Beneath its stylish Silver Frost finish, the ZR600 packs a powerful combination of performance and features. It comes with a 25x optical zoom, Canon's longest ever. It also comes with features found on more expensive camcorders such as: an easy-to-read menu system; an omni-selector joystick that lets you easily operate playback, focus, exposure and menu options; a big 2.7" LCD viewscreen; Smooth Zoom Control; and Level Shot Control. The ZR600 is a stylish performer you can take anywhere.
Widscreen HR Recording
Canon camcorders use the entire width of the image sensor to capture video in true 16:9 format. What difference does this make? It's simple. 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 a less true image, with fewer pixels and lower quality. With a Canon camcorder, your videos of your travels will let you relive great memories.
In addition, the viewfinder on your ZR600 displays your widescreen image in a letterbox view. From side to side and top to bottom, what you see is what you get. You can also view your widescreen shot in the ZR600's large, 2.7" LCD screen. Either way, there isn't the guessing or extra work in looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror.
To make it even easier, a Widescreen Button lets you switch from standard 4:3 to 16:9 Widescreen HR at the touch of your finger. You can also use the widescreen feature with the camcorder's advanced image stabilization.
Optical Performance You Can See
Thanks to the ZR600's powerful 25x optical zoom lens and 800x digital zoom, you get an incredible range of focal lengths. Whether you're at the back of the auditorium while your child's on stage, or you want a panoramic shot of the sun setting over the lake -- you always have the perfect lens.
Along with outstanding optical performance, Canon's Advanced Image Stabilization is another feature that helps you shoot great, professional-looking video by correcting camcorder shake instantly.
The ZR600 delivers stunningly vivid video thanks to Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit. A variety of other features help you shoot video that will impress all your friends and family. Smooth Zoom Control lets you select from 3 pre-set zoom speeds and Smooth Zoom Control does the zooming for you -- giving you steady, professional-looking shots every time. Level Shot Control will cause and horizontal and center markers to appear in your viewfinder. With these markers, it's easy to level the horizon for perfect video footage of a breathtaking landscape, or keep your child in the center of the frame while they're on the soccer field.
Stunning Digital Photography
The ZR600 lets you leave your digital still camera at home. That's because with Canon's DoubleShot technology, you don't just get video and photography -- you get the best of both.
At the heart of the ZR600's performance as a digital still camera is Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit. Because video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV processes the two differently. So, along with stunning video images, you also get digital photos from your ZR600 that are maximized for viewing on computer monitors and as prints.
Share Your Video
Otherwise known as Firewire or iLink, the ZR600's IEEE 1394 DV Terminal is a high-speed digital interface that ensures virtually no loss of video or audio quality when transferring videos to a computer. Simply use a DV cable to connect the camcorder to your computer's DV Terminal and you can be sure that your favorite, recorded moments retain their pristine image and sound.
Share Your Photos
With the ZR600, no one has to go home without their favorite print. That's because your ZR600 makes it easy to quickly share your digital photographs. Simply connect your camcorder directly to any PictBridge-compatible printer and print directly from your camcorder without the need of a computer. You also can share digital photos via email by quickly transferring images from your camcorder to your PC using the USB terminal. For portable storage versatility, the ZR600 can accommodate either a Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card or a MultiMediaCard.
Specifications: Image Sensor - 1/6" CCD, approx. 680,000 pixels Tape Format - Video cassettes bearing the DV mark. Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette) - SP: 80 min. LP: 120 min. Lens - f/2.6-65mm, f/1.8-2.6, 25x power zoom Minimum Illumination - 2 lx (Using the Night Mode) Recommended Illumination - More than 100 lx Viewfinder - 0.3", 123,000 pixels LCD Screen - 2.7", approx. 112,000 pixels Number of Recording Pixels - tape: 4:3 - approx. 340,000 pixels, 16:9 (IS* off) - approx. 450,000 pixels, 16:9 (IS* on) - approx. 400,000 pixels Dimensions - 1.9 x 3.6 x 4.5 in. (49 x 92 x 115 mm) (excluding protrusions) Weight (not including lens and battery pack) - 13.4 oz. (375g)