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Should You Buy a Canon Camcorder?

Updated 29 July 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a Canon Camcorder?

Canon is one of the most popular camcorder brands as well as being well known for it's digital cameras, inkjet printers and photo printers.

We've collated all the key information on Canon camcorders in this handy guide. We've analysed over 28,000 user and expert reviews and 180+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 790+ camcorders to impartially compare each camcorder brand.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at $38 for the Vixia HF R800 which has an optical zoom of 32x, a sensor size of 3.28MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to $6,999 for the XF705 which has an optical zoom of 15x, a sensor size of 13.4MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K). The average price of a new Canon camcorder is $1,274.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders.

Is Canon the Best Camcorder Brand?

So are Canon camcorders any good? We give every camcorder a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all camcorders we are able to impartially rank all the camcorder brands.

Canon is ranked the No. 1 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Canon is the actually best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,910 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
5,713 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
165 reviews
#4
GoPro
87%
87%
2,314 reviews
#5
Zoom
82%
82%
117 reviews
#6
Ricoh
81%
81%
453 reviews
#7
Vivitar
79%
79%
80 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
77%
77%
31 reviews
#9
Nikon
Japan
76%
76%
43 reviews
#10
Polaroid
74%
74%
414 reviews
#11
Garmin
74%
74%
7 reviews
#12
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#13
Toshiba
Japan
73%
73%
321 reviews
#14
Blackmagic Design
73%
73%
51 reviews
#15
ACTIVEON
71%
71%
6 reviews
#16
Veho
71%
71%
413 reviews
#17
South Korea
70%
70%
93 reviews
#18
Transcend
69%
69%
384 reviews
#19
DJI
68%
68%
438 reviews
#20
ION
68%
68%
74 reviews
#21
Midland
67%
67%
2 reviews
#22
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#23
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#24
DRIFT
64%
64%
0 reviews
#25
HP
United States
62%
62%
6 reviews
#26
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#27
Naxa
58%
58%
0 reviews
#28
Memorex
54%
54%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Canon camcorders compare to the other camcorder brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All camcorder Brands
Canon Camcorders

There's a wide selection of Canon camcorders available compared to other camcorder brands, with over 40 Canon camcorders currently on the market in the United States. Canon also have better reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a Canon camcorder being 79%.

The average review score for a Canon camcorder is 79%.

However Canon camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers. Whilst Canon have a number of interesting features including intelligent battery system, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$900
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $9,499
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,274
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,999
Price Distribution of Canon Camcorders

What Do the Canon Camcorder Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Canon camcorder to work out the average distribution of reviews for Canon and then compared this to the other camcorder brands.

Canon logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
36
4 stars
94
3 stars
18
2 stars
3
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
947
4 stars
441
3 stars
100
2 stars
53
1 star
81
Canon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its camcorders than most other camcorder brands.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 86% of user reviews for Canon camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 85% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

Purchasers of Canon camcorders frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, and they have won 30+ awards.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Canon camcorders by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other camcorder brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
73%
12 reviews
85%
6 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
7 reviews
50%
3 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
93%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
100%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
77%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
78%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
93 reviews
69%
60 reviews
81%
53 reviews
73%
52 reviews
77%
40 reviews
Average
80%
197 reviews
78%
147 reviews
85%
88 reviews
69%
74 reviews
71%
61 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 34 industry awards for Canon camcorders. The table below compares the number of awards given to Canon to other popular camcorder brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Canon has won 34 awards for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
6
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
reviewed.com logo
2
4
1
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
1
2
Digital Versus logo
4
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
PC Mag logo
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
chip.com.my logo
2
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
10
5
11
6
3
Total
40
34
23
7
8

How Reliable Are Canon Camcorders?

We checked over 28,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon camcorders. 200+ of these reviews that mention reliability of which 87% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Canon camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

87% of reviewers think Canon camcorders are reliable.

So, most people think that Canon camcorders are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Canon camcorders that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

it has a lot of features built right into it
lehsys.com
the built in flash memory is great when you run out of SD card space
Bhphotovideo.com
Description fooled me a little as it did not have a hard drive built in
amazon.co.uk
top notch construction
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

The HDD versions are fragile
amazon.co.uk
poor build quality
Amazon

Features to Look Out For On Canon Camcorders

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Canon camcorders that set them apart from the competition. These include intelligent battery system.

Canon Intelligent Battery System

Canon camcorders that feature intelligent battery system include the Canon Legria HF R806 ($234), the Canon LEGRIA HF R88 ($364) and the Canon LEGRIA HF R86 ($410).

What is the Best High End Canon Camcorder?

Canon XF400

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8.29MP
15x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1.7kg
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
2.08h
BATTERY LIFE
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
YES
STILL IMAGE RESOLUTION

If you're looking for a high end Canon camcorder then the Canon XF400 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 78, but is a bit more expensive at $2,188.10.

Features We Love:
Large optical sensor size (1")
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Large display diagonal (3.5")
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution (3840x2160 pixels)

A fairly highly rated and fully featured 15x optical zoom, 1.7kg camcorder. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Popularity
Quite Popular
68
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Official Canon XF405 & XF400 Sample Video
Official Canon XF405 & XF400 Sample Video
CANON XF400 REVIEW & TEST // SHOULD YOU GET IT?
CANON XF400 REVIEW & TEST // SHOULD YOU GET IT?
Canon XF400 Review  from an OWNER !
Canon XF400 Review from an OWNER !
Canon XF400 / XF405 | Thoughts & XF100 Comparison
Canon XF400 / XF405 | Thoughts & XF100 Comparison
Canon XF400 Review + Test Footage
Canon XF400 Review + Test Footage
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Canon XF400 VS Sony NX80 - Low light Test
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Canon XF400 - Test
Canon XF400 Low Light Test Footage
Canon XF400 Low Light Test Footage
Canon XF405/XF400 aerial shoot test footage 15x zoom 4K UHD 60P + Sony ECM-MS2 CH-47 Chinook JGSDF
Canon XF405/XF400 aerial shoot test footage 15x zoom 4K UHD 60P + Sony ECM-MS2 CH-47 Chinook JGSDF
Canon XF405/XF400  15x zoom aerial shoot test footage 4K Ultra HD 60P
Canon XF405/XF400 15x zoom aerial shoot test footage 4K Ultra HD 60P

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What is the Ultimate Canon Camcorder?

Canon XF705

$6,526.92
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Canon XF705
13.4MP
15x
OPTICAL ZOOM
2.7kg
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
300x
(DIGITAL)
4"
SCREEN SIZE
256GB
MAXIMUM

For those with an unlimited budget then the Canon XF705 is the best Canon camcorder out there. At $6,526.92 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and we gave it Kagoo Score of 76.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (13.4MP)
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Big digital zoom (300x)
Large display diagonal (4")

A positively reviewed and fully featured 15x optical zoom, 2.7kg camcorder. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
64
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Canon XF705 4K 1" Sensor XF-HEVC H.265 Pro Camcorder | First Look Review
Canon XF705 4K 1" Sensor XF-HEVC H.265 Pro Camcorder | First Look Review
Canon XF705 4K Camcorder | Review & 4K Video Test
Canon XF705 4K Camcorder | Review & 4K Video Test
Comparatif Canon XF705, Sony Z90, Z280, Z190 TestBox Le Repaire
Comparatif Canon XF705, Sony Z90, Z280, Z190 TestBox Le Repaire
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Canon XF705 4K Camcorder | Review & 4K Video Test
Canon XF705 - Field test
Canon XF705 - Field test
Tech Down Over 223: Panasonic GH5S Low Light Test + Canon XF705 Talk
Tech Down Over 223: Panasonic GH5S Low Light Test + Canon XF705 Talk
Canon XF705 Test Footage
Canon XF705 Test Footage
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Canon XF705 Quick Review

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What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

Canon Legria HF R806

$233.98
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Canon Legria HF R806
3.28MP
32x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
3.25h
BATTERY LIFE
3"
SCREEN SIZE
1,140x
(DIGITAL)

At only $233.98 and with a Kagoo Score of 82 the Canon Legria HF R806 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Intelligent battery system
Big optical zoom (32x)
Long maximum battery life (3.25h)
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI

A fully featured and award winning 32x optical zoom, 235g video camera, with a fair price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Our review analysis indicates that it has a really great audio quality, very great picture quality and it's really easy to use.

93
Reviews
59 Reviews + 1 Award
83
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
80
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Canon Legria HF R806 has good expert reviews and great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

gamerspotion.de 8/10
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Canon Legria HF R806 unboxing / test
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Find the best Canon camcorder for you by checking our complete list of over 179 camcorders
In This Guide
Should You Buy a Canon Camcorder?
Is Canon the Best Camcorder Brand?
What Do the Canon Camcorder Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Camcorders Received?
How Reliable Are Canon Camcorders?
Features to Look Out For On Canon Camcorders
Canon Intelligent Battery System
What is the Best High End Canon Camcorder?
What is the Ultimate Canon Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

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