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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Canon VIXIA HF R500- the Top gift for Christmas

What can you get in a camera for only $199.99?

Here are the features that you will find in the Canon VIXIA HF R500 and what this little camera can do for you to get started filming your hunts or for a great 2nd camera angle.

Full HD Video
The VIXIA HF R500 camcorder records Full HD video directly to a removable SD memory card. Widely available in several capacities, SD memory cards let you share your videos quickly and easily. In addition to SD memory cards, the VIXIA HF R500 also lets you use super-high capacity SDXC cards. The same size as a standard SD card, a SDXC card can hold up to 2,048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer.


AVCHD Recording Mode
1920 x 1080 Recording 1440 x 1080 Recording
Memory Capacity NTSC: 60P (Approx. 28 Mbps) MXP (Approx. 24 Mbps) FXP (Approx. 17 Mbps) LP (Approx. 5 Mbps)
8GB 35 min 40 min 1 hr 00 min 3 hrs 00 min
16gb SDHC Card

1 hr 15 min 1 hr 25 min 2 hrs 05 min 6 hrs 05 min
32gb SDHC Card
2 hrs 30 min 2 hrs 55 min 4 hrs 10 min 12 hrs 15 min
64gb SDHC Card
5 hrs 05 min 5 hrs 55 min 8 hrs 20 min 24 hrs 30 min
128GB 10 hrs 10 min 11 hrs 55 min 16 hrs 45 min 49 hrs 00 min

Touch & Track
Touch & Track delivers precise focus and exposure on any subject - people, pets, vehicles and more. Simply select your point of interest on the touch panel LCD, and you will have your subject in sharp focus, regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot – and, the exposure will be perfectly adjusted for subject and conditions. Touch & Track is also the default setting, ready when you turn the camcorder on. For more creative control, you can also choose to adjust focus or exposure independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch Focus or Touch Exposure.

Touch and Track feature of the Canon VIXIA Cameras from Campbell Cameras on Vimeo.

32x Optical Zoom
"Optical Zoom" means that the lens of the camera is moving closer to the subject. This provides no image quality loss. When you in the digital zoom mode it is like it is taking a picture and then digitally zooming in (results in grainy images). The CanonVIXIA cameras have a 32x optical zoom. That means that if your animal is 320 yards out the camera can zoom it into 10 yards! That means at full optical zoom it can zoom your subject in 32x times.
Zoomed Out
Partial Zoom In
Full Zoom In
Increase Your Audio Quality
The Canon VIXIA HF R500 has a built-in microphone, but to increase your audio pickup and quality it has a mini-plug audio port that allows you to add an additional microphone. The camera itself does not have a place to mount a microphone to, that is where the Wrap Around Mount comes into play. It attaches to the bottom of the camera and like the name suggests, wraps around the camcorder and gives you a mounting plate on top.
The most important reason when it comes to adding a shotgun microphone is that you can add a fuzzy windscreen to the microphone. We all know how crazy the wind can get when we are out filming a hunt that is where the windscreen comes into play! It will significantly block wind noise from being recorded. You can not add a windscreen to the internal microphone.

A great shotgun microphone that I would recommend would be the Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre Suspension System. This has an integrated suspension system that reduces noise being picked up from the camera functions.

Recommended Accessories:
(besides the ones mentioned above)

Vanguard 203AP Tripod & Video Head
• Weight Capacity: 11 lbs
• Maximum Height: 61"
• Folded Length: 24.2"
• Weight: 3.2 Lbs
• Includes 3-way Pan Head 

3rd Arm Mini XL Pro Tree Arm
• Weight Capacity: 2.6 lbs
• Maximum Reach: 33"
• Folded Length: 12"
• Includes tree arm, tree base, ratchet strap,  and fluid head 
Muddy Micro Mount
• 360º Rotation
• 90º Pivot
• Universal 1/4"-20 mount

Extended Reach Mount
• Ball socket rotates 360º and tilts 90º
• Mount trail camera, GoPro, POV camera, or other small camera
• Contains a standard 1/4"-20 male connector
• 13" Folded / 33 1/2" Extended Reach
XIT Stabilizing Handle 
• Provides stabilization for shooting action videos
• Fits most camcorders & DSLRs
• Provides stabilization for action video shoots
• Hot shoe allows attachment of a flash or video light
• Foam padded handle alleviates the stress of lengthy filming
• Fits most compact camcorders, digital cameras, and entry SLRs
• Has the ability to mount to a tripod

Bescor LED-25 Video Light
• For Camcorders & DSLRs
• 4500K Illumination
• Side Bracket
• Shoe Mount
• Powered by (2) AA Batteries (Up to 4 Hrs)
Canon VIXIA HF R500- the Top gift for Christmas
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