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VIXIA HF R100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and portability. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. The viewfinder and color get less positive opinions.

value for money, image quality, usability, portability, design

battery, color, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the VIXIA HF R100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Vixia HF R100

 

There's a lot to like about Canon's entry-level Vixia HF R series of "high-definition" camcorders, such as its user interface--which is better than that of its more expensive sibling--and its mic and headphone jacks, which are a rare find in this...

Mic and headphone jacks rare in this price class; straightforward and functional design

Poor low-light video and color accuracy; lens doesn't focus very closely; subpar battery life

If you're looking to shoot great HD video on the cheap, keep looking; the Canon Vixia HF R series delivers decent video at best, even for its modest price. But for a low-priced model with mic and headphone jacks, the HF R100 is a pretty good deal.

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"I can't ask for more": I'm impressed"

 

Sure, if I had spent a lot more I'd have gotten more bells and whistles but it's a real good camcorder and it didn't cost a lot. I'd buy another, and I'm not a newbe to photography. I've been taking pictures all over the world since the late 1960's and...

I don't know about what happened to the highly negative reviewer - that wasn't my experience at all with this camera. I shot about an hour in "Auto" and "SP" (that's standard play) mode indoors and out. It's very easy to use. It was not noisy, picks up bi

Can't think of any - especially at this price.

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Canon Vixia HF R100

 

Sure, if I had spent a lot more I'd have gotten more bells and whistles but it's a real good camcorder and it didn't cost a lot. I'd buy another, and I'm not a newbe to photography. I've been taking pictures all over the world since the late 1960's and...

I don't know about what happened to the highly negative reviewer - that wasn't my experience at all with this camera. I shot about an hour in "Auto" and "SP" (that's standard play) mode indoors and out. It's very easy to use. It was not noisy, picks up bi

Can't think of any - especially at this price

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HF R100 was a terrible deal.

 

Not expected quality. In a 1080p TV the image is not so good (it's 2.34 megapixels, below than the minimum for a good quality in 1080p which is from 3mp to 4 mp). If you want a good image quality, don't buy this camera. It seems everything ... Expand...

This camcorder films 1080p 2.34 megapixels and the microphone must be awesome as you can hear the inside motor better then anything else. It's the cheapest HD camcorder of this type I've seen so far

Not expected quality in a 1080p TV screen. Colors are not good either, lens also no good, battery time is "NOT THAT BAD". Also the zoom is not that bad

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HF R100 was a terrible deal.

 

Not expected quality. In a 1080p TV the image is not so good (it's 2.34 megapixels, below than the minimum for a good quality in 1080p which is from 3mp to 4 mp). If you want a good image quality, don't buy this camera. It seems everything has a poor...

This camcorder films 1080p 2.34 megapixels and the microphone must be awesome as you can hear the inside motor better then anything else. It's the cheapest HD camcorder of this type I've seen so far

Not expected quality in a 1080p TV screen. Colors are not good either, lens also no good, battery time is "NOT THAT BAD". Also the zoom is not that bad

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"HF R100 was a terrible deal."

 

Not expected quality. In a 1080p TV the image is not so good (it's 2.34 megapixels, below than the minimum for a good quality in 1080p which is from 3mp to 4 mp).

This camcorder films 1080p 2.34 megapixels and the microphone must be awesome as you can hear the inside motor better then anything else. It's the cheapest HD camcorder of this type I've seen so far.

Not expected quality in a 1080p TV screen. Colors are not good either, lens also no good, battery time is "NOT THAT BAD". Also the zoom is not that bad.

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Amazon review summary for VIXIA HF R100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of VIXIA HF R100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, value for money, portability, battery

color

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Good Camcorder

 

Motor noise some complain about was slight and only during the first few seconds of video. Really cheap with the promotion code. A good emergency camera to keep in the car.

Has a nice silver design much like the Canon HV20. Doesn't look cheap. Easy to start taking video and view on TV. Image stabilization is OK. Really small. 20X zoom is impressive. Looked like new and came with all the accessories in the photo

Cursor button by screen is small and difficult to operate, all buttons are small. Video didn't look like HD on a 42 inch TV. Screen is almost impossible to see on a sunny day and like all flash camcorders there is no viewfinder. Battery and SD card fit...

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Great little Camera

 

The one feature I loved was the external mic plug in. Records clear. great little camera, ordered it had it in 2 days and took it on an extended over seas trip, was small, easy to carry, i could tuck it in the pocket of my sweatshirt, and recorded...

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Excellent Camcorder

 

The movie quality is excellent compared to non HD camcorders. Software is limited, but will get the job done. You did need a hoss of a computer to edit HD video - be sure to check the spec of the software. Sony Vegas and MS movie maker have two of the...

Product Specifications

With the Canon VIXIA HF R100 flash memory camcorder, you'll find that high definition video has hit higher levels of convenience, ease, performance and value. The VIXIA HF R100 records to SD memory cards and features Canon's smart auto. A genuine Canon 20x HD video lens and dynamic IS works in combination with the sophisticated Canon HD image processing to deliver the sharp, vivid, lifelike video you want to see on your HDTV. Advanced video snapshot lets you create 2-, 4- or 8-second movie clips, with music, that are perfect for sharing. And advanced easy-to-operate control features of the VIXIA HF R100 help to make high-quality video that can turn the casual shooter into the family cinematographer, at Canon's most affordable HD price.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L5

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.8in
Height:2.4in
Weight:11.3oz
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Cine / Snow / Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Night scene / Low light / Fireworks / Portrait mode / Spotlight

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF R100
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.6
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.73Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.56Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.39Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5 / 1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:400
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder