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Canon ZR50MC
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Canon ZR50MC Camcorder

1/6 252g CCD 22x Jan 2014
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The ZR50MC allows you to experience all of the technology, but none of the hassle. A superb blend of performance, esthetics, and elegance, the ZR50MC handles any situation with ease.... More
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8 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Canon camcorders have an average rating of 86 out of 100, which is in the top 5% of all video camera manufacturers that we have looked at.

Good Quality Lens

One Canon ZR50MC owner who reviewed it thought it had a good zoom. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com mentioned “The optical zoom is nice.” in their review of the Canon ZR50MC.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon ZR50MC has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the ZR50MC do not have an image stabiliser.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years the digital zooms range from 2x to 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 390x. With a digital zoom of 440 times zoom factor, the Canon ZR50MC has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst video cameras of this age.

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SD Memory Card

This camcorder supports an MMC|SD memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon ZR50MC has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price].

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the video cameras that have been around for more than two years the minimum illumination range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 42lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.5 lux, the Canon ZR50MC has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Only 1/6" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/6" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. $.

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Not Full HD

The Canon ZR50MC is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the ZR50MC are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most video cameras of a similar spec and age to the ZR50MC do not have an HDMI port. The Canon ZR50MC is no exception to this as it too does not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens. The Canon ZR50MC is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The average screen size of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 3.2". At only 2.5 inches, the Canon ZR50MC has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the ZR50MC.

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Panasonic AG-AC8[plb_2452010_price] (3").

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

The viewfinders resolutions of camcorders of this age and type range from 110,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder resolution is 1,200,000 pixels. At only 113,000 pixels, the Canon ZR50MC has a fairly low viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the ZR50MC.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR50MC, the Canon ZR50MC is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon ZR50MC does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of a similar age and type to the ZR50MC are not 3D compatible. The Canon ZR50MC is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon ZR50MC does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ420[plb_1583936_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

Video cameras that have been available for more than two years have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.24" and 3.6". At only 0.44 inches, the Canon ZR50MC has a fairly small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the ZR50MC.

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Fairly Big Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 1 meter, the Canon ZR50MC has one of the bigger closest focusing distances amongst video cameras of this age. The closest focusing distances of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR50MC range from 0.0005m to 20m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon ZR50MC

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camcorder was released.

Average Weight

At 252 grams, the Canon ZR50MC has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon ZR50MC has a fairly standard optical zoom (22 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the ZR50MC.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the PXW-X160[pl_2512210_price] (25x), or the PXW-X180[pl_2512211_price] (25x) both from Sony.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 4 hours, the Canon ZR50MC has a relatively average video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Still Image
Image Format
Audio
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Microphone in Port
DV Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide

Expert Reviews

29 March 2002

The Canon MiniDV ZR50MC has a 2.5 in. LCD and a color viewfinder. The camcorder has a 22x optical 440x digital zoom. The optical zoom is nice, but I would never recommend shooting with the digital... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon zr50, canon zr50m, canon zr50mc

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