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Should You Buy a Canon Camcorder?

Updated 07 November 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 its 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 $120 for the Vixia HF R30 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 $8,999 for the C300 Mark II which has an optical zoom of 15x, a sensor size of 9.84MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 4096 x 2160. The average price of a new Canon camcorder is $1,261.

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%
1,892 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
5,694 reviews
#3
GoPro
90%
90%
2,472 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
170 reviews
#5
Zoom
82%
82%
117 reviews
#6
Ricoh
81%
81%
439 reviews
#7
JVC
Japan
79%
79%
31 reviews
#8
Vivitar
79%
79%
80 reviews
#9
Polaroid
77%
77%
414 reviews
#10
Nikon
Japan
76%
76%
43 reviews
#11
Blackmagic Design
75%
75%
52 reviews
#12
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#13
Garmin
72%
72%
7 reviews
#14
Veho
71%
71%
419 reviews
#15
South Korea
70%
70%
93 reviews
#16
Toshiba
Japan
69%
69%
321 reviews
#17
Midland
68%
68%
2 reviews
#18
ION
68%
68%
14 reviews
#19
DJI
68%
68%
438 reviews
#20
HTC
66%
66%
159 reviews
#21
Xiaomi
65%
65%
98 reviews
#22
360fly
65%
65%
67 reviews
#23
HP
United States
62%
62%
5 reviews
#24
ACTIVEON
61%
61%
6 reviews
#25
VTech
60%
60%
0 reviews
#26
Naxa
59%
59%
0 reviews
#27
Memorex
55%
55%
0 reviews
#28
Motorola
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 US. 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
$898
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,261
$0 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $179,999
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
35
4 stars
95
3 stars
18
2 stars
3
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
940
4 stars
435
3 stars
99
2 stars
52
1 star
78
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 84% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

Purchasers of Canon camcorders frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use and solidly made. Their camcorders have also 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
82%
6 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
5 reviews
50%
3 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
93%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
83%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
95%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
75%
4 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
89%
3 reviews
53%
1 review
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
70%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
77%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
78%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
92 reviews
69%
64 reviews
79%
55 reviews
73%
52 reviews
77%
37 reviews
Average
80%
196 reviews
78%
151 reviews
85%
99 reviews
69%
74 reviews
70%
57 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 35 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 35 awards for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
4
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
4
2
reviewed.com logo
2
5
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
2
Digital Versus logo
4
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
PC Mag logo
2
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
chip.com.my logo
2
stuff.tv logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
10
5
10
6
3
Total
40
35
25
7
7

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
I like the built memory
Bestbuy.com
worried that it would damage the camcorder
amazon.co.uk
solidly put together
Amazon
I like the built in hard drive
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

build quality could be better
amazon.co.uk
though it's not a write-off simply for the build quality
Amazon
I had a JVC that broke under extended warranty
Bestbuy.com

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 ($332), the Canon Legria HF R78 ($247) and the Canon LEGRIA HF R88 ($386).

What is the Ultimate Canon Camcorder?

Canon XF705

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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 $6,649.05 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 75.

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

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

81
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
64
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

Canon Legria HF R806

$332.01
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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 $332.01 and with a Kagoo Score of 79 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)
Image stabilizer
Night mode

An award winning and fully featured 32x optical zoom, 235g video camera, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Purchasers report 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
82
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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

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Canon Legria HF R806 test video (new model, wifi)
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Canon Legria HF R806 unboxing / test
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Compare All Canon Camcorders
Find the best Canon camcorder for you by checking our complete list of over 183 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 Ultimate Canon Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

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