Canon Vixia HF R42

Canon Vixia HF R42

$389.00 $449.00
5 / 5.0
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Customer Rating :
Design: 5
Support: 5
Price Value: 5
Features: 5
Video and Image Quality: 5
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Editor Review


Camcorders are fun during vacations, especially if you have a highly user-friendly gizmo from a prestigious company, such as Canon. The Canon Vixia HF R series have been especially made to make sure that HD videos can be shot along with a powerful zoom, lens, and screen. Check out whether the camcorders are within your budget and your requirement.


Recently, the digital imaging solutions major, Canon unveiled a new set of Canon Vixia HF Rseries which included new specifications and imaging technologies.  For instance, the products in this series had a powerful 53x advanced zoom that allowed the user to zoom in for a precise footage without getting any blurred image. The speed of the zoom can be changed. There are three fixed zoom speeds and 15 levels of zooming. Added to this feature, the SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizing technology corrects vibrations and movements of the camera due to shaking of the hands. Canon Vixia HF R Review Powered by DIGIC DV 4 image processor, the camcorder performs fast and takes up less power as well. The image processor is one of the latest ones chosen for high performing sensitive videos. There is a convenient slot which allows an SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card to be inserted. High capacity SDHC and SDXC cards can be accepted as well. The camcorder is equipped with a 3-inch capacitive touch screen that is made of LCD technology. The unique advanced Baby Mode option keeps a track of the baby movements and organizes the videos as per height and date in perfectly ordered video albums. There is a control button which can be customized to set the shooting modes as per optimal settings. The Touch Decoration facility in Baby Mode allows the user to place stamps, captions, etc on the videos. Canon Vixia HF R Review Audio Scene Select controls the sound during the recording session through its five modes. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is equipped with an intelligent technology that signals when the battery power will be consumed.

Price Value

Canon is noted for producing high quality products. In the Vixia HF R series it uses the latest technologies, sophisticated lens, and a classy body. Naturally, the product comes with a cost. None of the buyers will ever feel let down by Canon. With better memory backup and processing technology, more specifications can be introduced in the gizmo – which will increase the price eventually.

Video & Image Quality

The 3.28MP CMOS image sensor is powerful enough to provide FHD videos at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The sensor has the ability to pick light rays even when the intensity is low. The highly sensitive sensor captures images in the video in natural colors. The on-chip noise reducing feature in the processor does not allow the images to get distorted or blurred. In short, there is immense amount of detailing of the images in the videos. So, viewers will get clear, vivid videos when seen on a huge HDTV. Videos of MP4 or AVCHD file formats can be recorded easily – the format is just right to be shown on the TV or the web. The AVCHD supported function allows the camcorder to capture progressive videos at 28 Mbps while MP4 files are recorded at 35 Mbps. Smart AUTO & Auto Tele Macro can identify 38 shooting situations to provide detailed and highly focused images. The Cinema-Look Filters helps to edit the colors in the video through its seven built-in adjustable filters to give a more cinematic feel to the video. There is Genuine Canon Face Detection utility that helps to track 35 faces automatically and provide sharp and distinct images. The Video Snap Shot technology allows the user to shoot short video clips made out of numerous video snapshots. Canon Vixia HF R Review


The sleek and lightweight Canon camcorder has buttons placed at strategic areas to ensure fingers can access them when needed. A typical Vixia HF R will have an average dimension of (4.6 x 2.1 x 2.2) inches. The gizmo can be easily packed and carried. The shoulder strap allows the cameraperson to shoot while moving. The camcorder is durable and completely fits into the palm easily. Canon Vixia HF R Review

Customer support

Users who are facing some issues with the camcorder or want to know more about its usability features can visit the support section in the Canon website. There is live phone service which attends to calls from users and troubleshoots their problem. The customers can send an email as well.


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Model number Empty Color Empty
Sensor Size 1/4.85" Video Resolution 1080p
Optical Zoom 32x Extended Zoom 53x
Focal length(mm) 2.8-89.6 mm Still Camera Resolution(MP) 2.07
Storage (MB) 32768 Memory Card Slots# 2
Recording Time(h) 12 Dimensions 53 x 57 x 116 mm
Weight 235g Touchscreen Yes
Camera Flash No Screen Size 3.0" 230k dots
Build in WIFI Yes APP Yes
Face Detection Yes Image Stabilizer Yes
Date First Available 2015-06-29 Country Code JP

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