From the Manufacturer:
You can have it all with this compact, easy-to-use camcorder with built-in Wi-Fi. Capture your most lifelike, exciting video yet with the VIXIA HF R42 using a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom that gets the shot from almost anywhere. Your video is sharp and blur-free – even at the long end of the zoom or when you shoot while walking – thanks to the camcorder's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic IS. Preserve precious memories with the spectacular quality of the Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, powered by the new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor that captures more light for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Record in 1080/60p easy-to-share MP4 format (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) with incredibly smooth capture of fast-moving subjects. With Dual Recording, you can even record in different formats to the internal memory and SD card at the same time! And now built-in Wi-Fi is more convenient than ever: Live Streaming lets you view and record live video from the camcorder on your smartphone or tablet with the free Canon CameraAccess app1; control camcorder functions, too! Share videos with friends, family and the whole world anywhere, anytime – even browse through previously shot videos on your PC without connecting a cable2. Control functions and settings with a gentle touch to the camcorder's 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD with its sharp, vivid display. New Baby Mode helps you track every moment of your child's development with easy settings, a dedicated Baby Album for chronological playback, stamps that chart growth and age and lots more!
You won't miss any of the action when shooting video with the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder. The camcorder's wide-angle area has been expanded to 38.5mm (35mm equivalent), making complex scenes easier to shoot and adding more image to all your footage. Like every Canon camcorder, the VIXIA HF R42 is equipped with a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens. Canon's high definition video lenses use aspherical lens technology to achieve low chromatic aberration with high resolution while maintaining compact dimensions. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The big news about the VIXIA HF R42 is the camcorder's impressive 53x Advanced Zoom. Long-range shooting allows you to create videos with dynamic variety, and is less likely to disrupt the action you're shooting. It's perfect for formal ceremonies, animals in the wild, candid family videos and more. Advanced Zoom, available in manual mode, has been achieved with more efficient use of the effective imaging area. It takes the camcorder's telephoto power all the way to 1,723mm (35mm equivalent) for extraordinary flexibility in shooting. For more convenient shooting and better creative control over your videos, the camcorder offers continually variable Zoom Speed settings, with 15 levels available.
Canon's sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake instantly, so even handheld video taken at long focal lengths is sharp and steady. Now for the VIXIA HF R42, the power of Canon's new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processer has made possible a significantly improved new Dynamic Image Stabilization mode. In addition to providing continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion, with extra compensation applied at wide-angle focal lengths, the system now stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling rotational camera shake – horizontal, vertical and roll axis – ensures smooth, distortion-free video, even when you're walking while shooting.
The VIXIA HF R42 camcorder is equipped with a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor for true 1920 x 1080 resolution. Canon's advanced, high-resolution HD CMOS Image Sensor features extra sensitivity that delivers beautifully lifelike Full HD Video with natural color, even in low light. On-chip noise reduction brings bright clarity to every frame. Video is rich, clear and amazingly detailed anywhere you view it, even when played back on a large HDTV.
The VIXIA HF R42 incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, which is a significant upgrade on several fronts. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor captures more light, for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Dramatically increased processing power lets you record in both AVCHD and easy-to-share MP4 formats simultaneously.
The camcorder's internal 32GB Flash Drive holds up to 12 hours of crisp, high-definition video safely and securely. With no moving parts, flash memory technology is perfectly able to withstand camcorder jolts or drops. You can also record to a removable SD memory card, making it easy to share your video with friends and family. Conveniently sized and readily available, SD cards give you up to 64GB (24 hours) of recording capacity for a combined capacity of 96GB or 36 hours. For added flexibility, you can even backup your video directly to an external hard drive by using the optional UA-100 USB Adapter.
In addition to SD memory cards, the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder is compatible with super-high capacity Secure Digital Expanded Capacity (SDXC) cards. The same convenient size as a standard SD card, an SDXC card can hold up to 2048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer. It's an excellent option for family reunions, vacations and any time you know you'll require extra memory.
The VIXIA HF R42 gives you the highest quality recording, whether you're capturing MP4 or AVCHD files. 1080/60p recording captures twice the amount of information as 60i, and with images captured at a rate of 60 frames per second, diagonal noise is eliminated so even fast moving subjects show up crisply with motion and patterns clearly recorded. This greater sense of detail and faithful rendering of moving edges, plus enhanced color and fine tonal gradation, gives your video everything Full HD has to offer. A new bit rate of 28 Mbps is the highest in the AVCHD standard, and MP4 files are captured at a bit rate of 35 Mbps, so regardless of the format you're shooting or viewing, image quality is as high as can be.
Built-in Wi-Fi technology on the VIXIA HF R42 lets you share your HD video with friends and family anytime, anywhere. Connect with compatible home networks, wireless hotspots, and iOS mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app. And now you can use your PC to browse remotely through the previously shot videos stored on your camcorder, without connecting a cable. The Remote Browse function uses a standard Web browser and does not require a special app.
Dual Recording and built-in transcoding ensure that no matter how you decide to use the video you've recorded, you'll have the right format available. Using the power of the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder can simultaneously record video to internal memory in AVCHD format, and to an SD card in MP4 format^. The widely used MP4 format provides quick, conversion-free playback on tablets and smartphones, and lets you upload videos directly to social networking sites for easy sharing with friends, family and the world. AVCHD is perfect for watching videos on an HDTV or archiving them to Blu-ray discs. The camcorder also has a built-in transcoding function that converts AVCHD files to MP4s, or from MP4 to MP4 across memory media, making them easy to upload to the Web or save to an SD card.
Live Streaming is a new function of the VIXIA HF R42 camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi. It allows you to receive the live video and sound that your camcorder is recording from a remote location on your iOS or Android device, using the free Canon CameraAccess app†. You can also remotely control camcorder functions including start/stop and zoom, and even access information about remaining battery charge, recordable time, zoom position and more. The applications are endless: you can monitor babies and pets, capture wildlife videos remotely without disturbing the scene, create perfect self-videos and lots more.
The VIXIA HF R42 features a new 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD screen, making shooting and other operations easier than ever. Simply open the panel and the power is on. The improved display is clear and vivid, and just as with your smartphone or tablet, a gentle touch activates intuitive functions. Choose a focal point, track moving subjects, control exposure for selected areas, and operate camcorder controls from the screen, all with a simple touch. In addition, the user interface has been updated to make your shooting experience easier and more fun. The Home button is now on the menu screen, and provides quick access to all functions. Clear explanations for key settings pop up when selecting shooting modes and recording formats, so you can be confident in the decisions you make.
The VIXIA HF R42 features the Baby Mode – a complete solution for capturing, tracking, organizing and sharing every precious moment of your baby's development. A custom control button on the shooting screen activates the mode, and optimal settings for the shooting conditions, including Intelligent IS and more, are automatically selected. Simply pick up the camera and start recording, knowing capture will be of the highest quality. Videos shot in Baby Mode are automatically saved into a dedicated Baby Album so they'll never get lost among your other videos. You can then view the Baby Album chronologically for a seamless way to relive and share your baby's growth with friends and relatives.
When you're shooting in Baby Mode, the camcorder's Pre-Record (Pre REC) function is always on. This places the camcorder in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode, where it continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too, so it's easier than ever to capture the baby's "firsts" and every special moment.
Touch Decoration in Baby Mode includes stamps to mark each video with your baby's current height and weight. And with a single registration of the baby's birth date, the camcorder will automatically calculate the number of days old and stamp videos accordingly, creating an exact diary of developmental milestones for years to come. The camcorder's other Touch Decoration options, including your own drawings, captions, animations and more, are fully available in Baby Mode, and all can easily be appended to previously shot video as well.
The VIXIA HF R42 is powered by a new, higher capacity battery pack. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery not only lets you shoot longer, but features intelligent technology that accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute, for extra insurance that you'll never miss an important shooting opportunity.
To enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF R42 also features Focus Assist. Normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras, this feature helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording.
Standard Definition or High Definition:
High DefinitionTelevision System:
NTSCVideo Recording system:
1/4.85-inch, RGB Primary Color FilterTotal Pixels:
Approx. 3.28 MegapixelsEffective Pixels:
Maximum recording Time:32GB SD Memory Card in AVCHD:
- Video: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
- Photo: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
32GB SD Memory Card in MP4:
- LP (1440 x 1080) 12 hours 15 minutes
- FXP (1920 x 1080) 4 hours 10 minutes
- MXP (1920 x 1080) 2 hours 55 minutes
- NTSC 60p (1920 x 1080) 2 hours 30 minutes
- 4Mbps (1280 x 720): 17 hrs. 20 min.
- 17Mbps (1920 x 1080): 4 hr. 10 min.
- 24Mbps (1920 x 1080): 2 hr. 55 min.
- 35Mbps (1920 x 1080): 2 hr. 20 min.
53x Advanced/32x Optical/1060x Digital (Manual mode/Cinema Mode only)Focal Length:
2.8-89.6mm35mm Film Equivalent:
- Optical Zoom: 38.5-1232mm
- Advanced Zoom Off: 38.5-1232mm
- Advanced Zoom On: 32.5-1723mm
- 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
- Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-4.5
TTL (through the lens)Manual Exposure:
Max Shutter Speed:
- Smart Auto
- Manual Mode (P,SCN3)
- Cinema Mode (P only)
- Baby Mode
- Low Light
Minimum Focusing Distance:
- Movie: 1/2000 sec.
- Still Image: 1/500 sec.
- Auto mode: 10mm (AF linkage: WIDE end), 1m in intermediate zoom range, approx. 50 cm at TELE end
- All other modes: 10mm (WIDE end), 1m across entire zooming range (from edge of lens). However, approx. 50cm at tele macro setting established at this time (automatic movement to TELE end)
- AVCHD: 60i/PF30/60P
- MP4: 24P/30P/60P
- NTSC: 5 lux
- Low Light mode: 0.4 lux
Optical System (Lens-shift system)
Intelligent IS in Auto/Baby mode:
- Dynamic IS (default)
- Powered IS
- Macro IS
- Tripod Mode
IS Modes other than Intelligent IS; Dynamic IS and Powered IS settings can be made manually in Manual1/Cinema Mode:Filter Diameter:
Not AvailableLCD Screen:
3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel Widescreen Color LCD (Approx. 230,000 dots)Recording Media:
Built-in 32 GB memory and 1 additional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slotUSB Terminal:
mini-AB: Hi-Speed USB supportedVideo Terminal:
- AVCHD Satisfied: Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel)
- MP4 Satisfied: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2 Channel)
48 KHzAccessory Shoe:
Not AvailableSupplied Video Editing Software:
Pixela Video Browser / Network Utility DiscHDMI Terminal:
Available; mini connector (output only)Microphone Terminal:
3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jackAV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal:
3.5 mm diameter 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)Operating Temperature range:
23 degrees to 113 degrees F; 60% relative humidity / 32 degrees to 104 degrees F; 85% relative humidity (performance)Dimensions:
(W x H x D) 2.1 x 2.2 x 4.6-inch. Excluding grip belt.Weight:
- Approx. 8.3 oz. (Body, not including grip belt)
- Approx. 10.1 oz. (Including Battery BP-718, memory card, and grip belt)