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Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 2.1 x 4.6 inches|
|Item Weight||0.51 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,840 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||42 grams|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
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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
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
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.
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
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|
|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|
|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
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 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.
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 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.
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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. I happy with shooting in the MPEG-4 format for right now because it works better with my particular program (iMovie) and it looks a heck of a lot better than what my older camera was doing. Now, Mac users, according to iMovie 10.0.3, you can transfer AVCHD video in. BUT...a lot of people have a lot of issues with this. I think iMovie 10.0.3 is really difficult to work with and it doesn't seem to be as intuitive as the older version. I first used this newer version of iMovie to upload MPEG-4 footage and it worked perfectly. Instead of hooking the camera directly to the computer, I just used the SD card (using Scan Disk Extreme Plus 32GB). I had iMovie 10.0.3 open and it immediately recognized the SD card and uploaded the footage no problem. I began to edit, add effects, and finish my project. Now...this is where the problem comes. Transferring or "sharing" your project. It seems like every time I use iMovie 10.0.3 you have to jump through hoops and use various methods to get your footage to iDVD. I don't think I've ever been able to do it the same way twice. It can be done...but what a headache. So, the camera will work with this version of iMovie. I did not try to use AVCHD with this version just yet. I don't know if I even will. For one, the program is such a pain...etc etc. You can transfer your projects to iCloud...but I wouldn't do anything of any great length. You might be uploading for a week. It takes 30+ minutes to transfer something that is about 4 minutes long and my computer gets really hot and the fans kick in (iMac i5). I sure it has to do with everything from the size of the file, how it was filmed, and internet connection speeds.
I also tested this camera with the older iMovie 9.0.3. Now, I haven't used this version in a long time and boy this version is such a breeze to work with. What a major difference! I filmed using the MPEG-4 format and iMovie 9 recognized the card and uploaded the footage with no problem. I was able to edit etc. Transferring to a dvd was just a couple of clicks and DONE! Use this version if you want the same kind of simplicity that I seek.
Both versions of iMovie will recognize this camera using the MPEG-4 format. I use the 24Mbps because it is high quality (not the highest) and I can use the in camera functions/filters/effects while recording with this format. When you film in the highest formats with either mode...you will not be able to use any of the effects/filters. For me, the camera gives a better quality video when compared to what I had previously. Even if you wanted to just record your footage and leave it on the SD Card and hook it up to the TV to watch that way...this camera works great for that as well. You get an HDMI cable that will allow you to do just this. That way, you don't have to worry about soft ware programs and burning stuff to DVDs. I personally just like have a physical copy like a DVD as a backup (even though that isn't always full proof either). When hooked up into the TV, the camera really shines because your not loosing quality due to video compression etc.
Now, I've only had the camera for a week now. I am sure you have looked at all the reviews about the features and I don't want to go into an in-depth review on those because there plenty of that stuff out there...even videos that will show you what this camera can do. With my experience thus far, here are a few things that I have noticed and can confirm. First, make sure you get another battery. The battery that this thing comes with will probably last you about 30 minutes. Batteries made by Canon are really $$$. I decided to get one made by Kapaxen. You have various sizes that you can choose from that vary in recording time. I got the mid range one that gives me about 2 hours of recording time. These batteries work perfectly with this camera and they are decoded to give you the information like battery life etc. They were actually recommended to me by a videographer who uses them with their Canon cameras. You can get them really cheap here on Amazon. The camera is about the same size as my old Sony and honestly doesn't feel any cheaper made than that one. These things are light and tight. Small and compact. Drop any of them on the side walk and there going to be toast. There is no view finder...all you got is your view screen. This does present a problem when your filming outside in bright situations. I took it out in the back yard when it was really bright and I had a very difficult time trying to figure out what I was aiming at. You have to open the lens cover manually. The good thing is that the camera reminds you to do this when you turn it on. Film quality in low light situations does degrade dramatically. The film does get grainy and you loose the HD look. But honestly, what mid range camera doesn't loose some quality when recording in low light situations? I can say that it handles it better than my Standard Def Sony...so I'm happy with that. You don't get an operator's guide. You have to download a PDF. I honestly didn't need to. The on screen menus are very easy to understand and spending a little of time digging around with it...you can pretty much figure out all you need.
For a mid-range HD camera that is easy to use and has a budget friendly price. This is a great camera to have. I would of loved to be able to get a Canon G2! The camera is not perfect but it fits my purposes well. I hope that spending a little more time with talking about how this camera functions with iMovie and Macs that it helps to clarify some of the questions about that and helps those users. I know I spent a lot of time looking around for information specifically addressing those issues and I only got vague and conflicting information. I did read one review in which a person said that after they filmed the footage that they couldn't find it afterwards? I'm not sure if they are speaking about finding it on the camera or with the computer. I can tell you that when you film something, you have to hit the "play" button on the side of the camera. This is covered with the view screen is closed. Once you press that button you have to select which recorded formats you want to view. There is a little slider at the top of the view screen that will allow you to see the videos that you shot in AVCHD and MPEG-4. When you first get to that screen...all the "video boxes" are greyed out which could lead people into thinking that the camera hasn't recorded anything.
Anyway, hope this review helps address some issues and features. I tried to get all the stuff out there that I was so desperately seeking. So far, I like what the camera does and look forward to taking it on our upcoming camping trip. If I discover any major issues/problems...I will update. For now, I recommend this camera!
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.
I researched for a few months looking for the right camera to do remote reporter type work. This camera does it all in a low priced package. I combined it with a Tacstar SGC-598 shotgun mic, and a Chromo Inc.® 160 LED CI-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel led light and mounted it on a Heavy Duty Photography L Bracket . Then I bought a set of Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones. For under $400 I was able to get a complete remote setup to handle anything I needed. This camera is a powerhouse. The video is phenomenal. The controls are a dream with the touch screen.
For those that have had bad luck or were not satisfied with this camera I am sorry. But for those that understand at this price point what you are capable of getting this camera rocks the chart.
Mic jack, Headphone jack, hdmi out that allows you to use a monitor or tv "while" you are recording, audio on screen meter, volume input controls, tons of manual options, 1080p 60 fps, also does 720p which is great if you want to make videos for YouTube.
Hard to see touch screen in 12 noon bright sun. (I can deal with that)
If you are looking in this price range then you need to stop right now and forget the rest. This is your camera. I posted a picture in user submitted with my camera setup. Hope this review helps.
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.