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Canon Vixia HF R400
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Canon Vixia HF R400 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 285g Apr 2013
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17 Reasons For

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 1,357 owner and expert reviews, Canon has excellent ratings for its camcorders. 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 video cameras of this age and type.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Vixia HF R400 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to consider including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF R400 is Full HD, as are most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400.

Other Full HD video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Vixia HF R400 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF R400 also have an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser 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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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Vixia HF R400 has a better image processor than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. This Canon camcorder has a DIGIC DV IV image processor, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

A DIGIC DV IV image processor is in fact the best image processor across all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst image processor is DIGIC DV II.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF R400 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it support an SD memory card. This Canon video camera also 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R400.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has One Exposure Mode

The Vixia HF R400 has a greater number of exposure modes than most small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this video camera. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this camcorder.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF R400 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The worst optical sensor size of all small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R400 is 1/8" and the best is 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF R400 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] is also worth considering.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF R400 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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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 the most commonly supported video resolution on video cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Four Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon Vixia HF R400 is more than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AAC, AC3, LC-AAC and MP4 are also supported by this Canon camcorder.

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Small

The average width of video cameras of this spec and age is 74mm. With a width of only 53 millimeters, the Canon Vixia HF R400 is quite small compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF R400.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF R400 range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.1lx. The Vixia HF R400 has a quite small minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R400.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution on camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of this age and spec do not have an interchangeable lens. The Vixia HF R400 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF R400 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF R400 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a night mode which you might also want to look at including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vixia HF R400 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF R400 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R400 also do not have a built-in projector.

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

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Vixia HF R400 is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Across all the camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R400 the display resolutions range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Vixia HF R400 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R400.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF R400 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400. Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R400 have megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 10MP.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R400

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Canon released the Vixia HF R400.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Vixia HF R400 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF R400 has a fairly average digital zoom (1,060 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R400.

Other 1,060x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price], the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price], or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Samsung SMX-C10[plb_2120460_price] (1,200x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Vixia HF R400 has a fairly average optical zoom (32 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 32x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price], the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price], or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] all from Canon.

If this small sensor size camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] (38x).

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Average Weight

At 285 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R400 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 285g weight camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price] is also worth considering.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Canon Vixia HF M500[plb_1447302_price] (310g).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 32 gigabytes, the Vixia HF R400 has a fairly standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

If this Canon camcorder maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (64GB) which is also higher rated.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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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
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers polaroid xha1, polaroid xhg1, polaroid xha1s, polaroid xhg1s
Barcodes 00013803211863, 00138032118636, 00989898608300
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