Canon VIXIA HF R800 Portable LCD Video Camcorder

Last updated date: June 9, 2020

DWYM Score
8.7

Canon VIXIA HF R800 Portable LCD Video Camcorder

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 27 expert reviews, the Canon Canon VIXIA HF R800 Portable LCD Video Camcorder placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
798 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Right out of the box, Canon’s VIXIA HF R800 camcorder bundle will have you ready to film anything and everything. From cute home videos and graduation ceremonies to those precious dance recitals you’ll never want to forget, Canon’s 57x Advanced Zoom will guarantee you can get the money shot even if you’re stuck in the back rows of the high school gym.
- Family Vacation Critic
In addition to capturing HD 1920 x 1080 footage, you’ll enjoy the enhanced brightness and visual quality from the R800’s DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor which captures more light, eliminating noise from even the darkest scenes. At 8.5 ounces, the camera’s body fits snugly in your hand, and the 3-inch LCD touchscreen offers an easy-to-read, user-friendly interface.
- Lifewire
This compact full HD camcorder is lightweight at just a little over 10 ounces even with its battery pack.
- Epfilms TV
What experts didn't like
Noisy footage in darker settings.
- Lifewire

From The Manufacturer

Capture your family’s most precious memories with the VIXIA HF R800 camcorder. Thanks to its powerful zoom, you can record moments near, far and in between. Exciting new features include Highlight Priority mode with backlight correction to help you get the best shots you can, and improved slow and fast recording options that let you experiment with different ways to record. The lightweight package of the VIXIA HF R800 means you can keep it on hand to record whatever you want, whenever you want, to removable SD cards that provide quick and convenient sharing. Easy to use and bring with you, pick up the VIXIA HF R800 and start making memories.

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An Overview On Camcorders

Sure, you can shoot video with your smartphone, but if you want high-quality footage that you can watch on a larger screen, you need a camcorder. Today’s video cameras pack in plenty of features that make it easy to get your videos to your other devices, while also being portable and easy to use.

But the problem is, there are so many camcorders on the market, it can be tough to narrow it down to one. What you need will likely be different from what another customer needs, so you have to narrow it down to the one that best checks off all the boxes on your “must-have” list.

The first thing to look at is how you’ll be using your camcorder. If your goal is to capture your family vacations and your children’s best moments, the camcorder you choose may be different from one chosen by someone who is shooting independent features to post online or building a successful YouTube channel. But there are some basic features that can help no matter what you’ll be using your camera to do.

Audio varies in quality from one camera to another. You may not need the highest-quality audio, at which point the quality of the built-in mic won’t be as big a deal. However, if you’re showcasing your singing talents on YouTube or shooting a great indie feature you hope will get you discovered, the microphone is essential. Look for a camera that has a high-quality microphone, typically found in the form of a large microphone you can see mounted on the camera itself.

But perhaps the most important feature in a camcorder is the quality of the video it records. This is particularly important if you’ll be hooking your camera up to a big-screen TV or a computer to display on a large monitor. A camera that provides 1080P high-definition video recording will ensure you have the quality you expect.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before video cameras made their way to the consumer market, they were found primarily on the shoulders of television news videographers. These were large and heavy and required a nearby truck filled with equipment to get the necessary footage. Things began to change in 1963 when the Ampex VR-1500 debuted. At a price of $30,000 and weighing around 100 pounds, though, it didn’t exactly take off. Sony debuted the first portable video camera in 1967, using a reel-to-reel system to capture black-and-white video. The market changed again in 1980 when Jerome Lemelson patented the first camcorder, a truly portable device, and soon big brands were coming up with their own portable video recorders.

The Camcorder Buying Guide

  • How will you get your video from your camcorder to your computer or TV? Make sure you have HDMI and USB cables on hand before you’re ready to view the video you’ve shot.
  • The length of the zoom is an often overlooked, but very important, feature on a webcam. Having a longer zoom will give you the ability to capture a faraway object without sacrificing quality.
  • Camcorders typically run on batteries, but those batteries will have a limited runtime. Check to see how much video you’ll be able to record on a fully-charged battery to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
  • Some webcams allow you to expand your battery’s lifespan by purchasing a higher-capacity battery and swapping it for the one that came with the camera. Pay attention to this option and make sure there are batteries available that will give you the runtime you think you’ll need.
  • Some cameras also come with a backup battery that you can take along with you. Just switch out the battery when the first one runs out and keep going.
  • Anti-shake technology keeps your footage steady even when you don’t have your camera on a steady surface. This can keep you from hauling a tripod around, as well as supporting you when you’re shooting while in motion.
  • If you feel like you might use your camera to capture still photos, make sure the camera you choose supports that feature.
  • The weight of the camcorder also comes into play. Whether you’re taking it along on vacation or you’re shooting a movie with your friends, a weightier camera can cause fatigue after a while.
  • Camcorders usually don’t come with flashes, which means if you’re shooting in low light, you may find that video quality suffers. A camera with night vision can free you up to shoot at night or in dimly-lit rooms.