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&#160; <br/> The Genuine Canon 48x Advanced Zoom on the ZR950 is just the kind of exclusive Canon feature you've come to expect from the leader in imaging and optics. Advanced Zoom extends the power of your zoom and is the longest zoom Canon has ever offered. In both wide angle and telephoto positions, there is virtually no loss in image quality throughout the range. How is this accomplished? With a Genuine Canon lens which remains in constant motion through the entire extended zoom range aided by our proprietary DIGIC DV image processor.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The ZR950 offers you more flexibility to get just the shot you need by giving you the choice of Advanced Zoom in default mode or you can select 37x Optical Zoom or 2000x Digital Zoom. You will always be able to get the shot you need, no matter how close or far away and always with the quality you expect from Canon.<br/>
<br/> The name Canon is synonymous with optical excellence the world over. Brilliant optical quality is part of every Canon broadcast TV lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder -- and the ZR950 is no exception. It gives you clear, vibrant and brilliant video and digital photographs. <br/> Image Stabilization<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The ZR950's image stabilizer allows you to shoot rock-steady video - even at maximum telephoto without a tripod - for more professional-looking video.<br/>
<br/> The new ZR950 features Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV image processor, which processes video and photos differently, resulting in exceptional color and clarity for both. <br/> Widescreen HR Recording<br/> <br/> <br/> So, why is the way you record widescreen images so important? Because you want an image made for widescreen, not adapted for widescreen. Because every HD television is widescreen -- widescreen is the future. <br/> &#160; The story of how we do it may be a bit technical, but the result is clear to see. Canon camcorders use the entire width of the image sensor to capture video in true 16:9 format. What difference does this make? It's simple. With more pixels captured, you get better image quality. Some competitors' camcorders force the wider picture into a smaller space on the sensor -- giving you a less true image, with fewer pixels and lower quality. <br/> In addition, the large 2.7" LCD screen and .35" color viewfinder on your ZR950 displays your widescreen image in a letterbox view and makes it easier to see all that you're shooting. From side to side and top to bottom, what you see is what you get. Either way, there isn't the guessing or extra work in looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror.<br/> <br/> These other features make it easy to record brilliant video.<br/> <br/> Smooth Zoom Control Soft LCD Video Light Level and Grid Markers <br/> <br/> Smooth Zoom Control<br/> <br/> <br/> With Canon's smooth zoom control, you'll have three, pre-set zoom speeds that ensure professional, steady zoom shots.<br/> <br/> Level and Grid Markers<br/> <br/> <br/> Capturing level, well-composed shots is simple with the ZR950. Line up the horizon or other horizontal lines with the Level Marker in the viewfinder for level landscapes. Or, use the Grid Marker to help compose the perfect shot. Both markers can be set to white or grey for enhanced visibility, no matter what the background. <br/> Soft LCD Video Light<br/> <br/> <br/> The ZR950 even comes with a video light built-in to the LCD screen to help give a soft, even light to a nearby subject when you're shooting in dark conditions.<br/>
<br/> &#160;&#160; <br/> With the ZR950 you get a 1.07 Megapixel CCD image sensor. Your video will be sharper, clearer and more true to life, as will your photos. Every sunset on the beach will be more dramatic with every color in the sky faithfully captured. The joy on the face of a child scoring her first goal on the soccer field is recorded just as you saw it.<br/>
<br/> The new ZR950 comes with a variety of features that make it an easy-to-operate camcorder.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The Joystick makes using the camcorder easier than ever. Extra buttons have been eliminated, allowing you to access many functions from one convenient place. The Joystick lets you control Play, Stop, Fast Forward, and Rewind functions during playback. It also controls exposure lock and exposure compensation during recording.<br/> <br/> With Quick Start, you'll never miss a shot again. Simply push the Quick Start button, in between shots, to put your camcorder in stand-by mode. Push the Quick Start button again, and your camcorder powers up and begins to record in less than a second. When using Quick Start, you are considerably extending the life of your battery compared to that of regular recording mode.<br/> <br/> Also, an easy-to-read menu system makes the ZR950 a breeze to operate.<br/> <br/> For the ultimate in stress-free shooting, there's the Easy Mode. In this setting, your ZR950 will automatically choose the focus, exposure and any additional available parameters to ensure that whatever you're recording comes out looking great. You don't have to worry about a thing - just point and shoot! <br/> <br/> <br/> The ZR950's Multi-Angle wireless remote control means it's easier than ever to use this convenient option. A wider ranging sensor allows the camcorder to receive instructions from the remote control unit without having to hold it close to the camcorder body, meaning you can take less time to use it when it most counts.<br/> <br/> In addition, this versatile camcorder is designed for lower battery consumption. So there's less chance of missing the shots you want.<br/>
<br/> The new ZR950 gives you exposure controls found on expensive digital still cameras.<br/> <br/> Exposure Lock Program AE Mode Auto Slow Shutter Function <br/> <br/> Exposure Lock<br/> <br/> <br/> With a push of its convenient omni-selector joystick, the ZR950 lets you lock your exposure settings, and then recompose your shot. For example, you can lock your exposure while zoomed in on your subject's face. Then, even if you zoom out to include a very bright or dark background, your ZR950 will still give your subject the right exposure. Also, by shifting the omni-selector left or right, you can adjust your exposure by up to +/-11 stops (+/-2.75 EV). <br/> Auto Slow Shutter Function<br/> <br/> <br/> The Auto Slow Shutter function ensures perfect exposures in low light by lowering your shutter speed. <br/> Program AE Mode<br/> <br/> <br/> The ZR950 comes with Program AE Mode settings that give you perfect exposures in a variety of conditions: Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks, Portrait, Sports and Night.<br/>
<br/> When you've got your ZR950 with you, you can leave your digital still camera at home. That's because with Canon's technology, you don't just get video and photography - you get the best of both.<br/> <br/> At the heart of the ZR950's performance as a digital still camera is Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit. Because video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV processes the two differently. So, along with stunning video images, you also get digital photos from your ZR950 that are maximized for viewing on computer monitors and as prints.<br/> <br/> The ZR950 also comes with an array of features that add to its performance as a digital still camera.<br/> <br/> 9 Point AiAF Scene Modes Progressive Photo Image Effects <br/> <br/> 9 Point AiAF<br/> <br/> <br/> A feature found on more expensive camcorders, Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the ZR950's 9 Point AiAF will bring it into sharp focus.<br/> <br/> Progressive Photo<br/> <br/> <br/> Canon's Progressive Photo gives you sharper detail in your digital photography.<br/> <br/> Scene Modes<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Special Scene Modes ensure accurate exposures under a wide variety of difficult lighting conditions. Modes include: Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, or Fireworks. For example, choose Spotlight and your camcorder exposes for the subject in the center of your frame. This is perfect for recording your child's moment in the spotlight on stage. Or, pick Night to capture the magic of a cityscape after the sun goes down.<br/> <br/> Image Effects<br/> <br/> <br/> Four different image settings are available depending on your subject: Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening, and Skin Detail.<br/>
&#160; <br/> The ZR950 comes with an array of features that make it easy to share your videos.<br/> <br/> Firewire/IEEE 1394 DV Terminal<br/> <br/> <br/> Transfer your video to your computer and you can easily share your captured memories with friends and family. With the ZR950, it's simple. Just connect your computer to your camcorder's IEEE1394 DV terminal with a DV cable. Also known as Firewire or iLink, this high-speed interface lets you download your precious video footage with virtually no loss of video or audio quality. Your favorite recorded moments retain their pristine image and sound for everyone to enjoy.
&#160; <br/> The ZR950 give you a variety of ways to share your photos with friends and family. It's easy to share digital photos via email because you can easily transfer images directly to your PC using the USB terminal and the supplied USB 2.0 Full Speed cable. You can also print directly from your camcorder to any PictBridge-compatible printer, or store your digital photos on a Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card or a MultiMediaCard. Plus, this new ZR is SDHC compatible, which allows you to use cards with a capacity of 2GB or larger. That means you can store even more digital photos than before.<br/> <br/> <br/>
<br/> Built-in Manual Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Plus, you don't have the bother of your lens cap dangling from your camcorder.<br/> <br/> 1-Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box ZR950 Camcorder Battery Pack BP-2L5 Compact Power Adapter CA-590 Wireless Controller WL-D85 Stereo Video Cable STV-250N USB Cable IFC-300 Digital Video Solutions Disc for Windows/Mac


Standard Definition or High Definition

Standard Definition

Power Consumption

2.5 W

Image Sensor

1/6 CCD

Total Pixels

Approx. 1,070,000 pixels

Effective Pixels

tape: 16:9 - approx. 550,000 pixels (ADV.Z off)
16:9 - approx. 710,000 pixels (ADV.Z on, wide)
16:9 - approx. 410,000 pixels (ADV.Z on tele)

card: approx. 800,000 pixels

Tape Format


Maximum recording Time

SP: 80 min.; LP: 120 min. (80 min. cassette)


Zoom Ratio 48x Advanced Zoom
37x Optical / 2000x Digital
Focal Length f = 2.6 - 96.2mm
Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max F/Stop f/2.0 - 5.2

Focusing System

TTL (through the lens)

Minimum Illumination

2 lx (Night mode)

Recommended Illumination

More than 100 lx

Image Stabilization



0.35, widescreen EVF (Approx. 114,000 pixels)

LCD Screen

2.7, widescreen LCD (Approx. 112,000 pixels)

Recording Media

miniDV cassette

Video Terminal

composite (output)


16 bit (2ch) 48kHz; 12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz

Accessory Shoe


Supplied Video Editing Software


HDMI Terminal


Microphone Terminal



(WxHxD) 2.2 x 3.6 x 4.7 in. (57 x 92 x 119 mm)
(not including grip belt)

Weight (not including lens and battery pack)

13.4 oz. (380g) (camcorder body only)

* IS - Image Stabilization

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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