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19 Reasons For
One Industry Award
PC Mag concluded that this Canon video camera was outstanding and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.
Expert Reviews Are Average
On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and parentesis.com this camcorder has an overall expert rating of 70%.
Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders
Small sensor size camcorders manufactured by Canon have excellent reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Canon also has excellent reviews across its entire range.
Good Quality Lens
One person reckoned that it had a good lens.
One customer thought it was strong and durable. Four years ago expert website Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Cameras, consumer camcorders are in a tough spot when it comes to balancing price”.
Good Product Quality
One person mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Pcmag.com said in their review of the Canon Vixia HF R300 on expert review site PC Mag “With its 32x zoom lens and sharp video quality”.
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Full HD HD Type
The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.
Has an HDMI Port
Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R300, the Vixia HF R300 has an HDMI port.
Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF R300, the Vixia HF R300 is Full HD.
Has an Image Stabiliser
The Canon Vixia HF R300 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.
SDXC Memory Card
The Vixia HF R300 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. In addition, this camcorder 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R300.
Across comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).
SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.
1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size
The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Vixia HF R300 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago the best optical sensor size is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".
1080i Video Mode
1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R300 the worst video mode is 540p and the best is 1080p.
Has a Built-In Display
Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Vixia HF R300 has a built-in display.
Has Four White Balance Modes
The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF R300 is more than most video cameras of this age and type. This camcorder 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 video camera.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution
This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on video cameras of this age and type.
Supports Four Audio Formats
The Vixia HF R300 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of a comparable age and type 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 camcorder.
Camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF R300 have heights of between 19mm and 920mm. The Vixia HF R300 is one of the smaller small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R300 (only 55 millimeters) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.
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 comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.
7 Reasons Against
Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens
The Vixia HF R300 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R300 also do not have an interchangeable lens.
Does Not Have a Night Mode
The Canon Vixia HF R300 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R300 also do not have a night mode.
Not 3D Compatible
The Vixia HF R300 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF R300 are also not 3D compatible.
Does Not Have a Built-In Projector
The Canon Vixia HF R300 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R300 also do not have a built-in projector.
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The Canon Vixia HF R300 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.
Quite Big Minimum Illumination
Comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx. With a minimum illumination of 5 lux, the Vixia HF R300 has one of the bigger minimum illumination amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.
Quite Big Closest Focusing Distance
With a closest focusing distance of 0.5 meters, the Vixia HF R300 has a fairly big closest focusing distance 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 R300. Video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R300 have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 1m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.16m.
6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R300
Released Over Four Years Ago
This small sensor size camcorder was released over four years ago.
Average Screen Size
The Vixia HF R300 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.
Average Digital Zoom
At 1,020 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R300 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF R300.
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Average Optical Zoom
With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R300 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R300.
At 250 grams, the Vixia HF R300 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF R300.
CMOS Sensor Type
This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.
Optical Sensor Size
1/4, 1/4.8, 1/4.85
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
38.5 - 1232
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.8 - 89.6
Compatible Memory Cards
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Closest Focusing Distance
Light Exposure Modes
Auto, Daylight, Manual, Tungsten
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display Resolution (numeric)
DIGIC DV II, DIGIC DV III
Movie, Single image
Colour of Product
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
FXP, XP+, LP, MXP, XP+, SP, XP+
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
AVCHD, AVC, MP4, MPEG, MPEG4
1920 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image Resolution(s)
1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
1920 x 1080
Audio Formats Supported
AAC++, AC3, LC-AAC, AAC++, MP4
Ports & Interfaces
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB Connector Type
USB a, Mini-USB, Mini-USB a, USB B, Mini-USB, Mini-USB B
Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45
Weight & Dimensions
Quick Start Guide
Video Browser Editing,ImageBrowser,Transfer Utility