Summary: I owned a first generation HD Vixia camcorder in the past and I sold it because it was very slow to initialize recording, play back images and videos, and displayed a noticeable shutter lag while taking stills. The output, except in low lighting, was excellent. It took nice, crisp AVCHD .MTS videos with a variety of recording options. It also had a built in video light, a flash unit and a dedicated physical shutter button for taking still images.
Summary: I love this camera! This camera is FANTASTIC! Why do i say this? Pros: GREAT quality EASY to use Touch Screen Auto Off Fast Recharge Expandable Memory Moveable Monitor HD!!!! Smooth Recording Great Zoom Cons: Does not have bells and whistles (Manual lens cover, not as bad as it seems) Have to buy SD card
Summary: I was looking for a cheaper, but still great quality camcorder. I am studying electronic media so I figured it'd be nice to have something halfway decent, and this definitely does the job! The lack of internal memory is not an issue for me, like many people have said memory cards are so cheap nowadays why would you pay $200 for 16 or 32 gb of internal memory.
Summary: If it weren't for the noise and auto-focus issues at very low light, I'd give the HF R400 a five-star rating. It's an amazing trooper for the price, with excellent controls (once you learn to navigate - which is relatively easy on the beautifully vibrant touch screen) and solid battery performance. I personally prefer using cards directly, rather than internal memory, so the lack of the latter bothers me not at all. The performance in low light could be better.