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Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black)

B&H # CAHFR500B MFR # 9176B001
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Product Highlights
  • Record up to 1920 x 1080/60p HD Video
  • Canon 3.28MP Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • Supports AVCHD & MP4 Recording Formats
  • Capacitive 3" LCD Touch Panel Display
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Intelligent IS with Four Shooting Modes
  • Smart AUTO & Audio Scene Select
  • Advanced Baby Mode & 57x Advanced Zoom

The black Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder records Full HD 1920 x 1080p video directly to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. It also supports 2.07MP still image capture. The HF R500 features a 3.28MP Full HD CMOS image sensor and a DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor. It employs a Canon HD video lens with 57x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization. For easy recording and instant playback, the camera has a 3" capacitive LCD touch panel display as well. Designed with all levels of users in mind, the HF R500 has a laundry list of features including MP4 and AVCHD independent or dual simultaneous recording, an advanced Baby Mode, Intelligent IS, Smart AUTO, a higher capacity battery for longer shooting sessions, and much more.

For connectivity to your HDTV or high-resolution monitor, the HF R500 is equipped with a mini-HDMI output. For improved audio monitoring and recording, the HF R500 has a headphone output and a microphone input. The headphone jack also doubles as the analog audio/video output on the camera. If you want to give your home videos an interesting cinematic feel, you can employ one the HF R500's seven Cinema-Look filters before you start shooting. You can also add one of these filters after you've finished recording. Each filter is adjustable as well, so you can dial in the perfect cinematic look for each recording. The HF R500's other main features include Video Snapshot, Genuine Canon Face Detection, a 30p Progressive shooting mode and a 24p Cinema shooting mode.

Powerful 57x Advanced Zoom
Thanks to an impressive 57x Advanced Zoom range, long-range shooting is not a problem. You'll be able to create videos with dynamic variety, and you'll be less likely to disrupt the action you're shooting. The Advanced Zoom works well for a variety of situations including formal ceremonies, recording animals in the wild, candid family videos and more. The Advanced Zoom is available in manual mode and has been achieved with more efficient use of the effective imaging area. It takes the camcorder's focal length from 32.5mm all the way to 1853mm (35mm equivalent), which provides extraordinary flexibility in shooting. Plus, for more convenient shooting and better creative control over your videos, the camcorder offers continually variable zoom speed settings with three fixed zoom speeds and 15 levels available.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake instantly, so even handheld video taken at long focal lengths is sharp and steady. Providing continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion (with extra compensation applied at wide-angle focal lengths), the Dynamic Image Stabilization system on this camcorder stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling horizontal, vertical and roll axis rotational camera shake ensures smooth, distortion-free video - even when you're walking while shooting.
3.28MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
This model is equipped with a 3.28MP Full HD CMOS image sensor that supports 1920 x 1080 resolution video capture. Canon's high-resolution HD CMOS sensor features extra sensitivity that delivers lifelike Full HD video with natural color - even in low light. On-chip noise reduction supports clarity in every frame, which means your video and photos will be vivid, clear - even when played back on a large HDTV.
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
This camcorder incorporates an advanced Canon HD the DIGIC DV 4 image processor for enhanced imaging performance. The increased performance allows for better noise reduction and leads to brighter, more noise-free images - even in dark scenes.
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
The camcorder records Full HD video directly to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. Widely available in several capacities, SD memory cards let you share your videos quickly and easily. In addition to SD memory cards, this model also lets you use high-capacity SDHC cards and super-high capacity SDXC cards.
MP4 or AVCHD Progressive Recording
Whether you're capturing MP4 or AVCHD files, this model supports Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p video capture. Full HD 1080/60p recording captures twice the amount of information as 60i, and with images captured at a rate of 60 frames per second, diagonal noise is eliminated so even fast moving subjects show up clearly. This provides a greater sense of detail and faithful rendering of moving edges, plus enhanced color and fine tonal gradation. AVCHD Progressive records at bit rates up to 28 Mbps, while MP4 files are captured at bit rates up to 35 Mbps.
Capacitive 3" Touch Panel LCD
This model features a capacitive 3" touch panel LCD screen that makes recording and other operations easy. Open the panel and the power is on. A gentle touch activates the display's intuitive functions. Choose a focal point, track moving subjects, control exposure for selected areas, and operate camcorder controls from the screen - all with a touch. In addition, the easy-to-use user interface makes your shooting experience simpler. The Home button is on the menu screen, and provides quick access to all functions. Clear explanations for key settings pop up when selecting shooting modes and recording formats, so you can be confident in the decisions you make.
Baby Mode
The camcorder features Canon's Baby Mode - a complete solution for capturing, tracking, organizing and sharing every moment of your baby's development. A custom control button on the shooting screen activates the mode, and optimal settings for the shooting conditions, including Intelligent IS and more, are automatically selected. Videos shot in Baby Mode are automatically saved into a dedicated Baby Album so they won't get lost among your other videos. You can view the Baby Album chronologically as well.

When shooting in Baby Mode, the camcorder's Pre-Record (Pre REC) function is always on. This places the camcorder in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode, where it continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too, so you won't miss your baby's "first" moments.

Touch Decoration in Baby Mode includes stamps to mark each video with your baby's current height and weight. And with a single registration of the baby's birth date, the camcorder will automatically calculate the number of days old and stamp videos accordingly, creating an exact diary of developmental milestones for years to come. The camcorder's other Baby Mode Touch Decoration options allow you to add your own drawings, captions, animations and more. All options can be appended to previously shot video as well.

Higher Capacity Battery
This model is powered by a higher capacity battery pack than previous Canon camcorders. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery not only lets you shoot longer, but features intelligent technology that accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute.
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS makes it easy to shoot clear, sharply focused video - even in situations that typically cause camera shake. The Intelligent IS system analyzes the shooting situation for you, then automatically switches to the image stabilization method best able to produce sharp, steady video. Four IS systems cover the gamut of shooting situations. Dynamic IS corrects minor movement and the shaking caused by walking while shooting. Macro IS delivers perfectly steady close-up shots. Powered IS comes into play when you're using the camcorder's powerful zoom, correcting shake that can occur in telephoto shots. Tripod mode stops IS when the camcorder is stationary.
Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easy to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.
Smart AUTO & Auto Tele Macro
Smart AUTO lets you capture clear, bright, well-focused video while the camcorder takes care of all the details. The system recognizes 38 shooting situations based on numerous factors, then automatically chooses the optimal settings for the situation. When you shoot a nearby subject in telephoto zoom mode, Auto Tele Macro gives your video the high-end artistic effect of a well-focused subject against a blurred background.
Cinema-Look Filters
This feature offers a choice of seven varied built-in adjustable filters, which give the look of a variety of cinematic styles by compensating for the color, gamma and other aspects of the image's quality. The looks can be previewed in the LCD monitor while shooting, and also applied post-capture for additional convenience and versatility. Choose from Cinema Standard, Old Movies, Vivid, Cool, Nostalgic, Dramatic Black & White or Sepia. For even greater control, the brightness of each filter can be set to low, medium or high. When Cinema Standard is selected, color depth, softening and contrast can also be adjusted.
Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in Canon HD camcorders. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring sharp focus and accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, nine detection frames can be displayed at one time. The system will even recognize faces turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature also helps when you're searching for clips that feature a specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display those frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. Your selected face can also be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing your subject.
Video SnapShot
Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of a once-in-a-lifetime trip or a family milestone with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips - or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode - and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone's attention. Video Snapshot allows selectable recording times of two, four or eight seconds. Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with your Snapshot movie. Plus, playback can be controlled from that source.
24p Cinema & 30p Progressive Shooting Modes
The camcorder offers a 24p Cinema mode that gives your video a film-like feel, making it look as if it were shot at the same frame rate as movie film. It does this by capturing at a frame rate of 24p and recording it in a 60i wrapper. The camcorder also gives you the option of recording in 30p Progressive mode, which is great for clips you intend to post online.
Programmed AE
Programmed AE with Smart Auto, Manual Mode P and SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks), Cinema Mode (with Cinema-Look filters), and Baby Mode.

Other Features

TTL focusing system (through The lens)
Manual exposure available
Camera
Sensor 3.28 Megapixel 1/4.85"  CMOS
Color Filter RGB
Pixel Gross 3,280,000
Effective Pixels 2,073,600 Video
2,073,600 Photo
Optics
Focal Length 2.8 - 89.6 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 38.5 - 1232 Optical Zoom (Advanced Zoom Off)
32.5 - 1853 Advanced Zoom On
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 4.5
Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Zoom Optical: 32x
Advanced (Optical): 57x
Digital: 1140x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time SD/SDHC/SDXC 32 GB
1440 x 1080 LP Mode: 12.25 hours (AVCHD)
1920 x 1080 FXP Mode: 4.17 hour (AVCHD)
1920 x 1080 MXP Mode: 2.92 hours (AVCHD)
1920 x 1080 NTSC 60p Mode: 2.5 hours (AVCHD)
SD/SDHC/SDXC 32 GB
1280 x 720 4 Mbps Mode: 17.33 hours (MP4)
1920 x 1080 17 Mbps Mode: 4.17 hours (MP4)
1920 x 1080 24 Mbps Mode: 2.92 hours (MP4)
1920 x 1080 35 Mbps Mode: 2.33 hours (MP4)
Video Format High Definition
AVCHD Progressive
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD Progressive
1440 x 1080p (5Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (35Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (17Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1280 x 720p (4Mbps)
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.07 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC-LC
Dolby Digital AC3
Sampling Frequency Dolby 2ch: 48.0 kHz
AAC: 48.0 kHz
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3"
Pixel Count 230,000
Features
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Lux 5 (NTSC)
.4 (Low Light Mode)
Shutter Speed 1/2000sec
1/500sec
White Balance Modes Auto
Daylight
Manual
Tungsten
Creative Effects Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Wi-Fi None
Accessory Shoe None
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x USB 2.0 Mini-AB
1x A/V Mini Terminal (4-pole mini-jack)
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1840mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
Operating Temperature 23 - 113°F (-5 - 45°C) 60% Relative Humidity
32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C) 85% Relative Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.2 x 4.6" / 53.0 x 57.0 x 116.0 mm not including grip belt
Weight 8.3 oz / 235 g camera body not including grip belt
10.1 oz / 286 g including BP-718 battery, memory card and grip belt
Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black)
  • Battery Pack BP-718
  • 6' HDMI Male to Mini HDMI Male Cable (Ver. 1.3)
  • CA-110 Compact AC Power Adapter & Charger
  • IFC-300PCU USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CanonVIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White)
     
    4.5

    (based on 97 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (54)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (82)
    • Zoom range/performance (82)
    • Great picture quality (61)
    • Image stabilization (59)
    • Large clear LCD (38)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (16)
    • Limited zoom (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (56)
    • Travel (44)
    • HD shooting (35)
    • Weddings (30)
    • Documentaries (28)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (43), Enthusiast (20), Pro videographer (13), Semi-pro (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (83), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Camcorder Out There!!

    Most people will complain only about the manual only being online as a 200 page downloadable PDF. Not me! The Canon VIXIA HF R500 is so easy to use I haven't had to look...Read complete review

    Most people will complain only about the manual only being online as a 200 page downloadable PDF. Not me! The Canon VIXIA HF R500 is so easy to use I haven't had to look at the online manual yet! Kudos to Canon for saving all that paper anyways! The Canon VIXIA HF R42 and R52 (only difference I found is more zoom in the R52) is rated #1 on most online 10 Best 2014 Camcorders. The reason I bought the Canon VIXIA HF R500 is because, after doing a ton of research online, I found the Canon VIXIA HF R50 (around $ more) and Canon VIXIA HF R52 (around $ more) had only 2 differences: Wi-Fi camcorder control to your compatible phone or tablet and built in memory (R50 has 8GB while the R52 has 32GB). After reading a ton of reviews online I found that the Wi-Fi controls is a bit laggy and you can buy a 64GB memory card that fits in all VIXIA models for around $-$. Another amazing thing I found out is at B&H (at the time I purchased this) the white R500 is $+ cheaper than the black R500. The only difference between the 2 camcorders is color? Sold! Hope you liked my review.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very simple, good for short outdoor rec.

    This is a very simple camera. (I'm using the European version but they should be the same)It has almost no other functionality. It does the job though, but: a. Quality is...Read complete review

    This is a very simple camera. (I'm using the European version but they should be the same)It has almost no other functionality. It does the job though, but: a. Quality is very low in bad light conditions (room light is not enough most of the time !) - I've specifically asked that in the b&h store, I was told it would be ok, but..... nope. The video is not so good indoors. much better outside.b. The recorded file is splitted into 4GB files. it means that you need to stich it together by yourself. when you do this, you get the video and audio out of sync. So - This is a great camera in terms of price and for outdoor use. not so good for indoors. The battery that comes with it is very very poor. I've bought the offered 2nd battery which is not that good also. when you plug it to the power it will not charge while operating so it limits your ability to use the camera.

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    4.0

    nice camera

    By starmania909

    from salt lake city

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White):

        pretty small but works nice ...
        good video quality for the rite price
        be nice if it went wider angle a bit more

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        4.0

        Great Value!

        By EH

        from New Jersey

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

        This was purchased as a backup camera for video production and for shooting home video. I love the microphone input and excellent image stabilization. It does not handle low light too well, but this is to be expected for a camera like this. Still, its an amazing value.

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        4.0

        excellent for home video

        By Andres

        from New York, NY

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

          This is an awesome compact camera. good in low light and has decent stabilization.
          super easy to use
          I didn't get the Vixia with the wifi connection because I'm told the image quality downgrades when you stream the vids over wifi... better to download to your comp with a chord.

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          5.0

          Excellent hardware, highly recommended

          By Mr.P

          from Merrimack, NH

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

            This camera fits the needs of Merrimack High School FIRST Team 166. We use it to video document the team's efforts currently and will be using it to help plan strategy for competitions.

            It's small size makes it perfect for up-close use on the field and its magnification capability lend to long-range video capture while in the stands.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very nice in a small package

            By JG

            from Tacoma, WA

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                Has nearly every feature in an expensive and lightweight package. Massive zoom with high quality. Only negative I can think of is the inability of an easy still picture while recording mode.

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                4.0

                Very handy camcorder

                By Celcar Gaspar

                from Lobito-Benguela, R. of Angola

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                VIXIA HF R500 Full HD is a very handy camcorder, so small, easy to use and lightweight. Not good in low light conditions and also not good for photos. I'm using it for personal non professional music video productions (Posted in YouTube – Celcar Gaspar).

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                5.0

                HD camcorder

                By Kay

                from Illinois

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                  The quality is oustanding of the recorded video. The copied video is as good as the original. Transferring the video to the computer was easy and quick. Recording is very simple.

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                  4.0

                  Great Video Quality for the price

                  By Mr Cee

                  from New York

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                    If you cant afford an expensive Cinema camera, Look no further. In Image Quality I could not ask for anything better with this Canon R500 for the price range. The Presets are very, very good. it works well in low light with the low light preset. Very good stablilization. Records Mp4 or AVCHD all in Progressive. For Editing and Color grading is a pleasure.
                    I traded in my 5 year old Panasonic HS-250 for this camera and I am very Satisfied. B&H Again made me happy. Thanks Mamushka !

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                    5.0

                    VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black)

                    By Dixie

                    from CLARENDON, TEXAS

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                      It is simple to use and makes great videos.

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                      4.0

                      Good Product for its price

                      By Pradeep

                      from NJ

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        Video is awesome and even the photo clarity is good but when you take photos in night it is not so good. But you cant expect any good product for this price.

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                        3.0

                        Simple to use but not super MAC friendly

                        By AdamBright

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Poor In Low Light
                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        I wish I had done more research on this before buying in the store. The good part is the price and ease of use. The tricky part is that it does not automatically load into iMovie so it is not as good for a mac user. I figured out that the SD card does load in, but it is a drag to have to take out the card and handle it that much, as opposed to camcorders that can plus into the MAC and iMovie recognizes.

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                        5.0

                        Great Hot Dog Sizes Video Camera!

                        By Mallory

                        from Long Beach, CA

                        Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        First of all, as an ex-New Yorker, I knew B&H was the the way to go when I was looking for a video camera for my son! I got in under the wire with free shipping and it arrived speedily to my doorstep! My son is thrilled! He loves the size, ease of use, and memory (for the size of this camera.) I recommend it as a first step for the budding filmmakers in your life.

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                        5.0

                        Great purchase, good value

                        By Enigma

                        from Australia

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Movies/Short Films

                          Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                          This has all the extras that my son wanted for a camcorder within the price range. He loves it, and couldn't find any other camcorder that came close for the price.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Works great for the classroom

                          By skeletor

                          from NM

                          About Me Video Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White):

                            I teach a video production class and this camera works great and holds up the student use.

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                            5.0

                            Very "Handy cam"

                            By JayK

                            from Pasadena, CA

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Travel

                              Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                              Compact and does the job well. Simple menu/items and no much bells and whistles which anyway I would not use. Quite happy with the purchase.

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                              2.0

                              Prepare for some frustration

                              By Jake Fantom

                              from Charlottesville, VA

                              About Me Video Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Good Image Stabilization

                              Cons

                              • Complicated To Operate
                              • Poor In Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Back-up Pocket Cam

                              Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                              If you shoot video for purposes of editing with a PC as I do, you will likely be quite disappointed by this camcorder. The problem isn't the camcorder itself, it's the process of transferring the video clips to your computer. The Canon hardware does not permit the card (regardless of what type of card you use) to be auto-read by the computer you attach it to. You need special software available free from Canon. If you have owned any Canon products, you should already know that software is the company's weakness. It is the buggiest, least logical, least user-friendly software imaginable. It took me the better part of an hour to figure out how to transfer a couple gigabytes of video clips to my Mac. The actual process of transferring the files has so far taken another 45 minutes. Comparing this to a Lumix cam that I often use to shoot video, the Lumix card appears instantly on my desktop, and transferring the same number of files takes under two minutes. I think if you are purchasing this cam, along with a card (it doesn't come with one) you will also need to buy a card reader so as to hopefully avoid the horrendous Canon software. As I write this, I have just reviewed some of the first videos I shot, and I also notice the camera auto-focus is not the zippiest I have ever used.

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                              5.0

                              Great Value

                              By MakroMan

                              from Washington DC

                              About Me Pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization

                              Cons

                              • Poor In Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • HD Shooting

                              Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White):

                              I use two of theses camera with a ATEM Production Studio 4K. The cameras only output 1080p/ 60fps thru HDMI nothing else. There is minimal delay in the HDMI feed.

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                              5.0

                              Great product

                              By Deb

                              from New York

                              Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White):

                              Last minute decision to buy a video camera for Christmas. Ordered from B&H the Cannon Vixia R 500. B& H had the best price by far and they delivered in time for Christmas morning!

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                              5.0

                              Everything you need for a novice

                              By InstaGraham

                              from Edison, NJ

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Documentaries
                                • HD Shooting
                                • Home Movies
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Travel

                                Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White):

                                I use this camcorder for multiple purposes including school projects and family vacations. The ease of use and quality of the video is stunning, and the format works well with my simple editing software. A really neat feature is the microphone jack that most camcorders I looked into do not have. I was able to simply keep this in my short pocket while on family vacation since it was so small, and not have to worry about a separate bag while walking around.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome!

                                By Alfonso The Explorer

                                from New York

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Zoom

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Movies/Short Films
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                  Magnificent for low-light conditions, incredibly fantastic on proper light conditions, hi-resolution, easy to use, lightweight and the stabilization works marvelous, the best of the camera: its price!

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