery and you will be very happy with this nice little camcorder....more info
- Haven't tested camera yet because "buy together" tapes have yet to ship!
I ordered a Camcorder, and was given the opportunity to order recording tapes at a "buy together" price - which I did. The camera came yesterday from AMAZON, but apparently the tapes are coming from a 3rd vendor and haven't even shipped yet. A person ordering a Camcorder expects to use it when received, so one expects the "buy together" items to arrive together - right? I had to go to a store today and buy recording tapes because the "buy together" turned out NOT to be a "buy together". When AMAZON makes this offering it should be only for items Amazon can ship directly and together. Don't you agree?
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