Canon ZR200 Camcorder

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cgingrich, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. cgingrich macrumors regular

    cgingrich

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm just looking for some advice/feedback. I'm looking to buy a really affordable camcorder that's pretty decent. Basically I'm looking to record family stuff and maybe toying around with making a few short films. Nothing too professional, but I want a good camcorder.

    I've looked at a few sites and have my eye set on a Canon ZR200 ($300). Does anyone have any experience with this model that could provide feedback. Also please post suggestions for any other camcorders that you think would be worthwhile checking out ($150-$350 price level).

    I think I'm going to head over to circuit city tomorrow to check a few out.
     
  2. iRhyknow macrumors member

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    I'm looking at the same model and at the $300 range it seems to be the best one.
     
  3. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i have an old canon ZR 40 and i love it.... i would definitely buy another canon camcorder again, for the price and image quality definitely a good buy. I know mine its compatible for imovie so that's a plus
     
  5. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Canon announced a new line of the ZR series recently. IIRC the new $300 unit will be the ZR500. It appears to be smaller.

    And the new Elura 100 at $399 looks very impressive.
     
  6. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    I have a ZR-60 that is horrible in low light/indoors.. maybe the heads need to be cleaned but the video noise is horrible on my night time shots indoors with only a few floor lamps on full blast.

    I only wish i could either find a setting that i am missing to mimimize the video noise on th ZR-60 (grainy in low light) or i was thinking just to upgrade to one of those Panasonic 3CCD deals that are around the $550 range.

    I noticed in 16:9 mode the ZR-60 a bit less grainy, but still at times looks worse than i remember my Sony Hi-8 looked like in low light....

    My XL1 on the other hand is great.. but you cant really compare the two.

    Ed
     
  7. gwangung macrumors 65816

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    Hm....I sorta thought the Sonys were generally better in low light...

    From what I hear, the Eluras are good cameras...
     

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