Capture superb HD video with this easy-to-use Canon camcorder.
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few years collecting video production equipment. The most important piece of that puzzle is, of course, your video camera. I’ve looked at a lot of high-end professional video options, but sometimes the simplest of cameras can give you positive results. This amazing hand held camcorder from Canon has really been a great backup camera for my productions and depending on what type of personal activities I’m doing, it’s a great primary camera.
Even though it’s very similar to small camcorders from my youth, the Vixia HF R80 has a lot of features going for it. It gives you up to 6 hours of recording time on a single battery charge and has the flexibility of an optical zoom. Right out of the box, you can start recording without any major instruction, but there are quite a few settings you can tweak to make the picture even more remarkable. Some of the features of the Vixia HF R80 include:
- 57x Advanced Zoom and Super Range OIS
- Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
- MP4 1080/60p Recording
- 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD
- Flexible Slow and Fast Motion Recording
- Highlight priority mode with backlight correction
- Built-in WiFi and NFC
- Live Streaming Feature
The camera is shipped in a standard Canon box. Aside from the camera, Canon also includes the battery pack, power adapter, Mini HDMI cable, and a USB Interface Cable. The manual is also included and shows you precise options for using the camera. If you’ve ever used a hand held video camera, you will understand the basic controls of the Vixia HF R80. There is a shutter switch that you have to flip in order to open the lens, but other than that, if you have the camera turned on, you simply press record with your thumb and then you can zoom in and out with the control on the top of the camera. Keep in mind that this camcorder is designed as a ‘point and shoot’ camera so it has auto focus. There are no lens attachments to choose from and you don’t have a lot of settings when it comes to lighting adjustment. That said, the Vixia handles the shift in lighting very well. I have included a quick video demo of how the camcorder handles light shifts in the environment with a moving subject in the foreground and background.
This camcorder has been most impressive to me. First of all, it’s incredibly lightweight. The only downside that I’ve seen to it is that its battery seems to be oversized for the camera. The positive side is that I shot with the camera off and on for about 2 hours and there was plenty of battery life to spare. The camera actually handles hand-held movements well as I did a lot of walking shots with it, but they are by no means ‘steady’. It’s really easy to use and you can either save the video to an SD card or the internal memory. Even though there are a lot of nice features to it, it’s great to be able to simply open the camera and start shooting.
At this point, I haven’t used the wireless connectivity or the live streaming options. So, I cannot comment on how well they work, but as far as basic camera functions go, the Vixia HF R80 does a great job. It’s easy to shoot and easy to download footage. I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in a very easy to use camcorder that is lightweight and travels well.
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