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Canon VIXIA HF r800
« on: July 28, 2017, 04:40:48 PM »
In the market for a new camera.  I like what I've heard about this cam so far.  I've used my old Canon HV20 (well, two of them) since 2009.  I absolutely love that old thing, but I just think it's time for an upgrade.  I'm looking for something on the small side, as I typically  >:D, and the old HV20 is on the large side.  Also, the r800 has an external mic output, which I need.  Film almost exclusively metal shows in low to mid lighting.  This is also in my price range, as I simply can't justify spending a ton of $ on a hobby.

So essentially I'm asking if anyone has any experience, good or bad, with this rig.  Also, I don't know a ton about SD cards, as I have always preferred miniDV.  What class.type would be optimal in this case?  Any and all help is appreciated!

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Re: Canon VIXIA HF r800
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 07:41:59 PM »
Honestly I don't think it's much of an improvement from the hv 20.I did notice that BH Photo has an open.box model for $50 less.

Although costing much more I would suggest a 4K camera such as Sony fdr ax33 or ax53.

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Re: Canon VIXIA HF r800
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 10:33:51 PM »
I have two r300 and love them
The mic in works well and is adjustable
Knock off batteries are pretty cheap
I recently also bought a USB cable to run on external battery that works great too
Here is an example of a show I did https://youtu.be/sKY0ejH4zGk  pretty dark stage
https://youtu.be/d0H693giRAg zoomed out
https://youtu.be/GrEDNWua5R8 Screen shot
https://youtu.be/6YaV7VyKlXk Mix
« Last Edit: September 22, 2019, 04:29:22 PM by willndmb »
Mics - AKG ck61/ck63 (c480b & Naiant actives), SP-BMC-2
XLR Cables - Silver Path w/Darktrain stubbies
Interconnect Cables - Dogstar (XLR), Darktrain (RCA > 1/8) (1/8 > 1/8), and Kind Kables (1/8f > 1/4)
Preamps - Naiant Littlebox & Tinybox
Recorders - PCM-M10 & DR-60D

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Re: Canon VIXIA HF r800
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2017, 03:32:34 PM »
Honestly I don't think it's much of an improvement from the hv 20.I did notice that BH Photo has an open.box model for $50 less.

Although costing much more I would suggest a 4K camera such as Sony fdr ax33 or ax53.

Thanks for your input.  Yeah I'm not expecting much more as far as video quality, it's moreso the smaller size and greatly improved zoom.

Thank you for suggestion those Sony's.  I've certainly considered 4K.  Can't justify paying the MSRP, but I'm watching some used ones.

Also - confirming that those Sony's DO HAVE an external mic input?
« Last Edit: July 31, 2017, 03:35:01 PM by hellawaits77 »

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Re: Canon VIXIA HF r800
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2017, 03:34:24 PM »
I have two r300 and love them
The mic in works well and is adjustable
Knock off batteries are pretty cheap
I recently also bought a USB cable to run on external battery that works great too
Here is an example of a show I did https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=sKY0ejH4zGk pretty dark stage
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=d0H693giRAg zoomed out
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=GrEDNWua5R8 Screen shot
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=6YaV7VyKlXk Mix

Thanks for the response.  This cam will definitely be the one I select if I don't decide to go 4K.

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Re: Canon VIXIA HF r800
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2019, 12:01:46 AM »
I realize that this is an old thread, but I think a lot of people who are new to this topic may read it, so I'm adding my 20 cents (allowing for inflation). I have a couple of Canon camcorders in this series. The less expensive models are amazing for what they offer at their price; they're a great way to get started and to explore whether or not one is really interested in video recording.

However, their real weakness is their really poor low-light performance--where "low light" includes many average-level, available-light situations--not just nighttime or dimmed house lights. It's quite "noisy", mainly because of the very small video sensor being used (one of the major cost-savers in this line). This, to me, is far more important than whether the camera is 4K or not. I upgraded to the G21 model a couple of years ago and it produces much nicer-looking video all around.

Don't get me wrong--I think that high-quality 4K video is amazing. But I'm happy to do without it, for the sake of (relatively) affordable, high-quality HD. For me, the specification of a camera's image sensor size is more important than how many pixels per frame it records.

--best regards
music > microphones > a recorder of some sort

 

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