Canon's VIXIA HF R100 Flash Memory Camcorder is an entry-level 1920 x 1080 high definition camera that records to SD/SDHC memory cards. In addition to capturing HD video in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, the HF R100 also captures 2MP digital stills in still mode, and using Canon's Dual Shot feature, or from an already recorded movie. The camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi SD Memory Cards as well, which make it possible to wirelessly transfer photos to your computer or upload them directly to sharing sites. Other highlights of the camcorder include a number of Canon's special technologies, such as Face Detection, and a solid array of core features.
At the heart of the HF R100 is a 2.39MP HD CMOS Image Sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Working together these two features help you capture bright, clean, and detailed video and still images in high def. A Genuine Canon 20x HD Video lens with 20x optical zoom and Dynamic Image Stabilization also make stunning image capture possible. Other staple components of the camcorder include the 2.7" widescreen LCD and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
When it comes to user-friendly features the VIXIA HF R100 comes with a number of practical and useful tools. Aside from the aforementioned Face Detection, you'll benefit from features like Advanced Video Snapshot, Auto Intelligent Auto Focus (AiAF), AE Bracketing, and a built-in flash. Another highlight of the camera is its ability to shoot in 24p or 30p frame modes. 24p Cinema Mode gives your video a film-look, while 30p Progressive is ideal for recording action and uploading to the Internet.
In addition to all these features, the HF R100 also has microphone and headphone connections for more control when recording audio. Quick Start, Pre-Record, and Canon's Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software are all included as well. Make the most of your recording with this budget-friendly HD camcorder from Canon.
Flash Memory Recording
The VIXIA HF R100 allows you to record up to 12 hours of video to removable SD memory cards. The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage. Another plus is the VIXIA HF R100's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. And if your HF R100 happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if there is damage to your recording media or to the moving parts found in other camcorders
Stunning HD Image Quality
A Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality, while the Canon Exclusive 2.39MP HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution and photos with astonishing detail, while the Canon Exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides impressive color and imaging performance, with enhanced reproduction of difficult to capture purple and blue tones
2.7" Widescreen LCD Display
The 2.7" LCD on the HF R100 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. The screen delivers bright, clear detail and the widescreen format means there's no need to imagine what your final image will look like on your widescreen television because it's not squeezed into a small space while you're shooting. What you see will be what you get
Dynamic Image Stabilization
With the Canon HF R100, you can be sure that even on the move your video will be smooth and steady. Dynamic IS provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broader range of motion. In comparison to conventional electronic image stabilization systems, extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted vibration that is common when walking
Built-In Digital Camera
The VIXIA HF R100, in addition to being a camcorder, is also a digital camera. The VIXIA HF R100's Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode. The versatile VIXIA HF R100 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto an SD card or to internal memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF R100 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. And in addition to all that your VIXIA HF R100's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions, and also features red-eye reduction
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus, AiAF, ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF R100's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus
Selectable Metering Patterns
For optimal still image exposure, the VIXIA HF R100 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot
AE Bracketing Feature
The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF R100 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in 1/2 exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF R100 comes with a Histogram Display - a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot
Smart Auto makes shooting great video easy. Using the power of Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF R100 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene
Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in the VIXIA HF R100 high definition camcorder. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time. The system is in fact so smart that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways.
In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature can be used to search for clips featuring that specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. The selected face can be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing that subject
Advanced Video Snapshot
Advanced Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of your adventures with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips - or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode - and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone's attention. This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source
Eye-Fi SD Memory Card Compatible
The VIXIA HF R100 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD Memory Card. It's possible to wirelessly transfer your down-converted video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and you're ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world
24p & 30p Frame Modes
24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF R100's CINE setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.
In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF R100 to capture video in 30p Progressive Mode, (30 progressive frames, recorded at 60i) which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. Excellent for action and sports shots, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording
To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the VIXIA HF R100, you'll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. Easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV is achieved through the VIXIA HF R100's HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color. A Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal provide audio flexibility
The Pre-record feature places your HF R100 in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too
With Quick Start, you'll never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the HF R100 is in Camera Mode and the LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode
Creative Control and Workflow Features
Ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight design
Built-in flash for capturing photos in low light situations
Burn DVDs of your video with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner and one-cable connection
Built-in electronic lens cover automatically opens when the camcorder turns on and closes when it turns off