For 2013, Canon announced four new VIXIA camcorders (HF R42, HF R40, HF R400 and HF G20) priced from $300 to $1,100. The top-of-the-line HF G20 offers an enhanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and professional-grade functionality, including 53x Advanced Zoom (10x Optical), SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, genuine Canon HD Video Lens, innovative wireless streaming and remote control features. In addition, the G20 records video in 1080p Full HD and improves low-light performance by 20% over its predecessor.
To ensure a creative moment is never missed, the VIXIA HF G20 offers Pre-Record, a feature that allows users to automatically capture three seconds of footage before they press the record button. In addition, the new G-series camcorder offers up to 12 hours of full HD recording, and provides 32GB of internal memory along with the option of recording to two SD card slots. Operation of the camera is easy and intuitive with a high-resolution 922K-dot, 3.5-inch touch panel screen. With Cinema-Look filters, Shooting Assist and Smart AUTO, users can experiment with a variety of imaging modes and easily identify optimum audio settings to give their videos a rich and dynamic tone.
VIXIA HF R-Series Models
Designed for everyday shooting, Canon’s expanded VIXIA HF R-series lineup improves upon numerous features, including image quality, sharing capabilities and the user experience.
With 53x Advanced Zoom and a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, capturing memories in crisp High Definition video is easier than ever on Canon’s new VIXIA HF R-series camcorders. The new lineup also offers a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, an improved image stabilization system and a new DIGIC DV IV Image Processor for impressive low-light performance. In addition, the new camcorders offer Full HD MP4 (35Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps) 60p recording, so every second is captured with stunning image quality.
Enhanced Connectivity and Mobile Sharing
With connectivity and instant sharing in mind, the VIXIA HF R42 and HF R40 offer several tools and features that make uploading content easy and convenient. The VIXIA HF R42 and HF R40 feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing each camcorder to connect and stream live content to a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets and PCs. Users can instantly upload their material to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# and share footage via email or send videos to friends and family live so content can be enjoyed as soon as it is captured.
Also new to the HF R-series lineup is Remote Browse, a feature that allows users to preview or download files to a smartphone, tablet or PC when using a web browser. Once both devices are wirelessly connected, users can download or playback their videos instantly without the need for an application or other software.
Canon’s free Movie Uploader app, available on the iOS platform, allows users to send video directly to a smartphone or tablet for instant online sharing. Through the free CameraAccess app, available for iOS and Android platforms, individuals can stream live and control their VIXIA HF R42 or VIXIA HF R40 directly from their smartphone or tablet with the ability to access the camcorder’s record, pause and zoom functions.
These new mobile and live-streaming applications offer numerous benefits, such as using the VIXIA HF R42 or VIXIA HF R40 to record activities remotely, or setting the device to function as a baby monitor or security camera.
Convenience and Recording Flexibility
For the ultimate in recording convenience, the VIXIA HF R42 provides 32 GB of internal memory and the HF R40 provides 8GB – while all HF R-series camcorders offer the flexibility of capturing footage to an SD memory card. The new HF R-series camcorders feature a new easy-to-use 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel screen for intuitive functionality. All of the new HF R-series camcorders offer a higher capacity battery, nearly doubling the recording length over previous models. Users now also have the option of creating stunning, high-quality 60p MP4 files (1920×1080 at 35Mbps) in addition to AVCHD Progressive (1920×1080 at 28Mbps) for added flexibility. With the new Dual Recording feature, users won’t need to choose between recording formats, as each HF R-series camcorder can capture both simultaneously.
Pricing & Availability
- $499.99 → VIXIA HF R42 (Available March 2013)
- $399.99 → VIXIA HF R40 (Available March 2013)
- $299.99 → VIXIA HF R400 (Available March 2013)
- $1,099.99 → VIXIA HF G20 (Available February 2013)