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Should You Buy a Canon Camcorder?

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Updated 01 June 2020
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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 26,000 user and expert reviews and 170+ 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 $50 for the Legria HF M52 which has an optical zoom of 10x, a sensor size of 2.37MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to $12,000 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 $1,802.

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%
1,672 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
5,685 reviews
#3
GoPro
92%
92%
2,133 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
161 reviews
#5
Ricoh
81%
81%
441 reviews
#6
Zoom
80%
80%
117 reviews
#7
JVC
Japan
79%
79%
31 reviews
#8
Vivitar
78%
78%
80 reviews
#9
Blackmagic Design
76%
76%
51 reviews
#10
DJI
75%
75%
436 reviews
#11
ION
74%
74%
14 reviews
#12
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#13
Nikon
Japan
73%
73%
43 reviews
#14
Veho
71%
71%
402 reviews
#15
Polaroid
71%
71%
421 reviews
#16
GE
United States
70%
70%
108 reviews
#17
Midland
69%
69%
2 reviews
#18
ACTIVEON
68%
68%
6 reviews
#19
HP
United States
67%
67%
7 reviews
#20
South Korea
67%
67%
94 reviews
#21
Kaiser Baas
67%
67%
13 reviews
#22
Xiaomi
67%
67%
98 reviews
#23
Bushnell
67%
67%
146 reviews
#24
Cisco
66%
66%
141 reviews
#25
KitVision
66%
66%
93 reviews
#26
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#27
360fly
64%
64%
67 reviews
#28
Toshiba
Japan
64%
64%
321 reviews
#29
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#30
Naxa
58%
58%
0 reviews
#31
Coby
57%
57%
1 review
#32
Memorex
55%
55%
0 reviews
#33
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 78%.

The average review score for a Canon camcorder is 78%.

Canon have a number of great features including intelligent battery system which sets them apart from the competition.

However Canon camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$942
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $18,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,802
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,499
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
782
4 stars
388
3 stars
97
2 stars
48
1 star
76
Canon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its camcorders than most other brands.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 84% of user reviews for Canon camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 83% and 84% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

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

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
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
97%
6 reviews
50%
3 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 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
75%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
87%
3 reviews
53%
1 review
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
84%
3 reviews
85%
1 review
89%
2 reviews
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
77%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
78%
2 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
71%
4 reviews
84%
1 review
72%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
97 reviews
69%
56 reviews
80%
57 reviews
72%
52 reviews
76%
37 reviews
Average
81%
197 reviews
78%
149 reviews
83%
88 reviews
72%
74 reviews
73%
58 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 received by 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
5
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
reviewed.com logo
2
4
Digital Versus logo
4
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
Pocket Lint logo
1
2
gagadget.com logo
1
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
PhotographyBlog.com logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
chip.com.my logo
2
Other Expert Sites
9
6
9
6
3
Total
40
34
21
7
7

How Reliable Are Canon Camcorders?

We checked over 26,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon camcorders. over 160 of these reviews mention reliability of which 85% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Canon camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

85% 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 microphone is not amazing
Bhphotovideo.com
memory cards(class 6 or higher) let alone a sturdy top quality tripod with a smooth fluid panning action
amazon.co.uk
Some basic editing control built in
Bestbuy.com
has plenty of built in memory (especially when filming in SD as I do) takes SD Cards too
Amazon
sturdy looking camcorder
Argos.co.uk

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 ($363) and the Canon LEGRIA HF R86 ($476).

What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Camcorder?

Canon XA40

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OPTICAL ZOOM
1.2kg
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SCREEN SIZE
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A great mid range choice, priced at $1,479 is the Canon XA40, which has a Kagoo Score of 79.

Features We Love:
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Face detection
Supports remote operation

A fully featured but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom, 1.2kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a face detection, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Widely Available
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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Canon XA40 - low light test - 4K
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What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

Canon Legria HF R806

$363.10
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Canon Legria HF R806
3.28MP
32x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
3.25h
BATTERY LIFE
1080P STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
1,140x
(DIGITAL)

At only $363.10 and with a Kagoo Score of 80 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 cheap 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.

92
Reviews
59 Reviews + 1 Award
82
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
75
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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

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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 Mid-Range Canon Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Canon Camcorder?

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