The Canon VIXIA Mini series is a pocket-sized video camera that’s great for capturing short moments in time. From weddings to family vacations, the VIXIA Mini will deliver great results whether you’re shooting indoors or out. It is compact and portable, making it a great travel companion. It’s ideal for shooting videos on the go, and it’s really easy to use.
Unfortunately, both VIXIA Mini and VIXIA Mini X are discontinued as of today (2022). This actually makes sense since the first version came out about 8 years ago. While the VIXIA Mini X came out just 5 years ago and was recently discontinued. Canon didn’t release any official statement on why they discontinued both models. We can only speculate that it is due to their poor sales and they had a hard time catching up with the competition.
In contrast, their main competitor, GoPro is still going strong today. Fortunately, you can still buy a used VIXIA Mini or VIXIA Mini X in selected stores. But it will definitely be hard to find one nowadays.
If you really like its features and unique form factor, no one is stopping you to get one even if they are now discontinued. Its recording quality is still very good at today’s standard. Small and portable, the Canon VIXIA Mini/X is still a great everyday carry video camera.
But if you’re going to ask me, unless you’re really a fan of Canon and this video camera, getting a GoPro makes more sense. It is newer, durable and its video quality is more than enough for casual users and vloggers.
Camera Like Canon VIXIA Mini/X – Alternative
If you are looking for a camera like the Canon VIXIA Mini then the GoPro Hero 10 Black is a great alternative. It is newer and still in production so we can expect that GoPro will continue to support this action camera. It has a newer GP2 processor that ensures you will never miss any action. It is also very portable and a tough action camera that you can use during your travels.
The GoPro Hero 10 Black can also record 5.3k videos and the quality is really outstanding. The other good news is, that it lays flat on tables and desks therefore you can use it while vlogging, streaming, or recording your activities.
GoPro Hero 10’s video and image quality were better than the Canon VIXIA Mini/X. Well, it really makes sense because it has a newer lens, processor and its HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization that allows the Hero 10 to capture great details even in dim lights. The stabilization also helps a lot to avoid shaky footage and blurry images.
There are a lot of great things to say about this small action camera, and for us, this is the best alternative for a Canon VIXIA Mini.
Another great alternative for the VIXIA Mini/X is the Zoom Q8N-4K. Although it is bigger than the Canon VIXIA Mini/X and GoPro Hero 10, the Zoom Q8N-4K is still small and portable. It has a 160 wide-angle lens and can do a 4x digital zoom. The lens is good at capturing details, especially in ample lighting. Although, if you max it at 4x zoom, the image quality will degrade by a lot.
And one more thing, the SOUND! The Zoom Q8N-4K has an amazing audio quality. It’s clear, crisp and it is actually good in most situations.
It may not be as tough as the GoPro Hero 10 or as small as the Canon VIXIA, but if you want a compact video camera that has a great video recording quality the Zoom Q8N-4K is a great choice.