Canon VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder

B&H # CAHFR400 MFR # 8155B004
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Product Highlights

  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
  • Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • Record Directly to SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Record in AVCHD or MP4 Formats
  • Capacitive 3" Touch Panel LCD
  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens
  • 53x Advanced Zoom
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Baby Mode, Smart AUTO & Intelligent IS
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Canon HF-R400 Overview

  • 1Description

The Canon VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder records Full HD 1920 x 1080p video directly to an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. It supports Full HD still image capture as well. The camcorder features a 3.28 megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor and a DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor. The HF R400 also employs a genuine Canon HD video lens with 53x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic Image Stabilization. For easy recording and instant playback, there's a 3" touch panel LCD as well.

Designed with all levels of users in mind, the HF R400 has a laundry list of features including MP4 and AVCHD recording, an innovative Baby Mode, Intelligent IS, Smart AUTO, a higher capacity battery for longer shooting sessions and more. For connectivity to your HDTV, the camcorder is equipped with a mini-HDMI output. Plus, for improved audio recording, the HF R400 has both a headphone and a microphone jack. You can also achieve a variety of cinematic effects using the integrated Cinema-Look Filters.

Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom
The camcorder features a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with an expanded 38.5mm (35mm equivalent) wide-angle area. It uses aspherical lens technology to achieve low chromatic aberration with high resolution while maintaining compact dimensions. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The VIXIA HF R400 also features a 53x Advanced Zoom that takes the camcorder's telephoto power all the way to 1723mm (35mm equivalent) in manual mode. The camcorder offers continually variable Zoom Speed settings as well, with 15 levels available.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Improved Dynamic Image Stabilization
Canon's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake instantly, even when shooting handheld video at long focal lengths. The VIXIA HF R400's DIGIC DV 4 Image Processer allows for an improved Dynamic Image Stabilization mode. In addition to 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 system also stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling rotational camera shake - horizontal, vertical and roll axis - promotes distortion-free video, even when you're walking and shooting.
3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
The VIXIA HF R400 is equipped with a 3.28 megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor for true 1920 x 1080 resolution. Canon's high-resolution HD CMOS image sensor features extra sensitivity for lifelike Full HD video with natural color, even in low light. Original on-chip noise reduction helps bring bright clarity to every frame as well, so your video is clear and detailed, even when played back on a large HDTV.
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
The VIXIA HF R400 incorporates Canon's advanced DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, which is a significant upgrade from previous models. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor captures more light, for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. And, it supports improved image stabilization.
Record to Removable SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards
The VIXIA HF R400 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. Since the VIXIA HF R400 supports super-high capacity SDXC cards, you'll be able to hold up to 128GB and transfer data faster.
MP4 (35Mbps) or AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps) Recording
The VIXIA HF R400 lets you record AVCHD or MP4 files. 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 minimized so even fast moving subjects are clearly recorded. 1080/60p recording also means that the still images you extract are high quality as well. The camera supports an improved bit rate of 28Mbps for AVCHD recording, and MP4 files are captured at a bit rate of up to 35Mbps.
3" Capacitive Touch Panel LCD
The VIXIA HF R400 features a 3" capacitive touch panel LCD screen that makes shooting and other operations fast and easy. Opening the panel turns the power on and a gentle touch activates 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 control. In addition, the user interface has been updated. The Home button is on the menu screen and you can quickly access all functions. Plus, 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 VIXIA HF R400 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
The VIXIA HF R400 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 easier to shoot clear, sharply focused video, even in situations that typically cause camera shake. The Intelligent IS system analyzes the shooting situation for you, and 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. It helps correct camera shake that can occur in telephoto shots. There's even a Tripod Mode that stops IS when the camcorder is stationary.
Increased Audio Adjustability
The VIXIA HF R400 camcorder's microphone has updated elements that increase clarity at medium and low frequencies, so even faint sounds are recorded clearly. Three microphone positions let you adjust recording to suit the position of the zoom or your subjects: front for monaural recording; regular for normal stereo effect; and rear for a wider, more enhanced stereo effect. Frequency response characteristics can be adjusted for the scene with several options. You can balance all frequencies for normal recording, emphasize low frequencies for impactful live music recording, attenuate low frequencies to reduce ambient noise, emphasize mid frequencies to focus on voices, or emphasize low and high frequencies to record live music with balanced lows and highs.
Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easier to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.
Smart AUTO & Auto Tele Macro
Smart AUTO takes care of all the details so you can focus on shooting. The system recognizes 38 shooting situations based on numerous factors, and 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 beautifully 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 display while shooting, and also applied post-capture for additional convenience and versatility. Choose from Cinema Standard, Old Movies, Vivid, Cool, Nostalgic, Dramatic Black-and-White or Sepia. The brightness of each filter can be adjusted low, medium or high, for even greater control. When Cinema Standard is selected, color depth, softening, and contrast can also be adjusted
Open & Shoot
Advanced Quick Start allows you to start shooting immediately whenever the action starts. Just open the LCD screen and the power is on. Shut down is just as easy: simply close the screen.
Ultra Clear Viewing
The display quality of the camcorder's LCD screen has been boosted with innovative technology. Vivid Clear View affords a sharp, bright, detailed display that helps you create your best videos.
Video SnapShot
Video SnapShot allows you 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 a movie that will grab everyone's attention. Video SnapShot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the SnapShot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.

Other Features

Programmed AE features Smart Auto, Manual Mode (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks), Cinema Mode, Baby Mode
TTL focusing system
Auto, Daylight, Tungsten and Manual white balance options
Manual exposure available
Camcorder includes PIXELA video browser / Network Utility Disc editing software
In the Box
Canon VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder
  • Battery Pack BP-718
  • CA-110 Compact AC Power Adapter & Charger
  • 6' HDMI Male to Mini HDMI Male Cable (Ver. 1.3)
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Bundled CD-ROM (ImageBrowser EX/Image Mix/Music Data)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Canon HF-R400 Specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1/4.85" CMOS
    Color Filter RGB
    Effective Pixels 2,073,600 MP
    Optics
    Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Zoom Optical: 32x
    Advanced (Optical): 53x
    Digital: 1060x
    Recording
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x SD/SDHC/SDXC (128 GB Maximum)
    Recording Time SDXC 32 GB
    AVCHD 32GB LP 1440 x 1080 (5Mbps): 12.3 hours
    AVCHD 32GB FXP 1920 x 1080 (17Mbps): 4.2 hours
    AVCHD 32GB MXP 1920 x 1080 (24Mbps): 2.9 hours
    AVCHD 32GB NTSC 60P 1920 x 1080 (28Mbps): 2.5 hours
    SD 32 GB
    MP4 32GB 1280 x 720 (4Mbps): 17.3 hours
    MP4 32GB 1920 x 1080 (17Mbps): 4.2 hours
    MP4 32GB 1920 x 1080 (24Mbps): 2.9 hours
    MP4 32GB 1920 x 1080 (35Mbps): 2 hours
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.07 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
    Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
    Audio Format AAC-LC
    Dolby Digital AC3
    Sampling Frequency AAC: 48.0 kHz
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Features
    Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
    Lux 5 (NTSC)
    .4 (Low Light Mode)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C) (output only)
    1 x USB 2.0 mini-AB
    1 x Composite Video
    1 x A/V Mini Terminal / Headphone Terminal (4 pole mini-jack)
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    General
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    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" / 5.3 x 5.6 x 11.7 cm not including grip belt
    Weight 8.3 oz / 235.3 g body, not including grip belt
    10.1 oz / 286.3 g including battery BP-718, memory card and grip belt
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 5.6 x 5.1"

    Canon HF-R400 Reviews

    VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 124.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use and happy to film in mp4! I'm an amateur videomaker. I edit in Camtasia Studio. I wanted to film in a format that allowed me to import to Cam Studio without any conversion. I'm happy with this camera and the option to film in mp4. It's also easy to save the files to my computer. The picture is clear, no clicking (as was the case with my Canon PowerShot). The touch screen is also very functional and user-friendly. I just wish the battery lasted longer and that the power cord were longer to give me the option of plugging in while I film in my living room. I'm also using an external mic for the first time. I'm glad to have that option now.
    Date published: 2013-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Bang for the Buck Amazing piece of gear,great in low light,outstanding picture quality,light as a feather.More zoom than the average person would ever need.Has external mike and headphone jacks.Camera does have exposure and focus adjustments but not precise f stop control,nor a manual zoom ring,but hey the camera only costs three bills.For that its amazing.Haven't really tested still photo capabilities. I use this camera for B roll shots and getting great low light shots at wedding receptions. For casual shooters its light weight,easy to use and for video pro's it would be a nice addition to your existing gear.
    Date published: 2013-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed! I upgraded from a Mini DV SD camcorder and the difference is amazing! While I would love a higher-end camcorder the audio and video quality are both excellent for the hobbyist. It picks up audio clearly without motor noise from the camcorder and the video is sharp. I wish that the Mac OS (10.8.4) could handle importing the highest quality recordings without a clunky procedure. It should be noted, though, that it is still possible to import and edit even the highest quality videos without 3rd party software (using Finder, QuickTime, and iMovie). Still not loving the touch screen interface but it is okay. No regrets on my purchase for the price paid. Good Canon value and quality!
    Date published: 2013-08-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality product for price I use the product for shooting events from parades to sports to outdoors recreation. It has been used for interviews, as well as for features and spotlights on people, places, businesses, etc. It is extremely light and is not hard to hold steady even without a tripod. It appears to have about 2 hours of run time on a fully charged battery. The only issues I really have with the product are that it's difficult to set up to use as a webcam, and that the battery must be attached to the camera for it to charge (which means swapping out and using a fresh battery while the other one charges is out of the question).
    Date published: 2013-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I bought the R400 already knowing that most of the features it has supersede most other handy cam sized video cameras on the market for the price. So the great optical zoom, larger LCD, and high quality video and audio capturing capabilities were not to much of a surprise once I started using it. If I had to single out the best feature for the R400 I would say that its image stabilization is OUTSTANDING. weither you are optically zoomed in to the max or not zoomed in at all, the camera eliminates all shaking your body naturally creates. The only CON I have for the R400 is that I wish it had a shoe mount on top. I know there are mounts you can get that screw into the tripod mount and what have you but a shoe you be nice also.
    Date published: 2013-06-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good video cam for the price My primary function to fill with this camcorder was something light and simple to use that my wife could use to capture those first moments with our Son. The layout is fairly simple and intuitive with a very light and compact body. My wife had no problems picking it up and start shooting with it. She has no desire to understand what the limitations of a camera are and how to overcome them, she simply just wants it to work. Hence why she will never pick up my D610 to shoot video. This camera satisfies our needs fairly well at a very nice price point. My only two complaints are that the wide angle coverage is pretty narrow and the low light performance could be much better.
    Date published: 2014-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has an external mic input! Needed a product which could travel to Africa (power supply doesn't need a converter only power adapter) and be carried to locations where they would be walking so it had to be lightweight. The external mic connection is GREAT for the price of the camcorder. Our interviews will sound so much better. we use a similar model at the University where I work in the COMM ARTS and Digital Media Arts Programs.
    Date published: 2013-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What what I needed I use this VIXIA to create webvideos and I must say that the quality is fantasitc. Image quality is far superior to webcams and all my point and shoot cameras and one of my DSLRs. The audio is also a great improvement even without my external mic. I have test shot this VIXIA for my webvideos and also some family fun videos and I am completely happy with this product for the price and function. This is not a professional level camera but it does create some really awesome videos for the price. I would recommend this product with full confidence.
    Date published: 2013-10-15
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