Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder
The HF R500 was released along with the R50 and R52. While these cameras share the same sensor, lens, LCD, and processor, the R500 lacks the WiFi and internal storage (the higher end models have 8GB and 32GB of internal storage respectively). Fortunately, even without the added memory, you can simply record to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards which are very inexpensive.
The lens has a 57x Advanced Zoom and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which yields impressive results for a $300 camera. The Intelligent IS automatically turns on, correcting minor shakes to keep your videos sharp and steady while CinemaLook filters and 24p shooting gives footage a more film-like look. The Face Detection which can function on up to 9 people at a time ensures your friends and family will never be out of focus. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the more feature-laden Vixia cameras, the HF R500 is a great camera for you.