Canon VIXIA HF R72 Brief Review



  • 3.2 megapixel 1/4.85” CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps and 28 Mbps
  • 32x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f/1.8-f/4.5
  • 32 GB built-in memory (up to 150 minutes of footage at full resolution)
  • 3” touchscreen
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Wi-fi
  • Li-ion battery
  • Weighs 8.47 oz. (240g)
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  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon VIXA HF R72 offers improved battery life
The highlight of the new Canon R72 is the improved battery life.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/11/2017

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon VIXIA HF R82.

For the second year in a row, Canon has made relatively small updates to their consumer camcorder line. This year, the headlining new feature is a higher capacity battery for longer recording times, though the manufacturer hasn't yet specified just how long you can record on one charge.

The Canon VIXIA HF R72 is the high capacity 32 GB memory option. At full resolution, you can fit 150 minutes of video on the built-in hard drive without adding an SD card.

Like the rest of the line, the Canon R72 uses a 1/4.8" backlit sensor and a 32x optical zoom lens (57x advanced zoom). Video is recorded at a solid 60 fps, though it's worth noting there are some competitors with higher bit rates. Optical image stabilization is included as well. Canon has also improved their subject tracking technology throughout the 2016 VIXIA options. MP4 and AVCHD formats can also now be recorded simultaneously.

While the R72 doesn't see huge improvements, it is still a solid option when the $1,000 4K is out of the budget. The Panasonic V770 uses a larger sensor and includes an HDR mode for challenging lighting, but is a bit more expensive. The Sony CX440 records at a higher bit rate, though without that 32 GB of storage.

While we'd like to see Canon step up with more updates, the R72 isn't a bad choice. The Canon R70 is identical except for having only half the built-in memory. The Canon R700 offers a similar feature set, but without wi-fi and built-in memory.

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