Canon's Vixia RF80 offers zoom on a budget
The Canon Vixia HF80 is a modest budget camera.
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.