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Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Canon ZR85 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 design and price are overall positive. The portability and size are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the image quality. The connectivity and durability get critical views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Canon ZR85 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and portability are also appreciated. Views are divided on the image quality, while there are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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60% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Glenn Menin (pcmag.com)

Canon ZR85

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape

Cheap. 20X optical zoom. Slim design with great ergonomics. Decent stills for a sub-$500 camcorder.

Video could be sharper. Bottom-loading design inconvenient with tripod. No flash for stills or lights for low-light shooting. Has manual focus but no manual focus ring. No external mic port.

The ZR85 is inexpensive, comfortable to hold, and has a powerful zoom lens, but its video comes up short.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Canon ZR85 has a 1/6th-inch 680K CCD that performs relatively under normal lighting conditions, but shows a decrease in quality under lower light due to the smaller size of the camcorder and, thus, the CCD. The ZR85 has a 2.5-inch LCD with a .33...

Good Handling, -Decent Still Options, -Good video performance, -Analog to Digital Pass through, -Large optical zoom (20x)

Bad low light performance, - No S-video out, - No Mic input, but includes headphone jack

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Mark Bassett (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon ZR85 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders

 

On display at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show was the Canon ZR85, which is one step up from the ZR85. The most significant upgrade in middle camcorder in the ZR product line is the inclusion of an SD card for high resolution stills. The ZR85 is a...

Feb, 2004

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Canon ZR85

 

The Canon ZR85 is a MiniDV Camcorder with a 20x Optical Zoom.

A powerful 20x optical/400x digital zoom helps you get in close, but you should also have a close look at the other features on the Canon ZR85, like the SD Memory Card slot, selectable focusing points, PCM digital sound and 2.5" LCD view screen.

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Pathetic

 

I bought this camcorder brand new just slightly over a year ago. It worked wonderfully. The picture was sharp. Sound was great. You could even use it as a low-res still camera with the optional memory card. Unfortunately, it just decided to not eject...

Beautiful picture, great features

Absolutely pathetic durability

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Good value overall for new parents

 

We purchased this from Ritz Camera a few months before our son was born. What appealed to me was the small size of the camera itself, the Mini-DV tapes, and that it can use a Multi Media SD card for digital still images or small video clips.

Lots of digital effects, comfortable size, dual media for image/video capture

Poor placement for dual/access buttons, can mistakenly turn off auto focus easily

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Good value overall for new parents

 

We purchased this from Ritz Camera a few months before our son was born. What appealed to me was the small size of the camera itself, the Mini-DV tapes, and that it can use a Multi Media SD card for digital still images or small video clips. After some...

Lots of digital effects, comfortable size, dual media for image/video capture

Poor placement for dual/access buttons, can mistakenly turn off auto focus easily

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Canon ZR85 Camcorder - Feedback from a Camcorder Newbie

 

I would like to start off by saying I am not so much gifted in the area of complex electronic devices. My husband has a very nice digital camera, yet I still purchase disposable cameras before every vacation because I don't understand its multiple...

Very easy to use, buttons clearly marked, small size

Picture a bit dark in some light settings

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Canon ZR85 Camcorder - Feedback from a Camcorder Newbie

 

I would like to start off by saying I am not so much gifted in the area of complex electronic devices. My husband has a very nice digital camera, yet I still purchase disposable cameras before every vacation because I don't understand its multiple ...

Very easy to use, buttons clearly marked, small size

Picture a bit dark in some light settings

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Good enough

 

Good camera, small size and good price. Easy to use and to make films with a lot of light. The motor makes a strange noise.

Easy to use and the price is good

It needs a lot of light to make good movies

Feb, 2005
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