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Canon Vixia HF R400
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Canon Vixia HF R400 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 285g Apr 2013
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17 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 1,357 owner and expert reviews for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R400, the Canon Vixia HF R400 is Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF R400 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Vixia HF R400 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF R400.

Other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon.

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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Vixia HF R400 has a better image processor than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This camcorder has a DIGIC DV IV image processor, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

This video camera's image processor (DIGIC DV IV) is in fact the best image processor across all video cameras of this age and spec.

The worst image processor amongst similar types of video camera is DIGIC DV II.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF R400 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Canon video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. This video camera also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has One Exposure Mode

The number of exposure modes found on the Canon Vixia HF R400 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this camcorder. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this video camera.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF R400 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R400 the best optical sensor size is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF R400 has a built-in display, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R400.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Vixia HF R400 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R400. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders of this type and age.

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Supports Four Audio Formats

The Canon Vixia HF R400 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Canon camcorder. The audio formats AAC, AC3, LC-AAC and MP4 are also supported by this video camera.

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Small

The Vixia HF R400 is quite small (only 53 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago the widths range from 30mm to 570mm.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R400 range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. The Canon Vixia HF R400 has one of the smaller minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) amongst video cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF R400 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF R400 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400 also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Vixia HF R400 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the Vixia HF R400 does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R400, the Vixia HF R400 is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have display resolutions of between 23,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Vixia HF R400 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Vixia HF R400 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 2.07 megapixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The megapixel counts of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400 range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.5MP.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R400

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Canon released the Vixia HF R400.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Vixia HF R400 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon.

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 1,060 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R400 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R400.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 1,060x (digital) video cameras and we think the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price], the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price], and the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Samsung SMX-C10[plb_2120460_price] (1,200x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R400 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative 32x (optical) video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price], the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price], or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] all from Canon.

If this camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] (38x).

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Average Weight

At 285 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R400 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R400.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 285g weight camcorders and we think the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon Vixia HF M500[plb_1447302_price] (310g).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 32 gigabytes, the Vixia HF R400 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400.

If you want a camcorder with a larger maximum memory card size then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (64GB) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers polaroid xha1, polaroid xhg1, polaroid xha1s, polaroid xhg1s
Barcodes 00013803211863, 00138032118636, 00989898608300, 00989898610280

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