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Canon MV850i / ZR 300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews of Canon MV850i / ZR 300. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and portability. The price and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the memory and design.

usability, image quality, price, portability, battery

design, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MV850i / ZR 300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon MV850i / ZR 300


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Canon MV850i / ZR 300 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the zoom and battery. The durability and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the portability.

price, usability, durability, battery, zoom

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon MV850i / ZR 300


alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Canon MV850i / ZR 300 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the price and battery are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the memory and design.

image quality, usability, portability, battery, price

design, memory

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

Canon MV850i DV Camcorder Review


General handling is good ; stylish design with lots of visible, well-placed buttons. Goog connectivity and 22x optical zoom is a bonus

440x digizoom useless (you can't make out an image, so it shouldn't be a selling point!)

It's a economically priced entry-level camcorder that will appeal also to the upgrade market. At the price, it's great value for money.

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


At the helm of the 2005 Canon ZR line is the ZR300. Although this is one of the top models of the ZR series, this model is outfitted with the same imager specs as its little siblings, the ZR100 and ZR200: a 1/6” CCD with 680K gross pixels, and 340K...

Included Media, - Wide Angle Attachment, - Low light improvement, - Navigational function, - Widescreen mode

Solarizing LCD, - Occasional bad button placement

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Nathaniel Hansen (

Canon ZR300 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


Canon has released its most expensive ZR model to date at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the ZR300. The ZR300 sits atop the ZR model line both in price and in features. However, the added features over the less expensive ZR200 may not be...

Feb, 2005

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Canon ZR300


Canon ZR300 MiniDV Camcorder w/22x Optical Zoom.

Canon, a trusted brand name synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television, combines advanced technology and ease of use to ensure that videos and photos are preserved with spectacular color, clarity, and detail....

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Canon MV850i


easy to film with

some menu complicating

Oct, 2006

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Works with Mac


I bought this Canon MV850i camcorder because I had an older Canon model that couldn't upload video direct to my Mac Mini. I c...

Feb, 2006

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It does everything you need, simply wonderful....!


I drove my Wife absolutely mad and never saw her as I was constantly thumbing through magazines and looking at reviews online when...

Oct, 2005

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Good camcorder


Got this Canon MV850i camcorder becasue it has more features than similar Sony 22 model, and here was only a few pounds more (list...

Oct, 2005

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Canon ZR300 MiniDV Digital/Tape Camcorder


I have been using this guy for about 5 years now, and it's never really done me wrong. It has been through a heck of a lot, and it's still running. Just recently started showing signs of needing a tape-head cleaning, but a cleaning tape can be picked...

If you’re using it with the Hi-8 tapes, you’re going to want to bring a few extra batteries. Running the tapes, recording, playing back, editing; it takes a lot out of the batteries and you’ll find they run down pretty quickly! Overall I’d like to say...

May, 2010

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so... My old Panasonic broke and I needed a new vid camera. The guy at B&H talked me into this deal, "the Canon optics are better!"


Takes lousy videos

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

With its 22x optical zoom, DiGIC DV and 'Easy' mode, the MV850i combines quality with point-and-shoot simplicity. Integrating 16: 9 widescreen mode, image stabilization and digital still capability. When designing the MV850i, Canon's engineers followed a simple maxim: for a technology to be worth having it must be both simple and useful. Features should only be available if they help you get that great shot, not cause you to miss it. Go straight to full automatic shooting by switching on 'Easy' mode and within seconds of turning on your new camcorder you'll be capturing quality footage. An ergonomic design provides fingertip access to all key functions via carefully positioned controls. Menu navigation is intuitive, uncomplicated and available in 8 languages. For a real cinemaphotographic effect, the MV850i has high-resolution 16: 9 mode for widescreen video. The 0.6x wide converter lens included in the box gives your images an even more panoramic feel. At just 5cm wide, the compact body fits snugly in the palm of a hand. Despite its small size, the MV850i features a generous 2.4" color LCD screen. No matter where you are, or in what lighting conditions you are shooting, you need never miss out on those important details. 60 years of lens development give rise to a powerful 22x optical zoom with exceptional contrast and clarity. A razor sharp 1/6" CCD delivers high fidelity images even at the strongest magnifications. Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) keeps your footage steady and makes hand held shooting rock-solid. You can even shoot when there is no light at all using Super Night mode with the built in White LED. Canon's DiGIC DV processor translates what the camcorder 'sees' into warm, vibrant tones that we love to watch. Grasses are greener, skies are bluer, skin tones warm and realistic. The camcorder's true digital still functionality begins with a mechanical shutter, for blur-free photos worthy of a spot in any album. The MV850i connects to any PictBridge compatible photo printer to create quality photo prints without the need to first download to PC. JPEGs and up to 60 minutes of Motion JPEG are stored direct on MMC or SD memory cards.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Night mode / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Super night mode / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Optical Zoom:22
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:440
Faders:Beam / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor