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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
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  • 1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) for high quality capture of moving subjects
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You can have it all with this compact, easy-to-use camcorder with built-in Wi-Fi®. Capture your most lifelike, exciting video yet with the VIXIA HF R42 using a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom that gets the shot from almost anywhere. Your video is sharp and blur-free – even at the long end of the zoom or when you shoot while walking – thanks to the camcorder's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic IS. Preserve precious memories with the spectacular quality of the Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, powered by the new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor that captures more light for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Record in 1080/60p easy-to-share MP4 format (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) with incredibly smooth capture of fast-moving subjects.

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Take Your Memories Further

VIXIA HF R42

You can have it all with this compact, easy-to-use camcorder with built-in Wi-Fi®. Capture your most lifelike, exciting video yet with the VIXIA HF R42 using a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom that gets the shot from almost anywhere. Your video is sharp and blur-free – even at the long end of the zoom or when you shoot while walking – thanks to the camcorder's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic IS. Preserve precious memories with the spectacular quality of the Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, powered by the new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor that captures more light for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Record in 1080/60p easy-to-share MP4 format (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) with incredibly smooth capture of fast-moving subjects. With Dual Recording, you can even record in different formats to the internal memory and SD card at the same time! And now built-in Wi-Fi® is more convenient than ever: new Live Streaming lets you view and record live video from the camcorder on your smartphone or tablet with the free Canon CameraAccess app†; control camcorder functions, too! Share videos with friends, family and the whole world anywhere, anytime – even browse through previously shot videos on your PC without connecting a cable††. Control functions and settings with a gentle touch to the camcorder's 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD with its sharp, vivid display. New Baby Mode helps you track every moment of your child's development with easy settings, a dedicated Baby Album for chronological playback, stamps that chart growth and age and lots more!

† Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later or Android version 2.3/4.0 for select devices. MP4 60p and AVCHD 60p recordings are not supported for this function.

†† Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later and Android version 4.0 for select devices. AVCHD recording is not supported for this function. On iOS devices, MP4 60p recording is not supported; only the playback function is available.

Steady Shooting Through a Mega Zoom Range

Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom
VIXIA HF R42

You won't miss any of the action when shooting video with the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder. The camcorder's wide-angle area has been expanded to 38.5mm (35mm equivalent), making complex scenes easier to shoot and adding more image to all your footage. Like every Canon camcorder, the VIXIA HF R42 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 R42 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
VIXIA HF R42

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 R42, 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 R42 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. 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 R42 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.

Recording Options Mean You'll Never Miss a Minute of Great Video

Record to Internal Flash Drive or SD Memory Card

The camcorder's internal 32GB Flash Drive holds up to 12 hours of crisp, high-definition video safely and securely. With no moving parts, flash memory technology is perfectly able to withstand camcorder jolts or drops. You can also record to a removable SD memory card, making it easy to share your video with friends and family. Conveniently sized and readily available, SD cards give you up to 64GB (24 hours) of recording capacity for a combined capacity of 96GB or 36 hours. For added flexibility, you can even backup your video directly to an external hard drive by using the optional UA-100 USB Adapter.

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
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
SDXC Compatibility

In addition to SD memory cards, the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder is compatible with super-high capacity Secure Digital Expanded Capacity (SDXC) cards. The same convenient size as a standard SD card, an SDXC card can hold up to 2048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer. It's an excellent option for family reunions, vacations and any time you know you'll require extra memory.

Capture Moving Subjects Crisp and Clear

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

The VIXIA HF R42 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. 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.

Own the Freedom of Wireless Technology

Built-in Wi-Fi®
VIXIA HF R42

Built-in Wi-Fi® technology on the VIXIA HF R42 lets you share your HD video with friends and family anytime, anywhere. Connect with compatible home networks, wireless hotspots, and iOS® mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app*. Videos and photos can be easily shared over the internet with a free registration on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#—an online photo storage service that lets you upload to social networking sites. And now you can use your PC to browse remotely through the previously shot videos stored on your camcorder, without connecting a cable††. The Remote Browse function uses a standard Web browser and does not require a special app.

Canon Movie Uploader app*

OS*1

Device

MP4

Photo

YouTube Facebook Upload

35Mbps

24Mbps

17Mbps

4Mbps

L

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

iOS 5/6

iPhone 4S/5, iPad 2/iPad 3rd, iPod touch 4th/5th

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PB = Playback | DL = Download
*1 There may be an exception.

Remote Browsing††

OS*1 Device

MP4

Photo

35Mbps

24Mbps

17Mbps

4Mbps

L

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

iOS 5/6

iPhone 4S/5, iPad2/iPad 3rd, iPod touch 4th/5th

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Android 4.0

*2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PB = Playback | DL = Download
*1 There may be an exception.
*2 Even if running Android 4.0, some models are not compatible for this function.

# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.

* This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later for select devices. MP4 60p and AVCHD recordings are not supported for this function.

†† Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later and Android version 4.0 for select devices. AVCHD recording is not supported for this function. On iOS devices, MP4 60p recording is not supported; only the playback function is available.

Choose the Recording Format to Fit the Situation

The Right Format for Any Use

Dual Recording and built-in transcoding ensure that no matter how you decide to use the video you've recorded, you'll have the right format available. Using the power of the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder can simultaneously record video to internal memory in AVCHD format, and to an SD card in MP4 format^. The widely used MP4 format provides quick, conversion-free playback on tablets and smartphones, and lets you upload videos directly to social networking sites for easy sharing with friends, family and the world. AVCHD is perfect for watching videos on an HDTV or archiving them to Blu-ray discs. The camcorder also has a built-in transcoding function that converts AVCHD files to MP4s, or from MP4 to MP4 across memory media, making them easy to upload to the Web or save to an SD card.

^ Simultaneous recording is not supported when using MP4 (35 Mbps), AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps), Baby Mode, or Cinema-Look Filters.

Fun and Function Meet in New Live Streaming

Live Streaming
VIXIA HF R42

Live Streaming is a new function of the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi®. It allows you to receive the live video and sound that your camcorder is recording from a remote location on your iOS® or Android device, using the free Canon CameraAccess app. You can also remotely control camcorder functions including start/stop and zoom, and even access information about remaining battery charge, recordable time, zoom position and more. The applications are endless: you can monitor babies and pets, capture wildlife videos remotely without disturbing the scene, create perfect self-videos and lots more.

Canon CameraAccess app

OS*1

Device

AVCHD

MP4

iOS 5/6

iPhone4/4S/5
iPad/iPad2/iPad 3rd
iPod touch 4th/5th

MXP/FXP/LP

24Mbps / 17Mbps / 4Mbps

Android 2.3/4.0

*2

*1 There may be an exception.
*2 Even if running Android 2.3/4.0, some models are not compatible for this function.

† Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later or Android version 2.3/4.0 for select devices. MP4 60p and AVCHD 60p recordings are not supported for this function.

Intuitive Control with Capacitive Touch

3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD

The VIXIA HF R42 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

Baby Mode

The VIXIA HF R42 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 R42 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.

Additional Features

Focus Assist

To enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF R42 also features Focus Assist. Normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras, this feature helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording.

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.

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.

Connect Directly to External Drives

When it comes to saving your memories, the VIXIA HF R42 offers plenty of flexibility. In addition to traditional file storage methods, you can connect the camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive by using the optional UA-100 USB Adapter. Now when you're on vacation or at other times when you'll be shooting a lot of video, you can back up data directly to an external hard disk, and even play video on a TV through your camcorder. An external hard disk is more economical than multiple SD cards, and connects simply to the camcorder with the optional USB cable.

Cinema-Look Filters

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.

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 R42 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

24p Cinema and 30p Progressive Shooting Modes

The VIXIA HF R42 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.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.6 x 2.1 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 10.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00AWZFIUU
Item model number 8152B005
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,085 in Camera & Photo
#519 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 7, 2013

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I love this camera! So let's break it down because there is a reason I gave it 4 stars.

Pros:
Beautiful picture quality
Lives up to the Canon reputation. So worth the money!
Great still shots that don't interrupt video footage
Lightweight
Pretty good battery life
Lots of memory space. LOTS.
Great audio for playback
Baby Mode=pure genius

Cons:
VERY hard to figure out how to load. Really, Canon? You can't include any instructions on how to get the videos on a computer and then on a DVD? I had to go to YouTube after finding no help on the canon site or any included manuals.
Videos are broken up once loaded into TONS of clips. Sifting through them is tedious.
Putting the videos on DVD had to involve a professional Mac user. Seriously. And I consider myself a techie. This camera had me baffled.

The camera is great for capturing those endearing moments with my kids. I love the ease of functionality. Canon brags about their ease of use for this camera, but I will warn you: you are on your own getting these videos loaded and transferred to discs. The manuals don't help. The instruction disc does nothing. What they need is a Canon camera for Dummies book to give a step-by-step guide on what to do once the memory is full, and then how to delete it off the camera! Would I buy this again? Yeah. The picture quality alone is worth it. But...I hope you know a techie.
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The camera has all the features I was looking for. It is small and very light weight, but performs well. Videos are clear and crisp. The manual (PDF) however, is very confusing. I am still not able to figure out how to upload videos to my iPad or PC using the Wifi feature. Other instructions are incomplete or unclear, leading to a lot of guess work. The documentation is not up to the par I was expecting frommy prior Canon camera purchases. I am convinced that I will be very happy with this camera, once I have figured out how to use all of its features.
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I bought this camcorder to shoot footage of my baby girl. I had everything set up and linked to my Facebook page, YouTube account, and twitter in about 30 minutes.
The wifi is not difficult to set up. Once you load the utility software and program your social accounts into the camera you can seamlessly upload clips to Facebook and YouTube right from the camera. By saving the clips to your hard drive with the utility software you can then upload to drop box, save to ipad and edit in iMovie.

I like the dual record mode that allows you to record the same clips in both AVCHD (for tv playback) and MP4 (for sharing online) at the same time. The AVCHD is stored in the internal memory and MP4 is saved to the SD card.

If you are trying to do a modern take on Fellini's 8 1/2 or remake Coppola's classic Apocalypse Now, this is NOT the camera for you. If you want to shoot and share clips or edit home movies, this camera is for you. At $300 it is a deal.
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I am more than a vacation tourist photographer, but not going to get into paragraphs of techy comments, only simply report on basic functions.

Build & Feel. The feel is somewhat cheap and lightweight. When I say lightweight, I mean its durability to be out in everyday use. I guess small is great for carrying around and transport, but makes it somewhat difficult to use, if you have anything above small hands. The zoom button is towards the back of the camera and just not easy to use, especially when trying to zoom back. You end up rocking the camera a fair amount, way beyound the anti-shake system is capable to handle.

Picture Quality. I would give this camera only 65%, on vidio quality. The low light is not that great. Im not talking a candle lit room dark, Im talking a living room lit by slightly cloudy day light and overhead ceiling light. Dull color, soft focus and much more noise than you would like. Please note, this is in MP4 - HD format, shown on a 18" LED monitor, so certainly not spread out on a 55" or 60" HDTV.. Outdoor full daylight shooting is also very soft in focus and fairly shallow depth of field, subjects look 2-dementional. Also had problems on focusing on subjects especially when focused on a subject in distance and then switching to closer subject mid-way in you scan.

Overview. Overall, just disapointing and not the usual standards Ive come to expect from Canon. I own a Canon 7D, Nikon D700 and a Nikon V2, which all take great video, especiall the New Nikon V2 to the acceptional level. I mean for $500.00, it just didnt wow me. Sorry all you techy guys, I know "wow" is not photography term, but if the images and its ability to capture same are not wow, whats the point..
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I have read reviews froma few tech sites and from Amazon. I was expecting premium quality considering the price. The Camcorder is lightweight, SD card is easy to insert while on, has touch screen. Appears of cheap quality and the image recorded at default has a grainy picture. I found putting the Camcorder in "Cinematic" mode offers the best quality although the brightness is lowered a bit and doesnt record at the max quality available. As for low lighting recording I wouldn't bet on it and it doesnt come with any type of lighting. I probably would look for a different camera.
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