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Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder (White)

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  • 3.28 megapixel 1080p full HD CMOS sensor with DIGIC DV 4 image processor
  • 57x advanced zoom and Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 3-inch capacitive touch panel LCD offers fast, easy, intuitive controls
  • High capacity battery pack ensures extended shooting time
  • Features include Advanced baby mode, Audio Scene Select, Smart AUTO, Cinema-Look filter effects and Video Snapshot
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Color: White
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 9176B002
  • Optical zoom: 32 x
  • Display Size: 3 inches
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
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Color: White
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.1 x 2.2 inches ; 8.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00HLDFU6I
  • Item model number: 9176B002
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 5, 2014

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The Canon VIXIA HF R500 HD camcorder with 57x Advanced Zoom enables you to discover a world of new shooting possibilities. Get up close from virtually anywhere and feel free to walk while shooting. The camcorder's Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer will keep your video sharp and steady. Capture truly impressive, amazingly realistic 1920 x 1080 full HD video with the Canon 3.28 megapixel full HD CMOS image sensor and DIGIC DV 4 image processor. Not only is this camcorder easy to control but it also incorporates lots of ways to make your video polished, creative and of the highest quality. Intelligent IS optimizes image stabilization for the given conditions, while Smart AUTO chooses the best camcorder settings based on 38 predefined shooting situations. You'll record outstanding audio even under difficult conditions with Audio Scene Select. Plus to keep the fun and memory-making going longer, the VIXIA HF R500 features a high capacity battery pack.

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Beautiful HD Memories Made Simple

VIXIA HF R500

Discover a world of new shooting possibilities with VIXIA HF R500 camcorder's giant 57x Advanced Zoom! Get up close from virtually anywhere and feel free to walk while shooting: the camcorder's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer will keep your video sharp and steady. Capture truly impressive, amazingly realistic 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor. Even the fastest moving subjects are rendered with crisp detail thanks to 1080/60p recording in easy-to-share MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) formats, and video is recorded directly to a convenient, removable SD memory card. Parents take note: Advanced Baby Mode gives you an easy, organized way to track the daily development of up to three children. Just pick up the camcorder and start shooting: there's no need to worry about settings in this mode – every precious moment is automatically captured with the best possible quality for the shooting conditions. Not only is this camcorder easy to control with its 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD and fast, intuitive interface, but it also incorporates lots of ways to make your video polished, creative and of the highest quality. Intelligent IS optimizes image stabilization for the given conditions, while Smart AUTO chooses the best camcorder settings based on 38 predefined shooting situations. You'll record outstanding audio even under difficult conditions with Audio Scene Select, and give your video a unique creative spin with seven beautiful Cinema-Look Filter effects that can be added during or after shooting. And to keep the fun and memory-making going longer, the VIXIA HF R500 features a high capacity battery pack.

Steady Shooting Through a Mega Zoom Range

VIXIA HF R500
57x Advanced Zoom

You won't miss any of the action when shooting video with the VIXIA HF R500 camcorder and its impressive 57x Advanced Zoom range. Long-range shooting allows you to create videos with dynamic variety, and is less likely to disrupt the action you're shooting. It's perfect for formal ceremonies, animals in the wild, candid family videos and more. Advanced Zoom, available in manual mode, has been achieved with more efficient use of the effective imaging area. It takes the camcorder's telephoto power from 32.5mm all the way to 1,853mm (35mm equivalent) for extraordinary flexibility in shooting. For more convenient shooting and better creative control over your videos, the camcorder offers continually variable Zoom Speed settings, with 15 levels available.

VIXIA HF R500
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 the VIXIA HF R500 stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling rotational camera shake – horizontal, vertical and roll axis – ensures smooth, distortion-free video, even when you're walking while shooting.

Exceptionally Lifelike Image Quality

VIXIA HF R500
3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor

The VIXIA HF R500 camcorder is equipped with a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor to capture your memories in true 1920 x 1080 resolution. Canon's advanced, high-resolution HD CMOS Image Sensor features extra sensitivity that delivers beautifully lifelike Full HD video with natural color, even in low light. On-chip noise reduction brings bright clarity to every frame. Video is rich, clear and amazingly detailed anywhere you view it, even when played back on a large HDTV.

Advanced Technology Delivers Exceptional Clarity

DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor

The VIXIA HF R500 incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, for exceptional imaging performance. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor features dramatically increased processing power and captures more light, for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes.

Share Your Videos Quickly & Easily

Record to Removable SD Memory Cards

The VIXIA HF R500 camcorder records Full HD video directly to a removable SD memory card. Widely available in several capacities, SD memory cards let you share your videos quickly and easily. In addition to SD memory cards, the VIXIA HF R500 also lets you use super-high capacity SDXC cards. The same size as a standard SD card, a SDXC card can hold up to 2,048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer.

VIXIA RECORDING TIME CHART*1
AVCHD Recording Mode
1920 x 1080 Recording 1440 x 1080 Recording
Memory Capacity NTSC: 60P (Approx. 28 Mbps)*2 MXP (Approx. 24 Mbps)*2 FXP (Approx. 17 Mbps)*2 LP (Approx. 5 Mbps)*2
8GB 35 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 00 min. 3 hrs. 00 min.
16GB 1 hr. 15 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hrs. 05 min. 6 hrs. 05 min.
32GB 2 hrs. 30 min. 2 hrs. 55 min. 4 hrs. 10 min. 12 hrs. 15 min.
64GB 5 hrs. 05 min. 5 hrs. 55 min. 8 hrs. 20 min. 24 hrs. 30 min.
128GB 10 hrs. 10 min. 11 hrs. 55 min. 16 hrs. 45 min. 49 hrs. 00 min.
 
MP4 Recording Mode
1920 x 1080 Recording 1280 x 720 Recording
35 Mbps*2 24 Mbps*2 17 Mbps*2 4 Mbps*2
8GB 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 00 min. 4 hrs. 20 min.
16GB 1 hr. 00 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hrs. 05 min. 8 hrs. 40 min.
32GB 2 hrs. 00 min. 2 hrs. 55 min. 4 hrs. 10 min. 17 hrs. 20 min.
64GB 4 hrs. 00 min. 5 hrs. 55 min. 8 hrs. 20 min. 34 hrs. 45 min.
128GB 8 hrs. 00 min. 11 hrs. 55 min. 16 hrs. 45 min. 69 hrs. 30 min.
*1 Variable Bit Rate
*2 When AVCHD/MP4 recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop and then start.

Capture Moving Subjects Crisp and Clear

MP4 (35 Mbps) or AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) Recording

The VIXIA HF R500 gives you the highest quality recording, whether you're capturing MP4 or AVCHD 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 eliminated so even fast moving subjects show up crisply with motion and patterns clearly recorded. This greater sense of detail and faithful rendering of moving edges, plus enhanced color and fine tonal gradation, gives your video everything Full HD has to offer. AVCHD Progressive records at a bit rate of 28 Mbps, which is the highest in the AVCHD standard, and MP4 files are captured at a bit rate of 35 Mbps, so regardless of the format you're shooting or viewing, image quality is as high as can be.

Intuitive Control with Capacitive Touch

3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD

The VIXIA HF R500 features a 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD screen, making shooting and other operations easy. Simply open the panel and the power is on. The display is clear and vivid, and just as with your smartphone or tablet, 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 simple touch. In addition, the easy-to-use user interface makes your shooting experience simpler and more fun. 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.

The Easiest Way to Capture, Track and Share Your Baby's Development

Baby Mode

A complete solution for capturing, tracking, organizing and sharing every precious moment of your baby's development, Baby Mode on the VIXIA HF R500 camcorder has been advanced to allow you to follow the growth of up to three children. 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. Simply pick up the camcorder and start recording, knowing capture will be of the highest quality. Videos shot in Baby Mode are automatically saved into a dedicated Baby Album so they'll never get lost among your other videos. You can then view the Baby Album chronologically for a seamless way to relive and share your baby's growth with friends and relatives.

When you're 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 it's easier than ever to capture the baby's “firsts” and every special moment.

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 number of decorations has been vastly increased on the VIXIA HF R500 so it's even easier to make a fun video commemorating your baby's special moments. The camcorder's other Touch Decoration options, including your own drawings, captions, animations and more, are fully available in Baby Mode, and all can easily be appended to previously shot video as well.

More Shooting Time with Every Charge

High Capacity Battery

The VIXIA HF R500 is powered by a high capacity battery pack. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery not only lets you shoot for long periods, but features intelligent technology that accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute, for extra insurance that you'll never miss an important shooting opportunity.

Intelligently Helping You Shoot Steady

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 VIXIA HF R500 camcorder's powerful zoom, correcting shake that can occur in telephoto shots. Tripod Mode stops IS when the camcorder is stationary.

Superb Audio in Any Situation

Audio Scene Select

Audio Scene Select on the VIXIA HF R500 makes it even easier to capture clear, high quality audio with a choice of five audio modes to choose from based on your shooting situation: Standard, Music, Speech, Forest and Birds, and Noise Suppression. Each of these modes has pre-determined optimized settings best suited for the shot you're capturing, resulting in outstanding video with realistic, immersive audio. Audio settings can also be custom set to meet your shooting needs.

Automatically Beautiful Video

Smart AUTO and 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 beautifully blurred background.

Fun, Creative Ideas

Cinema-Look Filter Effects

The VIXIA HF R500 allows you to create cinematic looks with the use of 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 Recreates the warm tones and muted highlights of classic film
Cool Adds a bluish tint for cool, futuristic-looking scenes
Dramatic B&W Creates bold black-and-white video with high contrast and grain
Nostalgic Recreates the look of old ‘70s TV programs
Old Movies Gives video the aged look of old cinema
Sepia Applies a sepia tint for an antique, faded look
Vivid Accentuates primary colors for a bright, cheerful look

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.

Additional Features

Genuine Canon Face Detection

The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in Canon high definition camcorders. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time.

In fact, the system is so intelligent that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature is convenient in searching for clips that feature the 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 on the VIXIA HF R500 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.

24p Cinema and 30p Progressive Shooting Modes

The VIXIA HF R500 camcorder's sophisticated shooting mode options offer superior creativity and functionality. 24p Cinema Mode gives your video a film-like feel, making it look as if it were shot at the same frame rate as movie film, with a frame capture rate of 24p recorded at 60i. The camcorder also gives you the option of recording in 30p Progressive Mode, which is ideal for clips you intend to post online.

Accessories Get the Most from Your Camcorder

Canon helps you get more out of your camcorder with a wide range of accessories that inspire your creativity and productivity alike. The Wireless Microphone WM-V1 streams audio wirelessly from subjects up to 164 feet away. It's perfect for adding your subject's voice at times when you can't get in close to shoot, and can also be used as a stand-alone transceiver to cue shooting and more.

Customer Reviews

It has good sound quality with an external mic.
KLbird
Two big pluses - it produces very good quality video, depending on your settings, and it is very easy to use.
J. Abalos
I was very disappointed with the results during indoor low lighting.
Captain Rog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Jason Lee on March 24, 2014
Color Name: Black
I have owned several camcorders in the past and would not consider myself a photographer or expert by any means. Maybe a prosumer would be an accurate term. I like to get the most out of my buck and this camera delivers. It is easy to use, has a great touchscreen, easily understood settings, and takes high quality video. See my youtube review (search ldsreliance) for a comparison between a decent 480p video camera and this Canon shooting on medium-high settings.

On its highest settings (1080p, 35 Mbps MP4), it will shoot for about 2 hours on a 32GB Class 10 SD card. It is very lightweight and small. Another great feature that is absent in a lot of camcorders of this range is an external mic jack. Since I make youtube videos in my spare time, this will come in handy if and when I invest in a nice external microphone for better audio.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bobbi Schulz-Bragg on July 2, 2014
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Solid All Around Performer. The Vixia r5x series works great outdoors in sunlight, and in studio settings with proper lighting. The manual exposure and manual focus are huge pluses -- You get +-6 stops to adjust, more than enough to compensate for blown out highlights or crushed shadows.

The MP4 mode looks amazing, and was very nimble to edit. 35Mbps is generous, and very stable even on my Class 6 SD card.
The AVCHD mode shoots what you'd expect at 28Mbps. 60p footage is TRUE 60p, not the half-baked 30p double-frame Panasonic and Sony slip by us sometimes...it's legit and looks fantastic.

If you really want to see what this cam can do, get a set of ND filters and a circular polarizer. I got stunning footage out of this thing when I was able to control the light coming into the lens -- the less this camera has to do exposure-wise the better. Color rendition is spot on, and the 'Cinema' mode does a good job imitating film-motion (wrapped in 29.976fps tho)

BTW, be sure to turn off AF indoors -- it's not too good except outside...

I don't like that the controls are touch screen -- my big fingers keep tapping the wrong things :-) but overall I'm very happy to have this one. The battery life is about 30 minutes, and you can shoot with the AC wall plug -- it just won't be charging the battery when it's running, you have to turn the camera off for it to go into charge mode.

If you're using this in a studio set up, by all means plug it into an HDTV for monitoring; the 3" flip-out screen looks nice but it 'lies' about highlights and color.

You can't beat the features and quality for this price. I went with the r500 because it DOESN'T have the WiFi and onboard storage -- that's just more stuff to go wrong and I don't have time for that.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By S.McQuarrie on March 26, 2014
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We bought this on pre-order and it showed up the day it was released. I was so thrilled! We tried it out the very next day at my son's soccer game and it was awesome. The set up is VERY easy and user friendly. Just make sure you buy or have a SD card on hand. The charging took a few hours, but that was expected.

The best part is the focus when you're zooming. I loved that I could easily follow my son on the soccer field and when watching it back, it doesn't feel like you're getting dizzy watching a home movie. The stabilization feature is awesome for moving kids and moving soccer balls. You can start and stop each video clip really easily. And taking still photos is so simple!

We bought this mainly for our baby being born in a few weeks and wanted to make sure we could easily use it and understand the settings before he comes. Overall, for $300 (plus a new SD card, camera bag, and the warranty) I feel like we definitely got our money's worth. It's also VERY light weight, even lighter than my cell phone.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Danny on June 13, 2014
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Searching around reviews for how this camera will work with Macs and iMovie is a journey indeed. I will give you my experience thus far. I have a 27inch iMac that was upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mavericks. I have both the new iMovie 10.0.3 and thankfully the older iMovie 9.0.4. This particular camera shoots in two modes. You can choose the AVCHD mode or the MPEG-4 mode. Each of these modes. The MPEG-4 mode's video quality can be selected to 4, 17, 24, or 35 Mbps. The AVCHD mode's video quality can be selected to LP, FXP, MXP, and 60P. Now, according to the onscreen menus, the MPEG-4 format is better suited for computers. The primary reason that I wanted this camera is that I wanted to upgrade from a Sony DCR-SX85 which is a standard definition camera. I also wanted to be able to record events and be able to easily transfer the footage to my computer, do some slight editing, and then burn it to a DVD. I'm not trying to make a Hollywood movie here. I just want technological simplicity that looks good. This camera, so far is meeting that need perfectly.

I did some test footage and decided that I would record it with MPEG-4 on the 24 Mbps setting. This isn't the highest quality, but with my luck and experience...when you start recording things in the highest settings you usually run into multiple problems later when you go and try to transfer it to a computer. AVCHD, from what I understand, is supposed to be the highest format that you can put your videos in. I filmed in both modes and then hooked my camera up to my HD TV and I honestly can't really tell the difference between the two. You can actually search for videos on the web that show the differences between the two and judge for yourself.
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