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Review: Kodak Playsport Zx5

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As people share more of their lives on social media, sports and active hobbies continue to grow in interest. Many people want to film themselves doing more extreme activities or simply share their experience with the world. However, sometimes a phone isn't the most convenient tool to use when filming more active videos. This is where mini, or pocket, camcorders such as the Kodak Playsport zx5 have provided a solution.

Mini camcorders provide convenience and comfort, allowing you to record without having to lug filming equipment around. They also cost a lot less to buy than traditional camcorders and are very easy to operate. One of these camcorders is the Kodak Playsport Zx5.

Kodak PlaySport Zx5


The Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a small Internet pocket camcorder used to record more active hobbies. It typically sells for around $85. It is a great, reasonably priced option for a mini camcorder. It has many features and advantages that puts it ahead of other mini camcorders on the market, and its own set of drawbacks. By looking at its specs, pricing, and comparison with other pocket camcorders that are available, you can decide whether the Kodak Playsport Zx5 is the camcorder for you.

Product Specs


Design

kodak playsport zx5

​Image Via Amazon

The Kodak Playsport Zx5 is small and comes in different colors, weighing in at 4.5 pounds with a 2.0 inch LCD screen and encased in mildly rubberized soft-touch plastic. It has two lockable doors with rubber seals inside them on the side of the camera. The memory slots and ports are both held into place by switches that lock into place. Most of the buttons are found on the front of the camcorder and include a pad for scrolling and selecting footage or a photo, a settings/menu button, a share button, an editing button, and a delete button.


Compared to previous generations, the Kodak Playsport Zx5 is shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof. This makes it much more rugged and tough than its predecessors. It can stand a fall from a height of 1.5 meters and is waterproof up to a depth of 3 meters. While not recommended for extreme sports, these specs make it ideal to withstand most non-extreme leisure activities.


Because of the improved toughness of the Kodak Playsport Zx5, the battery is not removable, which means you will have to replace the entire camcorder if it becomes dysfunctional. If it does so once the warranty expires, you will have to buy another one.

Video Quality

The Kodak Playsport Zx5 incorporates a 5MPixel sensor with a 1/3.2 inch CMOS, which can negatively affect its low light sensitivity. It has three recording modes: 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second, 720p at 30 or 60 frames per second, and WVGA at 30 frames per second. WVGA is a widescreen version of VGA, offering a resolution of 848 x 420 pixels. You can also take images at 5.3M pixels as well.


Because it is a pocket camcorder, the Kodak Playsport Zx5 only comes with digital 4x zoom, which causes a drop in quality when it is engaged. There are several digital effects available, such as '70s films, high saturation, sepia, and Black and White. It includes an underwater correction filter that compensates for color shifts when filming underwater. Though it does have image stabilization, it is digital and not as effective as versions found on larger camcorders.


It also has microphone gain control, allowing you to compensate for very quiet or loud audio. You can also configure the LCD brightness and anti-glare system. There is also a macro mode in the menu system that allows you to focus down to 10cm underwater instead of 13cm underwater. However, there is no backlight compensation to counteract the effects of shooting against a bright background. The white balance is also a little off when filming in Full HD mode, giving a slight yellow tinge to footage shot in bright sunlight.

Software and Apps

The Kodak Playsport Zx5 comes with 128MB of built-in memory space; however, most of this is taken up by the pre-installed apps, leaving only 20MB of memory for actual video storage. This means that you will need to get an SD card for more serious filming. Because it only accepts SDHC, you get a maximum of 32MB of external storage, which amounts to about 13 hours of filming at the top quality of 1080p resolution.


It requires a cable to connect it to a computer, giving you two apps to choose from once connected. With the share button on the front of the camcorder, you can share videos and photos to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr via email, and share still photos via Kodak PULSE display gallery. Once you connect the camcorder to your computer, the videos and pictures will automatically upload to the social media account that you chose. You can also tag your uploads on Twitter, Yandex, Orkut, and KAIXIN001.


Kodak has a special version of Arcsoft's Media Impression that allows you to edit your clips before you upload them, and it installs automatically when you first connect your camcorder to a PC. Both apps, Kodak PULSE and Arcsoft Media Impression, are PC only and don't include Mac support. This is common with many pocket Internet camcorders, and this camcorder even has some on-camera editing options available.

Pricing


The Kodak Playsport Zx5 typically sells  on its own for around $85 on Amazon, making it fall into the mid-range price level when compared with camcorders on the market. Most other retailers, such as eBay and Newegg, sell it for several hundred dollars more in a bundle with other accessories such as SD cards, USB cables, and power adapters.

How It Compares


We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Samsung W190
  • Coby SNAPP
  • Veho VCC-003

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Ease of Use:

All buttons are on the front. It is small and compact and easy to use.

​Design Quality:

​Waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, with two editing apps includd.

​Warranty:

​Includes a limited warranty with purchase of the camcorder.

Pros

  • Very rugged- shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof
  • Records up to 1080p resolution
  • Great editing apps and sharing features
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Nonremovable battery
  • Limited storage
  • No backlight compensation
  • Poor image stabilization
Samsung W190 5.5MP HD Pocket Camcorder Red
  • water Proof, Full HD, Bundle (4GB memory Card)

The Samsung W190 is a small mini camcorder with a 2.3" LCD screen and a 1/3.2" BSI CMOS. It is very compact and lightweight, weighing less than a pound, and is known for its durability. It is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, and records in Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 or 25 frames per second or HD 1280 x 720 at 30 or 25 frames per second. It has a fixed lens with 3x zoom and can also capture still photos at 5 Megapixels. It comes with a mini-HDMI port, allowing you to hook it up to the TV for HD viewing.


It has a decent battery life of 1 to 1 1/2 hours recording in full HD. It comes with auto-focus, auto-shutter, auto white balance, and a built-in microphone. It also has a built-in charging port, making charging it easier. It is usually sold in a bundle with accessories, so though it costs more than the average mini camcorder, it turns out to be a good bargain.


Much like the Kodak Playsport Zx5, the Samsung W190 comes with limited storage due to pre-installed apps and only records up to 30 minutes of footage as-is, so it requires the purchase of an SD card for greater external storage and recording time. It also does not record well in low light.

Ease of Use:

​Most buttons on the front for easy access; very light weight

​Design Quality:

​Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, but has problems with buttons and ports working properly.

​Warranty:

​The camcorder comes with a one-year warranty.

Pros

  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof
  • Records in full HD

Cons

  • Weak image stabilization
  • Only 3x zoom
  • Limited storage
  • Lens not adjustable or replaceable
  • Does not record well in low light
Veho Uk Vcc-003-muvi Micro Dv Camcorder
  • Veho
  • Camera Hardware
  • Digital Video Camera

The Veho VCC-003 mini camcorder has a unique design that allows it to be a truly hands-free camera. It does not have a screen only a lens on the front that has a 2MP CMOS, which means it weighs only 50 grams and measures just 2.17" long. It is encased in a thumb-sized metal alloy casing. This makes it perfect to use for extreme sports when coupled with the extreme sports mounting kit, something that other mini camcorders cannot claim. The on and off switch and the slot for the microSD card can be found on the side.


It comes with a 260 mAh lith-ion rechargeable battery and gets an average of 120 minutes of recording time, which is a good length of time for mini camcorders. Recharging only takes 30-45 minutes. It can record 640 x 480 resolution at 20 to 25 frames per second, with a 72-degree angle. However, it does not record well in low light. The camcorder is compatible with microSD cards up to 8GB.


Because it records in AVI format, you can burn, edit, and share your clips easily. You can also easily connect to your computer via micro-USB to upload your pictures, use it as a webcam, and even charge it, which makes it completely portable. In the box, you get a 2GB microSD Card, spring mounting clip, USB cable, carrying pouch, neck chain, users manual, and webcam software. There are also various mounting kits and accessories available for purchase on the Veho MUVI website, such as a waterproof case and a portable charger.

Ease of Use:

​Very few buttons, so there's not a lot of options. Compact with micro-USB, which makes it great for sports.

​Design Quality:

​Great battery life, easy computer connection, but not much storage.

​Warranty:

​This camcorder includes a one-year warranty.

Pros

  • AVI capture format
  • Full HD resolution
  • Slim and compact
  • Multiple mounts
  • Micro-USB for easy computer connection

Cons

  • Max 8GB expandable memory
  • Difficult to transfer files to computer
  • Cannot use camera underwater without a waterproof case
  • Does not record well in low light

Conclusion


In conclusion, if you're looking for a mini camcorder that is rugged, offers beautiful high definition, has superior storage capabilities, and is a reasonable price, then the Kodak Playsport Zx5 just might be the one for you. When we compare this mini camcorder to other pocket camcorders on the market, we give the Kodak Playsport Zx5 4.5 out of 5 stars.

SJCAM vs GoPro – The Best Action Camera For You

action cameras: sjcam vs gopro

SJCAM Vs. GoPro, which one do you think is better? If you’re a sports fanatic, or otherwise a fan of outdoor activities, chances are you’ve heard of both these action cameras. But which of the two is the best?

GoPro and SJCAM are both highly reputable action camera manufacturers with a ton of different products on the market. GoPro seems to be the current favorite action camera company of the masses, with its ever-popular Hero and Fusion flagship models. SJCAM, on the other hand, is a newer company making waves in the industry with their SJ6 and SJ7 action cameras, as well as their SJ8 Series professional action cameras.

So, out of SJCAM Vs. GoPro, which is better? We decided to find out.

Action Cameras

action cameras

Action cameras are compact cameras that generally attach to clothing or affixed to one sort of mount or another. Typicaly built to handle a beating, as certain types of action may get a bit rough, action cameras are also usually waterproof, or at least come with a waterproof housing. Action cameras are most associated with extreme sports such as skydiving, snowboarding, skateboarding and more.

SJCAM Vs. GoPro

The SJCAM Vs. GoPro comparison should settle the question of which one of these industry titans is the true king of action cameras once and for all. To be as thorough as possible, we’ll be looking at every aspect possible for each of these brands including how many cameras they offer, available features, differences between flagship models, price ranges, warranty options, and accessories.

SJCAM

2018-Original SJCAM SJ4000 Air Action Camera 4K WiFi Underwater Cam...
  • 【100% 4K HD Action Camera】: Provides 4K/30FPS, 2.7K/30FPS, 1080P/60FPS, 1080P/30FPS and 720P/120FPS Video...
  • Comes with a waterproof case and is waterproof up to 30 m. You can take video or photos controlled by an iPad above...
  • Built-In WiFi wireless module: effective distance up to 3-5meters, apply on your phone or tablet, easily record videos...

The SJCAM brand is an emerging leader in the action camera industry. Always evolving and developing new products to satisfy the demands of the market, SJCAM prides itself on creating and supporting high-quality cameras. The company uses nothing but the highest quality components for their products and has an eye for even the smallest details. Fully committed to their customers, SJCAM frequently releases new firmware upgrades for SJCAM owners.

Features

As a newcomer to the action camera market, SJCAM has had their work cut out for them. Competing with powerhouse action camera manufacturers such as GoPro, SJCAM cameras come with several top-notch features. Most notably, their flagship model, the SJ8 PRO, comes with a 12MP (megapixels) Sony IMX377 image sensor as well as an Ambarella H22 S85 chipset. Video resolution on SJCAM products peaks at 4K 60fps (frames per second) footage and still image resolutions of as high as 12MP. Display sizes range from 1.5-inch button operated menu screens to just under 2.5-inch touchscreens. SJCAM action cameras also come with other advanced features such as built-in image stabilization, extended-life lasting batteries, and compatibility with a versatile range of mounts and accessories.

Cameras available

SJCAM is one of the biggest up and coming names in the action camera industry. Aside from GoPro, there aren’t many brands offering such a diverse range of products. SJCAM currently produces 4K action cameras, budget action camera, 360-degree cameras, professional action cameras, dash cams, and body cams.

4K action cameras

Budget action cameras

360 cameras

Dashcams

Professional action camera

This professional action camera is the SJCAM flagship:

  • SJ8 PRO
SJCAM SJ8 Pro 4k Action Camera WiFi Digital Ultra Full HD with...
  • 4K Ultra HD camera, equipped with SONY IMX377 recording native 4K/60PFS video and 12MP photos. shoot more wonderful...
  • USB Type-C connector, faster transfer than all previous models with external Mic-support. 1200mAh high capacity battery,...
  • Supports RAW format, you can save image files in lossless format, more convenient for post-editing, Makes it easier to...

Flagship model

The SJ8 Pro is the current flagship model of SJCAM, a 12MP action camera capable of recording video in 4K at 60fps. The SJ8 Pro comes with plenty of high-end features such as six-axis image stabilization, time lapse, touch screen display, manual settings and more. It has a high-quality camera body with a screw mount built-in and a battery with a long-life. Downsides of the SJCAM’s flagship model action camera include poor sound and image quality when using the waterproof housing and a lack of such a dynamic range and vivid colors as GoPro HERO6 or GoPro HERO7.

Accessories

SJCAM has a load of acessories available on the market. Many third-party GoPro mounts and other camera acessories also work with SJCAM products. Mounts, harnesses, chargers, memory cards and waterproof housings are among the most widely used SJCAM acessories.

GoPro

GoPro HERO - Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch...
  • 2 Inch touch screen quickly switch between modes, frame The perfect shot and check out your footage on the 2 inch...
  • Waterproof + durable built tough and waterproof down to 33ft (10M), Hero goes where your smartphone can't to capture...
  • Voice control   control your hero hands free with simple voice commands like "GoPro, Start recording" and "GoPro,...

The GoPro brand was first launched back in 2002 by Nick Woodman. GoPro is responsible for revolutionizing the action camera industry. Since developing their iconic HERO cameras over a decade ago, the brand has gone on to successfully developing editing software, apps, and other product lines such as Fusion and the Karma drone. GoPro is undeniably one of the most beloved action camera producers in the world.

Features

GoPro cameras come with some seriously impressive specs. A few of the most significant features of the latest GoPro cameras include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen displays with voice command options as well as the abilities to shoot upside-down and in up to 33 feet of water without any additional housings or cases. Video resolution of newer GoPro cameras is 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240. The latest GoPro cams also come with state-of-the-art built-in image stabilization, batteries with a long lifespan, and dual MP4 and H.264/H.265 video recording formats. It is safe to say that most action cameras even close to the GoPro's price range are somewhat lacking in comparison.

Cameras available

GoPro is no doubt one of the hottest action camera brands in recent history. The intuitive company has several extreme products available for purchase online. All of their cameras record high-resolution videos as well as detailed still images in burst mode. Newer GoPros are waterproof, and there is waterproof housing available for older models which aren’t water resistant. There are currently five signature GoPro cameras on the market:

4K action cameras

Flagship model

The most current flagship model of the GoPro empire is the HERO7 Black. The camera is built more stringent than ever before and is now waterproof for up to 33 feet without extra waterproof housing. It comes with SuperPhoto, GPS, HDR, HyperSmooth Video, and connectivity to Facebook Live. HERO7 Black records 4K60 1080p240 video footage and takes 12MP still photos in burst mode. Additional noteworthy upgrades from older versions include touchscreen controls, 16 voice commands for hands-free control, as well as 8x slow motion. It also gives you the capability of live streaming.

Accessories

One of the things that helped make the GoPro brand so successful is the number of high-quality accessories that the company developed for use with their action cameras. Some of the most popular GoPro accessories on the market include mounts, housings, batteries, chargers, and harnesses for helmets, chests, waists, handlebars and more. There are also many GoPro Apps which are useful for both controlling the camera and viewing and editing previously recorded footage.

SJCAM Vs. GoPro Step-by-Step Comparison

So, now that we’ve covered SJCAM Vs. GoPro basic features, flagships, acessories, prices, support, and warranty options, we’re much closer to determining the winner of the SJCAM Vs. GoPro comparison. It’s time to do the final SJCAM Vs. GoPro step-by-step comparison. Based on what we found out about each brand, we’ve awarded stars to each of the brands for each of the following categories. Both brands had the possibility of earning five stars. Let’s see how they scored.

Most versatile features

Neither SJCAM nor GoPro has any shortage of state-of-the-art features. However, GoPro without a doubt has a slight edge over SJCAM, as they have way more time and money invested in their brand at this point. SJCAM is by no means lagging too far behind GoPro in this department, but they have a bit of catching up to do before they even the playing field entirely.

One SJCAM Vs. GoPro star goes to GoPro due to its more advanced features such as voice command, touchscreen displays, a superior dynamic range and the best image sensors in the action camera industry.

The Best Flagship

The SJ8 PRO Vs. HERO7 Black is an interesting comparison because the SJCAM flagship camera is half the price of GoPro’s flagship. Both action cameras are top-notch, offering 4K 60fps video recording capabilities, six-axis image stabilization, 12MP cameras, time-lapse, and manual settings. The main advantages that GoPro has in this instance are voice control and a waterproof camera body. The SJ8 PRO does not have voice control capabilities, and it requires additional housing to become waterproof. Also, the quality of sound, as well as image clarity, is significantly reduced when recording from inside of the waterproof housing.

One SJCAM Vs. GoPro star goes to the GoPro for again having a slight edge of the SJ8 PRO in overall functionality as well as superior controllability.

Availability of accessories

The difference between the availability of accessories between SJCAM and GoPro are practically non-existent. Both brands have a healthy selection of mounts, mounting hardware, housings, harnesses, batteries, chargers, cables and more. From chest rigs to handlebar mounts and adhesive mounts, both brands cover a wide range of accessories.

Taking a step beyond basic accessories, both brands also develop applications for their cameras including editing software. Also, both brands provide a handful of accessories with the purchase of one of their flagship cameras. GoPro even throws in a free SD card when you purchase one of their cameras.

One SJCAM Vs. GoPro star goes to both SJCAM and GoPro for having an equal amount of useful accessories available.

Best price range

The price range is perhaps the most significant difference between the SJ8 PRO and the HERO7 Black, aside from voice control features and their dynamic ranges. The HERO7 Black is currently available for a bit costly price, while the SJ8 PRO is available for an affordable price. Yes, the HERO7 Black is waterproof without a housing unit, and it has a slightly higher dynamic range as well as voice control features.

One SJCAM Vs. GoPro star goes to SJCAM for having an all-around more affordable price range while still possessing most of the same high-end features and functions as GoPro.

Warranty options and customer support

Another significant aspect of both action camera brands that are remarkably similar is their warranty options. Both camera brands include a manufacturer’s warranty with the purchase of their products. SJCAM offers a one-year warranty and GoPro provides a two-year warranty. Both brands also offer a money-back guarantee and cover the return shipping costs. GoPro has a slight advantage on SJCAM in this department, as they have a much more in-depth return policy, as well as a trade-up program for trading your GoPro gear in for newer stuff. SJCAM, however, seems to hold a bit of an edge over GoPro in the customer support area. Many GoPro customers have complained about having a bad time with customer representatives.

One SJCAM Vs. GoPro star goes to both brands for having excellent return policies, warranty options, and fully integrated customer support departments.

Our Verdict on SJCAM vs GoPro

action camera

So, there you have it, the step-by-step SJCAM Vs. GoPro comparison above has clearly shown GoPro as the reigning king of the action camera industry. However, the gap between GoPro and the up-and-coming SJCAM action camera brand could be quickly closing up.

For now, the GoPro HERO7 Black is one of the best action cameras on the market, period. The SJCAM SJ8 PRO isn’t bad, but it doesn’t compare in regards to advanced features, dynamic ranges, and quality of the camera body.

Sony DCR-TRV350 Review: A Look at Its Specifications

reviewing the sony dcr-trv350

Released in 2003, the Sony DCR-TRV350 was a bridge between the analog technology of the past and the digital video future. While technology was not "quite there" for the fully digital camcorders we currently enjoy, the Sony DCR-TRV350 gave a good glimpse at what was to come.

For years, the Hi8 analog video format reigned as the supreme video recording format for camcorders with the Digital8 format helping to bridge the gap between the fully analog and fully digital. The Sony DCR-TRV350 was one of the camcorders that helped usher in a new age of camcorder technology.

What Is the Sony DCR-TRV350

Sony Digital8 Camcorder DCR-TRV350 Sony Handycam Digital8 Player Hi8...

The Sony DCR-TRV350 was a hybrid analog-digital camcorder, produced by Sony in 2003. It recorded in Digital8 format. This format encoded video digitally using the industry standard DV codec.

Product features


Sony Digital8 Camcorder DCR-TRV350 Sony Handycam Digital8 Player Hi8...

Unlike current camcorders that record purely in a digital format on memory cards, the Sony DCR-TRV350 could record to either a Digital8 analog tape or a Memory Stick Pro memory card.

This camera included a variety of features, including a three-watt halogen spotlight for illumination as well as the ability to record in darkness. It included both a through the lens viewfinder as well as a pull-out LCD screen that allowed you to monitor your footage as you took it.

Product specs


The Sony DCR-TRV350 captured video via a 4-millimeter CCD image sensor in Digital8 format, writeable to either Digital8 analog media or Memory Stick Pro. It featured a black and white viewfinder as well as a 2.5-inch color LCD screen.

It included electronic image stabilization and a variety of exposure presets. This camera included FireWire, S-video, and composite inputs and outputs.

Sony Digital8 Camcorder DCR-TRV350 Sony Handycam Digital8 Player Hi8...

It was 3 and 3/4 inches wide, 4 inches high, and 7 7/8 inches deep, weighing approximately 1 pound and 13 ounces.

Reviews


In 2003, Chieh Cheng authored a review for the Sony DCR0TRV350 on the Camera Hacker website. Cheng was most impressed by Sony DCR-TRV350’s ability to shoot in total darkness. Chieh Cheng was able to capture their hamster in complete darkness using the NightShot Light. This feature allows the videographer to capture footage in total darkness using infrared.

Not everyone was a fan of the NightShot light as website VideoMaker.com pointed out in their review. The NightShot function made everything appear greenish, which did not sit well with some people. Despite this, VideoMaker ultimately called the Sony DCR-TRV350 “a flexible camera that bridges the analog/digital divide at a reasonable price.”

YouTube reviewer VWestlife noted that though you could record purely to the memory card, quality was better if you recorded to tape.

Pricing


The Sony DCR-TRV350 can be challenging to find online. When you can find it, it is often in used or refurbished condition on an auction website or a third-party seller on a larger platform.

Comparison

Since the Digital8 technology behind the Sony DCR-TRV350 is obsolete, we looked at the Sony Handycam line as a way to compare current model cameras.

How we compared


We first selected the Sony CX405 Handycam as the current camera that would be closest to the Sony DCR-TRV350’s target market. In addition to the Sony CX405, we then chose other camcorders that are similar in function and form factor. Finally, we took a look at what professionals and customers had to say about each camcorder.

Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder (black)
  • 50Mbps XAVC S1 1920x1080 at 60P, AVCHD and MP4 codecs. 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom to get closer to the action....
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode....
  • Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. Get creative w/ 7 picture effects for video and still...

Review website Top Ten Reviews gave the camera a so-so 4.45 out of 5-star rating. Top Ten Reviews found that the camera was basic and gave it a D+ in overall video quality in different settings. However, they did note that the color balance was great and found it true to life.

This camera does have its fair share of fans. The Sony HDR CX405 earned the place of number one pick on reviews website Future Horizons. The website called it “a high-end camera without the high-end price.”

The Sony website has 121 reviews aggregated, giving it a rating of 4.3 out of 5-stars. Amazon gives it 3.9 out of 5-stars with 400 reviews.

Reviewer netterboy gave the camera five stars on the Sony website, saying it was a “great value” and that “the battery lasts a long time.”

Users on Amazon noted how small and lightweight the camera is. As Han Pycroft pointed out how light it is, and noted that it weighed less than their television remote.

While many praised the lightness of the camera, some critical reviews disliked the plastic construction, calling it “cheap.” Other reviews were critical of the Sony CX-405’s low light videos, saying that these shots came out grainy.

Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder (Black)
  • 57x (32.5-1853Mm) advanced zoom/ 32x Optical / 1140x Digital and Super range OIS.
  • Canon 3.28 Megapixel full HD CMOS image sensor.
  • Digic DV 4 image processor.

The Canon VIXIA HF R800 is an HD camcorder from Canon, aimed at the consumer market. It features a 57x Advanced Zoom and 5-axis SuperRange Optical Stabilization. It has a three-inch, touch panel LCD screen as well as a variety of video modes.

Unlike other Canon VIXIA cameras, the Canon VIXIA R800 does not have any onboard memory. It instead relies on an external SD slot.

The Canon Vixia HF R800 enjoys positive reviews on Amazon where it earns a 4.1 out of 5 stars with 238 reviews. It is also an “Amazon’s Choice” product. Many reviews say that the camera is easy to use and has good battery life.

Professional videographer and Amazon reviewer David L calls the Canon VIXIA HF R800 a “very decent alternative on a budget.” In his review, he talks about how the CMOS sensor in the VIXIA line does well in low-light situations. Overall, he was pleased with his purchase, saying that it “was easily the best camera investment I’ve ever made.”

Panasonic Full HD Video Camera Camcorder HC-V180K, 50X Optical Zoom,...
  • 50X and 90X Optical Zoom: Long 50X zoom and 90X intelligent zoom draws in the scene from far away. The focal length is...
  • Wide-angle Lens: A 28mm wide-angle lens is convenient for capturing group images in small spaces, such as weddings,...
  • 1/5.8-Inch BSI Sensor: The Back Side Illumination Sensor has a large effective area with 2.20M effective pixels,...

The Panasonic HC-V180K is a compact camcorder from Panasonic, capable of shooting in full HD 1080p resolution. It features a 28-millimeter wide-angle lens with a 90x Intelligent Zoom and 50x optical zoom. This camera has a five-axis image stabilizer and a Level Shot function that helps you capture steady footage.

It also features a variety of Creative Controls with various film modes like Silent Movie and Time Lapse to help you create just the right mood with your videos. You can watch what you are shooting and control the camera on a 2.7-inch wide touch-screen.

The Panasonic HC-V180K gets good professional and customer reviews. Reviews website Future Horizons named the camcorder its third top pick for camcorders in 2017. The website called this a “well-rounded camera” for having great features at a low price-point.

Comparison Table

PRODUCT

WHERE TO BUY

OUR RATING

Price

Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder (black)

Focus, Best Buy, Adorama, Amazon

Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder (Black)

Focus Camera, Crutchfield, Adorama, Amazon

Panasonic Full HD Video Camera Camcorder HC-V180K, 50X Optical Zoom,...

BH Photo, Focus, Adorama, Amazon

Sony DCR-TRV350 Pros & Cons

By all accounts, the Sony DCR-TRV350 was a quality, all-around camera.

Aside from the apparent con of its obsolescence by today’s standards, the Sony DCR-TRV350 did suffer from audio issues. Also, some felt the microphone was of low quality.

The Verdict

Digital was well on its way to overtaking analog formats by the time this camera was released. The Sony DCR-TRV350 was not the very last of its kind. But the technology that defined it was undoubtedly on its way out.

The Sony DCR-TRV350 helped to bridge the gap of video’s past to video’s future. In the end, it was a solid performing camera and well worth the price, then and now.

Canon VIXIA HF G30 Camera Review

Canon VIXIA HF G30

Not long ago, true HD camcorders were few and far between. Now, there are so many options it’s hard to pick. The Canon VIXIA HF G30 is a promising option that brought some innovations to the scene when it first arrived.

Canon VIXIA HF G30

If you’re sick of unreliable entry to mid-level camcorders but gasp at the prices of proper professional gear, you’ll be happy about the middle ground where the Canon VIXIA HF G30 resides. The step up from beginner equipment is a significant step on every videographer’s journey. You're ready, now you just need to decide if this camcorder is exactly right for you.

Canon VIXIA HF G30 HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro/32GB Internal Flash...
  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video, Canon 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Sensor, 32GB Memory & Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Slots,...
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Stabilization, Professional Shooting Assist Functions, Intelligent IS & Cinema-Look Filters,...
  • Package Includes Canon VIXIA HF G30 HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and 32GB Internal Flash Memory plus Essential...

Once the crown of Canon’s Vixia series, this HD camcorder still stands strong. The Canon VIXIA HF G30 has many quality-boosting features. For example, the Canon 20x HD lens and its 8-blade circular aperture provide excellent video quality with pleasing, natural background blur. It has WiFi-connectivity for fast video transfers and remote controlling.

Sensor:

1/2.84 CMOS

Video format:

AVCHD 2.0 and MPEG-4

Maximum resolution:

1080p, 3.09MP

Optical zoom:

20x

Digital zoom:

400x

Weight:

900g

Recording media:

2 SD/SDHC/SDXC slots

Outputs:

mini HDMI, USB, AV, 3.5 audio output

The viewfinder is effective, easy to use, and functions up to 45 degrees of tilt. You can adjust it with a joystick while recording with one hand. An HD Video lens with an effective hood and a minimum distance of 23.6 inches provides good footage. It uses aspherical lens technology for low chromatic aberration and high resolution despite the small size. It’s also coated to prevent flares and ghosting.

20x optical zoom is great for a camera of this quality. The Dynamic SuperRange optical image stabilizer keeps your footage free from blur as you zoom. You can also focus manually with the focus ring. The Canon VIXIA HF G30 has all the manual controls you can expect.

Add to this an excellent touchscreen. With a 1,230,000 dot resolution and accurate colors, it lets you know what you’re doing. It has indicators for battery level, recording time left, your framerate and bitrate, whether or not you’re in auto mode, and more.

Performance


While it’s somewhat bulky, it’s not hard to operate with one hand for a while. The hand strap provides the comfort needed. There’s a taper for comfortable gripping, and your index finger lands on the zoom rocker. You get a big record button on the back, alongside a function button and a control joystick. On top, there’s a switch for toggling between recording and playback. Next to it, there’s a toggle for manual, auto, and cinema mode. The last one applies special effect filters. You also find two accessory shoes next to them. One regular shoe and one Canon Advanced Mini Shoe.

The Canon VIXIA HF G30 can shoot full HD at 60fps. It can also record 35-MB/s MP4 files. Its combination of a DIGIC DV 4 image processor and 2.91-MP HD CMOS Pro sensor produces excellent image quality with significantly reduced noise.

What we really like about HD camcorders like the Canon VIXIA HF G30 is the Dual Recording function. It lets you record both AVCHD and MP4 at once. Or you can use Relay Recording, so the two memory cards act as one storage for continuous recording. Despite the lack of internal memory, you can store around four hours of high-quality footage if you fill the card slots.

Video Quality


The Canon VIXIA HF G30 won’t disappoint. You get lots of detail and texture with natural depth. Colors are very accurate, and it retains details in bright spots.

There’s a little bit of noise, but not something you notice under normal conditions. You may encounter some mosquito noise or chroma noise in high-contrast areas. It becomes more noticeable indoors, but the Canon VIXIA HF G30 handles well in the dark in general. There are noise and diminishing colors, but compared to a typical camcorder it’s great. You won’t get a lot of compression effects. Even as you go down to 17Mbit/s AVCHD format, the compression isn’t evident.

Users like the Canon VIXIA HF G30 for its convenient design, good footage, and responsive auto features. What they miss are infrared footage and a separate battery charger. Thus, they give it 4.5 stars on average.

Pricing


The Canon VIXIA HF G30 is a discontinued product, so most vendors don’t carry it. If you find new ones, they cost between $1,500 and $1,700. You can get used ones for half as much. Check it out here.

Similar Models You May Consider

The quality of a product is always relative, so let’s compare the Canon VIXIA HF G30 to a few competitors. We’ve chosen the Sony FDR-AX53, JVC GY-HM150U, and Panasonic HC-W850.

How we reviewed


The reviews presented in this article are the result of analyzing and comparing many user experiences and comments from the web. Our primary source is Amazon user reviews.

Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black)
  • 4K XAVC-S recording with 16.6MP, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS stabilization
  • ZEISS lens(26.8mm) 20x optical zoom in 4K, 30x Clear Image Zoom in 4K
  • 3.0" LCD (Touch panel), EVF, Wi-Fi/NFC, manual ring, night shot, 4K Time-lapse capture

Here’s one of Sony’s first 4K camcorders. If you have a 4K screen, or you’re planning to get one, you may want to consider this higher-resolution option. Many consider it overkill for consumers, but it’s a matter of taste. It’s smaller and lighter than the Canon VIXIA HF G30.

Sensor:

1/2.5” Exmor R CMOS Sensor

Video format:

XAVC S, AVCHD 2.0, MPEG-4

Max resolution:

4K, 8.29MP

Optical zoom:

20x

Digital zoom:

250x

Weight:

680g

Recording media

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory stick PRO/XC-HG

Outputs:

mini HDMI, USB, AV, 3.5 audio output

The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens offers 26.8mm wide-angle footage. This is comparable to the Canon VIXIA HF G30. The Clear Image Zoom extends the 20x optical zoom to 40x in HD mode using digital assistance without pixelating the recording. It only goes to 30x in 4K mode though.

Its image stabilization is a bit more elaborate than that of the Canon VIXIA HF G30, with a 5-axis Intelligent Active mode for vibration reduction. This doesn’t work for 4K video though. It is capable of 4K time-lapse footage, while 120fps slow motion is only for HD. A 5.1-channel microphone is another advantage.

Performance

JVC’s GY-HM150UC compact triple-CCD camcorder captures 35MB/s long-GOP MPEG-2 video at 1080p in a variety of modes. Don’t be fooled by the tiny size; this is a powerful “prosumer” camcorder.

Sensor:

1/4" Progressive scan 3CCD

Video format:

MOV, MP4, AVI

Max resolution:

1080i

Optical zoom:

10x

Digital zoom:

-

Weight:

3.09 lbs

Recording media

two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots

Outputs:

HDMI, A/C, Component

A high-definition Fujinon 10x lens with three aspheric elements provides excellent fidelity with less space. It keeps distortion, flares, and ghosting to a minimum. The 3.7-37mm focal length grants a nice balance of zoom and wide-angle footage, and the optional wide-angle converter takes this further.

You can zoom with a rocker or directly on the lens. The macro mode works as close as two inches from the subject. You can set focus and iris to automatic or manual. You’ll see the current F stop on the viewfinder.

It provides all popular HD resolutions and 720p. The progressive CCD setup and five digital noise-reduction technologies ensure a responsive, high-quality result with minimal degradation.

Performance

Panasonic HC-W850 Twin Camera Full HD Camcorder Bundle with Carrying...
  • The Panasonic HC-W850 Twin Camera Full HD Camcorder features a secondary, "B-angle" sub camera built-in to the flip-out...
  • 6.03 Megapixel MOS Main Sensor| 3.8MP Sub Camera on Flip-Out LCD| 20x Optical Zoom Lens HC-W580K Full HD 1080p
  • 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilizer| Second Camera Rotates 270°| Advanced Level Shot Function

This one differs from the Canon VIXIA HF G30 in significant ways. They call it a twin camera because it can record from two sources.

Sensor:

1/2.3 MOS

Video format:

AVCHD, H.264, iFrame

Max resolution:

1080p, 6.03 MP

Optical zoom:

20x

Digital zoom:

1500x

Weight:

12.7

Recording media

2 SD/SDHC/SDXC slots

Outputs:

mini HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

There’s a secondary camera on the pop-out display panel. This innovation can spin in place so that you can record your face or something off to the side. It records a separate video stream and superimposes it as a smaller window onto the main footage in the corner of your choice. However, you can’t save it as a separate file, so it’s a limited feature. One nice way to use it is to keep a wide-angle view while zooming the main camera.

The HC-W850 uses one dial for most manual settings, which you set to whatever aspect you want to adjust. You can also use a smartphone app to view and control things via WiFi. You can also live stream to Ustream or upload to social media straight from the camcorder. It doubles as a baby monitor, and you can speak into your phone and have it come out of the camcorder.

It has infrared functionality, a noise shield, and a 50MB/s bitrate for MP4 files.

Performance

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PRODUCT

DETAILS

Canon VIXIA HF G30 HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro/32GB Internal Flash...

Rating:

Sensor:

1/2.84 CMOS

Video format:

AVCHD 2.0 and MPEG-4

Max resolution:

1080p, 3.09MP

Optical zoom:

20x

Digital zoom:

400x

Weight:

900g

Recording media:

2 SD/SDHC/SDXC slots

Outputs:

mini HDMI, USB, AV, 3.5 audio output

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black)

Rating:

Sensor:

1/2.5” Exmor R CMOS Sensor

Video format:

XAVC S, AVCHD 2.0, MPEG-4

Max resolution:

4K, 8.29MP

Optical zoom:

20x

Digital zoom:

250x

Weight:

680g

Recording media:

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory stick PRO/XC-HG

Outputs:

mini HDMI, USB, AV, 3.5 audio output

PRODUCT

DETAILS

JVC GY-HM150

Rating:

Sensor:

1/4" Progressive scan 3CCD

Video format:

MOV, MP4, AVI

Max resolution:

1080i

Optical zoom:

10x

Digital zoom:

-

Weight:

3.09 lbs

Recording media:

two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots

Outputs:

HDMI, A/C, Component

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Panasonic HC-W850 Twin Camera Full HD Camcorder Bundle with Carrying...

Rating:

Sensor:

1/2.3 MOS

Video format:

AVCHD, H.264, iFrame

Max resolution:

1080p, 6.03 MP

Optical zoom:

20x

Digital zoom:

1500x

Weight:

12.7 lbs

Recording media:

2 SD/SDHC/SDXC slots

Outputs:

mini HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Pros and Cons of the Canon VIXIA HF G30

With all that technical data covered, it’s time for a summary. Here are the best and worst aspects of the Canon VIXIA HF G30.

Pros

  • Dual shoes
  • Advanced dual SD functionality
  • Wi-Fi and remote control
  • Full HD video
  • Manual focus ring

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Somewhat bulky

With its many advanced features and solid HD quality, this is a viable option for all serious hobbyists and semi-professionals. If you’re not looking for the newest option, this tried-and-true classic will serve you well.

If you’re looking for a cheap or compact option, this isn’t it. In that case, you’ll prefer the Sony or JVC. Otherwise, the robust high-definition Canon VIXIA HF G30 is an excellent choice.


Our Verdict

The Canon VIXIA HF G30 was an impressive camcorder when it first arrived, and it still holds up well years later. While not a compact camcorder, it’s lightweight enough for one-handed use. Clear 1080p 60p video with responsive settings and a reliable viewfinder make it easy to shoot with. WiFi and clever use of dual memory cards keep it future-proof.

Overall, Canon VIXIA HF G30 is a formidable camcorder and deserves 4.5 stars. If you’ve decided on the VIXIA, you can find a good deal here.

Canon VIXIA HF R40 Review: Is It Still Relevant?

Canon VIXIA HF R40

Do you question whether entry-level HD camcorders like the Canon VIXIA HF R40 are still important in this day and age? The answer is that they indeed are. While some smartphones can capture decent HD video, it’s nowhere near what you can achieve with the right lens and settings. You also get different formats and frame rates, better handling, and a bunch of features that improve footage and storage of video.

The Canon VIXIA HF R40 is a great example since it has these features and design advantages in spades. And it’s a good reminder that you don’t have to waste your phone’s memory on shaky, phone-quality videos when you could get an affordable HD camcorder.

The Canon VIXIA HF R40 is one of Canon’s better entry-level camcorders. Compared to the stripped-down R400, the main advantages are internal memory and Wi-Fi. While it’s a budget-oriented camcorder, its design doesn’t give a cheap impression. It has a reliable build, and you can hold it comfortably for long periods of time.

Technical specs


Sensor:

1/4.85” CMOS

Max resolution:

1080p

Video format:

AVCHD, MPEG-4

Optical zoom:

32x

Digital zoom:

1060x

Internal memory:

8GB

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

10.1 oz /285g

Unlike many entry-level camcorders, the Canon VIXIA HF HF R40 can record full HD video at 60fps. The DIGIC DV 4 image processor reduces noise and improves low-light footage, although dark scenes won’t look great on any budget camcorder. You have the option of MP4 encoding and different resolution choices so that you can fit a fair amount into its flash memory. The Canon VIXIA HF R40 has two SD card slots so you can record many hours of video.

Advanced Zoom extends the 32x optical zoom to 53x without noticeable quality loss. With the SuperRange optical stabilizer, it keeps footage smooth even while zooming.

Wi-Fi isn’t a gimmick with the Canon VIXIA HF R40. You can use a smartphone to control the camcorder and see its status or to live stream or upload video.

There’s a special Baby Mode that optimizes settings for baby footage. It saves all footage in a dedicated folder and lets you add captions, stamps, and animations to the video.

You control most things via the touchscreen, so there are few buttons. The touchscreen is capacitive and responsive, with good image clarity and easy menus. You can tap it to set your focus, just like on a smartphone.

Performance


The Canon VIXIA HF R40 has dependable auto features. It detects faces, adjusts backlight, and more. You can still set focus, white balance, and exposure manually if you like. There aren’t many settings to change though.

Unlike many camcorders in this price range, the Canon VIXIA HF R40 gives you frame rates from 24p to 60p. However, you can only use 24p with the MP4 format. But this is the more convenient format in most cases anyway. You can also record both formats simultaneously.

The video quality is excellent with vivid colors and smooth motion, as long as lighting conditions are ok. It’s suitable for recording sports and such. Shooting in the dark produces a lot of noise and inaccurate colors. This won’t be a problem with normal use, although you may still find some noise in dark spots if you zoom in. The sound quality isn’t bad either, and it won’t pick up camcorder noise or light wind under normal conditions.

Compared to older versions, the battery life is much better, and you can shoot while charging. And you have plenty of memory for longer events. The zoom and stabilization are good for this price point. And it can mount to a tripod for optimal performance

Since it can live stream, it also works as a surveillance camera. It can create seamless video across its memory storages. One way to make good use of this is to leave the internal memory as a safety buffer so that if your SD cards fill up, it’ll keep recording.

Users like the vivid image quality, the good touchscreen, and the plentiful memory. Their main complaint is its low-light performance. They give it a 3.6 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon.

How the Canon VIXIA HF R40 Compares to Competitors

With so many consumer camcorders on the market, you can only know their quality in comparison to each other. So we’ll compare it to the Sony HDR-CX240, Ansteker Ultra-HD, and the upgraded VIXIA HF R50.

How we reviewed


These reviews resulted from thorough research of online reviews and customer experiences. Amazon customer reviews are the primary source.

The HDR-CX240 HD Handycam provides full HD 60p video at an affordable price. It has a Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and SteadyShot image stabilization. So it’s a formidable entry-level Handycam.

Sensor:

1/5.8" Exmor R CMOS

Max resolution:

1080p

Video format:

AVCHD, H.264

Optical zoom:

27x

Digital zoom:

320x

Internal memory:

No

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

6.7oz / 247g

The first noticeable difference between the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Canon VIXIA HF R40 is that the Sony has a small non-touch display and several physical controls. You’ll be familiar with the joystick and buttons if you’ve used other Handycams.

The next significant difference is that it has no Wi-Fi, unlike the Canon VIXIA HF R40. Nor does it have internal memory.

The stabilizer’s Active Mode and three-way shake canceling provide extra compensation for shaky recording. Whether you use a wide angle or a deep zoom, you’ll get a steady result.

A face detection function helps set the focus right for portraits and crowd shots. It can detect up to eight individual faces at once. It even distinguishes between adults and children.

Performance

4K Camcorder,Ansteker 48MP 30FPS Ultra HD WiFi Video Camera IR Night...
  • 【Ansteker Ultra-HD 4K Video Camera】:13.0 Mega pixels COMS sensor, 48.0 MP Video resolution, 3.0'' TFT-LCD touch...
  • 【WiFi and IR Night Vision Functions Supported】:Please download " NovaCam" APP through your mobile phone to connect...
  • 【External Microphone & Wide Angle Lens】:Equipped with professional 0.39x super Wide Angel Lens and high-quality...

Big-name brands aren’t always the only relevant options. If all you need is a consumer camcorder with HD video, budget options like the Ansteker can be what you seek.

Sensor:

Sony CMOS

Max resolution:

4K

Video format:

AVCHD, MPEG-4

Optical zoom:

No

Digital zoom:

30x

Internal memory:

No

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

10.4oz /295g

The most notable physical feature is the included boom mic. It mounts on a hot shoe so that you could use other accessories too. There’s also a secondary camera on the display panel. You get its footage superimposed on the main video in a little window. It can turn to record your face or something off to the side.

You get a wide angle lens, a macro lens, and two batteries. But the camera only fits in the case with nothing attached. The batteries don’t hold a charge for very long, and you can expect an hour or two if you bring both.

Performance

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Here’s the sequel to the Canon VIXIA HF R50. Not a whole lot is different on the outside, and it’s hard to tell them apart. However, there are some significant changes on the inside.

Sensor:

1/4.85” CMOS

Max resolution:

1080p

Video format:

AVCHD, MPEG-4

Optical zoom:

32x

Digital zoom:

1140x

Internal memory:

8GB

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

8.29 oz /285g

Not much has changed. It’s lighter, but they’re the same in general. That’s understandable since the Canon VIXIA HF R40 was so well-received. However, the Advanced Zoom goes to 57x, and the auto logic has improved.

When it comes to software, the biggest differences are in the baby mode. They’ve refined it and added new functions. You can now track the growth of up to three children. Since your child’s firsts tend to come as a surprise and have you rushing to get the camera up and running, they’ve designed baby mode to choose the best settings fast. It also has the pre-rec activated by default, so that you get three additional seconds of footage before you hit rec. So in case you just missed the beginning of that first word, you’re still good. You can enter the child’s birth date into the system, and the system will track and label videos with their age in days.

Performance

Comparison Table

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Rating:

Sensor:

1/4.85” CMOS

Max resolution:

1080p

Video format:

AVCHD, MPEG-4

Optical zoom:

32x

Digital zoom:

1060x

Internal memory:

8GB

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

10.1 oz /285g

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Sony HDRCX240/L Video Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD - Blue (Renewed)

Rating:

Sensor:

1/5.8" Exmor R CMOS

Max resolution:

1080p

Video format:

AVCHD, H.264

Optical zoom:

27x

Digital zoom:

320x

Internal memory:

No

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

6.7oz / 247g

PRODUCT

DETAILS

4K Camcorder, Ansteker Ultra-HD 1080P 24MP 30FPS Digital WiFi Video...

Rating:

Sensor:

Sony CMOS

Max resolution:

4K

Video format:

AVCHD, MPEG-4

Optical zoom:

No

Digital zoom:

30x

Internal memory:

No

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

10.4oz /295g

PRODUCT

DETAILS

Canon VIXIA HF R50

Rating:

Sensor:

1/4.85” CMOS

Max resolution:

1080p

Video format:

AVCHD, MPEG-4

Optical zoom:

32x

Digital zoom:

1140x

Internal memory:

8GB

Connections:

HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio

Weight:

8.29 oz /285g

Pros

  • Quality HD video
  • Feature-packed
  • Great value
  • Internal memory

Cons

  • Poor low-light performance
  • Somewhat bulky

Overall, the Canon VIXIA HF R40 performs better than the Ansteker, and it has some features that the Sony doesn’t. For example, a microphone jack. It’s a viable option for all hobby videographers.

Few camcorders perform well in the dark, and those that do are expensive. So that’s no differentiator between the Canon Vixia HF R40 and the HDR-CX240 Handycam. The Ansteker seems worse in that regard. But both competitors have night-vision and the Handycam’s lighter.


Our Verdict

The Canon VIXIA HF R40 is an excellent camcorder for home video and vlogging purposes. There’s plenty of storage with both SD slots in use, and its battery life keeps up. So it’s great for sports games and music recitals. Throw in the Baby mode, and you’ve got an ideal family camera for precious memories and hobby projects. A Canon VIXIA HF R40 is undoubtedly one of the top candidates in this price range.