The Canon Vixia HF R Series R42 is one of the three consumer models remaining in Canon’s annual lineup of camcorders. It is a model popular for several reasons, three of which stand out from the rest – it is compact, easy-to-use and comes with integrated Wi-Fi functionality, a feature that trumps other camcorders currently in the market.
Video and Photo Quality
- 1080p HD quality at 60 FPS
Not all HD camcorders are made equal. There are some made to record videos only in 720p. Vixia HF R42, however, record full high definition videos at 1080p. It also comes with better and crisper video quality as it captures in 60 FPS or frames per second. The higher the FPS, the more enhanced the video playback quality is.
- Low Lux Rating
Another factor that makes it one of the best HD camcorders in the market is its low lux rating. Lux rating refers to the measurement insinuating how well camcorders capture videos in low-light settings. Vixia HF R42 has 0.4 rating, outperforming most of other camcorders available to date.
Canon Vixia R42 Review Test Footage
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- Wi-Fi Feature
As with the other models in Canon’s R Series, the Vixia HF R42 has been integrated with Wi-Fi functionality. This means you can now instantly share your captured videos to Facebook or Youtube!
- Live Streaming
It comes with a live streaming feature as well, allowing recording of live videos and streaming of these videos to Android or iPhone devices. With the Canon Camera Access application, you’ll get to control your camcorder’s recording features with your smart phone as its remote control. Talk about having your own home monitoring device.
- 32GB Flash Memory
This is a fair amount of memory as it is enough to capture a game of soccer. For the videography enthusiasts, however, there might be a need for higher memory storage capacity. But this is nothing an additional SD, SDXC or SDHC card cannot solve.
- Other standard set features
The Vixia HF R42 has other features expected of a top-ranked HD camcorder. These include an LCD touchscreen display, intelligent auto mode and image stabilizer. The intelligent auto mode chooses correct settings in response to different lighting situations when recording, ensuring that quality videos will be taken.
One great thing about this camcorder is that it suitably fits the hand and perfectly slides into the palm. This means users will get ample control when recording videos. The device is also compact and very lightweight, weighing less than one pound and is thus perfect for outdoor vacations and other activities.
With all the unique features, the Canon Vixia HF R Series R42 is a really great investment for those looking into owning a device that makes for a hassle-free video recording. One downside to it though is the $499 price tag. If you have no need for that spacious internal flash memory, you might want to save $100 and go for a Canon HF R40 instead, which is an 8GB version with similar features.
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