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Canon HD & 4K Camcorder 2015-2016 Model Lineup * Comparison & Reviews

June 10, 2016 by  
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Canon Vixia Camcorder Models Lineup 2015-2016 – This is a roundup of Canon Vixia camcorder models for 2015-2016. Canon has incorporated a 60p mode to most of its new camcorders. The 60p mode gives you 60 fps (frames per second) for your HD video, making the video much smoother than lower frame rates. This is ideal for fast moving action, such as sports. Most of the new Canon camcorders have wireless WiFi built-in to the camcorder to transfer video to social sites such as facebook. You can also use the WiFi to control the camcorder from a remote location. See all the Canon models below and compare by price, reviews, imager size, and features.

2016 Canon Vixia Camcorders – Comparison & Reviews

Canon Vixia
HF R72
Camcorder
Canon Vixia
HF R700
Camcorder
Canon Vixia
HF G40
Camcorder
Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder
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32x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
2.0 megapixels
1/4.85″ Imager
3.0-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 4.5 Lens
32.5mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
Built-in WiFi
External Mic Jack
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2016 Model
32x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/4.85″ Imager
3.0-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 4.5 Lens
32.5mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
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External Mic Jack
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2016 Model
20x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/2.84″ Imager
3.5-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 2.8 Lens
26.8mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
Built-in WiFi
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
EVF Viewfinder
2016 Model
Dual Card Slots
Wide Dynamic Range
20x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/2.84″ Imager
3.5-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 2.8 Lens
26.8mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
Built-in WiFi
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
EVF Viewfinder
2016 Model
Dual Card Slots
Wide Dynamic Range
Dual XLR Audio


2016 Canon Vixia Camcorder – Bundle Deals

Canon Vixia
HF R72
Camcorder Bundle
Canon Vixia
HF R700
Camcorder Bundle
Canon Vixia
HF G40
Camcorder Bundle
Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder Bundle
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32x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
2.0 megapixels
1/4.85″ Imager
3.0-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 4.5 Lens
32.5mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
Built-in WiFi
External Mic Jack
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2016 Model
32x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/4.85″ Imager
3.0-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 4.5 Lens
32.5mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
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External Mic Jack
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2016 Model
20x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/2.84″ Imager
3.5-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 2.8 Lens
26.8mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
Built-in WiFi
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
EVF Viewfinder
2016 Model
Dual Card Slots
Wide Dynamic Range
20x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/2.84″ Imager
3.5-inch touchscreen
F1.8 – 2.8 Lens
26.8mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 24,30,60fps
Built-in WiFi
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
EVF Viewfinder
2016 Model
Dual Card Slots
Wide Dynamic Range
Dual XLR Audio


Best Canon Vixia HD Camcorders – Higher End
(Best rated with the best features and largest imagers, including HD CMOS Pro)

Canon Vixia
HF G40 Camcorder
(2016 Model)
Canon Vixia
HF G20 Camcorder
Canon Pro
XA10
Camcorder
Canon Pro
XA30
Camcorder
(2016 Model)
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20x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
3 megapixels
1/2.84-inch Imager
HD CMOS Pro
26.8mm Wide Lens
3.5-inch touchscreen
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/1.8-2.8 Lens
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
1080p @ 60fps
EVF Viewfinder
Manual Focus Ring
Dual Card Slots
Built-in Light
Built-in WiFi
2016 Model
Wide Dynamic Range
10x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/3-inch Imager
HD CMOS Pro
30.4mm Wide Lens
3.5-inch touchscreen
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/1.8-3.0 Lens
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
EVF Viewfinder
Manual Focus Ring
Dual Card Slots
Built-in Light
2013 Model
10x optical zoom
64GB Dual Flash
High Definition
2 megapixels
1/3-inch Imager
HD CMOS Pro
30.4mm Wide Lens
3.5-inch touchscreen
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/1.8-3.0 Lens
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
EVF Viewfinder
Manual Focus Ring
Dual Card Slots
Built-in Light
2012 Model
XLR Audio
NightVision
20x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
3 megapixels
1/2.84-inch Imager
HD CMOS Pro
26.8mm Wide Lens
3.5-inch OLED
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/1.8-2.8 Lens
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
1080p @ 60fps
OLED EVF Viewfinder
Manual Focus Ring
Dual Card Slots
Built-in Light
2016 Model
XLR Audio
NightVision
Built-in WiFi
Wide Dynamic Range


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Glossary of Terms
Optical Zoom = This is the maximum zoom using the lens of the camcorder. A 10x zoom brings the action in about 10 times closer at its maximum.
Flash Memory = This refers to the way the camcorder records video. Flash memory camcorders normally record to memory cards (SDHC). There are some that have no card, and just have a fixed amount of internal memory such as the Flip Camcorders.
Dual Flash = This type of camcorder has both internal memory and can also record to memory cards.
Imager Size = This refers to the Imager of the camcorder, where the light hits from the lens. This is like the retina of the eye. The larger the imager, the better the quality of the video and better low light performance. High end camcorders generally have a larger imager. Larger is better. A 1/3-inch imager is larger than a 1/4.5-inch imager.
Low Light Lenses = Larger and faster lenses allow more light in for greater low light sensitivity. Lenses with low f stop specifications are considered fast lenses. The camcorders on this page all have fast low light lenses with an f stop of f1.8 or lower (lower is better).
Megapixels = This refers to the camera function in the camcorder. This is the amount of megapixels available to take a snapshot picture while using the camcorder. Canon has reduced the megapixels (to 2 megapixels) on its CMOS Pro imagers for better low light performance and dynamic range.
1080p 720p 60i 24p 60p video = camcorders can record video at various resolutions. Many can record at several different rates. 1080p is the current highest (blu-ray quality). 720p has about half the resolution of 1080p. Also keep in mind the frame rate of the video. Normal video is shot at 30fps (frames per second). 1080@60i is 60 interlaced frames, which is roughly equivalent to 1080p@30fps. Movie film is shot at 24fps (24p). Some camcorders can shoot at 60fps (60p) which will make the movie silky smooth and can be used for slow motion as well.
Infrared NightShot/Night Vision = Some Sony and Canon camcorders allow shooting at night. They shoot in infrared. Some have a built-in IR illuminator to light up the area with invisible to the eye infrared light. You see these type of cameras being used in reality shows, such as ghost hunters.
External Mic Jack = This means that this camcorder is equipped with an external microphone jack or terminal to input an external microphone. There are a wide range of external microphones to choose from including wireless, surround sound, and others. An external microphone will improve the sound recording of your video. It bypasses the built in microphones.
XLR Audio = Only on pro camcorders, XLR Terminals are used primarily as a balanced audio connector for high quality microphones.
Wide Angle Lens = The wider the lens, the better. A wider angle lens will allow you to get more of the scene in your videos than one that is not wide angle. This is important for indoor shots, when you want to get a whole group in the shot, or outdoors to get a panorama view of the landscape. So, for example, a 30mm lens is much wider than a 40mm lens.
EVF Viewfinder = Most camcorders today do not have a viewfinder, but use their LCD screen to compose video. However, some high end camcorders do have an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). The advantage of having an EVF is to use the viewfinder in bright sun, where the LCD may be hard to see. The Canon Pro XA25 uses an OLED viewfinder which has over 4 times the pixel density of a normal EVF, making it ideal for movie making.
HD/SD-­SDI Output = The Canon Pro XA25 camcorder has a new HD/SD-SDI output for uncompressed video output for recording to an external recorder.
LCD/OLED Screen = Canon uses LCD screens for most of its camcorders. For its new high end pro models it is using OLED technology, which is not only more energy efficient, but better contrast and colors. In addition, they have pixel densities of over 1 million pixels for the sharpest screens available. The Canon XA25 Pro camcorder uses OLED on its LCD and Viewfinder.


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