TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The best HD camcorders will record beautiful full high definition video at a resolution of 1080p, and the Canon Vixia HF R42 is one of the best. Not only does this HD video camera record full HD video, it has a built-in Wi-Fi feature that you will like to use for home movie sharing and streaming. It is intuitive and provides a couple different video shooting options. All of the cameras in the Canon Vixia R series are fairly light and easy manage, and Canon's customer service is one of the best to deal with in the industry, which is why the Vixia HF R42 earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.

Video & Image Quality
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8.6/10
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Not all HD video cameras are created equal. Some HD camcorders record video in 720p high def. The Canon Vixia HF R42, however, records in full HD at 1080p. This full HD camcorder will also capture 60 frames per second (FPS), which means video quality is inherently crisper and better than on cameras with a lower FPS rate. The more frames per second the video camera captures, the more frames you will see per second, enhancing the quality of the video playback. A higher frame rate is also useful for slow- motion playback.

Another big factor that makes this one of the best HD camcorders is the R42's low lux rating. The lux rating is a measurement that describes how well a camcorder will capture video in a low-light setting. This device has a 0.4 rating, one of the best lux ratings of all the cameras we reviewed. It is best to record video with as much light as possible; however, it is nice to know that if there is a lack of light, the Canon Vixia R42 will outperform most any other camcorder.

Features
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9.9/10
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The camcorders at the high end of the Canon Vixia R series, including the Vixia HF R42, come with integrated Wi-Fi functionality. The built-in Wi-Fi not only allows you to share your videos almost instantly to YouTube or Facebook, but you can also use your HD camcorder as a home monitoring device as well. The Canon R 42's live streaming feature allows you to record live video and have it streamed to you iPhone or Android device. If you download the Canon CameraAccess app, you can control the recording features on your camcorder using your smartphone as a remote control. The integrated Wi-Fi on this full HD video camera is one of the most impressive Wi-Fi features among the cameras we reviewed.

The Canon R42 also has the standard set of features that we've come to expect on all the top-ranked HD camcorders such as an image stabilizer, LCD touchscreen display and an intelligent auto mode. An intelligent auto mode that chooses the correct settings for the lighting situations you are recording. Whether it is too dark, or outdoors on a sunny day, intelligent auto chooses the correct settings to ensure quality video recording.

The HD camcorder comes with 32GB of integrated flash memory, one of the more impressive amounts of integrated memories in the camcorders we reviewed. This is a good amount of memory – enough to capture your child's entire soccer game. If the integrated memory is not enough for your needs, you can always add to the camcorder's storage capacity by adding an SD, SDHC or SDXC card.

Design
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8.9/10
Canon Vixia HF R
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8.9
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7.3

This full HD camcorder fits the contour of your hand, and it fits right in your palm. This gives you ample control for recording video. The camcorder weighs in at less than a pound, but it is not so light that it feels like you might break it. A nice lightweight HD video camera like this one is perfect for packing on vacations or to take with you while you're out and about.

 

 

Help & Support
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9.8/10
Canon Vixia HF R
Panasonic HC-V720
Sony HDR PJ
JVC Everio GZ-EX300
Panasonic HC-X900
Sony HDR-TD
Canon Vixia HF G
Sony HDR-CX
Samsung QF
Samsung F
9.8
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9.5

Canon offers live phone service and email service. One thing that is missing though is the option of a live chat. While that would be nice to have, it is far from a customer service deal breaker. The customer service center is open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time – very convenient hours for practically anywhere in the United States. We contacted Canon multiple times by email phone with general and specific questions, and we received answers to our questions in a very timely manner. Canon is very serious about keeping you happy and generally have been quite helpful with all our inquiries.

If you are more inclined to look for questions yourself, Canon has you covered there as well. Canon has an extensive FAQs section. Not only can you look up FAQs by most visited, you can look your question up by product type, or just type your model into the search bar and find your answer there.

Canon Vixia HF R Summary:
9.2/10

The Canon Vixia R series is one of the best camcorder series that Canon offers. Representing that series in our review, the Vixia HF R42 has the best combination of video quality, unique features, portable design and friendly customer service of the HD camcorders we reviewed. It is one of the best HD camcorders because it captures beautiful 1080p full HD video and is light and easy to carry around. Additionally, the built-in Wi-Fi features help you share your home movies quickly and easily without the use of cables. The Canon Vixia HF R42 is a great camcorder for not only recording your home videos, but sharing those videos with family and friends.

 
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Canon Vixia HF R Series R42

Pros
This HD camcorder has one of the best integrated Wi-Fi functions on any of the camcorders we reviewed.

Cons
The 2.07 MP still camera is low, especially for a camcorder this spectacular in every other way.

The Verdict
: 9.23/10

Although the 2.07 MP still image camera is not ideal, this camcorder records full HD video and has special features that permit you to record excellent-looking video.