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Canon ZR400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Canon ZR400. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the color and image quality. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the usability.

size, portability, design, image quality, color

usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR400

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Canon ZR400 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the color and image quality. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive reviews about the usability.

size, portability, design, image quality, color

usability

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR400 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom (Dark Metal)Canon ZR400 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom (Dark Metal)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Robert Ellis (pcworld.com)

Canon ZR400

 

Very good color ; Easy to use ; True widescreen mode ; Wide attachment ; Wireless controller

Mediocre still images ; Awkward manual focus ; Electronic as opposed to optical image stabilization ; No external microphone or headphone jack ; Tape loads from the bottom

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Canon ZR400 is this year's leading ZR model, and it pays to be on top. This camcorder features a much improved imager compared to the rest of the ZR series – a step up from a 1/6” CCD to 1/4.5”, and an impressive effective video pixel increase from...

Video Performance, -Still Performance, -Still Capability

Button Placement, -Handling

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon ZR400 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

The ZR400 is Canon's top of the heap ZR model this year, and it shows. The ZR400 includes everything the ZR300 does, including an improved imager and better still performance. For Elura performance in a ZR body, check the ZR400 out.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (videomaker.com)

Canon ZR400 Mini DV Camcorder

 

Included with this camcorder is a 16MB SD memory card to which you can capture snapshots and movies at a maximum resolution of 1152 by 864 pixels and 320 by 240 pixels, 15 frames per second respectively. The ZR400 is equipped with a USB jack to...

Slim Design 16 MB SD Card Easy to Reach Buttons

No S-Video Limited Audio Options Bottom Tape Loader

The camcorder's auto white balance is accurate and the auto exposure tends ever so slightly to underexpose. This small push down should help retain some of the details in our shots. Overall, we were pleased with the results in our lab tests and pleased...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Robert Ellis (macworld.com)

Review: Canon ZR400 camcorder

 

The Canon ZR400 is compact and simple to operate, making it a good choice for recording family fun, but don't expect the still images to take the place of a dedicated digital camera.

Easy to use ; very good color ; true widescreen mode ; wide attachment ; wireless controller

Tape loads from the bottom ; electronic as opposed to optical image stabilization ; awkward manual focus ; mediocre still images ; no external microphone or headphone jack

It fits comfortably in your hand with controls conveniently arranged for easy operation. The 2.4-inch LCD has a backlight switch that can boost the brightness by 250 percent for better visibility on sunny days. The viewfinder has a dioptric adjustment...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Canon ZR400

 

Canon ZR400 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom.

This is a great looking camera that's easy to use. Like the entire ZR line of cameras, the Canon ZR400 minimizes the distance between lens and viewfinder, giving it a compact, easy-to-hold, easy-to-carry form - without sacrificing functionality.

Consumer review by: digitalquirk (epinions.com)

Exceptional quality for the price

 

Razorsharp images with lots of detail, lots of advanced controls& features yet easy for beginner.

Battery charges while on camera, some may dislike bottom loading tape

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: digitalquirk (epinions.com)

Exceptional quality for the price

 

I finally decided it was finally time to get with the 21st century and replace my antiquated Zenith VHS-C camcorder from the 1980's when I realized that I was using my digiam's secondary video function more instead of lugging that monstrosity with its ...

Razorsharp images with lots of detail, lots of advanced controls& features yet easy for beginner

Battery charges while on camera, some may dislike bottom loading tape

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: sidenator (epinions.com)

Worth the money

 

The Canon ZR-400 was a real bargain, I researched several models from Sony, JVC, and Canon and chose the Canon for several reasons, 1. Canon is a CAMERA Company! 2. the price and features you get were in my budget (I did not want to pay over 400.00) 3....

ease of use, features for the money, quality of product

hard to review/delete still photos

Jul, 2005