Canon Vixia HF200

The Good Broad manual feature set unusual in a camcorder its size; excellent video quality; attractive, functional design.

The Bad Relatively expensive.

The Bottom Line While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's all-black body is a bit classier looking.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Canon Vixia HF200

Canon's acquitted itself quite well with a nearly identical trio of flash-based AVCHD camcorders, the HF10/HF11/HF100, and follow-up models HF20 and HF200 manage to improve upon their legacy. The only difference between the two models is color and memory configuration: the HF20 has 32GB built in, while the HF200 has none. We tested the HF20.

Smaller and slightly less powerful than their twin brothers, the HF S10 and the HF S100, these models offer a physically smaller but longer 15x zoom lens and smaller, lower resolution 4-megapixel sensor. And though they retain much of the same feature set as those models, they don't supply more enthusiast-oriented niceties like a manual control dial, zebra stripes, and color bars, or a pop-up flash. Still they're a definite upgrade from the older versions. And while they're both more expensive than competitors like the Sony Handycam HDR-CX100 and Panasonic's HDC-TM20/SD20, those camcorders lack features some users consider essential regardless of camcorder size, including an accessory shoe, microphone input, and headphone jack, which the Canons provide. Like most all new models, however, the HF20 and HF200 lack an eye-level EVF.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Canon
  • Type camcorder
  • Weight 11.99 oz
  • Digital Video Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
  • Optical Sensor Type CMOS
  • Features 24p Cinema Mode, RGB primary color filter, accessories hot shoe, built-in speaker, face detection, histogram display, takes photos while movie recording
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