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Canon Vixia HF R500
Canon Vixia HF R500
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Canon Vixia HF R500 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 235g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Canon has good reviews for its video cameras
Does not support HDMI
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Reviews

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 1,806 owner and expert reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has good ratings. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market since April 2017.


Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 1,140 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R500 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. Across all the video cameras of this age and spec the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x.

We compared all the other 1,140x (digital) video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF R606 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this small total megapixels camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V160 (£129.98) (2,500x).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF R500 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera.

Other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R500 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 32x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R46.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V160 (£129.98) (38x), or the JVC GZ-R310 (£267.99) (40x).

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R500 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The Vixia HF R500 has a pretty typical weight (235 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 235g weight camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) is also worth considering.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF R500 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

Alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R406, or the Legria HF R46 all from Canon.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (3.5").

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon Vixia HF R500 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Vixia HF R500 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The Canon Vixia HF R500 does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera which support HDMI.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also support HDMI which you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Vixia HF R500 has a composite video out, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

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Has a Microphone in

The Vixia HF R500 has a microphone in, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Canon Vixia HF R500 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Vixia HF R500 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Vixia HF R500 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Vixia HF R500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Canon Vixia HF R500 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations (only 0.4 lux) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The smallest minimum illumination of small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera is 0.05lx, the biggest is 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.8lx.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon hfr500b3, canon hfr500b1, canon hfr500b2
Barcodes 00013803239034, 00138032390346, 00616348037877, 00616348037884, 00616348037891, 00617407455120, 00619515083844, 00634830879675

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