Canon VIXIA HF R800 Review

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The Canon Vixia HF R800 regularly features in the top 10 bestselling HD camcorders in online stores. Being reasonably priced and offering a ton of features, it is no surprise that so many video enthusiasts have bought this camcorder for their needs.

It has one of the most advanced zoom technologies available in the market and Full HD video quality. The features of this camcorder are also top-notch, providing users excellent shots at any given you’ll find out later…

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Features of Canon VIXIA HF R800 That Stand Out

Canon did not spare any efforts when making Canon Vixia HF R800 (Check current price) as it has comparable features with many other high-end cameras. It has the 57x advanced digital zoom and Full HD display which I personally find of great value. It can also make videos in cinematic quality, adding a magical touch to your most cherished moments.

Canon has branded the Vixia HF R800 as an all-purpose camcorder for indoor, outdoor, and travel purposes. While it has some really good features for outdoor recording, there are 2 features that particularly stand out:

A powerful zooming capability

Image stabilizing ability

The Canon Vixia HF R800 performs extremely well in the above two parameters. Let me give you a brief description below:

  • I was particularly impressed by its zooming capability. It has a 32X advanced optical zooming capability and a 57X digital zoom which helps record distant scenes with great clarity and detail. The Zoom Framing Assist helps in keeping the distant objects in the right frame and view. The colors and details are quite close to that which would have been seen by the naked eye. Check out this video which exhibits the zooming capability.

  • The SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer helps to achieve stable and steady pictures while recording distant scenes on zoom by correcting rotational camera shake – on the vertical, horizontal, and rolling axis. This is a very useful feature since most of the time while zooming or recording videos while moving, hand-shake can cause blurry videos. This feature reduces this problem to a great extent.

Provision to enable beginner videographers take better videos

For people shooting videos with a camcorder for the first time, it can be quite a challenge to select the right settings for the right conditions. Each scenario requires different settings to be made for the camera. In such a case, it helps a lot if the camera has some AUTO settings.

In the Vixia HF R800, the Zoom Framing Assist has both the Manual as well as Auto mode, which helps in getting a very clear image of the subject which is a large distance. You also have the Highlight Priority Mode with Backlight Correction which is a great feature that enables you to shoot videos in which the subject is captured in real-life-like colors, even in very bright settings. This gives your video the much-needed artistic effect of a sharp, focused object with a blurry background.

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Provision for external audio

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In most cases, the built-in mic does a pretty good job of recording audio. However, in case you need high-quality audio, this camcorder does have an external jack for mic input. So you can connect a mic for recording better audio quality.

How Is The Picture Quality Of The Videos?

When you are buying a camcorder, along with the various features and ease of use, the picture quality is of utmost importance. There is no point in buying a video camera that is loaded with features but scores pretty low on the picture stability and quality.

Picture quality is excellent with the Canon Vixia HF R800 camcorder. With a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor that captures video in 1920 x 1080 resolution, it delivers life-like full HD quality.

But the icing on the cake is shooting in sunlight, where it provides almost as good as 4K quality video! Hence it is ideal for shooting outdoors.

As far as shooting in the dark is concerned, the video quality is average especially at night. You need sufficient light if you want to shoot in the dark.

How Is The Battery Life?

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The Canon Vixia HF R800 is equipped with a high-capacity BP-727 battery pack. This helps facilitate shooting over long periods of time.

It also indicates accurate remaining battery time for shooting so that you don’t miss out on any important shooting opportunity.

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Some additional features…

  • MP4 or AVCHD Progressive Recording – No matter which video format is being recorded, the VIXIA HF R800 guarantees clear and noise-free videos.
  • Baby ModeThis camcorder is perfect for organizing shots of your baby’s growth with a Pre-Record function on once it is activated. It will record 3 seconds in advance and add it once you start recording. However, because of the absence of inbuilt WiFi, you cannot stream it to your phone in real-time.
  • Framing Assistant – The camcorder allows users to get their subjects in the frame even if it is at a distance, refocusing on the subject once you locate it again.
  • File Lock Function – This technology keeps the videos safe by disabling the deletion, editing, copying or any other accidental operational errors.
  • Slow & Fast Motion, 24p Cinema, and 30p Progressive– These are some of the available shooting conditions for users who want to concentrate on the subject in various conditions.
  • Filter Effects – This camcorder boasts seven filters that would add a cinematic quality to the videos.
  • Face Detection and Video SnapshotsFace Detection allows users to track faces automatically and ensure sharp details while Video SnapShot records short videos that can be edited with your favorite music.

Pros of Canon VIXIA HF R800


  • This camcorder can record Full HD videos even on advance zoom without video shakes recorded. Automatic settings adjustment made by the camcorder is also a big plus, especially in various shooting conditions.
  • Users are guaranteed Full HD videos thanks to its 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor.
  • This camera is only 0.51 pounds and it has a hand strap for users to securely hold their camcorders.
  • It is a sturdy camera for outdoor use.


It is a given that not all users will be 100% satisfied with any electronic product. The same goes for the Vixia HF R800.

  • At night, the video quality is average and could have been better.
  • It does not come with inbuilt Wi-fi. Although it is not a necessity, if you’re looking to control the camera with a remote, or for live streaming without HDMI, then you need inbuilt WiFi.

Customers’ Experiences

Canon Vixia HF R800 has some really high ratings on the popular eCommerce stores. And why not? With an average rating of more than 4.5/5, it is one of the highly-rated camcorders in the budget segment.

Let us see a couple of reviews from customers who purchased this product.

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Customer Review 1
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Customer Review 2


For the entry-level, the Canon VIXIA HF R800 is a great camcorder, especially if you wish to shoot most of your videos outdoors. At this price, I’d say you are getting a really good deal. No wonder it a bestselling camcorder with very satisfied users.

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6 thoughts on “Canon VIXIA HF R800 Review”

  1. Refreshing to come across such a straightforward style of review – especially for a non-techie beginner like myself.
    I am trying to decide on a suitable camera for vlogging, so one major concern – addressed by almost no-one! – is whether my prospective choice of camera (very possibly this one) is compatible with a remote controller enabling remote on/off (and, ideally, pause – but that doesn’t seem to exist with video?)
    I will need to move around during my vlog, but will sometimes be sitting a few feet from the camera, so remote control becomes a major issue.
    Can you tell me any more on this – and whether, for a modest price ideally, there is a valid and effective WIRED controller for this – the wireless one has the reputation of being unreliable else!

    • Hey Peter, thanks for your query. Unfortunately this camera does not come with a remote control. However, there are many vloggers who are using this camcorder for their YouTube channel with great success. Some of them use video editing to optimize their videos.

      If you’re really intent on buying a camcorder with a remote for YouTube, you can try the Panasonic HC-V380K Full HD Camcorder . For this camcorder, you can download the “Panasonic Image App” on your smartphone and use your smartphone as a remote to operate it.

      Hope this helps!

  2. Can it be used to get audio and video live output from HDMI port?

    • Hi Jon, if you’re asking about streaming live video of your camcorder to the internet on your PC or TV, you can do that. You need an HDMI cable for that and a streaming software. Also if the HDMI port in your laptop is a video out port, you’ll need a video converter like Ultrastudio mini recorder. More on how to set it up here – Live Streaming

  3. Peter Benjamins

    The Canon Vixia HF W10 or 11 is nearly the same with being waterproof (can be submerged to 16.4 feet?) and shockproof. It can also be found inexpensively used.
    HF800 and HF W10 or 11 are great for multi camera live streaming.

    • Indeed. The Canon Vixia HF W11 is more sturdy, being shockproof, freezeproof, and waterproof up to 16.5 feet. It is also a newer model and hence costs a bit more than the R800. Thanks for reading, Peter!


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