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Canon Vixia HF200 / Legria HF200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 281 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and value for money are on the whole positive. The usability and image quality also get good reviews. The features and viewfinder get negative comments, while there are some mixed views about the reliability.

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

battery, memory, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Vixia HF200 / Legria HF200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Vixia HF200

 

There are two unshakeable truths in the CE biz: Technology never stands still, and prices always drop. Although you'll occasionally kick yourself in the butt when you see the HDTV you bought drop by a third in a year's time, this overall trend is a...

Compact; light; full HD camcorder with 15x zoom; 3.89MP CMOS sensor

Still relatively expensive ; but getting there

For $750, the HF200 is probably the best HD camcorder you can buy in this price range.

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Canon Vixia HF200

 

Canon's acquitted itself quite well with a nearly identical trio of flash-based AVCHD camcorders, the HF10/HF11/HF100, and follow-up models HF20 and HF200 manage to improve upon their legacy. The only difference between the two models is color and...

Broad manual feature set unusual in a camcorder its size; excellent video quality; attractive, functional design

Relatively expensive

While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's...

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Canon Vixia HF200 Review

 

Canon Vixia HF200 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Canon Vixia HF200 and comparisons to other HD Camcorders

Good HD video overall; Small and light; 15x optical zoom; Good features

Low-light performance not the best; HD video not as rich as pricier camcorders'; Memory card not included; Costs more than others in its class

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"Ok camcorder but no memory cards nor download"

 

I have tried over 4 different memory cards, non of them works on highest resolution, there is no HF200 XP driver on the CDs, cannot thus download any of the videos out of the camera. Thus for me the camera is now useless, cannot do anything with it....

Image quality, Zoom

Impossible to find compatible memory card that work on the highest resolution mode

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Ok camcorder but no memory cards nor download

 

I have tried over 4 different memory cards, non of them works on highest resolution, there is no HF200 XP driver on the CDs, cannot thus download any of the videos out of the camera. Thus for me the camera is now useless, cannot do anything with it....

Image quality, Zoom

Impossible to find compatible memory card that work on the highest resolution mode ; impossible to find the XP drivers to download the videos out of the camcorder

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Nice picture, useless beyond that

 

Save your money.

nice picture if you enjoy watching it only on the camera

lousy software, no mac usability, zero intuitive qualities about this hi tech time waster. I would buy Panasonic products before I would allow you to GIVE me this thing as a gift. What a joke

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"Nice picture, useless beyond that"

 

Save your money.

nice picture if you enjoy watching it only on the camera

lousy software, no mac usability, zero intuitive qualities about this hi tech time waster. I would buy Panasonic products before I would allow you to GIVE me this thing as a gift. What a joke.

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"Excellent consumer video camera!"

 

I love this camera! I have use it for soccer tournaments, vacation, and a wedding. The camera function is really nice too. Although the megapixels are not high, the shots the camera takes are still very nice.

The camera is very compact, lightweight, incredible picture quality, fast operations (because of flash based recording), versatile (though proprietary) shoe which allows for various attachments (like the DM-100 directional microphone).

The viewing screen could be a little bigger. There is no viewfinder for bright, sunny days. However, you can increase the brightness of the screen and purchase a hood that blocks light from the viewing screen. Battery time is a little low.

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Excellent consumer video camera!

 

I love this camera! I have use it for soccer tournaments, vacation, and a wedding. The camera function is really nice too. Although the megapixels are not high, the shots the camera takes are still very nice.

The camera is very compact, lightweight, incredible picture quality, fast operations (because of flash based recording), versatile (though proprietary) shoe which allows for various attachments (like the DM-100 directional microphone)

The viewing screen could be a little bigger. There is no viewfinder for bright, sunny days. However, you can increase the brightness of the screen and purchase a hood that blocks light from the viewing screen. Battery time is a little low

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"Great Camera on Close-Out Deal - Paid $440 at Frys"

 

At the time of this writing, this camcorder is two generations old, but still has killer quality.

This camera has 1. HD quality, 2. optical image stabization, good warranty, multiple outputs including YUV & HDMI, and an external mic jack. A nice feature set, and I shopped for them.

1. The menus are kinda wacky, 2. the software is hard to use, even for a network geek like me, and 3. if you want to use it for a Webcam (for Skype) you'll need USB drivers AND an aspect conversion box (HD to SD)

Product Specifications

The VIXIA HF200 delivers brilliant video and still photos through a Canon exclusive 3.89 megapixel CMOS image sensor and the latest version of Canon's advanced image processor, DIGIC DV III. It is ultra lightweight - Canon's smallest and lightest HD camcorder, and brings the ease and convenience of flash memory. This technology, the same used in advanced laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones, allows the VIXIA HF200 to record up to 6 hours of crisp, high definition video (LP mode) to a removable SDHC card. You have extended available recording space and more flexibility in file transfer and playback. What's more, the VIXIA HF200 allows you to record at up to 24Mbps, the highest bitrate in AVCHD format, for the highest quality image. The VIXIA HF200's Canon exclusive features - such as the genuine Canon 15x HD video lens, genuine Canon face detection capability, SuperRange optical image stabilization and a host of control and creative options.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-809

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.9in
Height:2.4in
Weight:12oz
Width:2.8in

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:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset/Snow / Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF200
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:61.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.31Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.89Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )/6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SuperRange)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-4/MPEG-4 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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