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Canon VIXIA HF R300

High-definition camcorder

3 Reviews

Item # 280HFR300

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Our take on the Canon VIXIA HF R300

A deep blue sky sets off the flowered trellis down by the lake's edge. The minister is just about to say, "You may now kiss the bride." You're 60 feet back from the action in a folding chair, and yet the shot in your Canon VIXIA HF R300's display tells you everything about the happiness the bride is feeling at this moment. With a 51X advanced zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, you're as close as the maid of honor, and probably a lot less shaky.

The Canon VIXIA HF R300

The Canon VIXIA HF R300 gets you in close to the action

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A deep blue sky sets off the flowered trellis down by the lake's edge. The minister is just about to say, "You may now kiss the bride." You're 60 feet back from the action in a folding chair, and yet the shot in your Canon VIXIA HF R300's display tells you everything about the happiness the bride is feeling at this moment. With a 51X advanced zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, you're as close as the maid of honor, and probably a lot less shaky.

Life presents us with lots of moments we'd like to document, and even more moments where our location isn't exactly the front row. The R300 makes short work of these challenges. Between its lens' long reach and its impressive performance in low light, this camcorder has the feature set to tackle tough assignments.

The R300 features a generous 3-inch touchscreen for intuitive control and focusing

The R300 features a generous 3-inch touchscreen for intuitive control and focusing

Make the video your own

Add a touch of your own personality to the celebration: On-board "story creation" software aids you in planning your shots, telling you when you need a close-up or a wide shot, and even how long the shot should be. Cinema-Look filters make your footage look old-timey, or vivid, or '70s-style nostalgic. And the Touch Decoration feature lets you add your own "fingerpainting" with clip-art elements and animated effects, all by way of the touchscreen LCD display.

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This camera takes readily available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. You can swap in a new card in seconds if you fill one up, although one 64GB SDXC card (not supplied) will hold almost 34 hours of standard-definition video at the LP quality setting or almost 24-1/2 hours of high-definition video. That's awfully handy when the day is full of once-in-a-lifetime events.

    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video and photos onto available SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards no memory included with this camcorder
    • maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080
    • 1/4.85-inch (5.24mm) CMOS sensor shoots at a full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • advanced DIGIC DV III image processor
    • 32X optical zoom lens (51X Advanced zoom, 1020X digital)
    • 3" touch-panel widescreen LCD (230K dots)
    • four image stabilization systems optimize image in different shooting situations: Dynamic IS, Macro IS, Powered IS, and Tripod Mode IS
    • Cinema-Look Filter offers seven different built-in filters for creative looks
    • Touch & Track allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject
    • selectable 24p Cinema Mode for more filmlike video
    • record in 24mbps AVCHD for best quality, or in no-fuss MP4 for fast and easy uploading to sharing sites
    • Story Creator provides a list of suggested scenes that have shooting tips so you can create your own productions
    • Touch Decoration lets you add a variety of images and animations to your videos
    • Smart Auto Mode chooses setting from up to 38 preset scenes, including portrait, sports, night scene, telemacro, beach, snow, and sunset
    • includes Pixela Transfer Utility software
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
    • mini HDMI and component video outputs for connection to an HDTV (cables included)
    • microphone and headphone jacks
    • comes with an AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery (BP-709)
    • 2-1/8"W x 2-1/4"H x 4-1/2"D
    • weight: 8.8 oz. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Flash memory camcorder (black)
    • BP-709 Lithium-Ion battery (3.6V/895mAh/3.3Wh)
    • CA-110 AC Power adapter with attached 68" DC output cord (DC output: 5.3V/1.5A)
    • 5' HDMI cable (with full-size HDMI plug on one end and a mini-HDMI plug on the other end)
    • 2' USB cable with Mini USB Ver.2.0 connector on one end and Type-A USB connector on other end
    • Stylus Pen
    • Pixela Transfer Utility Ver.2.0 disc
    • VIXIA Software/Instruction Manual Disc
    • Quick Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Transfer Utility Startup Guide (En/Fr/Sp/+4 others)
    • Register Now card
    • Limited Warranty card

    I've only used this camera a couple of times but so far I love it!

    Jsimpson, Tampa,fl


    Canon VIXIA HF R300 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (3 Reviews)

    Best bang for the buck!

    Jsimpson from Tampa,fl on 11/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only used this camera a couple of times but so far I love it!

    Pros: Small, light weight, awesome zoom

    Cons: Included software is a joke. It has snap shot editing and NO video editing. Lens cover is manual, so I tend to forget about opening or shutting it

    A teacher's dream come true

    Steve M High School Teacher from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 5/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm looking for a camera with an an external mike jack. For most school situations, the introductory camera is the Sanyo dual camera with the photo and movie buttons in the back. But Sanyo doesn't have a jack for an external mike and the image density of the 2Megapixels photo is not adequate for real shooting. Excellent for starting a class, but then the students want a better camera, AND THIS CANON IS IT. Good corded mike (I found one at bhphotovideo Audio-Technica ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Video/Recording Microphone ) and you are set. I use this camera mostily in classrooms so the one-hour duration of the battery is not an issue, but getting a second battery is a good idea. If you have experience in the classroom with these sorts of cameras, please communicate with me. I have a blog about tech for classes and I'd like to share other people's experiences. Thanks, canon and thanks Crutchfield! Crutchfield introduced me to this camera and I'm glad I am on the email list. It reminds me to turn to you for my classroom video needs.

    Pros: external mike strong digital zoom it's a canon!

    Cons: I prefer MP4 format.

    Canon Vixia HF R300

    Sandy from Indianapolis Indiana on 4/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my first purchase from your company and it will not be my last. Dolly was very friendly and answered all my questions. The camera so far works perfectly. I got it to use on vacation next month so I haven't done more than test the features and put in the memory card. Your company also had the best price. I look forward to many future purchaces.

    Pros: Great service

    Cons: None yet.


    Hands-on research

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    General Features
    Video Camcorder Features
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Battery Information
    Inputs And Outputs
    Included Software

    General Features

    Overview: The Canon VIXIA HF R300 Flash Memory camcorder shoots high definition video or digital photos that can be stored on optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory Cards. You can store nearly 3 hours of HD video at the highest resolution on an inserted 32 GB memory card. SD cards rated at Speed Class 4, 6, or 10 are recommended.

    Image Sensor: The HF R300 features a 1/4.85", Full HD CMOS image sensor with 3.28 Megapixels for true 1920 x 1080 resolution.

    3" Widescreen Touch Panel LCD: The HF R300 features a 3" TFT color widescreen LCD touch screen (230,000 dots) 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 Screen's frame contains zoom, playback and menu controls for added convenience.

    Note: There is no additional viewfinder on this camcorder.

    Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) for high-quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in the MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications. Audio is recorded in Dolby Digital 2-channel, using the built-in microphone. Still photos are recorded at a fixed resolution of 1920 x 1080 in JPEG format.

    DIGIC DV III: DIGIC DV III, Canon's advanced HD image processor, delivers enhanced image quality, true color production for both video and photos, and a sophisticated noise reduction system for exceptional low-light performance. Its high-speed engine powers a variety of Canon technologies, such as the Genuine Canon Face Detection and Advanced Auto Exposure system. DIGIC DV III allows continuous shooting of digital photos, faster processing to the memory, as well as lower power consumption for longer battery life.

    Genuine Canon Video Lens: The HF R300 comes with a Genuine Canon 32x HD video lens (35mm equivalent: 38.5 - 1232mm) with a 51x Advanced zoom and a digital zoom that extends the total zoom to 1020x.

    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.

    Optical Image Stabilizer: The HF R300 has an Optical Image Stabilizer system to compensate for camera shake. The Image Stabilization system provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range, plus extra compensation at wide-angle focal lengths. A Powered IS function is most effective when you are stationary and zooming in on far subjects using high zoom ratios. You can select the degree of compensation:

    • Dynamic: Highest degree of compensation; most effective at wide angle zoom
    • Standard: Compensates for a lower degree of camera shake
    • Off: No compensation applied. Recommended when camera is on a tripod.

    x.v.Color: The camcorder can be set to x.v.Color to record video that uses a color space with an extended gamut to achieve deeper colors, closer to real life. Video recorded with x.v.Color can only be played back properly on HDTVs compatible with x.v.Color via an HDMI cable.

    Video Snapshot: The camcorder's Video Snapshot mode lets you shoot a series of short video clips, then combines them with a pre-recorded music track or your own favorite music track, to create an entertaining movie. You can select the length of the video snapshot scenes: 2 sec, 4 sec or 8 sec.

    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 R300 features several exposure modes, each depending upon how much control you have over recording-related settings:

    • Smart Auto: The Smart Auto setting automatically selects the best settings for the scene you want to shoot. You get spectacular recordings every time without worrying about the settings.
    • Programmed AE: The camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.
    • Cinema Mode: The Cinema Mode gives your recordings a cinematic look. You can select a 24fps progressive frame rate to enhance the effect.
    • Special Scene Recording Modes: The camcorder features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match special conditions: Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, and Fireworks.

    White Balance: The camcorder's 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: the camcorder automatically sets the white balance for natural looking colors
    • Daylight: to record outdoors on a bright day
    • Tungsten: to recording under tungsten and tungsten-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
    • Custom WB: use the custom white balance setting to make white subjects appear white under colored lighting.

    Cinema-Look Filters: The HF R300 allows you to record with the following cinema-look filters: Cinema Standard, Vivid, Cool, Nostalgic, Sepia, Old Movies, and Dramatic B&W.

    Digital Effects: When shooting videos, you can select a fade or wipe to begin and end a scene. The fader can be activated only one time, or every time you start/stop recording.

    Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start recording after a 10-second countdown. When using the wireless remote control, the delay is two seconds.

    Video Camcorder Features

    Recording Modes: The camcorder offers five video recording modes for AVCHD (MXP, FXP, XP+, SP and LP), and two for MP4 movies (9 Mbps and 4 Mbps). You can capture the following video recording times using these modes:

    Memory Card Size AVCHD Recording Mode
    1920 x 1080 (16:9) 1440 x 1080 (4:3)
    24 Mbps
    17 Mbps
    12 Mbps
    7 Mbps
    5 Mbps
    4 GB 20 min 30 min 40 min 1 hr 10 min 1 hr 30 min
    8 GB 40 min 1 hr 1 hr 25 min 2 hrs 20 min 3 hrs
    16 GB 1 hr 25 min 2 hrs 5 min 2 hrs 50 min 4 hrs 45 min 6 hrs 5 min
    32 GB 2 hrs 55 min 4 hrs 10 min 5 hrs 45 min 9 hrs 35 min 12 hrs 15 min
    Memory Card Size MP4 Recording Mode
    1280 x 720
    9 Mbps 4 Mbps
    4 GB 55 min 2 hr 5 min
    8 GB 1 hr 50 min 4 hrs 10 min
    16 GB 3 hrs 50 min 8 hrs 25 min
    32 GB 7 hrs 40 min 16 hrs 55 min

    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.

    Wind Screen: The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording outdoors when Wind Screen is turned to "Automatic."

    Microphone: The HF R300 has a built-in stereo electret condenser microphone. In addition, there is a 3.5mm stereo minijack for adding an optional microphone.

    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 or 1/4x) in either direction, and Frame-by-Frame Playback. During these playback modes there is no sound.

    Video Snapshots/Photos From Recorded Movies: You can record video snapshot scenes and still photos from a recorded movie. The size of the captured photos will be 1920 x 1080.

    Story Creator:  Story Creator is a helpful function that offers suggestions for typical scenes in a number of situations. With Story Creator, creating interesting video stories is as easy as selecting one of the story themes, such as Travel, Party, or Kids & Pets, and following the suggested categories to record video. During playback, you can select your story from the gallery to play back the scenes you recorded as a single, compelling video story.

    Digital Still Camera Features

    Still Image Recording: The HF R300 flash memory camcorder is also a high performance digital camera capable of capturing stunning photos onto an optional SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card. Photos are recorded at 1920 x 1080 only. The number of still images that can be recorded on a 1 GB SD memory card is approximately 670.

    Viewing Still Images: There are 3 ways to view still images: Single image, Slide show (one after the other automatically in order of recording), or Index screen showing 6 images or 15 images at once.

    Battery Information

    Lithium-Ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF R300 comes supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-709). Optional batteries are available, such as the BP-718 or BP-727. The camcorder also comes supplied with an AC power adapter and charger (CA-110). The battery recording and playback times are as follows:

    Battery Pack Function Performance
    BP-709 Maximum Rec 50-55 min
    Typical Rec 25 min
    Playback 75-80 min
    BP-718 Maximum Rec 115-120 min
    Typical Rec 65 min
    Playback 170-180 min
    BP-727 Maximum Rec 170-185 min
    Typical Rec 95-100 min
    Playback 255-275 min

    Note: The times above vary depending upon the recording mode.

    Charging Times: The BP-709 battery charges in 170 minutes when charging through the camcorder with the supplied AC adapter. The charging time for the optional BP-718 is 310 minutes, while the BP-727 charges is 450 minutes.

    Auto Power Off: After 5 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.

    Inputs And Outputs

    HDMI Output: The HF R300 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. It is also compatible with x.v.color. A 59" HDMI cable is included.

    AV Output: The camcorder features an AV output to playback audio and video on your television using the supplied STV-250N 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 (selectable in the menu). 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 R300 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an external microphone, such as the Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.

    Included Software

    Included Software: The Canon HF R300 camcorder comes supplied with two CD-ROM application discs: PIXELA Transfer Utility Ver.2.0, and the VIXIA Disc with ImageBrowser EX, Music Data, and Image Mix Data programs:

    • Transfer Utility: Transfer Utility offers basic options for saving AVCHD movies on the computer, uploading movies to the web, transferring previously saved movies back to the camcorder's memory card, and transferring music files to a memory card. Transfer Utility is only compatible with Windows Operating Systems.
    • ImageBrowser EX: ImageBrowser EX lets you save MP4 movies and photos to your computer and easily organize them. Compatible with Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3), as well as Mac OS X v10.6.
    • Music Data: Music files that can be used as background music during playback.
    • Image Mix Data: Image files that can be used with the image mix function.

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    Staff Reviews

    Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

    Nice mid-range camcorder

    Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 5/4/2012 10:50:00 AM

    The HF R300 is a nice, compact camcorder that falls between the smartphone camera and a full-blown high-end camcorder. If your videographer skills are at the point where you feel that your smartphone's limitations are holding you back, this might be the solution.

    I found the HF R300 easy to use right out of the box, and it's very light and compact. One word of caution, though. It's pretty insistent about having a memory card inserted. Without it, the lens cover wouldn't even open. A little inconvenient for testing, but a good feature in the real world — there's no danger of you shooting all day then discovering that nothing was saved.

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