This is a must have DV camcorder for the home film maker.
For a 1 CCD camcorder it is able to reproduce color on tape excellently.
An 8 MB memory modular provides still capturing of images at
a resolution of 640x480. These images at best work well for web
pages or sending out as email photos, but it wont be as good
as it would be from a dedicated still camera. In standard mode
you can record up to 105 JPEG and in fine mode up to 60 still
images. A button near the eye piece is for capturing stills.
In the mode you are informed that capture is going to be stored
on a memory card and gives you the estimated shots remaining.
Lens and Zoom
Olympus was first to offer a 2.8 f- stop lens for greater
exposure. Canon has offered this excellent feature on this ZR
model which offered a greater and wider focal range than before.
Previous models have offered a 10x optical zoom and now you get
a 22x optical zoom which offers a focal range of 2.8mm to 61.6
mm at its longest telephoto position. This is the equivalent
of a 48 mm to 1065 mm zoom on a 35 meter format camera.
For the compactness of the camcorder Canon offers a 2.5 inch
color LCD screen. Still I wish they would make a three inch LCD
screen which is easier to view in the day light. The LCD screen
can rotate a full 180 degrees which helps when monitoring for
self portraits and filming from the front. It also flips down
90 degree for your head shots.The eye viewer also houses a smaller
sized color LCD screen which has a resolution of 112,000 pixels
for good quality work.
Controls, Modes, and
A real big improvement from the first ZR camcorder is lighted
control buttons. To make matters even better six different colors
are offered to hi-light those buttons. You are offered Green,
Orange, Blue, Yellow, Turquoise and Purple for the best lighting
of those buttons. Mode functions are accessible from a rotating
dial which opens up a menu. This set up the camcorder to allow
for different shooting conditions. Several modes are as follows:
Auto - is the default mode which shoots for every day general.,
Sports - is used for a faster shutter speed and allows for action
shots like speed racing, Portrait - Just like it sounds this
is used for filming people. This separates your background from
the people being filmed, Spotlight - Works to compensate for
dark backgrounds when filming people or objects, Sand and Snow
- Used when filming subject in very bright light conditions,
Low Light and Night - Is used when filming people or objects
in the dark of night. An easy camcorder to use function which
A remote control for those who want to take self portraits.
Or don't have anyone to operate the camera.
What is a camcorder without special effect and Canon offers
a multi- function fader, which will fade from black or white.
Vertical and horizontal wipe. Other effects includes: Art, Black
and White, Sepia, and Mosaic.
Compatible with the Windows and Apple
operating systems and have a USB port.
The ZR40 has the similar features to
the SR50 except that it has no digital still and comes with a
smaller 18x optical zoom.
Draw backs to this model is that the
rechargeable battery has to be in the camera in order to do so.
Other wise you need to purchase a separate unit for charging
out side of the camera. If your camcorder is mounted on a tripod
- pod you can not reload a new tape with out first removing the
camcorder from the tripod - pod. This has been a problem with
all of the ZR series and it does not seem to bother Canon enough
to want to fix them.
Canon has been very successful with the full line of ZR camcorders.
Each model has included or made better features from older ZR
camcorders. Even with the charging and inserting a new tape while
on a tripod. This is an excellent camcorder and if your in the
market it is easy to learn and use. For the money this is an
excellent valued camcorder. Premiere LE by Adobe helps you create
sound on sound picture ready films. With your final editing Adobes
LE or better yet upgrading to the full version will prepare your
final product for burning to a DVD.