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Canon Vixia HF R42 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 235g Mar 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Canon video cameras have good reviews
Fairly large display diagonal
Very slow maximum frame rate

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Reviews

Canon Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,806 expert and owner reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has good reviews. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Vixia HF R42 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder. The display diagonals of small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 1.4" to 4.3".

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

If this video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon Vixia HF R42 has a touchscreen. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a touchscreen.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder is 360,000 pixels. The Vixia HF R42 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R42 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The maximum frame rates of small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder range from 25fps to 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Vixia HF R42 has one of the slower maximum frame rates amongst camcorders of this age.

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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 total megapixels camcorders of this age. The video capturing speeds of camcorders that were launched more than two years ago range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 36fps.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Vixia HF R42 supports HDMI, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

There are a number of other video cameras which support HDMI currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99).

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Vixia HF R42 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF R42 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Canon Vixia HF R42 has a fairly standard digital zoom (1,060 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 1,060x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF R40, or the Legria HF R46 both from Canon.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R606 (1,140x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R42 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 32x (optical) camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Canon Vixia HF R40 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Canon 800 (35x and higher rated).

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Design

Tripod Mountable

The Canon Vixia HF R42 is tripod mountable. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also are tripod mountable.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Vixia HF R42 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Canon Vixia HF R42 has a face detection. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a face detection.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Vixia HF R42 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Vixia HF R42 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Canon Vixia HF R42 has a fairly small minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera. The minimum illuminations of video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.05lx to 7lx.

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution(s) on small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Canon Vixia HF R42 does not have a built-in flash.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Canon video camera was released in April 2017.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R42 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 235g weight camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF R46, or the JVC GZ-VX715SEU which has better reviews.

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Battery

Average Video Recording Time

The Canon Vixia HF R42 has a fairly standard video recording time (3 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

If this camcorder video recording time is too short for you then you might also want to look at the Legria HF G30 (3.1h and higher rated), or the Legria HF R66 (3.15h and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803211733, 00138032117332

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