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Canon's march of the same-as-2015 camcorders (pictures)

This year's models have identical bodies to their predecessors, but here is a closer look at the new camcorders.

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Vixia HF G40

The G40 is Canon's most pro-ish consumer camcorder, with full manual controls including the ring on the lens and a control dial on the bottom, as well as a removable lens hood. Without that it's pretty compact.

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Vixia HF G40

Like the G30, it takes two SD cards and has an electronic viewfinder, though you can't pull it out or tilt it.

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Vixia HF G40

The G40 has the same large zoom rocker switch that you find on professional models.

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Vixia HF G40: What's in the box

In addition to the usual accessories, with the G40 you get a remote and a high-capacity battery.

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Vixia HF R7xx series

All three models in the R series are identical save the memory configuration and NFC. The lowest-end R700 lacks internal memory and NFC. The R72 with 32GB built in and the R70 has 16GB both have NFC.

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Vixia HF Rxx series -- battery

You see that humongous double-capacity battery? In order to improve battery life, Canon now bundles in a high-capacity battery instead of making any changes to the camcorder itself. Canon claims 180 minutes of recording time per charge.

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Vixia HF R7xx series

You can also get the camera in white.

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Vixia HF Rxx series: What's in the kit

This is what you get in the box of an R series camcorder. However Canon did not update this shot with the high-capacity battery, though.

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