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Canon ZR 65 MC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews of Canon ZR 65 MC. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive views about the battery.

portability, usability, price, image quality, zoom


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR 65 MC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon ZR 65 MC


alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 user reviews of Canon ZR 65 MC from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the zoom and image quality are generally positive. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the battery.

portability, usability, price, image quality, zoom


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

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Canon ZR65MC Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The Canon ZR65MC is the middle of the road model of the 2003 ZR line. It is the least expensive Canon camcorder which includes a still recording feature, upgraded over the ZR60MC. The ZR65MC includes better manual control than some of the competitors...

Jul, 2004

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My Canon Stopped Working After ONLYONE Year


Decent picture. Decent sound. Plenty of special effects.

Very limited life expectancy as a recorder. Noisy. Screen stabilization not very good.

Apr, 2006

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Great purchase for travel and families!


My parents bought this camcorder a little over a year ago after I had tried a similar model for a school class. It was a wonderful gift for newlyweds like us who want to capture memories. Currently, my husband and I use the camera for family events and...

Economical, compact, easy to use, great buy!

No back-light or timed-recording.

Apr, 2005

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Worked just for one year


I have purchased this camera 14 month ago and used it just last Fall and this Summer and filmed totally 6 DV tapes of video. I agree with other people that the motor is noisy, one can hear it on the tape even making videos outdoors, which is very ...

Good sound quality, deep optical zoom, A/D converter mode.

Noisy motor, grain image, very low still image quality

Nov, 2004

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GARBAGE-destroyed 4 of my tapes after only 30 hours of use


I bought the predecessor to this model over a year ago, and have made a total of 15 tapes of my kids. Being busy parents, we never have time to watch them, and have maybe seen a total of 5 of the tapes. Total time operated in this period (whether ...

is SUPPOSED to be a good camera (NOT)

LOW QUALITY. Failed after 30 hours use. Canon not standing behind their product.

Aug, 2004

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Not recommended


The picture quality only looks good on this if you are filming outdoors (the brighter the better) and you better hope its noisy outside or else you will hear a motor hum in the background that's quite loud. Nothing like filming a nice peaceful serene ...

Impressive optical zoom, many features/digital effects, price.

Noticeable motor noise, grainy indoor video quality.

Aug, 2004

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Nice features, Noisy, Grainy under low light


I returned mine after one day. Mainly because it was noisy and grainy. My old 8mm outperformed it. Video Performance The Canon ZR65MC has a 1/6 in. 680K pixel CCD with 340K effective pixels for video. The low light performance on the ZR65MC ...

Nice Audio/Video Input/output options

Not worth the upgrade if you already have a working camcorder

Feb, 2004

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Canon ZR65 MC


I use the camera at the ice rink. I find if you are within 8 to 10 feet of the object you would like to record, the camera is fine. Outside of 8-10 feet, the quality of the picture is bad. Loss of color and grainy. I too will try to return my recorder...

Good for close video.

Need firewire to download to computer. Picture quality loss outside of 10'

Jan, 2004

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Canon ZR65 MC


After receiving the ZR-65MC, I read reviews and wondered if my wife made a good decision. The low level light problem might be at ultra low levels, but personally with normal indoor lighting I was able to get great color. As a Broadcast Engineer I...

A simple camera to operate and video software was a snap to install and use on a Windows OS. Video editing with effects makes the camera even more of a value and allows professional productions at the cost of the camera. I would never order anything...

Need to buy or supply a larger battery for normal operation. Still picture quality is adequate but then this is really meant to be used as a camcorder. This feature is nice to have and really helps in search process.

Dec, 2003

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Great digital camcorder for families or travel


The Canon ZR65MC is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to invest in a digital camcorder and doesn't want to spend a lot of money on it. I purchased this camera 3 months ago and have enjoyed every moment. The only downside to the camera ...

Price, ease of use, feels comfortable in hand.

low light indoor can be grainy sometimes.

Dec, 2003

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