My family pitched in to buy a camcorder for my sister, and sure enough, the Canon ZR500 that we got is about to be replaced. Canon is kicking off CES with updates to its ZR series, replacing the 500, 600, and 700 with an 800, 830, and 850. It’s also updating it line of DVD-based camcorders. Fortunately for my pocketbook, they won’t be available for another couple of months, so my buyer’s remorse will pass quickly. Engadget writes:
Ranging in price from $280 to $350, the three camcorders each pack a 35x optical zoom and 2.7-inch widescreen LCD, with the ZR800 and 830 each capturing video of the 680,000-pixel variety, while the ZR850 bumps things up to a generous one megapixel. Storage on each is strictly an SD card deal, with support for SDHC cards in addition to the garden variety ones. Taking things up a notch, Canon’s also let loose four new models to refresh its DC-series of DVD camcorders, with the DC50, DC210, DC220, and DC230 all set to roll out over the course of February and March. Despite its model name, the $800 DC50 at the top of the heap, with a 5-megapixel CCD, 10x zoom with optical image stabalization, and the same 2.7-inch widescreen LCD as the other models. Rounding out the lineup, the DC210 and DC220 camcorders ($400 and $450, respectively) dial things back to 680,000-pixel territory, while the $500 DC230 will give you a whole megapixel.