Stories by Brian Chen

Camcorder offers good features and value

The Canon ZR850 is an inexpensive MiniDV camcorder that's ideal for beginners who want to produce home videos. Equipped with a 1.07-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device), this camcorder captures decent-quality video footage and still images. And the ZR850's battery life is long. But in terms of performance, its image quality is mediocre compared with other camcorders we've tested.