Canon ZR100 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder

Item # CNVZR100 (Part # 0059B001)
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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:


  • 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-free 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. 

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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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)

Television System


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)

Image Sensor


1/6-inch CCD, approx. 680,000 pixels

Effective pixels: approx. 340,000 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)



f=2.8-56 mm, f/1.6-3.2, 20x power zoom

35mm equivalent:

4:3 recording: 53.5-1070 mm

16:9 recording : 44.2-884 mm

Lens Mount

11 elements in 8 groups

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


0.33-inch. TFT color, approx. 113,000 pixels

LCD Screen

2.4-inch. TFT color, approx. 112,000 pixels


Stereo electret condenser microphone

DV Terminal

Special 4-pin connector (IEEE 1394 compliant)

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)



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


ZR100 Camcorder
NB-2LH Battery Pack
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
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