I am a ski instructor. For filming skiing, it has all what's needed, except one feature (viewfinder, which the lack of I substituted with a gadget from a dollar store): below 32 degrees F rating, excellent 53 stabilized hand-held-able zoom, excellent picture quality, true slow motion - instant on the hill playback (60pps), output connectable to old video and HDMI of unbelievable quality - on a big HDTV screen you feel you are part of the motion, it fits into the inside pocket of the ski jacket, and the price is right for my possible falls on the hill. The only feature lacking for recording skiing is no viewfinder, which in this desired price range is simply not available. Without a viewfinder any recording device is really useless for precision recording of skiing. I did and do recommend this camcorder (with a dollar store gadget to substitute for a viewfinder) and would buy this same model should it not survive my possible fall.
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Review 2 for VIXIA HF R400
Nickname: R400 Owner
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Professional or Expert
Mostly used for: Landscape/Nature
Canon Customer: 1 to 5 years
Product replacement: No
Date:October 26, 2014
This unit serves only in well lit situations and will fit in a pocket, as long as it is large and deep enough, making it convenient in certain situations.
In low or moderate light levels this unit functions very poorly, with output largely unacceptable for the viewer.
The stabilizer included works very poorly.
Needless to say, do not purchase this unit for indoor usage without additional lighting.