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Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced Zoom
|Price:||$499.00 & FREE Shipping|
- Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization. 1/4.85-inch CMOS Sensor.
- Improved Canon 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new GUI (graphical user interface) for easy touch control
- Smart AUTO with 38 predefined video capture situations including Auto Tele Macro for close-ups and shallow depth-of-field shots
- Cinema-Look Filters, Story Createor and 24p Cinema Mode provide a variety of professional cinematic looks and web-compatible clip options
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|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 2.1 x 4.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.28|
|Shipping Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
From the Manufacturer
Experience the compact, easy-to-use camcorder that captures breathtaking Full HD video while offering impressive zooming power and exciting new creative options. Superb imaging is ensured with a new, 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 large end of the 51x Advanced Zoom, thanks to SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent IS. The VIXIA HF R300 is equipped with flexible features to suit your shooting and sharing needs, and a new interface makes the large Flat Touch Panel LCD simpler than ever. Record in AVCHD or MP4 format to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. And with Cinema-Look Filters and Touch Decoration, you can be sure that your videos express yourself like never before.
Mega Zooming, Steady Shooting
Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom
You won’t miss any of the action when shooting video with the VIXIA HF HR300 camcorder. The camcorder’s wide-angle area has been expanded to 33.9mm (35mm equivalent), making complex scenes easier to shoot and adding more image to all your footage. Like every Canon camcorder, the VIXIA HF R300 is equipped with a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens. Canon’s high definition video lenses use aspherical lens technology to achieve low chromatic aberration with high resolution while maintaining compact dimensions. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The big news is the camcorder’s impressive 51x Advanced Zoom. 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 all the way to 1,729mm (35mm equivalent) for extraordinary flexibility in shooting.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
High definition video demands effective image stabilization, and the VIXIA HF R300’s super powerful zoom makes the need for image stabilization even more critical. Canon developed its sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer to do the job easily and automatically, providing continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate the unwanted shaking that is common when walking. The system corrects camera shake instantly, so even when you’re shooting handheld video at the long end of the zoom, the image is sharp, steady and smooth.
Naturally Beautiful Image Quality
3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Sensor
The VIXIA HF R300 camcorder is equipped with a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor for true 1920 x 1080 resolution. Canon’s advanced, high-resolution HD CMOS Image Sensor has been improved for the VIXIA HF R300, with extra sensitivity that delivers beautifully lifelike Full HD Video with natural color, even in low light. Original 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.
DIGIC DV III Image Processor
DIGIC DV III is specifically engineered to optimize the imaging performance of the camcorder’s HD CMOS Image Sensor. Images exhibit beautiful clarity with minimal noise. Gradation is richly rendered from highlight to shadow. Performance in low-light situations is superb, with natural detail and color. The advanced processing speed of DIGIC DV III powers many of the camcorder’s cutting-edge technologies as well, giving you more creative freedom than ever before.
Record to Internal Flash Drive or SD Memory Card
The VIXIA HF R300 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 R300 lets you use super-high capacity SDXC cards. The same size as a standard SD card, an SDXC card can hold up to 2,048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer.
|VIXIA RECORDING TIME CHART |
|Recording Mode |
|1920 x 1080 Recording ||1440 x 1080 Recording |
|Memory Capacity||MXP Approx. 24 Mbps* ||FXP Approx. 17 Mbps* ||XP+ Approx. 12 Mbps* ||SP Approx. 7 Mbps* ||LP Approx. 5 Mbps |
|4 GB ||20 minutes ||30 minutes ||40 minutes ||1 hour 10 minutes ||1 hour 30 minutes |
|6 GB ||30 minutes ||45 minutes ||1 hour 5 minutes ||1 hour 45 minutes ||2 hour 15 minutes |
|8 GB ||40 minutes ||1 hour ||1 hour 25 minutes ||2 hours 20 minutes ||3 hours |
|12 GB ||1 hour 5 minutes ||1 hour 30 minutes ||2 hours 10 minutes ||3 hours 35 minutes ||4 hours 35 minutes |
|16 GB ||1 hour 25 minutes ||2 hours 5 minutes ||2 hours 50 minutes ||4 hours 45 minutes ||6 hours 5 minutes |
|32 GB ||2 hours 55 minutes ||4 hours 10 minutes ||5 hours 45 minutes ||9 hours 35 minutes ||12 hours 15 minutes |
|64 GB ||5 hours 55 minutes ||8 hours 20 minutes ||11 hours 30 minutes ||19 hours 10 minutes ||24 hours 30 minutes|
|* When recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop and then start automatically.|
|1280 X 720 Recording || |
**The maximum video recording time with the MP4 format is 30 minutes, and the maximum file size is 4GB, and when either of these conditions is met, recording will stop automatically.
|9 Mbps** ||4 Mbps** |
|4 GB ||55 minutes ||2 hours 5 minutes |
|6 GB ||1 hours 25 minutes ||3 hours 10 minutes |
|8 GB ||1 hours 55 minutes ||4 hours 10 minutes |
|12 GB ||2 hours 50 minutes ||6 hours 20 minutes |
|16 GB ||3 hours 50 minutes ||8 hours 25 minutes |
|32 GB ||7 hours 40 minutes ||16 hours 55 minutes |
|64 GB ||15 hours 25 minutes ||33 hours 55 minutes |
Record in AVCHD or MP4 Format
The VIXIA HF R300 camcorder gives you the flexibility of dual codec recording, allowing you to record in AVCHD or MP4 format, so you can pick the format that best suits your needs. AVCHD’s higher bit-rate and finer resolution will yield the highest quality video for viewing on an HDTV or archiving to Blu-ray™. And for use with today’s most typical video applications, the camcorder lets you record in MP4 format, too. MP4 format produces files you can share right away – with no need for conversion. Video is immediately available to upload to social networking sites like Facebook™ or YouTube™, or view on an iPhone™, iPad™ or iPod Touch™.
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.
3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD
Big and bright, the VIXIA HF R300’s 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD provides super intuitive control that feels instantly familiar. With a touch, you can shift focus immediately to any subject. Exposure for any area of the screen can be controlled with a touch as well. And with Touch & Track, you simply place your finger on a moving subject and the focus will follow that subject. “Pressable” buttons are also available for selecting settings and controlling camcorder operations on-screen. A new Home button on the camcorder takes you to the main LCD screen, where clear explanations of shooting modes and recording settings help you make informed choices for an exceptionally simple and enjoyable shooting experience.
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
Giving your videos more creativity is easy with new Cinema-Look Filters. Cinema Standard subdues brights and enhances darks for the feel of film. Vivid accentuates primary colors for a cheerful effect that’s perfect for kids’ birthday parties. Cool adds a bluish tint for a futuristic feel. Nostalgic recreates the look of 1970s TV shows. Sepia adds a distinctive fade and antique tint. Old Movies imparts the aged look of early cinema. Dynamic B&W creates dramatic high-contrast grayscale. Dream adds a magical look (soft-focus) for dream-like scenes. Memory produces a faded, misty look—great for flashback scenes.
|Cinema Standard||Recreates the warm tones and muted highlights of classic film.|
|Vivid||Accentuates primary colors for a bright, cheerful look.|
|Cool||Adds a bluish tint for cool, futuristic-looking scenes.|
|Nostalgic||Recreates the look of old ‘70s TV programs.|
|Sepia||Applies a sepia tint for an antique, faded look.|
|Old Movie||Gives video the aged look of old cinema.|
|Dramatic B&W||Creates bold black-and-white movies with high contrast and grain.|
Using the camcorder’s LCD screen and an included stylus, you can embellish your recorded video freehand: draw graphics, write words, it’s completely up to you! With a choice of 27 different frame graphics, clip art and animated effects, you can give your video a whole new dimension. New, easy-to-understand icons have been incorporated that make options for animated effects clear at a glance.
Easy Steps to Better Videos
Creating a compelling video that truly documents an important event can be challenging, so the VIXIA HF R300 camcorder steps in to help with Story Creator. The feature is even easier to use than ever, so now even beginning videographers can cover an event with confidence. Before shooting, you’ll see a list of scenes you’ll want to be sure to catch for several different types of occasions. And now each scene selection includes specific shooting tips that help with scene structure and composition, including suggestions for wide-shots, close-ups, even recommendations for length of shots. After shooting, you can watch your video in coherent story order based on each scene’s theme, as opposed to the order in which each scene was shot.
Sophisticated Shooting Modes
24p Cinema and 30p Progressive Modes
The VIXIA HF R300 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.
Flexibility Built Right In
Microphone and Headphone Terminals
The VIXIA HF R300 camcorder offers exceptional audio flexibility with microphone and headphone terminals. The microphone terminal allows you to capture professional-quality sound with an external microphone and manual audio level control ensures proper volume for any situation. In addition, you’ll find a dedicated headphone terminal, ideal for remote communication with the optional Wireless Microphone WM-V1 and other applications.
What's in the Box?
- VIXIA HF R300 Camcorder
- Battery Pack BP-709
- Compact Power Adapter CA-110
- Stylus Pen
- USB Cable IFC-300PCU/S
- HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
- Bundled CD-ROMs:
- Pixela Transfer Utility Disc
- ImageBrowser EX / Image Mix / Music Data Disc
- Pixela Transfer Utility Disc
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Top Customer Reviews
But -- far too many comments are based on the battery and not on the camcorder itself.
Buy they generic BP-727 two pack of batteries and get back to the camcorder.
The generic BP-727s and pair of chargers are EXTREMELY affordable. They are generally not chipped yet so the camcorder cannot tell you how much time you have left. I ran my own personal tests on a pair of full batteries and found that they provided 2hr 47min on the first battery and 2hr 53min on the second battery. If you start each day with a fully charged battery there is little need for the battery meter.
While a 32GB SDHC card works great for day of shooting this camcorder really shines with a larger capacity SDXC cards. I added a pair of 64GB SDXC cards to the rotation so I could carry a small 3-card aluminum wallet with me when travelling and not have to download for a week. SDXC is a great format but there will be those who will complain about compatibility and lack of functionality as well.
Understand that many of the would-be issues relate to the fact that the exFAT filesystem used on SDXC cards is not natively supported by Windows XP. You will need to install the Microsoft patch for XP that supports the exFAT (SDXC) formatted cards.Read more ›
Very small and light, similar to previous years models, I am using a Transcend 32GB class 10 card, which works just fine for it.
I plugged it in and can confirm that it takes about 2 and 1/2 hours to fully charge (my battery was completely dead when received)
Battery life is almost non-existent... I was surprised to read in the owner manual that when recording in FXP 1920x1080 mode that you could expect only about 25 minutes of battery life... I record in the slightly higher MXP mode and can also confirm that this is a pretty close guestimate as I have recorded around 10 - 15 minutes, and my battery indicator shows that it is at 50%, so more than one battery, or an extended battery will quickly become a must!
Also as the previous reviewer mentioned, the current title that amazon gives this camcorder "...with Dual SDXC Card Slots..." is incorrect, not an issue as I noticed this in the specs on Canon's web site before preordering it, but worth noting.
In all, video quality, as well as the IS modes make this camera wonderful to work with, and I love the videos that it produces!!
It does come stock with a very small battery and I understand other users frustrations. I have always purchased at least a couple of extra batteries immediately for every camcorder that I have ever purchased. Taking video and especially high definition video has always been a power hungry application. Most of the video that I take is actually in auditoriums; the first thing that I do is try to find a good spot that has both a good view of the stage and a power outlet. I have always had issues with batteries giving out on me at the most inopportune times.
I purchased my Vixia in a bundle that included an additional OEM medium capacity battery, a case, and an 8gig SD card. I immediately purchased two additional generic high capacity batteries and a wall charger for $24 including shipping. With three extra batteries I have the battery capacity that I need even if I am not able to park myself next to an outlet during an event and I got it all at a price that I cannot even mention here on Amazon because it was so low.
My Sony HC-3 has a 1/3" CMOS sensor and it had the best low light capabilities of any consumer camcorder in 2006.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hang this camera over my demonstration table and shoot with a higher quality professional camera from the front. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J Maguire
It's great! I make wedding videos and this is a good little piece for the price! Mine is actually 32x optical zoom not 51 but that is close enough for me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rachel
A very solid upgrade to my last camera. This has 1080p recording and cinema filters! The only thing bad is the focus. If you try to use Manual or Cinema watch the focus. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Preston Carroll
i can't find the external jack in my camera. Will someone tell me where it is??
But apart from that it is great
the only thing I don't care for with this (maybe it's the same with all) even when it is not in use, the battery loses it's charge. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Janille22
This is a great camera to span the bridge between consumer level prices and prosumer level footage.
This is not my first Canon product and suffice to say, their... Read more
Very intuitive and simple to use. The battery it comes with is next to useless. You will want an extended life battery like the Kapaxen BP 727. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer