The vibrant color of a summer sunset, the exhilarating action of a championship goal, and the tender moment of a newlywed kiss are all preserved in spectacular color, clarity and detail by the ZR100. Canon's most affordable, yet exceptionally powerful, digital camcorder brings together a variety of advanced features in one stylish package.
Inside the streamlined body of the ZR100 is Canon's DIGIC DV system, which delivers outstanding image quality for both videos and photos. With the 20x Optical Zoom/360x Digital Zoom lens, you'll also quickly appreciate why the name Canon is synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television. Another highlight of the ZR100 is its high-resolution 16:9 widescreen recording mode, which lets you capture true widescreen photos and videos. With the ZR100 in hand, all of life's most precious moments are yours for the taking.
Capture brilliant photos and videos with DIGIC DV
Take advantage of Canon's renowned image quality for both your videos and digital photos, thanks to the DIGIC DV system. DIGIC DV utilizes two different color techniques to maximize video quality for viewing on TVs and still image quality for print or computer display. The ZR100 also features 16-bit Digital PCM audio, ensuring that every moment you capture sounds true-to-life.
See Farther With Genuine Canon Optics
Zoom in the action with the ZR100's 20x Optical Zoom / 360x Digital Zoom lens. Canon is known the world over for its vast expertise in designing and crafting precision lenses for 35mm and broadcast TV cameras. That same expertise goes into every ZR-series digital camcorder, giving your videos and photos brilliant color and clarity.
Spoil Family and Friends with Widescreen Images
Impress even the most die-hard movie aficionado with the ZR100's high-resolution 16:9 widescreen recording mode. Typically reserved for more expensive camcorder models, the 16:9 widescreen feature allows you to record true widescreen videos and photos for playback on home theatre systems.
As Comfortable To Hold As It Is Affordable
The ZR100 brings together a streamlined design with easy-to-use controls, and wraps it all in an attractive high metal finish. With its seamless, fluid appearance, the ZR100 is smaller in depth and lighter by 2 oz than previous ZR models thanks to the reduced gap between lens and viewfinder.
Enhanced design features include:
Keep Sight of Your Subject When Outdoors
Planning a trip to the tropics or even out to the local park? The ZR100 camcorder features an innovative backlight feature for improved visibility of the LCD display. Simply press the LCD Backlight button to give the display a 250% boost in brightness. Shooting in bright light has never been easier on the eyes!
Connect Seamlessly To Your TV, VCR & Computer
Your ZR100 digital camcorder opens up an entire world of move- and still-image making possibilities thanks to its MiniDV format (a worldwide industry standard). But what about those older analog videotape memories? Canon makes updating them to digital a breeze with its advanced Analog/Digital Converter technology.
Shoot Vibrant Video Even In Low-Light
Dinner parties, school plays? there's nowhere you can't take your ZR100 thanks to its Night Mode feature. Specifically designed to capture those important low-light memories, the ZR100's Night Mode automatically boosts the sensitivity of the CCD and lowers the shutter speed to help brighten the subject. The result is vibrant videos and photos that will last a lifetime
Transfer and share your digital memories
The ZR100 features both a DV Terminal (IEEE 1394 or Firewire) and USB Terminal for connection to a DV-compatible computer or another DV-camcorder. Transfer your digital movies to your computer's hard disk without any loss in quality. Then, edit your scenes to create high impact Web sites, video e-mail, interactive CDs and DVDs, or a personal video album. Let the creativity run wild thanks to true digital connectivity.
Enjoy ultra-smooth videos
In addition to the ZR100's superior optics and image processing technology is its high-quality image stabilization system. The result of Canon's superior electronic expertise, the image stabilizer is able to correct camcorder shake instantly, even when shooting hand-held at full telephoto. The result is ultra-smooth videos that keep the focus on your subject.
Print Your Digital Photos without a Computer
When you're ready to print your digital images, a single cable is all that's required to connect your ZR100 to a PictBridge-compliant printer. You can then control a variety of printing options from the camcorder's menu. Choose from a range of different paper sizes with options for borderless or bordered prints.
Shoot Complimentary Close-ups
For close-ups that your family and friends will love, select the innovative Skin Detail Function to automatically soften details. The result is a more complimentary appearance (and a more complimentary response from your subject!).
Keep It Simple with Pre-Programmed Settings
Taking great-looking digital photos has never been easier thanks to the ZR100's extensive variety of pre-programmed auto exposure modes. Select the setting that reflects your situation, including Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand & Snow, Easy Recording, Auto, Low Light and Night mode. There is even an Auto Slow Shutter mode to give your videos a dream-like quality. Each mode is carefully designed to give you the best possible image results under special shooting conditions.
The advanced user will also appreciate being able to manually control focus, exposure levels, white balance, and the shutter speed. In addition, the ZR100 features auto-wind, date search and end search capabilities, and two recording speed modes: LP and SP.
Use In-Camera Effects for Extra Razzle-Dazzle
Let your creative side out to play with the ZR100's wide selection of faders, including Fade Trigger, Wipe, Corner, Jump, Flip, Puzzle, Zigzag, Beam and Tide.
Give Your ZR100 the Personal Touch
Put your mark on your ZR100 with customized start-up images and camcorder operation sounds. The My Camera Function also lets you choose between a variety of operating languages, be it English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese or Japanese, in addition to the date format.
Power Supply (rated)
7.4 V DC
Power Consumption (While recording AF="ON")
2.3W (using viewfinder), 3.1W (using LCD screen in normal brightness)
EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal
Video Recording system
2 rotary heads, helical scanning DV system
Audio Recording system
PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48 kHz/2 ch); 12 bit (32 kHz/4 ch)
1/6-inch CCD, approx. 680,000 pixels
Effective pixels: approx. 340,000 pixels
Videocassettes bearing the "MiniDV" mark
SP: 18.81 mm/s (0.74 ips), LP: 12.56 mm/s (0.49 ips)
Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette)
SP: 80 min., LP: 120 min.
Fast Forward/Rewind time
Approx. 2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)
f=2.8-56 mm, f/1.6-3.2, 20x power zoom
4:3 recording: 53.5-1070 mm
16:9 recording : 44.2-884 mm
11 elements in 8 groups
TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
Minimum Focusing Distance
1 m (3.3 ft.); 1 cm (0.39 in.) on maximum wide angle
2.0 lx (using the Night mode)
More than 100 lx
0.33-inch. TFT color, approx. 113,000 pixels
2.4-inch. TFT color, approx. 112,000 pixels
Stereo electret condenser microphone
Special 4-pin connector (IEEE 1394 compliant)
1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
Audio output: -10 dBV (47 kohm load)/3 kohms or less; Audio input: -10 dBV/40 kohms or more
Operating Temperature range
0 - 40 degrees C (32 - 104 degrees F)
51 x 93 x 130 mm (2.0 x 3.7 x 5.1 in.) excluding protrusions
Weight (not including lens and battery pack)
430 g (15.2 oz.)
One Year Parts and Labor