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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
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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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17 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Canon small total megapixels video cameras have excellent reviews on average and across all camcorders Canon is one of the top rated manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 2.9", and the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Vixia HF R42 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF R42.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Panasonic HC-V500 is also worth considering.

If this Canon video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R42 is Full HD, unlike most of the other video cameras of this spec and age which are not Full HD.

Other Full HD video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ620.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has an HDMI.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF R56 both from Canon or the Sony HVR-Z7 is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF R42 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Canon Vixia HF R42 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. In addition, this Canon camcorder supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R42.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder 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 Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to 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 a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R42 is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Vixia HF R42 has a built-in display. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in display.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has Three White Balances

The Vixia HF R42 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF R42. The white balances "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx. The Vixia HF R42 has a fairly small minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R42.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution(s) on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The maximum frame rates of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42 range from 25fps to 60fps. The Canon Vixia HF R42 has a fairly slow maximum frame rate (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF R42.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens. The Vixia HF R42 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

At only 25 frames per second, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has a quite low video capturing speed compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The video capturing speeds of video cameras of this spec and age range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 41fps.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon Vixia HF R42 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R42 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52 which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42, the Vixia HF R42 is not 3D.

Video cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF R42, the Canon Vixia HF R42 is not waterproof.

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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 camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R42 also do not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ620.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This video camera has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R42

Released Over Three Years Ago

This small total megapixels video camera was released over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

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

We compared all the other 1,060x (digital) video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF R40, and the Legria HF R46 both from Canon is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Legria HF R56 (1,140x), or the Legria HF R66 (£199.99) (1,140x) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R42 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other 32x (optical) camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF R40, and the Legria HF R38 both from Canon is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon 800 (35x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the Vixia HF R42 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 235g weight camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R46.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 3 hours, the Vixia HF R42 has a fairly average video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R42.

Video cameras with a longer video recording time that might also be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF R66 (£199.99) (3.15h) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Warranty Card

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803211733, 00138032117332

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