The Canon VIXIA Camcorder is a sophisticated, compact camera with ultra zooming power. It comprises of VIXIA HF R400 with a Genuine Canon HD video lens with 53x Optical Zoom that can cover an unbeatable range and reach. Its exclusive 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image sensor along with the new DIGIC DV 4 image processor records videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution. With this, videos are sharp and are more detail oriented. The beautiful 3.0” touch panel LCD makes one get comfortable to operate it. The SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shakes right away, making long hand held videos steadier. Based on the filming conditions, the Audio Scene Select offers five modes to automatically optimize settings for recording immersive audio in a broad range of situation. The smart AUTO recognizes the recording situations as well; to provide the cam with the best possible quality.
The camera is handy and easy to operate. The pictures and videos come out clear with excellent audio. The MIC input and headphone audio monitoring jack make it a solid cam. Now shooting 1080p at 60 frames is possible in both MP4 and AVHD simultaneously. Smooth pictures are picked well even in low light. One can choose between Auto mode where in the settings are adjusted automatically or can set the exposure, white balance and focus manually on the fly. The touchscreen is quite responsive and allows swiping through menus. The anti-vibrations and zoom features are wonderful.
The issues are that the buttons are way too small and might be difficult to use while in a hurry. The positioning of zoom button is slightly hard to operate. The lens cover got stuck open, never to close again in few cases but general a gentle tap makes it work. The reader Canon provides to read the MP4 files has very little functionality other than to upload the video to YouTube.
This camera is a must try, especially with the new baby mode that has all that parents need to shoot, systemize and share a sequential video of their kid’s development, with the help of an exclusive baby album, age, height and weight stamps and much more. Highly recommended to travelers and for families who enjoy capturing moments (still and with moiton).