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Canon VIXIA HF R600

HD camcorder with 32X optical zoom (Black)

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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 R600 comes in. Just grab your camera and start recording. Afterward, you can review the footage, edit it if you like, and upload it to the web through the included USB cable. Far-away relatives never have to miss a thing. If you have friends or family over, you can use the built-in HDMI port and included cable to connect to a compatible HDTV and see every glorious moment on the big screen.

Capture life's special moments

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 R600 comes in. Just grab your camera and start recording. Afterward, you can review the footage, edit it if you like, and upload it to the web through the included USB cable. Far-away relatives never have to miss a thing. If you have friends or family over, you can use the built-in HDMI port and included cable to connect to a compatible HDTV and see every glorious moment on the big screen.

Advanced Baby Mode

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.

No need to take chances with your memories. The Canon VIXIA HF R600 will help you get it right the first time.

Help when you need it

The R600 has plenty of other features that make it easier to get great shots and save them for posterity. Framing Assistance helps keep distant subjects centered, even when they're in motion, and you can record in slow or fast motion for creative effect. The camera's seven built-in adjustable filters include Old Movie, Cool, Dramatic Black & White, Vivid and more.

Product Highlights:

  • 2.07 effective megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 32X optical zoom (digital zoom to 1140X)
  • 3" capacitive color LCD touch panel widescreen (approx. 230,000 dots)
  • records to optional SD memory card
  • dual recording mode simultaneously records AVCHD files internally and MP4 files to memory card
  • built-in optical and electronic image stabilization
  • DIGIC DV 4 image processor helps provide excellent low-light performance
  • show videos and stills on a compatible HDTV via the camera's HDMI port
  • upload videos to your computer with the included USB cable
Specialized shooting modes:
  • Advanced Baby Mode helps you capture your baby's daily growth with ease
  • Framing Assistance helps keep distant subjects centered, even when they're in motion
  • record in slow or fast motion for more creative options
  • seven built-in adjustable filters, including Old Movie, Cool, Dramatic Black & White and Vivid

What's in the Box:

  • VIXIA HF R600 camcorder (black)
  • BP-718 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1790mAh 6.5Wh)
  • CA-110 Compact power adapter with attached DC output cord (DC output 5.3V 1.5A)
  • 2' IFC-300PCU USB cable (Type A USB on one end and a Mini-B 2.0 USB on other end)
  • 5' HTC-100 HDMI cable (full-size HDMI on one end and Mini HDMI Type C HDMI on other end)
  • Getting Started booklet (3 versions-Eng/Fren/Span)
  • Transfer Utility LE Startup Guide
  • Online registration card
  • Warranty card

So far this product has worked well. I've only had two occasions to use it so I still have lots to explore. I like the zoom feature the most as it allows the user to zoom in or out quickly or slowly. It also works well if I'm shooting from the shadows.

Jared, California


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3.0" Widescreen LCD Touch Screen: The Canon VIXIA HF R600 features a 3.0" Capacitive Touch Panel LCD screen (230,000 dots) 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 R600 camcorder captures video and still-images onto 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. 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)

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 R600 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 R600 is equipped with the DIGIC DV 4 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 R600 comes with a Genuine Canon HD video lens with a 32x Optical zoom. The 57x Advanced zoom makes more efficient use of the effective imaging area to take the telephoto power all the way to 1853mm (35mm equivalent).

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.

Zoom Position at Startup: You can set the camcorder to memorize the zoom position when you turn it off, so the zoom position will be the same the next time you turn on the camcorder.

Framing Assistance: When you're shooting at the long end of the zoom range, it's easy to accidentally lose your subject in the frame. When that happens, you can touch the Framing Assistance icon on the screen to quickly decrease the zoom magnification so you can find your subject. Releasing your finger from the screen allows the camcorder to quickly zoom back in to the previous zoom magnification.

SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization: The HF R600 features Canon's sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer to give you rock steady movies, even if you're shooting while walking. The 5-axis stabilization makes corrections for rotational camera shake--horizontal, vertical, and roll axis--as well as up-down and left-right movements. Continuous adjustment is provided throughout the zoom range, with extra compensation applied at wide-angle focal lengths. Intelligent IS modes include:

  • 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 R600 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: cinema standard, cool, dramatic B&W, old movies, nostalgic, sepia, and vivid.

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.

Slow & Fast Motion Recording: When recording MP4 movies, you can use slow motion to record action at half the normal speed, or fast motion to compress time and create time-lapse movies. You can choose from the following recording speeds:

Recording Speed Slow motion Fast Motion
x1/2 x2 x4 x10 x20 x60 x120 x1200
Real time elapsed
(1-minute scene)
30 sec 2 min 4 min 10 min 20 min 1 hr 2 hrs 20 hrs

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 R600 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 (2685 mAh). 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
AVCHD (FXP) MP4 (17Mbps)
BP-718 110 min 120 min
BP-727 165 min 180 min
BP-718 65 min 65 min
BP-727 95 min 100 min
Playback BP-718 175 min 175 min
BP-727 260 min 265 min

Charging Times: The BP-718 battery charges in 5 hours 35 minutes when charging through the camcorder with the supplied AC adapter. The charging time is 3 hours 40 minutes when using an optional CG-700 battery charger. The optional BP-727 battery charges in 7 hours 45 minutes in the camcorder, and in 5 hours 15 minutes 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 R600 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 a 3.5mm 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.

Note: Due to variations in the configuration of the 3.5mm plug, it is recommended that you use only the Canon STV-250N cable.

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 R600 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an external microphone, such as the optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.


Downloadable Software: The Canon HF R600 camcorder comes with no software in the box. The following software is available for download from the Canon and Pixela websites (URLs provided in the Operating Manual):

  • CameraWindow: Used for saving MP4 movies and photos to your computer and organize them.
  • 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.
Note: Both programs are compatible with Windows 8/8.1 and 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit versions, and Mac OS X v10.8, v10.9, v10.10.

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