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Canon Vixia HF R42
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Canon Vixia HF R42 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 235g Mar 2013
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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... More
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16 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Based on 1,357 owner and expert reviews, Canon has excellent ratings for its video cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The Vixia HF R42 has a quite large screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R42. The average screen size of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 2.9", and the screen sizes range from 1.4" to 4.3".

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2" and higher rated).

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF R42, the Vixia HF R42 is Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF R42 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including 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

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF R42 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Canon camcorder 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R42.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF R42 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 comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF R42 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/8" to 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R42, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], and the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Vixia HF R42 is more 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 frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF R42. The white balance modes "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Small

The Vixia HF R42 is quite small (only 53 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R42. The smallest camcorder of this spec and age is 30mm wide and the biggest is 570mm.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42 range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.4 lux, the Vixia HF R42 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst comparable spec camcorders 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 comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF R42 is 25fps, the fastest is 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 38fps. The Vixia HF R42 has one of the slower maximum frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF R42 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R42 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

At only 25 frames per second, the Vixia HF R42 has a fairly low video capturing speed compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R42. Small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R42 have video capturing speeds of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 37fps.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R42 do not have a night mode. The Vixia HF R42 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a night mode and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Vixia HF R42 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also 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

The Vixia HF R42 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this age and type are not waterproof. The Vixia HF R42 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 360,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Vixia HF R42 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R42

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 1,060 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R42 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF R42.

There are a number of other 1,060x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price], or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] both from Canon.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung SMX-C10[plb_2120460_price] (1,200x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R42.

There are a number of alternative 32x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] (38x).

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R42.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 235g weight video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price], and the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 3 hours, the Vixia HF R42 has a fairly average video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF R42.

Other 3h video recording time video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R48[plb_1488031_price].

If you would prefer a longer video recording time then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (3.1h and higher rated).

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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
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Warranty Card

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers polaroid xha1, polaroid xhg1, polaroid xha1s, polaroid xhg1s
Barcodes 00013803211733, 00138032117332, 00989898608300, 00989898610280

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