Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White)

Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White)

Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White)

B&H # CAHFR500W MFR # 9176B002
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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
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Canon HF-R500 Overview

  • 1Description

The white 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
In the Box
Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White)
  • 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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    Canon HF-R500 Specs

    Sensor 1/4.85" CMOS
    Color Filter RGB
    Sensor Resolution 3,280,000 MP
    Effective Pixels 2,073,600 MP (Video)
    2,073,600 MP (Photo)
    Focal Length 2.8 to 89.6mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 38.5 to 1232 Optical Zoom (Advanced Zoom Off)
    32.5 to 1853 Advanced Zoom On
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/4.5
    Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Zoom Optical: 32x
    Advanced (Optical): 57x
    Digital: 1140x
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x 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)
    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)
    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 2-Channel: 48.0 kHz
    AAC: 48.0 kHz
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Screen Resolution 230,000 Dots
    Shutter Speed 1/2000 Second ()
    1/500 Second ()
    Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 5 (NTSC)
    .4 (Low Light Mode)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    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 1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x USB 2.0 Mini-AB
    1 x A/V Mini Terminal (4-pole mini-jack)
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1840 mAh
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Operating Temperature 23 to 113°F / -5 to 45°C
    Humidity: 60%
    32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Humidity: 85%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.1 x 2.2 x 4.6" / 53.3 x 55.9 x 116.8 mm not including grip belt
    Weight 8.3 oz / 235.3 g camera body not including grip belt
    10.1 oz / 286.3 g including BP-718 battery, memory card and grip belt
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.1 x 5.6 x 5.1"

    Canon HF-R500 Reviews

    VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (White) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 132.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made a Youtube video with it Here is a youtube video example using the camera for my first ever attempt to record something... i need practice with the camera...but this might give you a rough idea what the camera can do. The mic picked up some windy breeze on the water at times.I like the idea that the camera does not have built in memory because it can make it easier to get the recordings off the camera using a memory card you insert into the camera without software to mess with to transfer the files from the camera to your windows lap top or windows pc later----------------
    Date published: 2014-09-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality with a pathetic battery I wanted to rate this product much lower based solely on the battery life and ergonomics for people with large hands, but the video picture quality and ease of use for the price wouldn't let me. I have very little experience with cameras in this category; however, I was shocked with the battery life (less than two hours recording, shorter than my recording time on the SD card I purchased). I was also disappointed in the ergonomics of this camera if you have even moderately large hands; this thing is tiny. However, in moderate light levels the video quality met and exceeded my expectations at this price point and the simple controls made it easy to get the job done.
    Date published: 2014-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camcorder used with MacBookPro I just bought this camcorder because I am tired of Sony MiniDV camcorder, with MiniDV I need a lot of cables and a lot of software in order to get the HD video. With the Canon VIXIA R500, I only need to configure MP4 video and that's all!!! iPhoto in my MacBookPro recognises the format then the import is the same as a photo, in MP4 Mac-compatible and if it necessary, Canon provides to Mac with ImageBrowserEX software in order to import the photos/video, when Sony do not provide anything and you must buy their software (like Vegas). Excellent choice with this camcorder!!!
    Date published: 2014-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect camcorder for the beginner. I use this camcorder to film short videos for YouTube. The ability to record in mp4 makes it easier for when uploading to my editing software. The built in features are wonderful and you can really set it up to get that perfect look. The quality of the video is a complete delight, with many different quality settings to choose from. I have a studio lighting system I use so I cannot attest to how the picture holds up in low light settings. For those who are looking into getting into making videos and can't dish out the money for a high end DSLR, I recommend this.
    Date published: 2015-02-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing low light performance Perhaps my expectations were just too high, but I assumed a handheld camcorder in 2014 would compare reasonably well to my old HDV Canon HV-20 from 2007. Turns out that's not the case -- in a side-by-side comparison, the low light performance isn't anywhere near as good as my old camera, with blotchy noise appearing throughout the image and details being lost. Daylight performance is good however. Feature wise the camcorder is nice, with decent image stabilization and reasonable zoom. It's also light and compact, which are pluses, particularly when traveling. Low light performance is important to me as I record school plays, and I just couldn't overlook that shortcoming. If that isn't a concern or if it will only be used in well lit environments, then this camera would likely suit your needs.
    Date published: 2014-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough Enough for Heavy Use in a School Our cameras get a lot of use. Our high school has a video class with 32-38 students in any given year. There school days where every camera is used at least once and weekends when all 8 cameras are checked out by students. We started with Canon ZR80s, then ZR500s, 800s, 900s, and 960s. These HF R500s are the sturdiest yet. It took more than two years before the first of these cameras started giving us problems. I've recommended Canon to other teachers starting video programs.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camera! This unit is lightweight and super compact. I am actually using a lowepro lens case for it when it is not in my full bag. I went with this at a much lower price rather than the R52 with 32gig on board memory. I can purchase a few cards for the price savings. I have only toyed with it a bit so far so I can't fairly review all its features yet so far I am very pleased. I did purchase the Watson AC/DC charger along with an extra lithium Ion Battery. The charger worked great and is also small and compact. Without a third party charger you must charge the battery on the camera!
    Date published: 2015-03-13
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    Can I use the Rode Lavalier mic with the MiCon-2 connector and extension cable directly into the Canon Vixia HF R500? (i.e. - is there at least 1V of phantom power being sent from the camera's audio input to power such a lav or would we need to get some sort of transmitter, receiver set up and go wireless?)
    Asked by: Jim S.
    Unfortunately no. RDE's MiCon Connecto/RDE Lavalierare used with wireless systems. This mic is designed to be connected to a wireless bodypackk transmitter. it derives the required power from the bodypack.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can this video camera take still photos as well as video?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes it does. very easy to do via the touchscreen.
    Answered by: Sheryl C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    will cannon's wireless controller work with this camcorder?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Answered by: JUAN CARLOS H.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    If I'm running sound from my stereo into the mic jack, can I manually set sound levels in the camera?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The microphone input of the camera will not accept the hot line level signal from your stereo.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    What spare Canon batteries will work with this camera?
    Asked by: Aaron C.
    I use battery pack BP-718 as my spare
    Answered by: HOD R.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    does all acessories come with this canon camcorder if ordered in box?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    What's In the Box:Canon VIXIA HF R500 Full HD Camcorder (Black)Battery Pack BP-7186' HDMI Male to Mini HDMI Male Cable (Ver. 1.3)CA-110 Compact AC Power Adapter & ChargerIFC-300PCU USB Cable1-Year Limited Warranty
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can this camcorder be charged while recording (say, with outlet plug-in)?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes. This camcorder will charge during the recording mode, while connected to wall current with the included AC power supply.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Does this have an automatic post to youtube feature? Does it come with editing software?
    Asked by: Mark M.
    The HF R500 does not offer this feature. The Canon HFR50 offers built-in Wi-Fi technology that lets you share your HD video with friends and family anytime, anywhere. Connect with compatible home networks, wireless hotspots, and iOS mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app. Videos and photos can be easily shared over the Internet with a free registration on Canon's iMAGE GATEWAY# - an online photo storage service that lets you upload to social networking sites. You can even use your compatible PC to browse remotely through the previously shot videos stored on your camcorder, without connecting a cable. The Remote Browse function uses a standard web browser and does not require a special app.Note: Devices supported for Canon Movie Uploader app include iPhone 4S/5/5S, iPad 2, iPad 3rd/4th gen, iPad mini, iPod touch 5th genNote: Devices supported for Remote Browsing include iPhone 4S/5/5S, iPad 2, iPad 3rd/4th gen, iPad mini, iPod touch 5th gen, most Android 2.3/3.2/4.0/4.1/4.2 mobile devices
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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