Which ZR Camera

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    • #45032
      Avatarpastorjay
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      I am new to the world of digital cameras, and am starting out on the entry level ZR series from Canon. I have a choice between the ZR800 and the ZR850. The price difference is only $9 due to a sale at Best Buyt his week on the ZR850. Still shots would be nice, but not neceesary as I already have a digi camera. What I am looking at is if either have pass through so I can transfer my VHS to Mac for DVD. I seem to recall that i did see the the 800 had pass through, but the 850 did not. Other than that, is there anything else that I am missing?

    • #187743
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      pastorjay,

      I’m not sure, but I think the ZR800 has an input for an external microphone. As you get more into video production, you’ll find that using an external microphone (maybe a shotgun mic, or maybe a wireless lapel mic) greatly improves your videos.

      Ken Hull

    • #187744
      Avatarpastorjay
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      Any word on pass through? I need to be able to record my VHS to DVD..

      Thanks for the help!

    • #187745
      AvatarAnonymous
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      pastorjay,

      According to the ZR800 specifications published on the http://www.BHphotovideo.com website, the ZR800 has Line-In Recording, as well as both IEEE 1394 and AV outputs. Sounds like that’s what you want.

      BTW, I’d record from VHS tape to a minDV cassette in the ZR800. Then use the firewire (IEEE1394) to transfer to your computer, where you can edit it and burn DVDs.

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/478924-REG/Canon_1880B001_ZR800_Mini_DV_Camcorder.html

      Ken Hull

    • #187746
      Avatarpastorjay
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      Ken, from looking at the specs of the 850, it seems to have that as well. Am i reading the right thing?

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/478921-REG/Canon_1878B001_ZR850_Mini_DV_Camcorder.html#Input/Output%20Connectors

    • #187747
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      pastorjay,

      Looking at the specs on BH, there’s nothing listed under “inputs”, only under “outputs”. Also, there’s no mic input, like there is for the ZR800.

      The ZR850 sensorhas a higher pixel count, so video shot with it willbealittle bitsharper. And it can shoot still photos. But I think the ZR800 would serve you better.

      Ken Hull

    • #187748
      Avatarpastorjay
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      Thanks Ken! I appreciate all your help!

    • #187749
      AvatarJoe
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      Hi There

      Hope you can help! I have a Canon ZR 85. A few days ago I plugged it in to charge the battery, after a few hours I noticed that the LED that desplays the charge was off, I unpluggedand tried to power the unit but it did not. I checked the battery with a volt meter and it has charge, I also removed the battery and plugged the power supply into the unit and still not power on.

      Does anyone know of this problem, it appears as a fuse burned out internally or the on switch has gone faulty. Any suggestions?

      Thanks Joe

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