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The Canon optical zoom lens magnifies your creative possibilities; it can transform distant scenes into dramatic close-ups with absolutely no loss in image quality. The digital zoom multiplies this to 44X revealing details too distant to be seen by the naked eye.
A high quality image-stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly, giving you smooth, stable pictures -- even on long telephoto shots without a tripod.
The ZR is equipped with a DV IN/OUT terminal on its body that conforms to IEEE 1394. It takes just a single digital cable to edit, copy and record your video virtually free from generation loss in image and sound quality.
The ZR offers two digital audio modes. The 16 bit mode produces the higher, CD equivalent, two-channel sound quality while the 12 bit mode records on two of four channels leaving two other channels free to dub extra sound at a later date*.<br/> <br/> * Editing equipment required.
Get the lowdown to take the high ground -- adjust the LCD panel through 180&#186; for both low-angle and high-angle shooting. You can even flip the screen over to let the subject look at the recording or make recordings of yourself.
When is an LCD screen not an LCD screen?...when you clip on the Finder Unit to convert it to a viewfinder for precise framing in bright sunlight conditions. It is included in the standard kit.
Take more than 500 brilliantly clear still pictures on a single tape (in SP mode). The camera records the still pictures for approximately 6 seconds, as well as recording the sound for your verbal notes or narration.
Puts advanced recording techniques at your fingertips to ensure great results in various shooting conditions. There are seven programs,* giving you the balanced control that you have come to expect from Canon.<br/> <br/> *Easy recording, Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand & Snow and Low Light.
Blending twenty times the durability of ordinary camcorder bodies with countless times the style.
Easy to use, professional quality effects can be added while recording. Choose between fade trigger, wipe and scroll fades and art, black, white, sepia and strobe effects.
Ideal for challenging situations and creative recordings
In addition to the automatic level, you can set the white balance yourself or choose between the indoor or outdoor modes to better match the scene.
Miniaturized battery packs together with a supplied power adapter capable of charging two battery packs consecutively.
Opening and closing the lens cover also turns on and off the power.
The supplied Docking Unit connects to the ZR with ease to let it communicate with audio, video, and editing devices. Choose to leave it connected, so that you never need to fiddle with cables again!
In addition to superb normal playback, the ZR delivers a number of special playback modes such as noiseless slow-motion and frame advance.<br/>
The ZR body has a mini plug that provides composite video and stereo audio outputs for easy connection to your television. For higher quality video output, the supplied Docking Unit has an S-video output terminal.
Gain a vivid impression of your recordings instantly, using the built-in speaker to listen to the sound track while reviewing the picture on the LCD screen.
There is no need to reset the clock when you travel across time zones. All you need to do is tell the camera where you went, and it will make sure that the correct date and time is shown at playback.<br/>
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The Canon ZR Kit

The Canon ZR Kit ZR Finder Unit DU-100 Docking Unit BP-608 Battery Pack CA-600 Compact Power adapter DC-600 DC Coupler SS-200 Shoulder Strap WL-D67 Wireless Controller S-150 S Video Cable STV-150 Stereo Video Cable STV-250 Stereo Video Cable DV Cassette


Power Supply (rated)

7.2 V DC

Power Consumption (While recording AF=ON)

5.9 W (While recording, with AF turned on)

Television System

EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal

Video Recording system

2 rotary heads, helical scanning system DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD system)

Audio Recording system

PCM digital sound:16-bit (48 kHz/2 ch.) 12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch.)

Image Sensor

1/4 CCD (charge coupled device); 470,000 pixels (304,000 effective pixels)

Tape Format

Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

Tape Speed

SP: 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/sec.); LP: 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/sec.)

Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette)

SP: 60 min. (with a 60 min. cassette); LP: 90 min. (with a 60 min. cassette)

Fast Forward/Rewind Time

2 min. 50 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)

Lens Mount

f/1.8 - 2.5, 11x power zoom, 3.9 - 42.9 mm

Focusing System

TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

Focusing System

3/8 in. (1 cm) on maximum wide angle; 3 ft 4 in. (1 m) at intermediate zoom/telephoto position

Minimum Illumination

4 lx using the Low Light program

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 lx

LCD Screen

2.5 in. measured diagonally (6.4 cm), (approx. 180,000 pixels)


Stereo electret condenser microphone

DV Terminal

Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)

Output Levels

Video terminal: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced

S-video Terminal

1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)

Audio Terminal

11.5 db, less than 3 Kohms unbalanced

Operating Temperature range

32 - 104° F (0 - 40° C)


4 11/16 x 3 3/8 x 2 3/16 in. (118.5 x 85.5 x 55.7mm)


1 lb. 3 oz. (530g)

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you ZR that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store



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† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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