Canon VIXIA HF R80 Brief Review



  • 3.28 megapixel 1/4.85 inch CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps (up to 35 Mbps)
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 (1/500 for stills)
  • 32x optical zoom
  • 57x hybrid zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 32GB internal flash memory (stores up to 2 hours at the highest resolution or up to 12 at the lowest)
  • SD card slot for additional storage
  • Manual and auto exposure modes
  • 3” LCD touchscreen
  • Wi-fi and NFC with live streaming
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Weighs 10.9 oz. (310g)
  • Release Date: 2017-02-06
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

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The Canon Vixia HF80 is a modest budget camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/24/2017

The Canon Vixia HF R80 is the middle child in the company's 2017 budget R8 line-up. With half the built-in memory of the big sibling R82, the camera offers the same imaging power for $50 less.

Like the R82 and R800, the camera uses a 3.28 megapixel 1/4.85 inch sensor with a 32x optical zoom and a 57x hybrid zoom, along with optical image stabilization. The basic 1080p, 60 fps camcorder is wrapped up in a typical though lightweight body with a flip out touchscreen LCD. 
The camera includes a new backlighting mode for better shots in tricky lighting as well as a new slow motion mode. Like the R82 but unlike the R800, the R80 includes both wi-fi and NFC to remotely control the camera, live stream or easily upload short videos to social media. 
Canon isn't making any huge technical advances with the 2017 R series, but they are one of the few companies still putting out new mainstream camcorders in a world that's suddenly focused on action cameras and 360. If you're looking for a camera with enough zoom to capture the sports shots and home videos that your 0x smartphone can't capture, the R80 is not a bad option. For more storage, there's the R82 or for a lower price the R800, as well as a number of options from Panasonic. Nothing extraordinarily new here, but nothing bad either if you're looking for more zoom power than what your phone can shoot.

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