The ZR960 is specifically designed to make it easier to capture great video, with Image Stabilization, Quick Start, compatibility with optional Canon Lens Converters and Filters, a 2.7" Widescreen LCD with a Soft LCD video light, Joystick control, Level and Grid Markers and more.
The ZR960's microphone terminal also makes it particularly useful for educators and trainers to carefully capture audio from a specific source, or to easily record a live narration for your footage.
All this comes together to deliver brilliant video that you can easily share with family and friends. Easy to use, great looking and terrific value - it's the perfect choice for capturing all of life's precious memories.
Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom
Genuine Canon Video LensThe Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom on the ZR960 is just the kind of exclusive Canon feature you've come to expect from the leader in imaging and optics. Advanced Zoom extends the power of your zoom and is the longest zoom Canon has ever offered. In both wide angle and telephoto positions, there is virtually no loss in image quality throughout the range. How is this accomplished? With a Genuine Canon lens which remains in constant motion through the entire extended zoom range aided by our proprietary DIGIC DV image processor.
The ZR960 offers you more flexibility to get just the shot you need by giving you the choice of Advanced Zoom in default mode or you can select a 2000x Digital Zoom or a 37x Optical Zoom. You will always be able to get the shot you need, no matter how close or far away and always with the quality you expect from Canon.
DIGIC DV Image Processor
Digic DVThe new ZR960 features Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV Image Processor, which results in exceptional color and clarity in your video.
Quick StartNever miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the ZR960 is in Camera Mode and the LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby mode. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode.
Widescreen HR Recording
Widescreen HRThe way you record widescreen images is very important. Why? Because when you watch an image on a widescreen TV, you want an image made for widescreen, not adapted for it. And of course because every HD television is widescreen - widescreen is the future.
The story of how we do it may be a bit technical, but the result is clear to see. Canon camcorders use the entire width of the image sensor to capture and record video in true 16:9 format. With more pixels captured, you get better image quality. Some competitors' camcorders force the wider picture into a smaller space on the sensor - giving you less than a true image, with fewer pixels and lower quality.
Image StabilizerWhen we think of "amateur video," one of the first things that come to mind is a shaky image. Nothing can ruin what could be a great shot more - especially when you would like your friends and family to concentrate more on your superb composition skills and less on your unsteady hand. The ZR960's image stabilizer allows you to shoot rock-steady video - even at maximum telephoto without a tripod - for more professional-looking video.
2.7" Widescreen LCD
2.7" Wide LCDThe large 2.7" LCD screen on the ZR960 displays your widescreen image in a letterbox view and makes it easier to see all that you're shooting. From side to side and top to bottom, what you see is what you get. Either way, there isn't the guessing or extra work in looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror.
Compatible with Canon Lens Converters and Filters
Another way the ZR960 can expand your creativity and help solve tricky shooting situations is its compatibility with a family of optional Canon Lens Converters and Filters. The Canon Wide Converter WD-H30.5 can give you more of the panorama you're trying to capture, while the Canon Tele Converter TL-H30.5 will help if your bleacher seats are just a bit too far back from the action on the field. And if there's a bit too much reflection from the bright sun on that white sand beach, perhaps the Canon Filter Set FS-30.5U will have the right lens filter to help.
Brilliant Video, Easy Operation
The ZR960 is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to record and share brilliant video. As well, a variety of features and an easy-to-read menu system makes the ZR960 a breeze to operate.
Smooth Zoom Control
With Canon's smooth zoom control, you'll have three, pre-set zoom speeds that ensure professional, steady zoom shots.
Level and Grid Markers
Capturing level, well-composed shots is simple with the ZR960. Line up the horizon, or other horizontal lines, with the Level Marker in the viewfinder for level landscapes. Or, use the Grid Marker to help compose the perfect shot. Both markers can be set to white or grey for enhanced visibility, no matter what the background.
Soft LCD Video Light
The ZR960 even comes with a video light built-in to the LCD screen to help give a soft, even light to a nearby subject when you're shooting in dark conditions.
The Joystick makes using the camcorder easier than ever. Extra buttons have been eliminated, allowing you to access many functions from one convenient place. The Joystick lets you control Play, Stop, Fast Forward, and Rewind functions during playback. It also controls exposure lock and exposure compensation during recording.
For the ultimate in stress-free shooting, there's the Easy Mode. In this setting, your ZR960 will automatically choose the focus, exposure and any additional available parameters to ensure that whatever you're recording comes out looking great. You don't have to worry about a thing - just point and shoot!
In addition, this versatile camcorder is designed for lower battery consumption. So there's less chance of missing the shots you want.
The ZR960 gives you exposure controls found on expensive digital still cameras.
With a push of its convenient omni-selector joystick, the ZR960 lets you lock your exposure settings, and then recompose your shot. For example, you can lock your exposure while zoomed in on your subject's face. Then, even if you zoom out to include a very bright or dark background, your ZR960 will still give your subject the right exposure. Also, by shifting the omni-selector left or right, you can adjust your exposure by up to +/- 11 stops (+/-2.75 EV).
Auto Slow Shutter Function
The Auto Slow Shutter function ensures perfect exposures in low light by lowering your shutter speed.
Program AE Mode
Program AEThe ZR960 comes with Program AE Mode settings that give you perfect exposures in a variety of conditions: Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks, Portrait, Sports and Night.
The ZR960's built-in microphone terminal allows you to use an optional microphone with the camcorder. This feature is especially useful for educators or trainers who need to cleanly record audio for documentation purposes in which a clear voice must be heard. It is also handy for a home video in which you want to record a narration without interference from background noises. You also have the choice of using the built-in microphone as well.
Share Your Videos
DV Terminal (IEEE1394)It's also easy to share the video you shoot with the ZR960 so family and friends can share your memories. Just connect your computer to the ZR960's IEEE1394 DV terminal with a DV cable. Also known as Firewire, this high-speed interface lets you download your precious video footage with virtually no loss of video or audio quality. Your favorite recorded moments retain their pristine image and sound for everyone to enjoy.
- Built-in Manual Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Plus, you don't have the bother of your lens cap dangling from your camcorder.
- 1-Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire.