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Canon ZR300 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder

Item # CNVZR300 (Part # 0057B001)
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Introducing a new line of digital camcorders from Canon that fit your hand as perfectly as your budget. The ZR300 houses some of Canon's most-advanced digital technologies in a sleek shell designed for superior ease-of-use. Featuring a high-resolution 16:9 widescreen home theatre recording mode, powerful 22x optical/440x digital zoom, and compatibility with both Windows XP and Apple Computer systems, the ZR300 camcorder is the ideal choice for chronicling the many chapters of your life.
Canon, a trusted brand name synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television, combines advanced technology and ease of use to ensure that videos and photos are preserved with spectacular color, clarity and detail. From wedding bells to baby steps, college days to golden years, you can trust Canon to capture life's irreplaceable moments.


Shoot Brilliant Videos And Photos Simultaneously
Now you don't have to miss out on capturing the perfect photo while shooting the perfect video. That's because the ZR300 has the ability to take high-resolution XGA quality (1024 x 768 pixel) digital photos onto a memory card while recording video.

Zoom In On Vivid Details With Genuine Canon Optics
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 the lenses of the ZR-series digital camcorders. The ZR300 extends your reach with a 22x optical zoom and powerful 440x digital zoom. Snap on the 0.6x Wide Angle Attachment and you're now ready to get the most out of indoor shots, as well as panoramic views of scenery, landscapes and sporting matches.
Record True Widescreen Moments
Now you can give your footage a touch of Hollywood style! New to the ZR-series camcorders is a 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.
An Easy-To-Use Camcorder That's Easy On The Eyes
By eliminating the gap between the lens and viewfinder, the ZR300 camcorder takes on a seamless, fluid appearance. For added appeal, ZR300 truly sparkles in its pearl silver finish. Smaller in depth and lighter by 2 oz than previous ZR models, the new ZR300 is easier to carry wherever life takes you.
Enhanced design features include:

  • New Program Selector - Located beside the LCD display, the Program Selector makes it easy to quickly switch modes.
  • Finger Rest - Located on the upper side of the grip, the finger rest improves stability while shooting.
    Easy Operation Buttons - PLAY and STOP buttons are now independent, while the FF and RW buttons are located together, improving usability by preventing accidental pressing of the wrong button.
  • Oval Grip - An oval-shaped grip located on the top of the lens improves shooting comfort while adding a touch of style.
  • Flat Zoom Lever - The brand new flat zoom lever not only makes for stress--ree zooming, but also helps reduce the physical size of the camcorder.
  • Slim Operation Switch - For increased miniaturization, the ZR camcorders feature an innovative Slim Operation Switch.

Preview Your Videos Even In Bright Light
Tired of squinting into the LCD display of a camcorder while shooting outdoors? The ZR300 camcorder features an innovative backlight feature that boosts the display's brightness by 250%. Simply press the LCD Backlight button for improved visibility even during the peak of a sunny summer's day.

Convert Your Analog Memories to Digital
Once you own a ZR-series digital camcorder, an entire world of move- and still-image making possibilities opens up as a result of 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.
Keep Shooting Long After The Sun Goes Down
No need to pack up the camcorder just because the day is over. The ZR300 camcorder has a Night Mode that automatically boosts the sensitivity of the CCD and lowers the shutter speed in low light conditions to help brighten the subject.

  • SuperNight & Night+ Mode
    For an added low-light boost, the ZR300 features two additional modes: SuperNight and Night+. In SuperNight mode, the camcorder's white LED assist lamp lights up automatically in low light conditions to provide extra illumination. By switching to Night+ mode, you decide when more light is needed by manuallyturning the assist light on and off.

Do More With Your Digital Footage
The ZR-series camcorders make it easy to transfer your digital movies to your computer's hard disk, edit your scenes, and then use them to create high impact Web sites, video e-mail, interactive CDs and DVDs, or a personal video album. All three models feature a USB Terminal and DV Terminal (IEEE 1394 or Firewire) for transfer of your memories without any loss in quality.

  • SD Memory Card and MultiMediaCard
    For convenient storage and portability of your still images, the ZR300 also features an additional built-in slot for SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards or a MultiMediaCards.
  • Normal and Motion JPEG Extended Movies
    Record movie clips in Normal and Motion JPEG Extended movie formats directly onto the memory card, for clear images and smooth playback. Alternately, you can take the 320 x 240 pixel or 160 x 120 pixel mini-movie and attach it to an e-mail or post it on the web. Best of all, you can record for the full length of the SD Memory Card*. * Max. 60 minutes (512MB SD Memory Card). When using MultiMediaCards, movie clips are limited to 10 seconds in 320 x 240 and 30 seconds in 160 x 120.
  • Picture Transfer Protocol
    The ZR300 goes even further to make life simple by supporting Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP). PTP enables data communication with a computer without the need to install dedicated driver software. In other words, PTP creates a direct link with the computer to access the camcorder as though it was an external card reader*.
  • Say Goodbye To Shaky Shots
    Capture all the action without the shake thanks to the ZR-series camcorder's 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. From sporting events to childhood antics, you won't miss a beat with a ZR300 digital camcorder.
    Your One-Stop Digital Photo Lab
    When you're ready to print your digital images, the ZR300 camcorders offers flexible connectivity with a variety of printers. A single cable connects your camcorder to a PictBridge-compliant printer, giving you printing option control from the camcorder's menu. Choose from a range of different paper sizes with options for borderless or bordered prints.
    Keep The Focus On Your Subject
    Perfect for when the subject you want to photograph is not in the center of the frame, the ZR300 digital camcorder offers the choice of three focusing points. The result is a more dramatic composition in which you decide where the focus should be sharpest.
    Take Advantage Of Automatic Settings
    The ZR300 will have you shooting like a pro, thanks to the pre-programmed auto exposure modes (Easy Recording, Auto, Sports, Portrait, Spotlight, Sand & Snow, Low Light and Night mode). There is even an Auto Slow Shutter mode to give your movies a dream-like quality. Each mode is carefully designed to give you the best possible image results under special shooting conditions.
    More experienced users will appreciate the manual focus, exposure level, white balance, and shutter speed controls. The ZR300 also offers auto-wind, date search and end search capabilities, and two recording speed modes: LP and SP.
    Make Your Movies Sparkle With In-Camera Effects
    Your ZR300 camcorder comes complete with a wide selection of faders that can add visual appeal and greater imaging variety. Choose from Fade Trigger, Wipe, Corner, Jump, Flip, Puzzle, Zigzag, Beam and Tide.
    Digital Effects
    For a more creative look, you can switch on the following digital effects during recording or playback*: Art, Black & White, Sepia, Mosaic, Ball, Cube, Wave, Color Mask or Mirror.
    * In Card mode: Only black and white is available.
    Multi-image Screen
    Divide your screen into four, nine or sixteen pictures with the Image Capture function. You can also select the speed the images are captured: Manual, Slow, Moderate or Fast.
    Turn Your Camcorder Into A Webcam
    Available as a free download for the ZR300 is the versatile DV Messenger2 software. DV Messenger2 allows you to use your ZR300 for Internet Video Chat with Microsoft Windows Messenger through IEEE1394. Control the zoom and focus of your camcorder or the camcorder of the person you are chatting with. Preview thumbnails and transfer photos. You can even watch and control the video playback of either camcorder right from your computer.
    Personalize Your Camcorder
    Add your own personal touches to your ZR300, such as customized start-up images and camcorder operation sounds. With the My Camera Function you can also select your preferred operating language, 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)
    Television System EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal

    Video Recording system

    2 rotary heads, helical scanning DV system (consumer digital VCR SD system), digital component recording
    Audio Recording system PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48 kHz/2 ch); 12 bit (32 kHz/4 ch)
    Image Sensor 1/6-inch CCD, approx. 680,000 pixels
    Effective pixels: Tape approx. 340,000 pixels, Card approx. 450,000 pixels
    Tape Format Videocassettes bearing the "MiniDV" mark
    Tape Speed 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)
    Lens f=2.8-61.6 mm, f/1.6-3.6, 22x power zoom
    35mm equivalent:Tape: 4:3 recording: 53.5-1077 mm 16:9 recording : 44.2-972 mm; Card: 46.9-1032mm
    Focusing System TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
    Minimum Focusing Distance 1 m (3.3 ft.); 1 cm (0.39 in.) on maximum wide angle
    Minimum Illumination 2.0 lx (using the Night mode)
    Recommended Illumination More than 100 lx
    Filter Diameter 28 mm
    Viewfinder 0.33-inch. TFT color, approx. 113,000 pixels
    LCD Screen 2.4-inch. TFT color, approx. 112,000 pixels
    Microphone Stereo electret condenser microphone
    Number of Recording Pixels Still image: 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 pixels
    Movie: 320 x 240, 160 x 120 pixels, 15 frames/sec.
    Recording Media SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
    Image Format Still image: JPEG (compression: Super Fine, Fine, Normal); Movie: Video data: Motion JPEG, audio data: WAVE (monaural)
    File Format Design rule for Camera File System (DCF), Exif 2.2* compliant, DPOF compliant
    DV Terminal Special 4-pin connector (IEEE 1394 compliant)
    DV Terminal (USB 2.0 compliant) Mini-B
    Video Terminal 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
    Audio Terminal 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)
    Dimensions 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.)
    Manufacturer Warranty One Year Parts and Labor


    ZR300 Camcorder
    NB-2LH Battery Pack
    CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
    STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
    WA-28 Wide Attachment
    WL-D85 Wireless Controller
    SDC-8M SD Memory Card
    IFC-300PCU USB Cable
    This Kit Includes: