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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
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    CanonVIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White)
     
    4.5

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (63)
    • Zoom range/performance (61)
    • Great picture quality (46)
    • Image stabilization (41)
    • Large clear LCD (30)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (11)
    • Limited zoom (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (41)
    • Travel (34)
    • HD shooting (28)
    • Weddings (24)
    • Documentaries (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (34), Enthusiast (12), Semi-pro (11), Pro videographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (67)

    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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    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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    5.0

    great little camera

    By Keith

    from Virginia

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

    Got this for my business to create training videos and it does a nice job.

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    5.0

    Excellent Camera

    By MGKPhoto

    from Calabasas, CA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • Reduced Low Light Iq

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is my 4th Canon camcorder. All are still in service. This is a very full featured consumer camcorder that delivers excellent performance. Although not quite up to the capabilities of Canon's CMOS Pro sensors, this camera delivers excellent video. In low light situations there is some diminution of the image quality, typical of consumer level camcorders.

    I use this camera in a professional setting as part of a multicam configuration. It is not my main camera, but among those that I use for cutaways.

    This camcorder is also a great value.

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    5.0

    Good Value

    By Bert Boatswain

    from Sioux Center, IA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

    • Complex Manual Focus
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel

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

    I needed a camera for recording school music programs (band concerts, choir concerts, etc.). The programs are always in a well lit area so I wasn't concerned about low light quality. I use a shotgun mic for audio so I needed a camcorder with a mic input. Not only was this one of the least expensive (name-brand) camcorders available, but it had several features a prosumer uses. My shotgun mic worked great with the camcorder, AND you set set the other audio port as a headphone jack for audio monitoring. Adjusting the mic level was really easy with 100 audio steps (0-100). It has the ability to manually set white balance and that was also simple to set.Of course there are going to be plenty of flaws at this price point, but you get what you pay for. The auto-focus works well, but the manual focus is definitely challenging to figure out. I give it 5 stars not because it's the best camcorder on the planet, but because it delivers beyond its price. Would I use it as a b-roll camera as a prosumer or indie film maker? Probably not. I would move up a few tiers for that. It is a great camcorder for family/personal videos, school events, community events, etc.

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    5.0

    Capable value, can use line-in source

    By Pauli Foz

    from Columbia, SC

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Tiny Icons A Bit Tough

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies

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

    I use this for self-produced music videos. Once you learn the touch screen and menu structure, the myriad of options are readily accessed. I run a stereo cable from a mixing board into the microphone input; it is necessary to cut the gain at the mixing board since line-level is hotter than mic input. I got a decent audio track using the "Auto Level" function, but it's better to turn off automatic level, since volumes in the signal may be unnaturally cut or boosted. All in all, an excellent value.

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    4.0

    Great consumer camcorder, easy to use!

    By oFlanada

    from Ohio

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Travel

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

    I work in the pro video sphere and needed a good home camera. I'm REALLY loving the "consumer" features such as turning on when you open the screen, autofocus and excellent zoom with optical image stabilization. It's not great in low light, but for the money I feel it's acceptable.

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    4.0

    Good Entry Video Camera

    By Jim from Montana

    from Missoula Montana

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Small and compact

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel

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

    We bought the camera to record dance lessons and videos of my grandson. I have only used it for the dance lessons and it works good. Fits very well in my vest pocket. The controls are easy to use but it is grainy in very low light situations. Easy to see what is recording and I would buy it again.

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    4.0

    Nice Little Camera

    By FolkSinger

    from Harrisburg, PA

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

    I have only used this camera twice, but it is good so far. My previous camcorder had a remote control I could use when I perform on stage, which I didn't think about when purchasing this one, but I might be able to edit or arrange for an audience member to do the recording. I am happy with it despite this oversight on my part and plan to use it a lot

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    4.0

    Excelente relacion calidad-precio

    By Nestor

    from Uruguay

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Muy conforme con la compraTotalmente recomendable

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    • No

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    5.0

    First-rate camcorder

    By Sam

    from Potomac, MD

    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

    • None

    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):

    B&H service was, as always, excellent. This is a superb camcorder: very sharp, exceptional low-light performance, great natural colors, impressive stabilization. Easy to use in auto mode, although it has a lot of possible adjustments. It does not provide a program for downloading high definition movies to a dvd. I used Corel Video Studio, which worked well, but took several hours to record a few minutes of high definition movie (AVCHD) to a DVD. This is nonetheless a top-noth camcorder, which is also very well finished. The fact that it is so cheap makes it an incredible bargain.

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    4.0

    Excellent Value Good Performance

    By Dave

    from Kalamazoo, MI

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • External Mic
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Headphone For Monitoring
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel

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

      For the price, this camcorder produces excellent results. Low light can be a challenge but for the price what can you expect. In Auto mode, good results are seen but the camera has a number of good Scene modes which help improve the videos. Program mode is very useful. The camera has the capability to control a number of functions manually and, once you become familiar with the touch screen, can be readily accessed. Like most other electronic devices, you need to download the manual but it's not too big to load it on your phone so it is readily available. Read the manual to get the most out of this camera's capabilities. Sound is OK but get an inexpensive powered mic for better results.

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      5.0

      My First Hi Def

      By Rev Ed

      from Brundidge, Alabama

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I have not actually used the camcorder to record an event. It seems to do very well with my initial tinkering. I could have paid less for the camcorder somewhere else, but B&H Photo has the best service and great reputation. This is my first step away from mini-DV into the high definition video world. The Canon VIXIA HF R500 has the best of the basic features to explore the latest format.

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        4.0

        A good present of holidays

        By Mike O.

        from New York

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Home Movies
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Small and very light. high quality image.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Nice Video Recorder

        By BLB

        from Atlanta

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Children Families
          • Home Movies

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

          Very nice video recorder for the money. Bought this for my daughter and son in law when they had their first child. Small, compact, good quality and easy to use.

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          5.0

          This is a good upgrade from Canon MiniDV

          By cgrscott

          from Independence, KY

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This camera is a good upgrade from the Canon ZR Mini-DV era. It comes with an HDMI cable for instant playback on your flat panel TV. If you are using a standard definition CRT TV with the RCA AV jacks and no HDMI input, you can use the Canon STV-250N Stereo Video Cable that came with your previous Canon ZR Mini-DV camcorder and run it from the Vixia's 3.5mm AV jack port to your RCA AV hoop-up on your CRT TV. If you don't have the Canon STV-250N Stereo Video Cable, B&H sells it.The Canon STV-250N Stereo Video Cable does not come with the VIXIA HF R cameras since most users have already transitioned to HD flat panel TVs that include an HDMI input but, if you need the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable for your Vixia, you might already have one or you can get one from B&H.I'm used to buying and archiving mini-DV tapes but the larger SDCX and SDHC cards are so affordable, this transition is painless. You can purchase cases from B&H that help you to store and keep track of your collection of SD cards that are filled up with video.The price point and the evolution of the technology made this a good time to jump from Mini-DV tape to HD home video, using high-capacity SD cards.

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            5.0

            Perfect for Location Vides

            By Bob

            from Milford, CT

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Home Movies

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

              I got this for location and studio Youtube videos. I love that it has a slot for a sd card so I can swap cards and keep going.

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              4.0

              Nice simple gear

              By LocalAccess Guy

              from Central Massachusetts

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • School events

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

              We bought a couple of these vid cameras for a video club at our local grade school. The sixth graders will be recording events at school for our town Education Channel. They allow the kids to learn basic camera positioning without overwhelming them with higher tech choices. A nice into to videography.

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              5.0

              Exactly what we wanted

              By Training Coordinator

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Casual User

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Bought this for a sales training program where we film young sales people role playing a sales call. The camera is small and lightweight enough for travel and easy to use.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent HD Camcorder

                  By Tv34 Multi-media

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  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 (White):

                    The best thing about these camcorders is the audio & headphone jacks. Quality is excellent and great for mini studio production work. I have donated some to my church to upgrade their service.

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                    4.0

                    Very satisfied

                    By Macro Mike

                    from Asheville, NC

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • Indoors/Low Light

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

                      I used it for making a video of an educational conference. Using a tripod and a lapel mic (wireless)everything went smoothly... especially considering that this was my first time using (and owning) a camcorder. The quality of the picture is excellent, even when zoomed and when taken in florescent light.

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                      5.0

                      Very happy with this video camera

                      By Losa

                      from Knoxville, TN

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Light
                      • Small

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

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

                        I needed a small, light video camera to carry around with me. A friend, who is a professional videographer/editor, recommended this camera to me. Picture quality is high, the camera is easy to operate. Works best with a good light source (indoor incandescent lighting is fine). Camera records in a couple of different formats, and takes still shots as well as video.

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