Improving on an original can be a daunting task. Canon has succeeded quite well, thank you. The ZR45MC is the successor to the ZR25MC. Canon increased the optical zoom to 18x--the digital now sits at 360x--and added an analog pass-through port. Although the ZR line featured analog-in for dubbing your movies to MiniDV, the new pass-through port allows you to go straight to the computer, eliminating a possibly cumbersome step.
The ZR45MC also has a lot of the same features that made the original a lot of fun. A 2.5-inch LCD is swivel-mounted, permitting the shooter to use the camera at odd angles. Various digital effects and autoexposure modes help ensure your footage turns out well. The digital still mode makes a return, letting you capture 640 x 480 stills onto an included 8 MB MMC.
Finally, Canon threw in a low-light color-shooting mode that makes the ZR45MC that much more attractive.
- MiniDV camcorder
- 18x optical, 360x digital, zoom with image stabilization
- 2.5-inch color LCD and color EVF
- Digital photo mode records onto included 8 MB MMC card
- Analog pass-through ports for direct connection to computer
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