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Should You Buy a Canon Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 16 August 2020
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should you buy a Canon Camcorder?

Canon is one of the most popular camcorder brands as well as being well known for its digital cameras, inkjet printers and photo printers.

If you are wondering how Canon camcorders compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 790+ camcorders by objectively and impartially analysing over 27,000 user and expert reviews and 170+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at £156 for the Legria HF R76 which has an optical zoom of 32x, a sensor size of 3.28MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to £5,999 for the XF705 which has an optical zoom of 15x, a sensor size of 13.4MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K). The average price of a new Canon camcorder is £1,622.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders.

Is Canon the Best Camcorder Brand?

So are Canon camcorders any good? We give every camcorder a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all camcorders we are able to impartially rank all the camcorder brands.

Canon is ranked the No. 2 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Canon is the 2nd best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
5,688 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
1,693 reviews
#3
GoPro
92%
92%
2,370 reviews
#4
Japan
89%
89%
163 reviews
#5
Ricoh
84%
84%
441 reviews
#6
JVC
Japan
82%
82%
31 reviews
#7
KitVision
82%
82%
93 reviews
#8
Veho
79%
79%
413 reviews
#9
Transcend
78%
78%
371 reviews
#10
Zoom
76%
76%
118 reviews
#11
Blackmagic Design
74%
74%
52 reviews
#12
Vivitar
73%
73%
80 reviews
#13
ION
72%
72%
14 reviews
#14
Nikon
Japan
71%
71%
43 reviews
#15
Garmin
71%
71%
76 reviews
#16
Bushnell
70%
70%
146 reviews
#17
DJI
70%
70%
438 reviews
#18
Polaroid
70%
70%
421 reviews
#19
South Korea
67%
67%
75 reviews
#20
HP
United States
66%
66%
5 reviews
#21
Kaiser Baas
66%
66%
13 reviews
#22
Toshiba
Japan
65%
65%
318 reviews
#23
Kodak
64%
64%
75 reviews
#24
360fly
63%
63%
67 reviews
#25
ACTIVEON
63%
63%
6 reviews
#26
Lexibook
62%
62%
1 review
#27
easypix
62%
62%
31 reviews
#28
Midland
61%
61%
2 reviews
#29
Praktica
60%
60%
0 reviews
#30
Cobra
60%
60%
0 reviews
#31
Rollei
60%
60%
2 reviews
#32
Motorola
59%
59%
0 reviews
#33
EZVIZ
59%
59%
0 reviews
#34
DataVideo
58%
58%
0 reviews
#35
VTech
57%
57%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Canon camcorders compare to the other camcorder brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All camcorder Brands
Canon Camcorders

There's a wide selection of Canon camcorders available compared to other camcorder brands, with 20 Canon camcorders currently on the market in the UK. At an average purchase price of £1,622, Canon camcorders also tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands however they are still a popular choice with consumers.

The average review score for a Canon camcorder is 78%.

Canon have better reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a Canon camcorder being 78%. Canon have a number of great features including intelligent battery system which sets them apart from the competition.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£928
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £6,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£1,622
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £6,999
Price Distribution of Canon Camcorders

What Do the Canon Camcorder Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Canon camcorder to work out the average distribution of reviews for Canon and then compared this to the other camcorder brands.

Canon logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
36
4 stars
94
3 stars
18
2 stars
3
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
799
4 stars
395
3 stars
96
2 stars
48
1 star
75
Canon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its camcorders than most other brands.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 85% of user reviews for Canon camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 84% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

Purchasers of Canon camcorders frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, and they have won 30+ awards.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Canon camcorders by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other camcorder brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
73%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
4 reviews
50%
3 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
67%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
80%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
93%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
84%
3 reviews
85%
1 review
89%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
94%
1 review
53%
1 review
gadgetspeak.com logo
71%
4 reviews
84%
1 review
72%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
95 reviews
69%
61 reviews
80%
55 reviews
72%
54 reviews
76%
36 reviews
Average
80%
197 reviews
79%
149 reviews
85%
86 reviews
72%
74 reviews
72%
58 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 34 industry awards for Canon camcorders. The table below compares the number of awards received by Canon to other popular camcorder brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Canon has won 34 awards for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
3
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
reviewed.com logo
2
5
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
Digital Versus logo
4
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
pcactual.com logo
1
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
chip.com.my logo
2
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
10
5
10
6
3
Total
40
34
19
7
7

How Reliable Are Canon Camcorders?

We checked over 27,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon camcorders. over 170 of these reviews mention reliability of which 85% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Canon camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

85% of reviewers think Canon camcorders are reliable.

So, most people think that Canon camcorders are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Canon camcorders that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

it has a lot of features built right into it
lehsys.com
It is fairly well made
amazon.co.uk
It is well built
Bestbuy.com
has great build quality
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

The HDD versions are fragile
amazon.co.uk
poor build quality
Amazon

Features to Look Out For On Canon Camcorders

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Canon camcorders that set them apart from the competition. These include intelligent battery system.

Canon Intelligent Battery System

Canon camcorders that feature intelligent battery system include the Canon Legria HF R806 (£199), the Canon LEGRIA HF R86 (£289) and the Canon LEGRIA GX10 (£1,949).

What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Camcorder?

Canon LEGRIA GX10

£1,949.00
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Canon LEGRIA GX10
13.4MP
15x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1.1kg
4K
RESOLUTION
12h
BATTERY LIFE
YES
STILL IMAGE RESOLUTION
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
300x
(DIGITAL)
WIDE LCD
SUPPORTING
WIDE COLOUR
12h
VIDEO

A great mid range choice, priced at £1,949 is the Canon LEGRIA GX10, which has a Kagoo Score of 82.

Features We Love:
Intelligent battery system
Big total megapixels (13.4MP)
Image stabilizer
Long maximum battery life (12h)
Night mode

A high-quality but 3 year old 15x optical zoom, 1.1kg video camera, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI.

90
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
81
Age
3 Years Old
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the LEGRIA GX10 in the UK is £1,949.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Canon Camcorder?

Canon XC15

£1,949.00
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Canon XC15
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Canon XC15
13.36MP
10x
OPTICAL ZOOM
955g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
1.83h
BATTERY LIFE
8.29 ?12 MP
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
2x
(DIGITAL)
0.45h
VIDEO

If you're looking for a high end Canon camcorder then the Canon XC15 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 82, but is a bit more expensive at £1,949.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (13.36MP)
Large optical sensor size (1")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution (3840x2160 pixels)

A top of the range but 2 year old 10x optical zoom, 955g camcorder, very good for recording high-quality video. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in display and a built-in microphone and supports HDMI.

90
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
85
Age
2 Years Old
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the XC15 in the UK is £1,949.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Canon Camcorder?

Canon XF705

£5,999.00
Wex Photo Video
Canon XF705
Buy Now
Canon XF705
13.4MP
15x
OPTICAL ZOOM
2.7kg
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
300x
(DIGITAL)
4"
SCREEN SIZE
256GB
MAXIMUM

For those with an unlimited budget then the Canon XF705 is the best Canon camcorder out there. At £5,999 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 81.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (13.4MP)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Big digital zoom (300x)
Large display diagonal (4")

A fully featured but 2 year old 15x optical zoom, 2.7kg camcorder, very good for recording high-quality video. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
67
Value for Money
Good
87
Age
1 Year Old
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the XF705 in the UK is £5,999.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

Canon Legria HF R806

£198.99
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Canon Legria HF R806
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Canon Legria HF R806
3.28MP
32x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
3.25h
BATTERY LIFE
1080P STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
1,140x
(DIGITAL)

At only £198.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 88 the Canon Legria HF R806 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Intelligent battery system
Big optical zoom (32x)
Long maximum battery life (3.25h)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI

The best rated video camera under £500. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI.

92
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Age
3 Years Old
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the Legria HF R806 in the UK is £198.99 and in total we found 21 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Canon Camcorder?
Is Canon the Best Camcorder Brand?
What Do the Canon Camcorder Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Camcorders Received?
How Reliable Are Canon Camcorders?
Features to Look Out For On Canon Camcorders
Canon Intelligent Battery System
What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Camcorder?
What is the Best High End Canon Camcorder?
What is the Ultimate Canon Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

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