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VIXIA HF R500 Black

VIXIA HF R500 Black
alaScore 85

22 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of VIXIA HF R500 Black. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The portability and price also get good reviews, but opinions are divided on the size.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the VIXIA HF R500 Black is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: Phil (

Where is the manual


My brief experience so far with this camera has been very good. Lots of features (although the user interface on the video screen is a little clunky and not very intuitive). Biggest issue is no operating manual. I went online to get the manual but then...

May, 2015

Consumer review by: Bobsessed (

Nice Camera


I probably waited too long to buy a new digital video camera. The last one I had was a VHS-C type! I bought the Canon Vixia HF R500 simply because of the fact that it has an input for an external microphone......and the price was excellent. I want to...

May, 2015

Consumer review by: VideoGirl (

Absolutely love this economical camera


I use a Canon Vixia G20 for work, so I was already a fan. I decided to purchase the 500 for personal use-- and I have only made a one-minute video with it, but I can already tell that it's wonderful. It is grainy in low light settings, unlike the G20,...

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: Jess (

VIXIA HF R500 Black


The visual is great but the audio fades alot once you view what you recorded you can hear it then the sound fades and comes back and it happens a few times

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: Akabatman (

Outstanding value


I've owned many video cameras and the HF R500 is the least expensive - but produces the best video. The image stabilisation is the best I've seen, with care it looks like a tripod is being used. It lacks some of the features of other cameras I've...

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: outdoorsman (

Great zoom and clarity.


Just received the HF R500 today. Was surprized how small it is. Took 4 hours to charge the tiny battery. Don't let its size fool you. This takes incredible video. HD 60p is incredible. I did have some trouble post capture in burning an AVCHD DVD to...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: Amaranti (

Good, but not great


This is a good camera for beginners. Full of features and it feels right in your hand. Good weight, good size. What I personally did not like was a rattling sound in the camera body when you tilted the camera in any direction. I thought perhaps I had a...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: mctech (

a real nice christmas


I received a canon vixia hf r500 for christmas and so far i am enjoying it very much it replaces my old fs300 my old camera works great but it was time to step up to hd also the external mic jack makes this camera a real winner everything from the...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Kalena (

Very nice camcorder


This was my first Canon purchase and I am very pleased. The camcorder is small, lightweight and very easy to use. I was able to fit it inside my purse. I would recommend this camcorder for starters. I plan on purchasing more Canon products in the future.

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: jim (

very pleased with product


I am so far very pleased with the product. This is a new experience and using the camcorder to do the basics is going very well. I have a major complaint. Considering the price of the product I am very upset that it does not come with an operating...

Jan, 2015