Canon VIXIA Mini Compact Personal Camcorder (Black)
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- An innovative and compact 12.8 MP personal camcorder providing the flexibility to shoot hands-free and the excitement of sharing your hobbies/interests with ease
- Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160 movies/170 photos) offers a unique and creative perspective so you can show off your talents or capture moments in a whole new way
- Perfect for bloggers
- A built-in adjustable stand and tripod socket allow flexible positioning so it’s easy to shoot any scene hands-free including scenes where you’re the star
- Smart AUTO helps make shooting great videos simple by intelligently selecting the best settings from 23 predefined situations
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Dimensions||3.4 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches|
|Item Weight||0.13 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||17 grams|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||2.96 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||0.8 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p|
The Canon 8455B003 VIXIA High Definition Mini Camcorder, in black, is designed for users looking to share their videos and photos using social media. The VIXIA Mini features a Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens with a 160° viewing angle for video and a 170° viewing angle for photos. You can choose between a Wide or Close-Up shooting mode. The 12.8MP High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor and DIGIC DV 4 image processor captures Full HD video and up to 12MP photos. The VIXIA Mini records directly to a microSD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, and features built-in Wi-Fi for sharing videos and photos on social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook. It has a 2.7" capacitive touch-panel LCD monitor with tilt control. Plus there's a built-in adjustable stand and a tripod socket so you can easily capture hands-free video and photos. Super slim, the camcorder's innovative design is perfect for bloggers and anyone who likes to share content online. Shooting is ultra-flexible and can easily be accomplished hands-free.
From the Manufacturer
You're the Star
If shooting and posting video is your thing, the all-new VIXIA mini is for you – an innovative personal camcorder designed to help you share your talents and interests with the world. The VIXIA mini is super slim and weighs approximately 5.6 ounces, so you can capture beautiful, high-quality video and stills wherever you go. To match its outstanding image quality, the VIXIA mini features a built-in microphone to liven and enhance your video with superb stereo sound. Get creative with a genuine Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens for ultra-wide scenes (160° video/170° stills) that play with perspective, then switch to Close-up mode simply by touching the screen. Capture clear images even in low light with the Canon HS SYSTEM, which combines the 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor. Shoot Full HD video in MP4 format for easy sharing, and record to convenient micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Built-in Wi-Fi® makes sharing on blogs and social networking sites easy; you can even shoot remotely and live stream. The tiltable 2.7-inch capacitive touch panel LCD, adjustable integrated stand and tripod socket make self-shooting effortless. Cool features abound, like Mirror Image Recording/Playback, Slow Motion, Fast Motion and Interval Recording, and new Food & Fashion, Sports and Macro Special Scene modes. The VIXIA mini is ready to shoot when you are, with an automatic lens cover that opens when you power on. Use the VIXIA mini to express yourself in creative ways and let yourself shine like a star!
Innovation for Simple, Creative Sharing
An innovative and compact personal camcorder providing the excitement of sharing your hobbies/interests with ease
Whether you like to show off your unique talents, share your hobbies with other enthusiasts, or give the world the benefit of your special knowledge, the VIXIA mini is the camcorder you've been waiting for! Super slim and weighing approximately 5.6 ounces (body only), the camcorder's innovative design is perfect for bloggers and anyone who likes to share online in creative ways. Shooting is ultra-flexible and can easily be accomplished hands-free. The sturdy built-in stand is adjustable, as is the touch panel LCD, so it's easy to find the exact shooting angle to suit your needs. The wide-angle lens captures expansive scenes, so your options are virtually endless. Thanks to the VIXIA mini's built-in Wi-Fi®, you can post video on social networking sites, shoot remotely and wirelessly stream to mobile devices.
Ultra Wide Lens for Creative Edge
Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160° movies/170° photos) offers a unique and creative perspective so you can show off your talents or capture moments in a whole new way
The VIXIA mini is equipped with a genuine Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens to give your videos a look that conventional camcorders and cameras can't match. The ultra wide-angle lens gives you a 160° angle of view for video and 170° angle of view for still images, allowing the camcorder to capture scenes with you and everything around you. The wide shots have the outer edge perspective typical of a fisheye lens, shooting at a focal length of 16.8mm for videos and 15.4mm for photos (35mm equivalent). The look not only highlights your creative expression, but lets you see your talents – and show them to the world – in a whole new way. And a centered 1920 x 1440 image is also available to record videos with a more classic look with Close-up mode, which shoots at 35.0mm for videos and 32.1mm for photos (35mm equivalent).
Wide or Close-up: It's Your Choice
Shoot in Wide mode to capture an ultra-wide view of the entire scene or Close-up mode to crop-in and emphasize your subject, and quickly toggle from one to the other with the touch of the LCD screen
The versatile VIXIA mini gives you both Wide and Close-up shooting modes. Wide mode captures virtually everything within its frame. Expansive video shot in Wide mode has a 160° angle of view (170° angle for still images), adding a whole new level of playfulness and creativity at the edges. When you choose Close-up mode, you'll capture a cropped in, centered 1920 x 1440 image, which is perfect for emphasizing your subject. The best part is that you can toggle between the two modes at any time, simply by touching the LCD screen. Thanks to the camcorder's 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity sensor, all images are in Full HD and beautifully detailed.
Quality Video That's Ready to Share
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
The VIXIA mini incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor. A significant upgrade on several fronts, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor features dramatically increased processing power and captures more light, for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes.
Canon HS SYSTEM
The VIXIA mini gives you the power to create images with spectacular depth, detail and emotional resonance. The 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works in concert with Canon's DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor to create the renowned Canon HS SYSTEM. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in a variety of situations for incredible video and photos.
Capture Full HD video in MP4 format and 12.0 Megapixel photos with exceptional image quality to removable microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory cards
The VIXIA mini captures Full HD video, for smooth detail and superb realism that puts your viewer right in the scene. The still images you'll capture will be just as impressive thanks to 12.0 megapixels of resolution. Video is recorded in convenient MP4 format so it doesn't need to be converted when you play it back on your tablet or smartphone. MP4 format offers the quickest way to upload to blogs and social networking sites, too. The VIXIA mini records to convenient, easy-to-find microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC memory cards for super high-capacity storage and ultra-fast data transfer speeds.
|VIXIA mini RECORDING TIME CHART|
|Memory Card||24 Mbps |
(1920 x 1080)
|17 Mbps |
(1920 x 1080)
|4 Mbps |
(1280 x 720)
|8GB||40 min.||1 hr. 00 min.||4 hrs. 20 min.|
|16GB||1 hr. 25 min.||2 hrs. 05 min.||8 hrs. 40 min.|
|32GB||2 hrs. 55 min.||4 hrs. 10 min.||17 hrs. 20 min.|
|64GB||5 hrs. 55 min.||8 hrs. 20 min.||34 hrs. 45 min.|
Superb Audio To Enhance Your Video
A high-quality built-in stereo microphone helps bring life to your videos by capturing superb audio
The VIXIA mini not only captures great video, but superb audio too! The camcorder's slim design incorporates a high-quality, built-in stereo microphone so no matter where you're recording, be confident that you will capture audio that will bring your video to life.
Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select 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.
Own the Freedom of Wireless Technology
Built-in Wi-Fi® lets you share your video and photos to social networking sites like YouTube™ or Facebook® or send to a PC. You can also upload virtually anywhere using your iOS® device with the free Canon Movie Uploader app*
Built-in Wi-Fi® on the VIXIA mini 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 like YouTube™ or Facebook®.
* This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. 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.
# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
Fun and Function Meet in Live Streaming
Live Streaming allows you to view and record live video on your Android™ or iOS® device; you can also control your camcorder from a remote location using your smartphone or tablet with the free Canon CameraAccess2 app†
The Live Streaming function enabled by the VIXIA mini camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi® 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 CameraAccess2 app†. You can also remotely control camcorder functions including start/stop, and even access information about remaining battery charge, recordable time 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 much more.
† Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later or Android version 2.3/4.0 or later for select devices.
Control at Your Fingertips
Innovatively designed 2.7-inch capacitive, tilt, touch panel LCD lets you quickly switch between still image and video mode and offers fast, easy, intuitive control right at your fingertips
Interacting with your VIXIA mini will feel familiar right away thanks to the capacitive touch panel LCD. Simply tap and swipe the screen the way you do your tablet or smartphone. The big, clear 2.7-inch LCD makes it easy to switch from shooting video to capturing the perfect still image from various angles – low, high, or even upside down! Toggle between Wide and Close-up modes with a simple touch to give your video a dynamic look. Easily scroll through captured images. Tap your way through simple menu options. Quickly share what you've created with friends, family and the whole world. Fast and intuitive, the VIXIA mini camcorder's interface is designed for the modern trend of capturing and sharing.
Shoot From Virtually Any Angle
A built-in, adjustable stand and tripod socket allow flexible positioning so it's easy to shoot any scene hands-free, including scenes where you're the star
One of the most innovative things about the VIXIA mini is the shooting flexibility it gives you. Between the 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD that flips on parallel hinges, and the built-in stand that adjusts to various positions, your shooting options are endless. Shoot low-angle with the screen fully closed, and high-angle or straight on with the screen in the rear position. You can even shoot in multiple directions with the camera inverted; Detection Orientation automatically rotates the image for playback. Hands-free videos where you're the star have never been easier! Simply place the screen in the front position and position the sturdy stand to the perfect angle. There's even a tripod socket to ensure steady recording.
Mirror Image Recording/Playback
Mirror Image Recording/Playback lets you view the scene in real time so you can watch as you record, perfect for reviewing that intricate dance routine or practicing your golf swing
The VIXIA mini does a lot more than capture and share great video. It's a tool that makes video work for you. With Mirror Image Recording/Playback, the image is flipped horizontally. Any dance student will immediately understand how much easier it is to follow and learn from a mirror image, but the feature is useful for all kinds of applications. Break down that complicated dance move, perfect your golf swing, practice your batting form, follow an intricate fitness routine and lots more, wherever you like and at your own pace. The camcorder also has a repeat playback function that lets you put a single file on a continuous loop for uninterrupted practice.
Fun and Useful Special Effects
Record in slow motion or fast motion for a creative effect
The VIXIA mini makes it easy to rev up the excitement and quality of your videos with classic special effects. Control the pace and rhythm of your videos with Slow Motion and Fast Motion shooting. Slow Motion is available at two speeds: ½x and ¼x. You can highlight that jaw-dropping dance move, add dramatic and comedic effects, or teach a magic trick. Fast Motion is perfect for videos that show off your creative talents: makeup, painting, cooking, woodworking, nail art and more. Choose 2x or 4x to achieve just the effect you're after.
Interval Recording lets you see slow-changing movements over time
Interval Recording gives you and your viewers a fascinating look at slow-moving changes. The camcorder records still images or half-second video clips at intervals you determine (5, 10 or 30 seconds; 1 or 10 minutes), with playback in flip-book style. The mode is perfect for recording plant growth, cloud movement, tidal changes, light effects from dawn to sunset and so much more. It's also a great way to add a multimedia element to school science and research projects.
Smart Settings for Beautiful Quality
Smart AUTO helps make shooting great videos simple by intelligently selecting the best settings from 23 predefined situations
Smart AUTO lets you capture clear, bright, well-focused video while the camcorder takes care of all the details. The system recognizes 23 shooting situations based on numerous factors, then automatically chooses the optimal settings for the situation. The result is video with better quality in more situations, quickly and easily shareable.
More Scenes with Higher Quality
New Special Scene Modes including Food & Fashion, Sports and Macro give you advanced presets to help you capture impressive images even under difficult shooting conditions
The VIXIA mini is equipped with Smart AUTO, which is at the center of three new, exclusive Special Scene Modes to help you shoot what you want, when you want – even in difficult conditions. Food & Fashion captures colors and textures with beautiful detail and accuracy, even indoors under low light. Sports mode ensures smooth action with crisp, sharp movement. Macro lets you shoot close-up video with vivid, true color and spectacular definition.
No Lens Cap to Lose
Automatic lens cover helps protect the lens against scratches and dust
The VIXIA mini is designed to be easy, ultra-portable, and ready to shoot when you are. The camcorder's lens cap is built-in and automatic so there's no need to remove and keep track of a lens cap when the action begins. Simply power on and the lens cap slides open. Power off and it slides shut, protecting the valuable Canon lens from dirt, dust and scratches.
Additional Features for Your Video
Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in Canon 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.
While shooting, Touch Decoration can be activated via the touch panel LCD, allowing you to superimpose and record a variety of fun and exciting images along with your video. Animations such as shooting stars, thought bubbles, freehand drawing, stamps, various decorative frames and more can be added to give your video an amusing and creative flair.
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 video that will grab everyone's attention. You can choose from a selection of recording times: two, four or eight seconds.
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+ Expandable memory (via a micro sd card)
+ Great optics and awesome quality on stills and videos (with multiple settings as well as a fisheye option)
+ Removable battery
+ Perfect framing of videos via a tilting touch screen, built in stand with multiple positions, and a standard tripod (mount) screw on the bottom
+ Surprising quality on recording sound (which is a plus since it doesn't have the ability to use an external mic, I think).
- The white Vixia Mini is a bit glossy (for some reason I thought it was more textured/matted). This may result in a slippery camera or visible smudges and scratches. Unlike the GoPro, with its protective housing, I don't want to drop this camera too often (if at all)
- The touch screen doesn't flip 180 degrees from the stowed position, meaning it is always exposed.
I'm not sure if this product is a little too niche for people who are satisfied with using their phones to record video. GoPro has shown that there's a market for small video cameras that fit a particular purpose. I think Canon has a similar product in the Vixia Mini, which offers considerably more refinement in video and sound than a GoPro. I can see people who, like me, need to have a camera that is easy to use and records great video for presentations, blogging, how-to videos, etc. but I don't know if there's enough of us out there to delay the likely inevitable demise of dedicated small video cameras. Regardless, Canon has made a great product that is well executed, easy to use, and captures video that far surpasses what other small video cameras can do (including high end phones).
Excellent wide angle FOV. Fish eye distortion due to that isn't really noticeable; if it does bother you, you can use software to correct for it in post production.
Device has WiFi mode, acting as access point with WPA2 encryption (broadcasts a "CannonVixia123" SSID by default so you can connect to it with phone and remotely control a subset of its features via an app). Will also connect to an existing network.
Linux works with it over USB via gphoto2! I was initially concerned about having to purchase a SD card reader.
Cons: Read only access via USB; you have to use the UI on the device in order to delete files.
The wifi app can get out of sync with the device in regard to the recording state (e.g. app says device is recording but device was not, I lost a half hour's worth of content due to that).
Runs though batteries like candy, even when idle. Buy extras, with a higher mAh rating than the one provided (3.7V 760mAh) if you plan on ever using it more than 30 minutes a day away from a plug.
Unable to use external battery pack via USB interface. Looks like I'll have to return the one I bought for this purpose. Unable to draw power though USB interface. I'm considering jimmying external batteries up to power the thing externally via its proprietary DC power port; no customer should have to do that!
Lacks ability to optically zoom; you have to get close to target. No mount for attaching external optics.
Inability to turn off LCD display to conserve power; you can turn the backlight down some. But still, I don't need the LCD drawing battery power while operating the device remotely.
Putting the device in remote operation state or USB file access state blocks out the UI (you have to exit those states to operate the device locally again).
Wish the UI/firmware had more options... like starting up with WiFi mode activated, turn off LCD.
UI for deleting recordings is poor; I can see an older person accidentally deleting something important. Even I worry!
AC/DC power adapter is not included (just FYI not a con).
A better app for remote control of Cannon cameras appears to be available, not published by cannon sponsored company, but by someone independent for $8.
Appears to be the same optically (same chip too) as the newer (more expensive) VIXIA mini X model.
Update: started making a continuous high pitched acoustic noise around 1-2 months after purchasing with daily use (effect falls off more than 3' away from device). Probably something to do with power transformation, when upping voltage from the 3.7v lithium battery. Take a look at that Cannon! Might mean poor quality transformer parts.