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Canon Vixia HF R500
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Canon Vixia HF R500 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 235g CMOS Jan 2014
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Discover a world of new shooting possibilities with VIXIA HF R500 camcorder's giant 57x Advanced Zoom! Get up close from virtually anywhere and feel free to walk while shooting: the camcorder's... More
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14 Reasons For

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Canon camcorders and also specifically for Canon small total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases Canon had excellent reviews compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 1,140 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R500 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R500. The average digital zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF R500 is 800x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 1,140x (digital) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R56.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at 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 video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R500.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R56 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Canon Vixia HF R500 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most camcorders that came out around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. This camcorder also 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R500.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Vixia HF R500 is more than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF R500. The scene modess "Beach", "Children", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Vixia HF R500 has a greater number of photo effects than most video cameras of this type and age. The most commonly found photo effects is Fader, but this photo effects is not found on this camcorder. The photo effectss Black&White, Sepia and Vivid are also found on this video camera.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF R500 is 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. Camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF R500 optical sensor sizes range from 1/8" to 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Vixia HF R500 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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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 frequently supported video resolutions on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon Vixia HF R500 is more than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Canon camcorder. The audio formats supporteds AAC and AC3 are also supported by this camcorder.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF R500 is more than most video cameras of this type and age. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balances "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Video cameras of this spec and age have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx. At only 0.4 lux, the Vixia HF R500 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R500.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Vixia HF R500 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an HDMI including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R56 both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Vixia HF R500 is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF M52, the Panasonic HDC-TM900, or the Sony HDR-PJ620 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF R500 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around 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 look at include the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of this spec and age do not have a night mode. The Vixia HF R500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Vixia HF R500 is not 3D. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D.

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

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R500, the Vixia HF R500 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R500, the Canon Vixia HF R500 does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ620 which also has a higher rating.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R500

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Canon video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Vixia HF R500 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R500.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R38 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R500 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R500.

Alternative 32x (optical) video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Legria HF R38, or the Legria HF R56 both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V160 (£129.98) (38x).

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Vixia HF R500 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 235g weight camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF R46 which has better reviews.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Headphone Connectivity
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9176b001, canon hfr500b2, canon hfr500b3, canon hfr500b1, canon backpack16, canon backpack16g, canon backpack16gb
Barcodes 00013803239034, 00138032390346, 00616348037877, 00616348037884, 00616348037891, 00617407455120, 00619515083844, 00634830879675

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