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Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews of Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and portability are generally positive. The usability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Canon ZR40 Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and portability. The usability and price are also appreciated.

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65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon ZR40 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, & Digital Still ModeCanon ZR40 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, & Digital Still Mode

Dec, 2018

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Canon = Junk


---Edit due to comments: Here are my thoughts about the camcorder. Right out of the box, this camera is easy to use. It has some little features and tricks that you will need to play around with or read the manual, but usage is fairly simple. The ...

Features for the price

quality, service, quality, service, and lastly quality

Jan, 2004

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I'm done with Canon ZRs


There are many reviews of the ZR10-70 series Canon DV camcorders out there, so I'm going to punt on ...

Compact, easy to use

ZR Series must have flawed cassette transport mechanism. Audio quality has much to be desired

Jul, 2003

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ZR 40 from Canon not a good choice


I bought this camcorder from Best Buy in New Jersey on 02/15/03 and have been using it very extensively. The camera has a good form factor and a good mix of features for the price point.

Small, light , good mix of features for amateur user

Bad Quality, trouble with tapes, slow focus

May, 2003

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ZR 40!


great size

grainy photo

May, 2003

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ZR40 is nice starter camera


AUDIO QUALITY: Audio picks up everything perfectly.

Easy to use, compact, lightweight, great built-in microphone, analog-to-digital is a great feature

Battery drains too quickly, low light/night modes worthless

Mar, 2003

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It could've been a contender!


Like you, no doubt, I did a ton of research on this camera and found glowing reviews from users and hard-to-please editors alike. Where this camera excels, hands down, is in the outdoors when it is bright and sunny. When those conditions exist, the...

18X Optical Zoom, small size, feature-rich.

Lousy low-light and night shots.

Feb, 2003

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Poor Quality and Worse Support


I regret purchasing this camera and I have used Canon photo equipment for 10 years. The imaging performance was poor and only got worse. My guess is that the heads are not designed or manufactured well. This suspicion has been somewhat confirmed by the...

Functions seem appropriate for level of use, Attention to usability is adequate

image performance is poor, horrible tech support, head quality poor

Jan, 2003

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Canon ZR40 Offers Great Features at Affordable Price


After Being in the market for a Mini-DV camera for a while and researching a great deal I decided to go with the Canonon ZR40. For the money, Canon offers the most features compared with other brand cameras in the same price range (around $600). The...

Small, Image-Stabilization is a key feature

Low Light options are poor quality, Slow to start up

Jan, 2003

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Not for beginners or in need of tech support


I bought the Z40 as my first digital camera of any kind for home use. Sales staff said it was compatible with my computer, but it is not. The manual is enormous (120 pages in English) and horribly out of sequence, assumes you know technical terms,...

Size, good quality for price

Instruction manual is horrible. Canon tech support is rude

Dec, 2002

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A Great First DV Cam


We recently got a new Mac and I wanted to jump into making movies, but we didn't want to spend a fortune. I have always had a great deal of success with Canon products, so we immediately set our eyes on the ZR40.

great size, clear menus, a great first dv cam

battery life, a little noisy

Dec, 2002