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Canon VIXIA HF R400 HD 53x Advanced Zoom Camcorder (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
- Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution and provide exceptional imaging performance
- Record Full HD video directly to a removable SD memory card (SDHC/SDXC compatible) for fast and easy sharing of your memories.
- 1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) for high quality capture of moving subjects
- 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD
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|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 2.1 x 4.6 inches|
|Item Weight||0.63 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,900 Milliamp Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Media Type||DIGIC DV|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.28 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Video Capture Format||avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
From the Manufacturer
Record Special Moments in Stunning HD
Experience the excitement of ultra zooming power! Compact and easy-to-use, the VIXIA HF R400 is equipped with a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom for incredible range and reach. You'll not only shoot more, but your video will be clear and steady even at the wide end of the zoom, and even when you're walking while shooting, thanks to SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic IS. Canon's exclusive 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and all new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor bring your video to life with more light, depth and detail than ever before. Record Full HD video directly to a removable SD memory card that is widely available and easy to use. New 1080/60p recording in easy-to-share MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) captures even the fastest moving action with smooth, clear detail. The VIXIA HF R400 has a bright, beautifully clear 3.0-inch capacitive Touch Panel LCD that makes operation feel familiar right away. New Baby Mode has everything parents need to shoot, organize and share chronological video of their baby's development, with a dedicated Baby Album, age, height and weight stamps and more. Audio Scene Select makes it easy to capture realistic, immersive audio in a wide range of common situations, and Smart AUTO automatically recognizes and sets the camcorder to capture the best possible quality effortlessly.
Steady Shooting Through a Mega Zoom Range
Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom
You won't miss any of the action when shooting video with the VIXIA HF R400 camcorder. The camcorder's wide-angle area has been expanded to 38.5mm (35mm equivalent), making it easier than ever before to catch all the action in the frame. Like every Canon camcorder, the VIXIA HF R400 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 about the VIXIA HF R400 is the camcorder's impressive 53x 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 1,723mm (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.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Improved Dynamic 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. Now for the VIXIA HF R400, the power of Canon's new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processer has made possible a significantly improved new 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 now 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
3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
The VIXIA HF R400 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 features 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 4 Image Processor
The VIXIA HF R400 incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, which is a significant upgrade on several fronts. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor captures more light, for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Dramatically increased processing power lets you record in both AVCHD and easy-to-share MP4 formats simultaneously. Improved image stabilization means you'll capture smooth, blur-free video even if you're shooting while walking.
Share Your Videos Quickly & Easily
Record to Removable SD Memory Cards
The VIXIA HF R400 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 R400 lets you use super-high capacity SDXC cards. The same size as a standard SD card, an SDXC card can hold up to 2048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer.
|VIXIA RECORDING TIME CHART*1|
|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.|
|1920 x 1080 Recording||1280 x 720 Recording|
|Memory Capacity||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 When AVCHD/MP4 recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop and then start. |
*2 Variable Bit Rate
Capture Moving Subjects Crisp and Clear
MP4 (35 Mbps) or AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) Recording
The VIXIA HF R400 gives you the highest quality recording, whether you're capturing 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 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 high image quality has to offer. 1080/60p recording means that the still images you extract are extremely high quality as well. A new bit rate of 28 Mbps 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 R400 features a new 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD screen, making shooting and other operations easier than ever. Simply open the panel and the power is on. The improved 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 user interface has been updated to make your shooting experience easier and more fun. The Home button is now 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
The VIXIA HF R400 features the new Baby Mode a complete solution for capturing, tracking, organizing and sharing every precious 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. Simply pick up the camera 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 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
Higher Capacity Battery
The VIXIA HF R400 is powered by a new, higher capacity battery pack. 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, for extra insurance that you'll never miss an important shooting opportunity.
Intelligently Helping You Shoot Steady
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.
Superb Audio in Any Situation
Increased Clarity, Adjustability
The VIXIA HF R400 camcorder's audio is an excellent match for its pristine image quality. The 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.
Records with a balance throughout all frequencies.
Emphasize Low Frequencies
Record scenes of live music or the like with impact.
Attenuate Low Frequencies
Reduce ambient noise and sound of traffic outdoors (wind, cars, etc.)
Emphasize Mid Frequencies
Record focusing on people's voices
Emphasize Low and High Frequencies
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 easy to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.
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.
Other cinematic looks can be had through 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.
Open and Shoot
Advanced Quick Start is a new convenience that 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 significantly boosted with new technology. Vivid Clear View is just that: a sharp, bright, beautifully detailed display that helps you create your best videos.
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 R400 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.
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I really like the camera. It is very small, yet offers some big features like 60P video, connection for external mic, intelligent optical image stabilization. And the touch screen is very responsive along with intuitive. I have not read the manual, it just made sense on how to use it.
Auto focus is fast and zoom is very long. It could be a bit wider but it will work in most inside spaces. It is bright even in dim areas. The battery only comes with 5 minutes of charge on it, and you need the camera along with the provided charger to charge the battery on the camera. When charged it said I had 111 minutes left. The picture is very clear and crisp with great color.
I called Canon before buying this to confirm that the only difference between HF R400, R40 and R42 was the hard drive - they said "Yes that is the only difference." So with that in mind and knowing that a SD card with 32 GB of storage is like $15-$20 why would you get the 40 or 42 over the 400? To me that is just a waste of $100 or $200. The HF R400 is the better deal.
My only complaint so far is that the battery style has changed. I have a wealth of canon camcorder batteries and chargers from earlier and recent models, and this one uses a new "shape" battery. Bummer for me.
The audio features are wonderful. External mic support. Headphone plug. Manual input control. Great stuff!
The camera also supports a variety of formats, bit rates and frame rates.
We use iMovie and FCPX in our program. The camera is compatible with both, however there is a fix you'll need to be aware of when importing to iMovie (see below). I've read some reviews that claim iMovie will not support AVCHD from this camera. This is untrue. It supports both AVCHD and MP4 directly from the camera. You just need to understand how to find the "switch" when importing (see notes below). My advice is to pick one and stick with it. I prefer MP4 at 24Mbps at 24fps (this matches well with other cameras that I use).
I use a variety of cameras in my profession, and I am very pleased with this model. I highly recommend it for both casual use and entry level film making. Decent video quality. Excellent audio quality. It really is amazing what you can get for $250.
IMPORTING to iMOVIE or FCPX notes:
Both AVCHD and MP4 formats work in iMovie and FCPX. 60P in full HD (60 full frames per second in 1080p) will NOT work in iMovie (from this camera or any other). You'll have no problems importing any format (including 60 fps) into FCPX. To import files into iMovie do the following:
1. Turn camera to play.
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The video quality on this model is excellent. The performance in low light is slightly grainy but very good and better than usual for a camera in this price range with a small sensor, and as good as some far more expensive ones I've used. The audio quality from the built in mic is very good. I sometimes have to record training sessions where I use a wireless Lav mic on the presenter so having an external mic jack is a nice feature and is often only found on more expensive models. It appears that with this model if you are making a long continuous recording, it won't record a file size larger than 4gb. I recorded an hour long presentation and it created 2 files, it's not really a problem because you can easily combine them with editing software.
I was also impressed with the zoom, it was very smooth and you can adjust the speed of it. The image stabilizaton works very well. I liked the touch screen and found it to work well and be very user friendly. The set up and menus were easy to navigate. The next models up from this have WiFi and a built in hard drive, but given the cost of SD cards, I felt this one was a better value if you don't need WiFi. There are a variety of video settings for various types of shooting conditions and for special effects, as well as manual white balance settings. You can also fine tune the audio for different types of shooting. The small size and being lightweight and well constructed were nice.Read more ›
However, if this is your first starter camcorder, like me, you might find that this model is actually quite ahead of the game compared to its Sony or Panasonic counterparts in the same price range. The full HD is stunning in a well lit environment. However, I did notice some graininess in low-light environments. That's to be expected though with any camera in this class. The Sony ones are worse and some of them are actually more expensive than this one. The stabilizer is rather impressive though. Shaking the camera does not distort the video quality nearly as much as I've seen in other models in this class; even in the lower video quality settings.
The microphone is not bad for a built-in, but I ordered an external condenser mic from amazon to hook up to this camera and that's usually a worthwhile addition for the extra cash, because sound quality is equally important to me as image quality. This camera definitely isn't a turn off compared to the HF R40 or HF R42 models given that they cost nearly $200 more with the only addition being the internal storage and WiFi. That's definitely not worth the extra $200 for me. Especially when SD cards are so cheap. You could buy nearly 250GB of SD flash storage for that kind of money and the R42 only offers a mere 32GB of internal storage for nearly twice what this costs. Don't be fooled. This is a better bang for your buck.
Ultimately this camera is very light weight, very user friendly with the menus, and has a decent battery, plus mine came with the external charger (which I didn't even think was standard based on the description -- I thought you had to use the USB cable to charge from your laptop). So it works perfect for my needs and the only complaint I have is that I wish the shutter was automatic and not manual (otherwise I would have given it 5 stars).
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