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Canon ZR50MC

Canon ZR50MC Camcorder

1/6 252g CCD 22x Jan 2014
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
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

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

On average Canon camcorders are rated 86%, which is in the top 5% of all video camera manufacturers that we have looked at.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com said in their Canon ZR50MC review “The optical zoom is nice.”.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon ZR50MC has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the ZR50MC do not have an image stabilizer.

Other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-CX730[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of camcorders that came out more than two years ago range from 2x to 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 320x. At 440 times zoom factor, the Canon ZR50MC has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This video camera supports an MMC|SD compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on camcorders of a similar type and age 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 Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on video cameras of a similar type and 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 of this type and age also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730[plb_363171_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.5 lux, the Canon ZR50MC has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the ZR50MC. The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras of this spec and age is 0.02lx, the biggest is 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 41lx.

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13 Reasons Against

Only 1/6" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon ZR50MC has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/6". That's 3% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". $.

A 1/6" optical sensor size is in fact the worst optical sensor size across all camcorders that were released around the same time as the ZR50MC.

The best optical sensor size across comparable types of camcorder is 1/2".

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Canon ZR50MC does not have an HDMI, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have an HDMI.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an HDMI that you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX730[plb_363171_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

Most video cameras of a similar age and type to the ZR50MC are not Full HD. The Canon ZR50MC is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX730[plb_363171_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the ZR50MC 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 Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of camcorders of this type and age range from 1.3" to 11". The Canon ZR50MC has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.5 inches) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony FDR-AX33[plb_2699652_price] (3") which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Viewfinder

The Canon ZR50MC has a quite low viewfinder (only 113,000 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the ZR50MC. Across all the camcorders of this type and age the viewfinders range from 110,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 1,200,000 pixels.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon ZR50MC is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D

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

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

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon ZR50MC does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR50MC also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-CX730[plb_363171_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon ZR50MC does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the HDR-PJ420VE[pl_1583936_price], or the HDR-PJ820[pl_2109593_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The battery capacitys of similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the ZR50MC range from 700mAh to 4,400mAh, and the average battery capacity is 2,500mAh. At only 1,100 milliampere * hour, the Canon ZR50MC has a fairly low battery capacity compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of only 0.44 inches, the Canon ZR50MC has a fairly small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the ZR50MC. Camcorders that were launched around the same time as the ZR50MC have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.24" and 3.6", and the average viewfinder screen size is 1.5".

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Quite Big Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the ZR50MC is 1.2m. At 1 meter, the Canon ZR50MC has a quite big closest focusing distance compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon ZR50MC

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Canon released the ZR50MC.

Average Weight

At 252 grams, the Canon ZR50MC has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 22 times zoom factor, the Canon ZR50MC has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the ZR50MC.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] (25x).

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Average Video Recording Time

At 4 hours, the Canon ZR50MC has a relatively typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the ZR50MC.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Audio
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Microphone Connectivity
Ports & Interfaces
Microphone in
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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 zr50mc, 75555a001, canon zr50, canon zr50m, canon zr50mc

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