Edited December 25, 2017
at 12:55 PM
Canon VIXIA HF R70 Full HD Camcorder Refurbished for $120 + Tax. Free Shipping.
For those who missed the HF R800 for $139 at Fry's or $136 at Adorama via Rakuten deal, this is a similar deal, though refurbished instead of new. It also comes with a 1 year warranty from Canon.
The R70 and R800 are basically the same camcorder, with just few differences.
The R70 is the previous model of the new R80. Both are a step up from the basic R700 and R800 by the addition of 16GB of internal memory and some Wifi capabilities. However, the older R70 allows recording in either AVCHD or MP4 format, whereas the newer 80's series doesn't. They only allow recording in MP4. AVCHD is good because it allows you to record longer videos without the video being broken up into multiple files, as it is in high quality MP4 mode if you record more than about 10-15 min. Then you'll have to stitch the individual files together in a video editor to create one single file. Also, it is claimed that AVCHD produces higher quality video than MP4 with this camcorder.
Though the R800 lacks the internal memory, Wifi and AVCHD capability of the R70, Canon added a couple of new features to the 80's series. Canon says they now have more fast and slow motion flexibility and claims there is an improvement in Highlight Priority mode, so that backlighted objects are recorded better, with the highlights in the background being recorded more accurately and not being blown out.
It's an individual preference whether AVCHD recording or the new features are more important.
If you buy now until Dec. 31 and change your mind and don't open the box or the item is defective, you can get an RMA by Jan. 11 and return it for a full refund. Canon will even provide a prepaid return shipping label.