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Should You Buy a Canon Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 03 March 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 25,000 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 $72 for the Vixia HF R600 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 $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 $1,320.

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%
1,723 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
5,693 reviews
#3
GoPro
91%
91%
2,422 reviews
#4
Japan
88%
88%
166 reviews
#5
Ricoh
82%
82%
440 reviews
#6
Zoom
82%
82%
117 reviews
#7
Vivitar
78%
78%
80 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
78%
78%
31 reviews
#9
Blackmagic Design
75%
75%
51 reviews
#10
DJI
75%
75%
438 reviews
#11
Nikon
Japan
74%
74%
43 reviews
#12
Garmin
74%
74%
7 reviews
#13
Veho
73%
73%
408 reviews
#14
Polaroid
73%
73%
414 reviews
#15
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#16
Midland
69%
69%
2 reviews
#17
ION
68%
68%
14 reviews
#18
South Korea
67%
67%
94 reviews
#19
360fly
66%
66%
67 reviews
#20
HTC
66%
66%
159 reviews
#21
Toshiba
Japan
64%
64%
321 reviews
#22
ACTIVEON
63%
63%
6 reviews
#23
HP
United States
62%
62%
6 reviews
#24
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#25
Naxa
59%
59%
0 reviews
#26
Lexibook
58%
58%
1 review
#27
Coby
55%
55%
1 review
#28
Memorex
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
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
$935
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $11,499
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,320
$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
35
4 stars
94
3 stars
18
2 stars
3
1 star
0
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
787
4 stars
391
3 stars
96
2 stars
47
1 star
75
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 84% 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
83%
4 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
6 reviews
50%
3 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
87%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
77%
3 reviews
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
93%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
73%
3 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
84%
3 reviews
85%
1 review
89%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
87%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
60%
2 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%
93 reviews
69%
60 reviews
77%
55 reviews
72%
52 reviews
76%
36 reviews
Average
80%
196 reviews
78%
148 reviews
85%
95 reviews
72%
74 reviews
72%
58 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 33 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 33 awards for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
5
reviewed.com logo
2
4
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
3
2
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
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
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
pcworld.pl logo
1
Other Expert Sites
10
6
9
6
3
Total
40
33
25
7
7

How Reliable Are Canon Camcorders?

We checked over 25,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon camcorders. over 170 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
I just couldn't bring myself to spend my hard earned on a camera with a daft built in projector
Amazon
I like the built in hard drive
Bhphotovideo.com
The camera is well built
amazon.co.uk
It is well built
Bestbuy.com

NOT RELIABLE

be aware that the build quality is poor
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 ($318), the Canon LEGRIA HF R86 ($416) and the Canon Legria HF R78 ($0).

What is the Best High End Canon Camcorder?

Canon XC15

$1,459.00
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Canon XC15
13.36MP
10x
OPTICAL ZOOM
955g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
1.83h
BATTERY LIFE
8.29 ?12 MP
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
2x
(DIGITAL)
0.45h
VIDEO

If you're looking for a high end Canon camcorder then the Canon XC15 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 78, but is a bit more expensive at $1,459.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (13.36MP)
Large optical sensor size (1")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution (3840x2160 pixels)

A fully featured and award winning 10x optical zoom, 955g video camera. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in display and a built-in microphone and supports HDMI.

89
Reviews
6 Reviews + 1 Award
82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
68
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Canon XC15 has very good expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 71%.

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What is the Ultimate Canon Camcorder?

Canon XF705

$5,785.00
Kenmore Camera
Canon XF705
Buy Now
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 $5,785 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 top-rated and fully featured 15x optical zoom, 2.7kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
63
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

$317.74
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Canon Legria HF R806
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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 $317.74 and with a Kagoo Score of 81 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
Big digital zoom (1,140x)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera has a really great audio quality, very great picture quality and it's really easy to use. It's a fully featured and award winning 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.

93
Reviews
59 Reviews + 1 Award
82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Canon Legria HF R806 has good expert reviews and great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this video camera to others.

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Find the best Canon camcorder for you by checking our complete list of over 184 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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