Canon - VIXIA HF R800 HD Flash Memory Camcorder - White

Shoot high-definition films with this portable Canon Vixia HF R800 camcorder. The unit’s 57x zoom makes it easy to get into the action from afar, while its optical image stabilization feature automatically corrects camera shake. Equipped with a 3.28MP full-HD MOS sensor, this Canon Vixia HF R800 camcorder captures video in genuine 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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What's Included


  • Canon VIXIA HF R800 HD Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Battery pack BP-727
  • High speed HDMI cable (HTC-100/S)
  • Compact power adapter (CA-110)
  • Interface cable (IFC-300PCU/S)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (446 out of 470)

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Features


57x Advanced/32x optical/1140x digital zoom

Brings you up close to distant objects and scenes.

3" color touch-screen LCD display

Gives you a clear view of the action you're recording or reviewing.

CMOS sensor

Offers stunning detail and clarity with both video and still images.

DIGIC DV 4 image processor

Delivers vivid and accurate coloring for natural, lifelike images.

Zoom lens with instant autofocus

To eliminate blurry images.

Optical image stabilizer

Minimizes shake and vibration distortion to keep footage steady.

Photo mode

Captures digital still images at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Stereo audio signal

Provides a rich soundscape.

SD card slot

Supports SD, SDXC, SDHC and FlashAir memory cards.

HDMI and USB interfaces

For high-speed video transfer.


Customer rating

4.5
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Serious problems I had using the VIXIA HF R800

    Posted
    kokoallball
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    I bought my VIXIA HF R800 camera to use on a vacation trip to Arizona. I had two serious problems with the VIXIA. I was mostly outdoor using the VIXIA on bright sunny days and I was frustrated because in bright sun about the only thing I could see on the touch-screen was glare or a reflection of myself and what was behind me. When the sun was low in the sky and behind me or to the side, it was often impossible to see what I was recording. I found myself filming blind and having to guess or estimate what I was shooting. This problem made it very difficult or impossible to zoom in close to something or someone for a close-up or when I was trying to follow something that was moving. If I cupped my hand over the touch screen or held my hat above it to block out the sun it would sometimes help. But more often than not it would not help much. This glare and reflection was a problem not only when recording but also during playback. I had to get out of the sun into my car to view the takes I had made. When I hiked away from my car, which was often, I had no way of reviewing my takes. The only remedy I found for this problem was to get under the shade of a tree or structure. This allowed me to see what was on the screen. If I wanted to take a shoot from a specific point and there was no shade I had to shoot blind or find a spot close by where I could be under a shadow. Another problem I had with the VIXIA was the record/stop button. It must be pushed once to start the recording and again to stop recording. Because of the location of this button I found it awkward to hold the camera while recording and keeping my fingers near the button ready to stop the camera. Moving my fingers and pressing the button caused jigging and movement at the end of each recording. I tried pressing the record/stop button slowly and gently to reduce the jigging and movement at the end of each take. This led to failing to turn of the recording and the VIXIA kept on shooting. When this happened and I started to take what I thought was another separate shot by pressing the record/stop button to start recording I was in fact shutting down the camera. This made me miss shots and caused the camera to use up its battery unnecessarily between attempted shots. This was not a problem when I was shooting indoors or outdoors out of the bright sun. I could see a small red dot when the VIXIA was filming. But outdoors because of reflection and glare (the problem I described above) it was sometimes difficult to see the red dot and realize that the camera was still filming. I would have preferred a button you pushed to start and a released to shut of the filming. When continuous hands off takes were needed a lock button could have been provided. VIXIA’s effort to combine these functions in the record/stop button was not to my liking. The VIXIA comes with a small abbreviated manual in three languages that gives you little info on how it works. It is more of a startup guide. You can get additional information by using the touch screen (if you can see it) and moving through menus which gives you additional bits of information. If you want a comprehensive manual you must access it on line. I found myself wanting information about settings and how they would have affected an image (and of course if there was a way that I could reduce the touch screen glare.) This information was not in the manual that came with the VIXIA or on the menus I could find. Frustratingly I was in an area of Arizona where I could not access the internet. If you do not have a smart phone, or need to go to areas in the US (or outside) where there is no access to the Internet or links for smart phones you should consider downloading and printing a copy of the full manual.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded My Expectations

    Posted
    MaddMaxx
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This was the first camcorder I have purchased in over 20 years, and my how the technology has advanced. I wanted to be able to take videos of my sons lacrosse games and I must say the quality of the footage at 60p is amazing, even at indoor facilities with dimmer lighting. Initial setup was fairly easy. (battery does take about 7 hours for the initial charge) I went with the R800 over the other 2 models with internal storage and just got a 64gb memory card instead. I like to transfer my videos the same day I shoot them so I can keep them organized on my external storage drive. I also read a lot of reviews on the wifi features of the more expensive versions and decided it wasn't worth spending the extra dollars on. I keep a JOBY - GorillaPod™ 325 Tripod attached to it if I need to set it down, and also to help keep it steady in my shaky hand. Overall I am very pleased with this camcorder features, ease of use, and quality of videos. When I found it on sale for $169 at Best Buy, I was even happier :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for genera use

    Posted
    Dick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This is an improvement to the earlier version of the same camera. It has a much, much larger battery - almost 3 hours of available use. The various settings, though different, are well suited for typical uses. Most importantly to me is that it has an external microphone input which I often use. Saying that, the internal microphone does an amazing job as I found out when recording a vocal recital. I use the camera on a weekly basis to record a church service which is then posted on-line. The microphone input is used to connect the camera to the sound mixer and it works well. The other functions are equally as good and the still picture capability is also very useful. There is no doubt that to really take advantage of the camera's features one needs to spend time with the instructions, various menus and other available supports. One negative is that when using the camera connected to the charger, a hum exists. This was also the case with the previous version. However, since the newer battery is so large, I simply record with it. I have recommended it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome and great video cam

    Posted
    SouthernProud
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    This video camera is awesome and I absolutely love this item!! It has very clear video and the zoom on this camera is unbelievable. I have used it several times and have had no issues. It is very wonderful and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I also purchased the additional service plan for 3 years which is always a good suggestion on electronic items as you never know what might happen in the future. It does come with the 1 year manufacturers warranty but it never hurts to have extra protection Overall it is an excellent camera and I have been wanting this one for over a year now but finally decided to get it and can say I am truly satisfied with its functions. I also purchased SanDisk - Extreme PLUS 64GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card for recordings. Be sure to check out the great deals on the memory cards while there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Camcorder worked, battery pack was defective

    Posted
    SusieCute
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    The camcorder recorded excellently. Pretty easy to use and figure out the buttons and such. I need it to film family gatherings, especially over the holidays, so I bought it on sale over Black Friday. It was supposed to just stand on my tri-pod and film. When I charged the battery pack, it would not charge. Left it for an hour, then two and so on. Left it for days to charge, and the battery pack would not charge. The camcorder did film, so the item itself was not defective and when I looked at the hours footage, it all came out beautifully. But, the camcorder filmed plugged into the wall outlet. I had to really find spots where I could find a wall outlet to get my shots and I could not film all over the house as I wanted to. So, I had to exchange for a different one. I am sure that the battery pack was defective, but I decided to try another brand anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Camera is just OK, software is a nightmare

    Posted
    msh305
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    I bought this camera to replace a HD Panasonic that had a faulty auto-focus. The camera is very lightweght and works like any other video camera. I didn't like the manual lens cover, I prefer the automatic kind but of course that costs more $$$. The camera operates fine, but I found the video screen lacking in brightness and color. My biggest complaint is when I went to download my videos to my computer, the software seemed to download my videos just fine but I couldn't get them to playback. After spending about an hour with the software download instructions, I finally gave up. Mind you, this is my third video camera (Sony, Panasonic) so I'm used to working with the software. I found this software totally unworkable. If you just want to playback on the video screen or maybe with an HDMI hookup to your TV, you may be OK buying this camera. But if you want to download and edit, forget it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great, cheap camcorder, but not without flaws.

    Posted
    DCW1999
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    This is a great camcorder for anyone pursuing a hobby in filming and the like on a small scale. The video can be taken in a variety of qualities, and its durable and portable (I would know, it held up during a two week trip in Iceland). There are some problems with it, though. The camera function is poor in that the photo quality is bad, the video quality plummets with a negligible change in light, and the camera shutter (in mine at least) can get stuck, as it is manual, though this does not happen often. I would definitely recommend getting this camcorder to any beginners in filming, though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good but need work

    Posted
    videomAN
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    I was seeking a camcorder that we could use to record and live stream our videos. while it can do many of the things, it can only do them one at a time. You will need to download the manual to use it. First you can not use the wifi and record at the same time. I wanted a camcorder which I could clean output hdmi, mic in , and record which it did. But the remote function is not available while doing this. Other camcorders have the mic in and HDMI out on the back. This has it on the side which blocks the lcd display. If you are looking for a camcorder with a lot of features this will meet your needs, but it is NOT user friendly, and the wifi is useless

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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