Canon ZR800 camera arrived

I just received the Canon ZR800 DV camcorder today and I gave it a very quick whirl, handheld, around my house just before the sun went down. Color graded. I plan to shoot some serious video with it soon, just to showcase that High Definition is the not the A and Z of videography. This $200 little camera can produce some good footage if you are careful with the shooting and playful during editing. Sample footage here!

I also received today a shoulder bracket, a 52mm reverse ring to mount macro lenses, while Tiffen sent me a Steady Stick for a review. I will be reviewing that in 2 weeks time (update: review posted).


Ivan wrote on November 28th, 2007 at 9:32 PM PST:

Seems very familiar to me! Funny though, I notice the engine noise, so let me quote from my Amazon review about this camera: “About the tape transport/engine noise while filming: yes it’s there, but only when I film in a totally silent surrounding. Most people test their camcorder when they are alone, and that explains the negative reviews. The reason is that the built in microphone has automatic gain, so it becomes more sensitive when there isn’t much noise. As soon as you have people talking, music, or random background noise, the tape/engine noise is inaudible. That really is the truth about it. There is no way to prevent this, but while editing, there are plenty of ways to do away with the noise (add music, turn volume down etc) ” One guy even sent back the camera because of the engine noise.

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Eugenia wrote on November 28th, 2007 at 9:51 PM PST:

Yes, the tape noise is audible, but it does not bother me personally as most of my videos have audio removed, and for the ones that don’t, I use an external mic. šŸ™‚

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