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Canon VIXIA HF R50

HD Camcorder with 32X optical zoom and Wi-Fi®

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Life is made up of watershed moments: baby's first steps, weddings, recitals, sporting events and more. Sometimes friends and family just can't be there for the big event, and that's where the Canon VIXIA HF R50 comes in. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you capture those "you-had-to-be-there" times and share them instantly. Live stream to your compatible Android™ or iOS® device or send files to your computer for a quick edit before posting to social media. Far-away relatives never have to miss a thing.

Share life's special moments via Wi-Fi

Life is made up of watershed moments: baby's first steps, weddings, recitals, sporting events and more. Sometimes friends and family just can't be there for the big event, and that's where the Canon VIXIA HF R50 comes in. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you capture those "you-had-to-be-there" times and share them instantly. Live stream to your compatible Android™ or iOS® device or send files to your computer for a quick edit before posting to social media. Far-away relatives never have to miss a thing.

The R50's Wi-Fi connection also allows you to use your mobile device as a remote control, so you can set it up on a tripod in the ideal spot, then go back to your seat to enjoy the show. You can start and stop recording, and even scan a 200-degree radius with the help of Canon's optional CT-V1 camera pan table. Just download Canon's CameraAccess Plus app and your compatible mobile device becomes a highly functional remote control center.

Hours of video in a small package

The R50 can record up to three hours of good quality video on its internal 8GB hard drive, so you're always ready to go long at a moment's notice. Supplement that internal memory with one or more removable SD cards and you'll have hours of high-definition recording time for longer events, like vacations. Purchase an extra BP-718 battery and you can keep shooting while your first battery recharges.

Advanced Baby Mode

Canon VIXIA HF R50

Advanced Baby Mode helps you capture precious moments.

Babies grow up fast, and even with a camcorder near to hand, memorable moments can slip by unrecorded. Nobody wants to be fumbling for the right settings while baby is crawling, talking or smearing frosting on his face for the first time. Canon's Advanced Baby Mode takes the guesswork out of kid vids with an array of impressive features that you can use instantly without advanced technical knowledge.

  • Custom Baby Mode button on the shooting screen lets you grab it and go when a great moment happens.
  • Continuously records three seconds of video to buffer memory before you even press the record button, so you won't miss a thing.
  • The camera auto-selects the optimal settings for your shooting conditions.
  • Intelligent image stabilization smooths out any unwanted tremors.
  • Baby Mode videos are indexed and saved in a separate folder for easy retrieval.
  • Save separate files for as many as three children in the onboard baby album.
  • Touch Decoration tags photos with your baby's age, height, weight and other vital information so you never forget the details.

Why leave anything to chance? The Canon VIXIA HF R50 is ready to help you catch every special moment.

Product Highlights:

  • records to 8 GB internal flash drive or optional SD memory card
  • 32X optical zoom (digital zoom to 1140X)
  • 2.07 effective megapixel CMOS sensor
  • built-in optical and electronic image stabilization
  • 3" capacitive color LCD touch panel widescreen (Approx. 230,000 dots)
  • DIGIC DV 4 image processor helps provide excellent low-light performance
Built-in Wi-Fi:
  • allows you to easily share images and video
  • live-stream and record video on your compatible mobile device
  • control your camcorder from a remote location
Specialized shooting modes:
  • Advanced Baby Mode helps you capture your baby's daily growth with ease
  • Cinema Mode lets you play filmmaker with settings for vivid colors, sepia tones, dramatic black and white, and more
  • additional shooting modes: Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks

What's in the Box:

  • Flash memory camcorder (black)
  • BP-718 Lithium-Ion battery (3.6V 1790mAh 6.5Wh)
  • 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-B USB 2.0 connector on one end and Type-A USB connector on other end)
  • Getting Started booklet (Eng)
  • Started booklet (Span)
  • Started booklet (Fren)
  • Transfer Utility LE Startup Guide (En/Fr/Sp/+6 others)
  • Register Now card
  • Limited Warranty card

I got this for my son, who really likes it. He has transferred quite a bit of footage to iMovie and has made a bunch of shorts. The camera does a great job of pulling out exposure in low-light situations, and has pretty decent audio as well. Camera shake is minimal for a small camera like this.

Skip, Clinton, AR


Canon VIXIA HF R50 Reviews

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Canon VIXIA HF R50

Skip from Clinton, AR on 10/17/2016

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I got this for my son, who really likes it. He has transferred quite a bit of footage to iMovie and has made a bunch of shorts. The camera does a great job of pulling out exposure in low-light situations, and has pretty decent audio as well. Camera shake is minimal for a small camera like this.

Pros: Easy to transport and use. Easy to figure out functions. Nice video quality and audio.

Cons: A bit small for me to handle, but my son finds it just right.


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Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size (inches) 3.0
Viewfinder None
Total Pixel Count 3,280,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video 2,070,000
4K Video ---
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Manual Focusing Yes
Filter Diameter N/A
Optical Zoom 32 x
Digital Zoom 35.625 x
Night Imaging Low Light Mode
Image Stabilization Optical
Built-in Video Light No
Built-in Memory 8 GB Flash Memory
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 110 min
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills 2,070,000
Built-in Photo Flash No
Still Image Aspect Ratios 16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output Mini
Mic Input 3.5mm
Weight With Battery (ounces) 9.6
Width (inches) 2-7/16
Height (inches) 2-1/4
Depth (inches) 5-3/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Image Sensor Warranty 90 Days

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Battery Information
Inputs And Outputs


3.0" Widescreen LCD Touch Screen: The Canon VIXIA HF R50 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 R50 camcorder captures video and still-images onto its built-in 8 GB flash memory, or 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:

  • AVCHD:
    • 60P: 1920 x 1080
    • MXP: 1920 x 1080
    • FXP: 1920 x 1080
    • LP: 1440 x 1080
  • MP-4:
    • 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 and Relay Recording: You can set the HF R50 to record movies in both AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously, in separate memory locations (Dual Recording). This allows you to use one recording (AVCHD) for viewing and the other (MP4) for transferring to another device or uploading to the Web. In addition, if the assigned memory becomes full while recording, the recording will continue automatically on the other memory (Relay Recording).

Converting Movies: You can convert AVCHD movies stored in the built-in memory into MP4 movies. MP4 movies can also be converted to smaller MP4 movies for for uploading to the Web. After the movies are converted, they are saved to the memory card.

Image Sensor: The HF R50 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 R50 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 R50 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 the situation:

  • 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

Built-in Wi-Fi: The HF R50 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 plus 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 an 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.

External Hard Drive: You can use a commercially-available external hard drive to save movies and photos directly from the camcorder. If the USB cable supplied with the external hard drive has a Type A connector, you will need the optional UA-100 USB adapter (Female Type A-to-Mini B USB). While connected to the external hard drive, the camcorder can be used to playback recordings stored on the hard drive.

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 R50 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 born.
  • 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 appearance.

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.

Battery Information

Li-ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF R50 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:

Usage Time Battery Battery Life by Recording Format
BP-718 95-110 min 95-125 min
BP-727 150-170 min 150-190 min
BP-718 55-60 min 60-70 min
BP-727 85-95 min 85-105 min
Playback BP-718 160-175 min 160-185 min
BP-727 240-270 min 240-285 min

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 charger.

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 your subject.

Inputs And Outputs

HDMI Output: The HF R50 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 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. 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 R50 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an external microphone, such as the optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.


Downloadable Software: The Canon HF R50 camcorder comes with no software. The following software is available for download from the Canon and Pixela websites (URLs provided in the Operating Manual):

  • 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.

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