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Promoted 02-28-2016 by longmanj9 at 01:25 PM View Original Post
Canon has Canon VIXIA HF R600 1080p Camcorder w/ 57x Zoom (Refurbished) for $129.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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This also comes with 1-Year Warranty.

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Edited February 25, 2016 at 03:00 PM by mlacey3
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First big item would be a camcorder like this can provide much steadier shots and better ergonomics. Have you used your phone yet to record and playback video? Even with a stabilized lense, they're a shaky mess when handheld like a phone.

Another issue is moire - your camera with 10+ megapixels trying to convert the frame down to 2MP will do terrible in repetitive patterns.

Audio - you will need a better mic for the phone (using the TRRS port if equipped). Built-in microphone, you can expect better quality using built-in audio recording from the camcorder.

Zoom - if you need zoom, the phone won't help you much. You may be a bit of digital zoom, but that's it.

This being a low end camcorder, it doesn't provide the vastly superior improvements that higher end camcorders do. The above items are true for this specific product. A phone is a good phone, much better than a camera is at being a phone, but it is still limited in its capabilities. Gotta have the right tool for the job. If mediocre performance is fine for your requirements, no reason to use anything but the phone. Phones make passable cameras, video recorders, GPS/nav systems, etc, but they will never come close to the tool designed for the job.

Just use/test your phone in the conditions you plan on using it, and see if you like the video it provides you. There's no way of knowing if the phone meets your expectations without you trying it first hand.

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#3
How would you set this up with an external microphone? There is no place to mount.

Edit: anyone know a good mount for this type of setup
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Last edited by zanetran February 27, 2016 at 12:13 PM.
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Quote from zanetran View Post :
How would you set this up with an external microphone? There is no place to mount.

Edit: anyone know a good mount for this type of setup
These cameras are targeted at consumers not prosumers and don't feature an inbuilt microphone mount. However you can easily mount a Mic using the tripod socket and an L-clamp like this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00...ref=plSrch

There are better ones available at higher price points as well. Adding an L-bracket will aid you in handheld stability but will take away the portability. While the built in mics are not the greatest, try it out, it will probably work in 99% of everyday shooting scenarios.
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#5
the vixia HF R50 has built in wifi and 8gb memory, on refurb for $100. spec wise they look identical, can someone tell me why the R600 is worth $30 more?
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the vixia HF R50 has built in wifi and 8gb memory, on refurb for $100. spec wise they look identical, can someone tell me why the R600 is worth $30 more?
R600 is a 2015 model vs 2014 for the R50. It looks like the differences are better battery life and NFC upgrades (http://www.digitaltrends.com/phot...-ces-2015/). Of note on the wifi capabilities, the top review on the R600 says the R62 (R50 upgrade) doesn't support Windows. (Go to 52 seconds on the video by Tinfoot http://www.amazon.com/Canon-VIXIA...on+hf+r600 )
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Also worth mentioning, the R600 makes an appearance on Wirecutter's "Best Video Camera" list. http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...eo-camera/
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Looking to get a camera to film a beach wedding, would this be a good option? basically just want to capture the ceremony, doesn't have to be too fancy
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Looking to get a camera to film a beach wedding, would this be a good option? basically just want to capture the ceremony, doesn't have to be too fancy
This will definitely do the job. You will have to spend quite a bit more for better videos.
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#10
The new model (R700, $299) has just been released:


"..The popular Vixia HF R series also gets its annual -- and as usual, minor -- refresh. One notable change: to improve battery life, Canon now includes a higher-capacity battery, which used to be optional. The R700, ...models have identical hardware to the preceding series with the exception of the LCD, which Canon claims is much brighter, a simpler interface and tweaks to its Zoom Framing Assist tracking tool."

http://www.cnet.com/products/canon-vixia-hf-g40/
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Last edited by turriff February 27, 2016 at 06:08 PM. Reason: edit
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Quote from agford460 View Post :
R600 is a 2015 model vs 2014 for the R50. It looks like the differences are better battery life and NFC upgrades (http://www.digitaltrends.com/phot...-ces-2015/). Of note on the wifi capabilities, the top review on the R600 says the R62 (R50 upgrade) doesn't support Windows. (Go to 52 seconds on the video by Tinfoot http://www.amazon.com/Canon-VIXIA...on+hf+r600 )
Just to clarify, the r600 does not have wi-fi or NFC. That would be the R62. The only improvement from the r50/500 line to the r600 is slightly better battery life. So the R50 at $99 would seem to be a much better deal than the R600 for $129.
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Crap I just bought a Panasonic HC-V270K from B&H for $170 ($190 less a $20 freebie I had)... seems like the panasonic's specs are slightly better, does anyone have first hand experience and are the differences worth the extra money?
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Just to clarify, the r600 does not have wi-fi or NFC. That would be the R62. The only improvement from the r50/500 line to the r600 is slightly better battery life. So the R50 at $99 would seem to be a much better deal than the R600 for $129.
I agree. Every review I read says the R600's battery life is only "slightly" improved, but it loses wi-fi and NFC. I'd go for the R50 which is on refurb for $100.
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#14
Please excuse ignorance but i just had a baby and another on the way. Therefore trying to capture family moments. i have a top notch phone capable of 4k video. besides the ability to mount this on a tri pod. what are advantages of using this
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Please excuse ignorance but i just had a baby and another on the way. Therefore trying to capture family moments. i have a top notch phone capable of 4k video. besides the ability to mount this on a tri pod. what are advantages of using this
First big item would be a camcorder like this can provide much steadier shots and better ergonomics. Have you used your phone yet to record and playback video? Even with a stabilized lense, they're a shaky mess when handheld like a phone.

Another issue is moire - your camera with 10+ megapixels trying to convert the frame down to 2MP will do terrible in repetitive patterns.

Audio - you will need a better mic for the phone (using the TRRS port if equipped). Built-in microphone, you can expect better quality using built-in audio recording from the camcorder.

Zoom - if you need zoom, the phone won't help you much. You may be a bit of digital zoom, but that's it.

This being a low end camcorder, it doesn't provide the vastly superior improvements that higher end camcorders do. The above items are true for this specific product. A phone is a good phone, much better than a camera is at being a phone, but it is still limited in its capabilities. Gotta have the right tool for the job. If mediocre performance is fine for your requirements, no reason to use anything but the phone. Phones make passable cameras, video recorders, GPS/nav systems, etc, but they will never come close to the tool designed for the job.

Just use/test your phone in the conditions you plan on using it, and see if you like the video it provides you. There's no way of knowing if the phone meets your expectations without you trying it first hand.
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