Electrical properties of a ZnO microwire grown by carbo-thermal evaporation, a ZnO thin film grown by pulsed-laser deposition and a hydrothermally grown ZnO bulk crystal are compared. Deep defects were investigated by means of deep-level transient spectroscopy. The defect level E3 was observed in all samples investigated. Additionally, a defect labelled T2 that preferentially forms under Zn-rich condition was detected in the microwire, the thin film and the bulk sample. Our results indicate that V Zn is likely involved in this defect.