New Canon VIXIA Connected Camcorders

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Capitalizing on home video trends of 2012—local network and Internet connectivity, high-definition recording and solid-state storage—Canon is introducing six easy-to-use VIXIA camcorders. All accept the high-capacity SDXC card, as well as SD and SDHC memory cards; and four of the models contain internal flash memory, too. All record full HD (1920 x 1080p resolution) video in your choice of the AVCHD or MP4 format. Perhaps most importantly, all have built-in Wi-Fi.

Wireless connectivity makes the new VIXIA line much more convenient to use versus stand-alone camcorders that typically rely on a direct, tethered connection to your TV for viewing or to your computer for editing footage and uploading clips.  Built-in Wi-Fi enables users to wirelessly view their videos and photos through their home network to any DLNA-compliant TV, Blu-ray Disc player or other device. That’s the Digital Living Network Alliance standard adopted by many manufacturers. It means you can keep the camcorder on your lap, jump to the good scenes without a remote, and share that birthday party or vacation video with friends or family members on your big screen HDTV. And the camcorder doesn’t even have to be in the same room as the display device.

You’ll also be able to upload video wirelessly to your PC or to a Wi-Fi connected device such as an iPad or iPod touch. Beyond in-home viewing, you’ll be able to transfer video from the camcorder directly to online sharing sites like YouTube and Facebook. And you should be able to get your videos out to the world within moments of shooting by taking advantage of a public Wi-Fi hot spot or using your iPhone or cellular data-connected tablet or notebook. That kind of access used to require a van with a satellite dish.

The VIXIA HF M50 camcorder comes with 8GB of internal memory, sufficient for recording up to three hours of high-def video. It uses a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens (along with Intelligent IS and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization) and HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. The 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 image sensor offers 20 percent improved low-light performance over the Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor used in its 2011 VIXIA models. All the camcorders in the 2012 line incorporate a Flat Touch Panel LCD for fingertip control.

The VIXIA HF M500 incorporates the same lens and sensor as the M50 but relies entirely on an inserted memory card for recording.

The similarly endowed VIXIA HF M52 camcorder embeds 32GB of memory, enabling 12 hours of HD video storage.

The VIXIA HF R30 comes with 8GB of internal memory but is a step-up in sensor sensitivity and zoom range. It uses the more sensitive Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Video is steady and clear even at the long end of the 51x Advanced Zoom due to the SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent IS. The camcorder’s wide-angle area has been expanded to 33.9mm (35mm equivalent). Advanced Zoom, available in manual mode, allows the camera to simulate a 1,729mm lens (35mm equivalent) for extreme close-ups and filming from great distances.

Exhibiting equal prowess, the VIXIA HF R300 dispenses with internal memory in favor of a card slot only.

The top-of-the-line VIXIA R32 follows the specifications of the R30 and R300 but comes with 32GB of internal memory for recording up to 12 hours of Full HD video.

All these camcorders contain a microphone input with manual audio level control and a headphone output. For additional flexibility, all of these camcorders enable you to back up your video directly to an external hard drive, without the use of a computer, using the optional UA-100 USB adapter.

Please Note: This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

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The VIXIA HF R300 does not have WiFi, much to my chagrin.  The User's Guide is for the HF R30, HF R32 and HF R300.  The R30 and R32 have WiFia and dlna, the HF R300 has neither. :(