Canon VIXIA HF R200 Full HD 1080p AVCHD Camcorder Reviews 2011




Canon HF R200 Review

A worthy replacement for the much loved R100 camcorder, the Canon VIXIA HF R200 camcorder is packed with features such as Dual SD Card Slots with eye-fi flash memory, Full HD 1080p AVCHD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24Mbps, CMOS sensor with tele macro and face detection, Pre-Record and Relay Recording and a touch panel LCD screen with a Level Marker feature.
But Canon have gone 2 steps further as you can read in this Canon Vixia HF R200 review, they over-delivered by offering a choice of 3 flash memory storage solutions, the VIXIA HF R200 has no internal memory, but Dual SD Card Slots instead. The VIXIA HF R20 has an 8GB internal flash drive + the Dual SD Card Slots, and finally the VIXIA HF R21 with a 32GB internal flash drive + the Dual SD Card Slots. Make your choice, just buy the model which suits you best.

Just a quick explanation of AVCHD, Advanced Video Coding High Definition. AVCHD is a high quality H.264/MPEG-4 compression system used in many professional AVCHD camcorder models but now showing up in our Prosumer camcorder reviews and even in the high end Consumer camcorders.

But there’s more to this Ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight Canon R200 camcorder, 28x Advanced Zoom, Smart Auto, Tele Macro, Face Detection, Advanced Video Snapshot, 24p Cinema Mode, Focus assist, A microphone terminal with manual audio level control and a headphone terminal provide exceptional audio adaptability, Built-in Electronic Lens Cover, Intelligent Battery, and more, and all this in a consumer camcorder for under $400. Unbelievable!

VIXIA HF R200 Camcorder with Dual SD Card Slots
AVCHD camcorder allows you to record crisp high definition video to two SDXC-compatible flash memory SD card slots. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from one SD memory card to the other SD card when the memory becomes full. No need then to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot. With SDXC memory card compatibility, you’ll have SD card storage capacity from more than 32GB up to 2TB and ultra-fast data transfer speeds.

You’ll also have the flexibility of copying video from one removable SD card in your VIXIA HF R200 camcorder to another. You can easily insert one SD card into your computer or HDTV’s card reader and view your recorded footage immediately. MXP and FXP modes record in 1920 x 1080 and require a Class 4 or higher SDHC or SDXC Card.

The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You’ll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts. Press the record button and your Canon VIXIA HF R200 AVCHD camcorder starts recording video faster than you’ve ever seen before. In addition, when you review, you’ll have quick access to your footage.

Another plus is the VIXIA HF R200 camcorder low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last Full HD longer. It’s just what you need so you don’t miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say “I do.”

Ultra-sleek, Compact, and Lightweight Canon R200
Ultra-sleek, compact, and lightweight, the VIXIA HF R200 camcorder is, at approximately 9.5 ounces and 2.4” x 2.4” x 4.8”, a companion you’ll always keep handy while traveling or at home. While we certainly hope you keep your Canon R200 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you’ll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It minimizes the chance of data loss if you accidentally jolt or drop your camcorder.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 Camcorder with AVCHD Full HD CMOS Image Sensor

Canon’s expertise in imaging technology is clearly seen in its superb EOS Digital SLR cameras. The VIXIA family of camcorders is also a part of this achievement with Canon’s own Full HD CMOS Image Sensor. It brings stunning high definition video quality with exceptional low light performance, capturing video at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and with remarkable detail.

Together with the Canon Exclusive 3.2-megapixel Full HD CMOS
AVCHD Image Sensor and Canon’s own DIGIC DV III Image Processor, this lens helps you capture high definition video and photos with astonishing detail, vivid color and enhanced reproduction of the full tonal range, including the most difficult purple and blue shades.

With 24Mbps recording, video is captured at the highest bit rate in AVCHD. You get exceptionally lifelike tone and exacting detail.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 with Advanced Zoom
A Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 28x Advanced Zoom delivers truly impressive image quality. Its aspherical lens minimizes spherical aberration, meaning sharper focus on your subject. With Advanced Zoom, you can seamlessly zoom both wide and long, retaining optical quality throughout the zoom range. The zoom is quiet, and optimized for flash memory camcorders.

VIXIA HF R200 Dynamic IS system

With the Canon VIXIA HF R200 camcorder, you can be sure that even on the move your video will be smooth, steady and professional looking. The Dynamic IS system provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broader range of motion. In comparison to conventional electronic image stabilization systems, extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted vibration common when shooting while walking.

Canon R200 Touch Panel LCD control
See exceptional detail with a sharp 230,000 dot screen delivering brilliant color together with Touch Panel LCD control for faster and easier menu navigation. Touch Focus lets you tap the subject on the touch panel to shift the focus for recording. It’s that simple.

You have Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject, people, vehicles, fast moving athletes and more, by selecting your choice right on the Touch Panel LCD. Touch Exposure adjusts the exposure on the area of your image where you touch and sets the brightness needed. You may also drag on the panel to adjust the level.

While shooting, Touch Decoration can be activated via the Touch Panel LCD, allowing you to superimpose and record a variety of fun and exciting images along with your video. Animations such as shooting stars, thought bubbles, and others, freehand drawing, stamps, and various decorative frames can be added to give your video an amusing and creative flair.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 Smart Auto

Smart Auto makes shooting great video easier than ever before. Using the power of Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF R200 AVCHD camcorder with face detection intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene. Whether you are capturing a sunset, a day at the beach, or a fast-paced soccer game, Smart Auto face detection delivers exceptionally accurate results.

VIXIA HF R200 Tele Macro
And with new Tele Macro, the VIXIA HF R200 camcorder automatically zooms the lens to the telephoto end and sets the minimum object distance to approximately 1.3 feet (from 3.3 feet) giving you the opportunity to shoot spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of shallow depth of field. Tele Macro is one of 38 scenes available in Smart Auto Mode.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 Face Detection

The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in Canon Full HD camcorders. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time.

In fact, the Face Detection system is so intelligent that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking.

This Face Detection feature is convenient in searching for clips which feature that specific subject’s face. In search and playback, use of the Face Detection Index will display those frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. Your selected face can also be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing your subject.

VIXIA HF R200 Advanced Video Snapshot
Advanced Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of a once in a lifetime trip or a family milestone with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will hold everyone’s attention.

This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time of 2, 4, or 8 seconds. Additionally, audio from an external source, such as an MP3 player, can be played along with the snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.

VIXIA HF R200 Camcorder Eye-Fi flash memory SD card
The VIXIA HF R200 camcorder is also compatible with the Eye-Fi flash memory SD card. It’s possible to wirelessly transfer video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) in a few simple steps.

Insert an Eye-Fi flash memory SD card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site and you’re ready to share your files with family, friends, and the world!

Canon camcorders are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi SD card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the SD card manufacturer.

The use of Eye-Fi SD cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another so please contact the SD card manufacturer for status of approval in the country/region of use.

Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party accessory or product mentioned herein.

Since Canon is acknowledged as a world leading maker of digital cameras, it’s not surprising that the VIXIA HF R200 camcorder, in addition to being a brilliant camcorder, is also a very capable digital camera. Once again, Canon delivers features and technology that advance convenience and

Canon VIXIA HF R200 Grid Level Marker
The VIXIA HF R200 camcorder comes with a Level Marker feature to keep your Canon Vixia HF R200 camcorder level for more professional-looking photos. The VIXIA HF R200 Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid ensuring that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.

The versatile VIXIA HF R200 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your Canon R200 camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture an
AVCHD 1920 x 1080 resolution still image onto an SD card or to internal flash memory.

Additionally, the VIXIA HF R200 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. Now, better photos, filled with action and expressions, are easy to grab, print, post and share.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 24p Cinema Mode

24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional “film-look.” You can change the Canon Vixia HF R200 camcorder frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF R200 CINE mode, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.

Canon R200 30p Progressive Mode
You would normally have to look to professional video camcorders in order to find a sophisticated tool like 30p Progressive Mode at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the Canon Vixia HF R200 to capture video in 30p (30 progressive frames, recorded to 60i), which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. It’s also excellent for action and sports shots. In addition, this setting gives enhanced quality to photos captured after recording.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 Terminals

To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the Canon Vixia HF R200, you’ll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. Easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV is achieved through the Canon Vixia HF R200 HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color*. A Mini HDMI Cable is included with the camcorder. This camcorder also features 1080p output, converting 1080i video to 1080p through the HDMI terminal.

A Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and a Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio adaptability. For the ultimate in flexibility, the Canon Vixia HF R200 is compatible with the optional Canon wireless microphone WM-V1**. Using a receiver which plugs into the microphone terminal, its audio can be captured from up to 164ft. (50m) away. Use it to record audio from a distant subject, or as a transceiver to cue shooting from a third party.
* x.v.Color is a trademark of the Sony Corporation. ** This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 Focus Assist

To enhance focusing capability, the Canon Vixia HF R200 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. This is a feature normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras.

Filter threads on the lens of the VIXIA HF R200 give it compatibility with the Canon TL-H34 II tele-converter and WD-H34 II wide-converter. With these converters, you can expand the shooting range of the lens for greater creative options.

Canon Vixia HF R200 Built-in Electronic Lens Cover

The built-in Electronic Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Turn your Canon Vixia HF R200 camcorder on and the lens cover automatically opens. Turn it off, and the cover closes. It couldn’t be simpler.

Canon VIXIA HF R200 Intelligent Battery
The Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute.

Vixia HF R200
Quick Start
Never miss a quickly unfolding shot again, as it’s possible to shoot the moment the LCD is opened. No worries about using up power with Quick Start – by keeping the LCD screen closed between shots, Quick Start allows you to save battery power so you get longer battery life.

Canon Vixia HF R200 Pre-Record
The Pre-Record feature places your VIXIA HF R200 in a stand-by “pre-roll” mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too. It will be easier than ever to capture the moment when the bat hits the ball at the start of that home run.

Pixela Video Browser Software is bundled with the VIXIA HF R200. You can easily perform a variety of functions, including AVCHD Editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. This software also allows you to play your AVCHD video on your computer and will let you share copies of your video with friends and family through flash memory to hard drive copying.

Transfer and store your video onto your computer’s hard drive with the software and easily convert your high definition video to standard definition video as well. This software will also assist you in converting video to the optimum resolution for transmission over the Internet.

Customer Canon Vixia HF R200 Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Vixia HF R200 – Good value and quality for home movies, works with my Mac. Published 8 months ago by R. A. Holland

Bottom line: A good value-oriented camera that works well with my Mac. It is easy to use with intuitive controls – although some of the advanced settings required me to read the instruction manual. For good quality home movies, it seems to be perfect; and the minor improvement in video quality available on higher-end models probably isn’t worth the additional cost…..Read the full Canon Vixia HF R200 review here.

Canon Vixia HF R200 Technical Details

2 SDXC-compatible memory card slots
Genuine Canon HD video lens with 28x advanced zoom
Canon 3.28-megapixel full HD CMOS image sensor
Canon DIGIC DV III image processor
Dynamic IS stabilizes a wide range of movements for smooth, steady video

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Product Specifications

Model : R200
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2 SDXC-compatible memory card slots

Genuine Canon HD video lens with 28x advanced zoom

Canon 3.28-megapixel full HD CMOS image sensor

Canon DIGIC DV III image processor

Dynamic IS stabilizes a wide range of movements for smooth, steady video

Full HD 1080p AVCHD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24Mbps

CMOS sensor with tele macro and face detection

Pre-Record and Relay Recording and a touch panel LCD screen with a Level Marker feature

28x Advanced Zoom, Smart Auto, Tele Macro, Face Detection

Advanced Video Snapshot, 24p Cinema Mode, Focus assist

A microphone terminal with manual audio level control

headphone terminal provides exceptional audio adaptability

Built-in Electronic Lens Cover, Intelligent Battery


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Average Rating: 4.0
R. Rivera Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

Recent Customer Camcorder Reviews

Average Rating: 4.0
R. Rivera Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to HD camcording. 14 Mar 2011 By bandejapaisa (England) This review is from: Canon LEGRIA HF R206 High Definition Camcorder - Grey (20x Optical Zoom, 3 inch Touchscreen LCD) (Electronics) This is a light portable camera. It looks good and has a good range of features and its at a good price.

It is almost identical to the R26 and R28 models. The R206 doesn't come with internal memory. But the price of a 32GB SD card is £40, whereas the R28 is £100 more! Doesn't add up. You might as well buy the R206 and purchase memory cards. The price of memory comes down pretty fast, so I've opted for a 16GB card, which is sufficient for the time being. The R26 and R28 also have a internal web conversion feature, which can convert your HD movie to SD for web uploads, but this isn't a feature I required.

I was disappointed with the battery life, which is only 75 minutes per full charge. So be prepared to carry your charger with you, or if you are out and about you may need a spare (I don't think they come cheap though, £70 maybe).

I was very interested in the 3 second pre-record feature, but disappointed with it. You turn it on, but then it 'disengages' after 5 minutes of inactivity or if you put the camera into standby. I was expecting to have the 3 second feature always active, so I was ready to capture at any moment. Nevermind.

The touchscreen is better than button navigation, but it isn't up to the same quality of responsiveness as you get from an iPhone and something has to give. You have to press firmly to get a good response.

The image quality appears good. Although I'm no expert and it's been 10years since I've owned a camcorder and this is my first digital one!

I record movies on the top quality setting (MXP) and I used the bundled software to download onto windows 7. The files play directly in windows media player or I prefer to use VLC media player. I also hooked it up to my mac mini and iMovie recognised the camcorder and allowed me to import the movies directly without any other software. It was very easy to use.

The auto mode is great as it recognises different environments very easily. I use this mode most of the time for average shooting, and then sometimes I drop it into manual mode to be a little more arty!

It does still pictures too, but I'm not interested in this feature, as I bought a Canon Powershot S95 for this.

Overall, I'm quite happy with my first HD camcorder. I only want to capture some footage of my baby on the way, and general family movies - nothing professional for now. Canon has a great reputation for imaging products which was what drew me to this camcorder..
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