Inputs And Outputs
3.0" Widescreen LCD Touch Screen: The Canon VIXIA HF
R500 features a 3.0" Capacitive Touch Panel LCD screen (230,000
pixels) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The capacitive touch
technology is similar to that on a smartphone, and lets you activate functions
by a simple touch. The LCD screen can be rotated 270° allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen
during shooting. 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 R500 camcorder captures video and still-images onto
optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
(sold separately) with a Speed Class rating of 4 and up. Class 6 or 10 SD cards 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. You can choose 60 fields per second or 30 frames per second in
AVCHD, and 30 or 20 frames per second for MP4 movies. 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)
Image Sensor: The HF R500 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 R500 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 R500 comes with a
Genuine Canon HD video lens with a 32x Optical
zoom, 57x Advanced zoom, and 1140x 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.
Intelligent IS: The Intelligent
IS (image stabilization) system analyzes the shooting situation, then
automatically switches to the best of the four image stabilization methods for
- Dynamic IS: corrects minor movement and shaking caused
by walking while shooting
- Macro IS: excellent for close-ups
- Powered IS: corrects camera shake when you're zoomed in
for telephoto shots
- Tripod Mode: turns off image stabilization when the
camcorder is stationary
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.
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
by touching the subject on the touch screen.
Exposure Modes: The HF R500 features several auto exposure
modes, plus a manual exposure adjustment for scenes that appear underexposed or
overexposed. The available exposure modes include:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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, and Slow Playback (1/8x, 1/4x) in either direction.
During these playback modes there is no sound.
Li-ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF R500 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 R500 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 Mini-B 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 R500 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an
external microphone, such as the optional
WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.
Downloadable Software: The Canon HF R500
camcorder comes with no software. The following software is available for
download from the Canon and Pixela websites (URLs provided in the Operating
- Image Browser EX: Used for saving MP4 movies and photos to your
computer and organize them. (compatible with Windows and Mac OS)
- 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. (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.