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Canon Vixia HF R42 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 235g Mar 2013
Sensor Size 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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16 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

We checked 1,357 owner and expert reviews for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

Video cameras of this age and type have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3". The Canon Vixia HF R42 has one of the larger screen sizes (3 inches) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF R48 both from Canon is also worth considering.

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF R42 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

Other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R42 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R42.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R42, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF R406 both from Canon is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF R42 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of a similar age and spec 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of this spec and age.

Amongst similar 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

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF R42 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The optical sensor size of all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF R42 ranges from 1/8" to 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Vixia HF R42 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HDC-TM900 which has better reviews.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The Canon Vixia HF R42 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and type. The white balance modes "Daylight" 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 comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Small

With a width of only 53 millimeters, the Vixia HF R42 is fairly small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF R42 have widths of between 30mm and 570mm, and the average width is 74mm.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.4 lux, the Vixia HF R42 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The smallest minimum illumination of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42 is 0.1lx and the biggest is 7lx.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

Across all the video cameras of this age and type the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 38fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Vixia HF R42 has a quite slow maximum frame rate compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R42, the Vixia HF R42 does not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens which you might want to look at including the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

The Canon Vixia HF R42 has one of the lower video capturing speeds (only 25 frames per second) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The video capturing speeds of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF R42 range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 36fps.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF R42, the Vixia HF R42 does not have a night mode.

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

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R42, the Vixia HF R42 is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Canon XF105 ($2,499.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42, the Vixia HF R42 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320 is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders that have been available for more than two years are not waterproof. The Vixia HF R42 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

At only 230,000 pixels, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R42. Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42 have display resolutions of between 1.2 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R42

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this small sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF R42 has a relatively average digital zoom (1,060 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42.

We compared this video camera to all the other 1,060x (digital) video cameras and we think the Vixia HF R40 ($399.00), and the Legria HF R46 both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Samsung SMX-C10 (1,200x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R42 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R42.

We compared all the other 32x (optical) camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF R40 ($399.00) is also worth considering.

If this Canon video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V130 (38x).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the Vixia HF R42 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 235g weight video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Legria HF R46, or the Legria HF R48 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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CMOS Sensor Type

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

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 3 hours, the Vixia HF R42 has a fairly typical video recording time compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3h video recording time camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R46, or the Legria HF R48 both from Canon.

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF G30 ($999.00) (4.92h) which also has a higher rating.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers polaroid xha1, polaroid xhg1, polaroid xha1s, polaroid xhg1s
Barcodes 00013803211733, 00138032117332, 00989898608300

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