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Canon Vixia HF R500
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Canon Vixia HF R500 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 235g Jan 2014
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14 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent reviews compared to other brands as do all video cameras built by Canon.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R500 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 770x. At 1,140 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R500 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF R500 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Vixia HF R500 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF R500 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of this type and age. 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF R500.

Amongst comparable 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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Has Nine Scene Modes

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

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Vixia HF R500 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently found photo effect is Fader, but this photo effect is not found on this video camera. The photo effects Black&White, Sepia and Vivid are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Vixia HF R500 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago 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 camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Canon Vixia HF R500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly 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 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 typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Vixia HF R500 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AAC and AC3 are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.4 lux, the Canon Vixia HF R500 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The average minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R500 is 2.1lx, and the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R500 have an HDMI port, however the Vixia HF R500 does not have an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF R500 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Vixia HF R500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R500, the Vixia HF R500 does not have a night mode.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a night mode which you might also want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon Vixia HF R500 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R500 are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF R500 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R500 also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF R500 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF R500 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R500 have display resolutions of between 1.2 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Canon Vixia HF R500 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

The Vixia HF R500 has a better image stabiliser type than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon video camera has a Hybrid image stabiliser, whereas most camcorders that are a similar age to it have an Optical image stabiliser. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation. Across all camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF R500 the best image stabiliser type is Optical and the worst is Digital.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R500

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF R500 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF R500.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1[plb_2634602_price] (3.5").

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R500 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R500.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (40x).

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R500 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R500.

We compared all the other 235g weight camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price], the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], and the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this type and age.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Headphone Socket
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9176b001
Barcodes 00013803239034, 00138032390346, 00617407455120, 00619515083844, 00634830879675

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