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CanonVIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Great sound (11)
  • Great picture quality (8)
  • Large clear LCD (8)
  • Image stabilization (6)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • HD shooting (6)
  • Home movies (5)
  • Travel (4)
  • Documentaries (3)
  • Low light (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro videographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Semi-pro (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome compact HD Camcorder!

The Canon mini X is a great compact HD video camera. I've enjoyed this camera for about a month now and have liked being able to go places without the bulk of regular size...Read complete review

The Canon mini X is a great compact HD video camera. I've enjoyed this camera for about a month now and have liked being able to go places without the bulk of regular size camcorders. The audio is awesome, and the HD imaging is amazing! Most people will think you are holding your smartphone which draws less attention to you when shooting with it. It has many features that I haven't even tested yet. You really can set this on auto and get amazing footage. It truly is one of my favorite purchases from B&H!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but not as versatile without a zoom

This camera has great stereo audio and is great for videoing yourself playing music or your band. It's also great for doing videos in your car as the stereo microphones are way better than...Read complete review

This camera has great stereo audio and is great for videoing yourself playing music or your band. It's also great for doing videos in your car as the stereo microphones are way better than the audio on a GoPro, and you can mount the Mini X upside down as it has a feature where it will keep the video right side up. It's not really made for extreme action though since it does not have a hard shell case to install it into.

I'm a real stickler for audio quality and the built-in microphones on this unit are probably the best available on any small camcorder. I also really like that you can plug in an external microphone (mini jack) for even better audio. It even allows you to mix that microphone input with the built in ones such as in an interview situation. You can get quite processional sounding audio with this device that way. It has a headphone jack to for monitoring the audio.

For vlogs/vlogging however, the lens on this seems a bit too wide angle and fisheye as it really distorts the image and makes you and your surroundings look odd. This tends to be more noticeable indoors (bent walls on the sides) or if you video something very close up, or if you put yourself any where near the edges of the frame. In my opinion, the ideal focal length for vlogging would be about 21mm however this lens seems about 16mm or so. I also really wish this had a zoom capability as there are times when you only have this camera with you but you want to video (or a take a still) or something far away. If it had an optical zoom, like any of the little Canon ELPH cameras do, it would be way more useful. It really needs a zoom capability!

The ergonomics are excellent however and the fact that you can see yourself in the flip screen while you are vlogging or taking a selfie is really nice. The only glaring negative is the lack of any optical zoom function other than a close-up mode which just digitally crops the image (lowers the quality), and even that is only a on or off feature, it does not have a variable zoom.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect for my little Videos

By Green Minion

from San Francisco

Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

This handy camcorder is perfect for my needs. I use it to make short recordings when I'm travelling. I love the big view and the sound quality.

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5.0

Great little cmcorder

By Marcy presentation coach

from FL

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Zoom Function

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Student Presentaitons

Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

Love this camcorder. It's light, easy to use. The wide angle lens makes up for the lack of a zoom function, and the picture and sound quality are excellent.

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  • No

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4.0

Great camera

By RK Instructional Media

from Seattle, WA

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Sound
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Meetings And Classrooms

    Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

    I like this camera a lot. You can sit it on a table and forget about it. The wide lens captures everything and you can flip the screen around so you can see what is being captured from a distance. It also comes with an A/C power supply and will record plugged in unlike other cameras in this class. The sound and image quality are quite good.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excited about this great little camera.

    By Phil

    from Atlanta

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

    The versatility and clarity is wonderful.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Decent Camera, Easy to use

    By Michael

    from Washington, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

      I have many smaller cams and was looking for something to do self shooting on the fly for uploading to websites. The quality of the video is much like other in this category it and always better in good light and not so great in lower light situation which is expected.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Small and high quality picture and mic

      By Delas

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting

      Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

      I use this mainly for video blogging. It's simple to use and shoots amazing quality HD videos. The mic picks up great sound as well (not so great in windy situations though).

      The only issue I have is that it's a really wide angle which doesn't work great with all settings. And the one zoom setting fixes this, but it sacrifices the video quality so it's not an option for me.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Vixia Mini X

      By HuntingLife

      from Lincoln, NE

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Self Filming Blogging

      Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

      For self filming this camera is one of the best on the market. The flip screen, awesome sound quality and great filming quality. This camera does not handle low light situations very well but that is my only complaint. Otherwise the quality is very good and I really like the ease of use on this camera.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great camera good price.

      By Pixie

      from California

      Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

      Camera is everything and more. Very fast shipping and great customer service.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome compact HD Camcorder!

      By kwsdp

      from Carrollton, Texas

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Battery Life
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

        The Canon mini X is a great compact HD video camera. I've enjoyed this camera for about a month now and have liked being able to go places without the bulk of regular size camcorders. The audio is awesome, and the HD imaging is amazing! Most people will think you are holding your smartphone which draws less attention to you when shooting with it. It has many features that I haven't even tested yet. You really can set this on auto and get amazing footage. It truly is one of my favorite purchases from B&H!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good but not as versatile without a zoom

        By Mediahound

        from SF Bay Area, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

          This camera has great stereo audio and is great for videoing yourself playing music or your band. It's also great for doing videos in your car as the stereo microphones are way better than the audio on a GoPro, and you can mount the Mini X upside down as it has a feature where it will keep the video right side up. It's not really made for extreme action though since it does not have a hard shell case to install it into.

          I'm a real stickler for audio quality and the built-in microphones on this unit are probably the best available on any small camcorder. I also really like that you can plug in an external microphone (mini jack) for even better audio. It even allows you to mix that microphone input with the built in ones such as in an interview situation. You can get quite processional sounding audio with this device that way. It has a headphone jack to for monitoring the audio.

          For vlogs/vlogging however, the lens on this seems a bit too wide angle and fisheye as it really distorts the image and makes you and your surroundings look odd. This tends to be more noticeable indoors (bent walls on the sides) or if you video something very close up, or if you put yourself any where near the edges of the frame. In my opinion, the ideal focal length for vlogging would be about 21mm however this lens seems about 16mm or so. I also really wish this had a zoom capability as there are times when you only have this camera with you but you want to video (or a take a still) or something far away. If it had an optical zoom, like any of the little Canon ELPH cameras do, it would be way more useful. It really needs a zoom capability!

          The ergonomics are excellent however and the fact that you can see yourself in the flip screen while you are vlogging or taking a selfie is really nice. The only glaring negative is the lack of any optical zoom function other than a close-up mode which just digitally crops the image (lowers the quality), and even that is only a on or off feature, it does not have a variable zoom.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Camera for Vlogging

          By Mervin H

          from New York, NY

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Sound
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • No zoom
          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

          I'm a casual vlogger and I was using my DSLR for video and this was among the best alternatives I found, and a very good choice it is for vlogging. Other scenarios I use it in are in music venues and for in-person interviews with individuals. The audio quality from the stereo microphones is excellent, and the video quality in fish-eye or in close-up mode is worthy of the Canon name. I'm very pleased with this camera, and will use it for a good time to come.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wonderful Camcorder

          By videoemilio

          from Florida

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

            Does everything it says it can. Great color and wonderful fisheye lens. I used it with a Glide cam.
            I would tell anyone this is a great camera.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Little camera packs a big punch

            By Udel the scribe

            from Hollywood

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Low Key
            • Subtle

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Interviews

              Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

              Using the Vixia mini X for interview purposes for my next book, The Stunt Greats of Hollywood, I found it's simplistic set-up, natural touch screen technology, and intrinsic learning curve for recording and playback to be the most well designed bit of hi-tek lens and SD card magic, that has yet to come along. From it's ancillary microphone jack and head phone option to it's thread mount and compact size, the Mini X is big where it counts yet priced to perform at a budget . My only detraction would be the motorized base as an extra: I would like to see it included for the $ bucks.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              VIXIA MINI X FULL HD CAMMCORDER

              By SCARFEY

              from CHICAGO

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies

              Comments about Canon VIXIA mini X Full HD Camcorder:

              lOVE THE CAMERA, GREAT UPGRADE FROM THE FIRST MODEL, LOVE THE WIDE ANGLE LENS AND IMAGE STABALIZATION. ONLY BAD THING EVEN THOUGH THE CAMERA IS NOT THAT TINY IT DOES HAVE OPTICAL ZOOM.
              THE TOUCH SCREEN FUNCTIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS RESPONSIVE.

              THIS CAMERA TAKES GREAT STILL PICTURES.

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              • No

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