Inputs And Outputs
3.0" Widescreen LCD Touch Screen: The Canon VIXIA HF
R42 features a 3.0" TFT, color widescreen LCD
touch screen (230,000
pixels) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets
you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV
will display later. You can rotate the LCD screen 270° allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen. The
LCD screen also features an adjustable brightness control. The LCD's touch
screen contains zoom, playback and menu controls
for added convenience.
Note: This camcorder does not feature a separate viewfinder.
Recording Media: The Canon HF R42 camcorder captures video and still-images onto
its built-in 32 GB flash memory or
optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
(sold separately). Cards with a speed rating of Class 6 or 10 are recommended
for recording movies with a video quality of 60P or 35Mbps. There are no memory
cards included with the camcorder.
Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies in AVCHD
(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) video compression format with Dolby Digital 2-channel audio,
ideal for playback with highest picture quality, or easy-to-share MP-4 with AAC
2-channel audio. Still photos are recorded with JPEG
image compression. Recording options include:
- 60P: 1920 x 1080
- MXP: 1920 x 1080
- FXP: 1920 x 1080
- LP: 1440 x 1080
- 35 Mbps: 1920 x 1080
- 24 Mbps: 1920 x 1080
- 17 Mbps: 1920 x 1080
- 4 Mbps: 1280 x 720
- Still Photos:
- 1920 x 1080
- 1280 x 720 (MP 4 movies at 4 Mbps)
- 1920 x 1080 (photos captured from video)
Dual Recording: The Dual Recording function allows you to
record a movie in AVCHD for watching on an HDTV and simultaneously record the
same scene in the MP4 format for sharing or uploading. The MP4 movie is saved on
the memory not currently selected for recording. Movies in the highest
resolution (60P and 35 Mbps) are not available for Dual Recording.
Image Sensor: The HF R42 features a 1/4.85" CMOS image sensor
with approximately 3,280,000 gross pixels for excellent detail and
clarity when recording video and exceptional digital still photography performance. The effective pixel count is
approximately 2,070,000 for movies and still images.
DIGIC DV 4: The HF R42 is equipped with the DIGIC DV 4, Canon's
new HD image processor. It captures more light than its predecessor DV III, for
brighter, cleaner images. It also features increased processing power for better
image stabilization, even when walking.
Genuine Canon Video Lens: The HF R42 comes with a
Genuine Canon HD video lens with a 32x Optical
zoom, 53x Advanced zoom, and 1060x total digital zoom.
Zoom Speed: The zoom speed can be set to variable or one of
three fixed speeds. In the variable position, the zoom speed depends on how
far you push the lever. The purpose of the three fixed zoom speeds is a
smoother zoom transition, at your choice of speeds.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The HF R42 is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi
for wirelessly sharing your movies and images with your friends and family. You
can upload images and video to various Social Networking sites through the Canon
Image Gateway online photo album, or send them to a PC (connected via an access
point) for storage. With the free Camera Access App, you can enjoy live
streaming and remote operation on an iOS or Android device. The Movie Uploader
App from Pixela lets you view, save, or upload your movies to a iOS device. Most
of the Wi-Fi features are compatible with iOS 5/6 devices, including iPhone 4S,
iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3rd, and iPod touch 4th/5th generation. Remote Browsing
is also compatible with select Android devices running version 4.0 and up.
Dynamic Image Stabilizer: Dynamic Image Stabilizer (Dynamic
IS) provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a
broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide angle focal lengths
to eliminate unwanted vibration that is common when walking. You can select
Dynamic or Standard image stabilization, depending upon the degree of camcorder
shake, or Off when using a tripod.
Video Snapshot: The camcorder's Video Snapshot mode lets you shoot a series of short video clips
of 2, 4, or 8 seconds, then combines them with a pre-recorded music track or your own favorite
music track, to create an entertaining movie.
Focus Assistance: The Focus Assist feature provides a 2x magnification of your subject in the LCD monitor before you start recording. When recording begins, the Focus
Assist is canceled.
Face Detection: The camcorder can automatically detect people's faces and use this information to adjust the focus and set the best exposure and color
control settings for beautiful videos and photos. When there are a number of people in the picture, one person will be determined to be the main subject. You can also select the main subject manually.
Exposure Modes: The HF R42 features several auto exposure
modes, plus a manual exposure adjustment for scenes that appear underexposed or
overexposed. The available exposure modes include:
- Baby Mode: Baby Mode lets you record your baby's
milestone moments with settings optimized for baby's skin. You can also add
a stamp to the video to show how much time has passed since the baby was
- AUTO Mode: You can take videos and photos easily, by
letting the camcorder automatically adjust settings based on the recording
situation. Some functions are not available during AUTO mode.
- Programmed AE: The camcorder automatically adjusts the
aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject,
while you are able to adjust the other settings.
- Cinema Mode: The camcorder
will adjust the frame rate to give your recordings a cinematic look. You can
also apply a variety of cinema-look filters to create movies with a unique
- Special Scene Recording
Modes: The Special Scene modes adjust the camera settings according to
the scene. You can select Portrait, Sports, Night Scene, Snow, Beach,
Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks, or Low Light.
- Programmed AE Mode: This mode gives you the most
control while shooting. The camcorder automatically adjusts the shutter
speed and aperture, while you control other settings to achieve the desired
White Balance: The white balance system
helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. You can choose from the following modes:
Automatic, Daylight, Tungsten, and Custom WB.
Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start
recording after a 10-second countdown.
Level And Grid Markers: Capturing level, well-composed shots
is simple with the HF R42. Line up the horizon or other horizontal lines with
the Level Marker in the viewfinder for level landscapes. Or, use the Grid Marker
to help compose the perfect shot. Both markers can be set to white or gray for
enhanced visibility, no matter what the background.
Pre-Recording: When Pre-Recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording video continuously into a temporary 3-second memory. When you press the Start/Stop button, the scene
recorded will have started 3 seconds before you started shooting. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording.
Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so
you can review the soundtrack as well as the picture when you're using the LCD
screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.
Playback Functions: The camera uses the following
special playback modes: Fast Playback (5x, 15x or 60x) in either direction, Slow Playback (1/8x, 1/4x) in either direction, and Frame-by-Frame Playback (approx 0.5 sec).
During these playback modes there is no sound.
Li-ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF R42 comes supplied
with a rechargeable BP-718 Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1790 mAh, 6.5 Wh). If
you desire a spare battery, you can purchase another
BP-718, or the larger capacity
BP-727 battery. The camcorder also comes
supplied with an AC power adapter and charger (CA-110). The battery recording and playback times are as follows:
||Battery Life by Recording Format
Charging Times: The BP-718 battery charges in 335 minutes
when charging through the camcorder with the supplied AC adapter. The charging
time is 220 minutes when using an optional CG-700 battery charger. The optional
BP-727 battery charges in 465 min in the camcorder, and in 315 min in the CG-700
Auto Power Off: After 3 minutes without any operation when
powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30
seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message
appears in the display.
Quick Start: When you close the LCD panel with the camcorder
on, the camcorder enters the standby mode. In standby mode, the camcorder
consumes only about 1/3 the power used when recording, saving energy when you
are using the battery pack. When you open the LCD panel, the camcorder is ready
to start recording in approximately 1 second, allowing you to immediately record
Inputs And Outputs
HDMI Output: The HF R42 features a mini-HDMI (Type C) terminal that offers a high-quality digital connection that combines audio and video in a single convenient cable. The HDMI
port is compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), allowing you in
many cases to control the camcorder with the remote control of the connected TV.
Note: An HTC-100 HDMI cable is included with the camcorder.
AV Output: The camcorder features an AV
output to playback audio and video on your television using the optional
composite video/stereo audio RCA cable. You can select between a 4:3 aspect ratio
or a 16:9 aspect ratio for the video out based on your television's aspect
ratio. The AV Output also doubles as a headphone output. The built-in speaker will be muted when headphones or the AV cable are plugged in.
USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 High Speed terminal for fast transfer of
photos and videos.
Microphone Input: In addition to the camcorder's built-in
microphone, the HF R42 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an
external microphone, such as the optional
WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.
Included Software: The Canon HF R42
camcorder comes supplied with a VIXIA CD-ROM disc that includes the following
- Image Browser EX: Used for saving MP4 movies and photos to your
computer and organize them. (compatible with Windows and Mac OS)
- Music Data: Music files that can be used as background music
- Image Mix Data: Image files that can be used to mix with live
video for the image mix function
- Full Instruction Manual
Transfer Utility LE: This software is needed to save AVCHD movies. It
is not included with the camcorder, but can be downloaded from the Pixela
website. It is compatible with Windows OS only.
Picture Transfer Protocol: The camcorder is equipped with the standard
Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), which allows you to transfer JPEG photos by
simply connecting the camcorder to a computer via the supplied USB cable. No
software is needed.