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Canon LEGRIA HF R206 High Definition Camcorder - Grey (20x Optical Zoom, 3 inch Touchscreen LCD)

by Canon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • 3.2MP Full HD CMOS sensor for improved image quality in low light conditions
  • High-resolution 7.5cm, Touch-screen LCD – intuitive controls everyone can use
  • Canon HD Video lens with 28x Advanced zoom and 400x digital zoom
  • Dual SDXC card slots with Eye-Fi support
  • Smart AUTO mode with Tele-Macro support for extreme close-ups
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 6 x 6.2 cm ; 272 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 4906B010AA
  • ASIN: B004INGLSK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jan 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,110 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Step up to brilliant HD quality

The LEGRIA HF R206 is a great first step into High Definition recording. It delivers brilliant full HD movies at an affordable price and incorporates a host of new features, including a new 3” LCD touchscreen display that makes it so easy to use. All of this is recorded straight to memory card so you can quickly and easily share your movies with friends and family.

Features include:

  • 20x optical zoom HD video lens
  • Powered Optical Image Stabilizer for steady recordings
  • 3" LCD touchscreen with high resolution and high contrast
  • Smart Auto Scene Detection Technology for great results in every situation
  • Face Detection Technologies which can simultaneously detect the faces of up to 35 individuals in a single frame with high speed auto focusing
  • Range of control and creative options which can take your moviemaking to the next level, including:
    • Touch Decoration
    • Improved Video Snapshot
  • Sharing movies online on sites like YouTube™ has never been easier thanks to HD-SD conversion and easy web uploading with PIXELA software
High resolution touch-screen
The high resolution touchscreen makes focusing and changing other settings easy

Innovative touchscreen control

The LEGRIA HF R206 combines a high resolution, high contrast 3" LCD screen with innovative touchscreen controls featuring high visibility icons for all of the most common functions when shooting and viewing images.

When filming, you are just a touch away from selecting your shooting mode, changing flash settings or adjusting exposure compensation. A single touch to a face or an object on the screen will also set auto focus. The focus will remain locked on the selected face/object whether it, or the camcorder moves, and the exposure will always compensate automatically.

Brilliant High Definition, versatile, smooth zoom

The new HD 3.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor and silent HD 20x optical zoom video lens with Powered Optical Image Stabilizer produces a brilliant combination of High Definition filming and smooth zoom capabilities.

This new sensor gives true HD quality without any blurring ensuring excellent colour reproduction, low power consumption, sensitivity to low light and provides brilliant colour balance for the ultimate in image quality. It also means your movies will look great on your HD TV.

Touch Decoration

To enhance your movie personalisation experience Canon now offers Touch Decoration. This exciting new feature enables you to easily overlay active animations in videos such as shooting stars, write over your videos with a stylus pen and even interweave still images into your final film.

Multi-shot movies with music made easy

The upgraded Video Snapshot mode is a fun and easy way to create great video montages without the need for a PC. Simply press the record button to capture 2, 4 or 8-second standard definition clips from your HD originals, either during filming or playback, then select a series of clips and create a 'playlist' in one file for an easy multi-shot movie. This can then be set to music, chosen from the preloaded, rights-free tracks on the camcorder or from the selection supplied on the accompanying CD.

Alternatively you can link the camcorder to any mobile MP3 player through the mic terminal and upload your own music tracks.

With Photo Burst you can also capture stills from a sequence of recorded video. With a press of the Photo button 25 individual shots are created from a single second of video - a fun way to capture the best scenes as photographs.

Powered Optical Image Stabilizer
The new Powered Optical Image Stabilizer ensures shake free movies every time
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Superb zoom with image stabilisation

The 20x optical zoom HD video lens offers you the versatility to really explore your creative options and get up close and personal, even with far away subjects, like at sporting events or concerts. Canon's Dynamic Optical Image Stabilizer ensures your movies will always have a smooth, professional look. Easily switch from Standard Mode to Dynamic Range when you want to stabilise heavy hand shake on the move, for example when walking, shooting from a moving car or climbing up and down stairs. For even more powerful stabilisation, Powered Optical Image Stabilizer can be activated by the touch of a button to boost compensation for camera shake when shooting at maximum telephoto range.

Smart Auto mode
Smart Auto mode analyses the scene and selects the appropriate settings
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Intelligent by design for the perfect image

To ensure top quality, true-to-life video under any lighting conditions, the LEGRIA HF R206 boasts Canon's Smart Auto technology that was pioneered in their digital still cameras. Smart Auto’s scene recognition technology optimises settings according to the situation - detecting people, distance, brightness, colour and movement information - then selects the perfect settings from 31 specially defined scenes like Night Scenes and Sun Set.

High speed, precision focusing

Unique to Canon HD camcorders, Instant AF (auto focus) uses two auto focus sensors to help you find the perfect focus with speed and accuracy. This is great for HD movies where errors in focusing can be more noticeable. The first sensor quickly estimates the distance to the subject, while the second makes fine adjustments for absolute precision. It's effective even when shooting at night or with slow shutter speeds and it works so fast - refocusing takes place in about 0.5 seconds - you may not even notice it's there.

Never miss a shot

For added filming functionality you can also set your camcorder to Pre REC mode, where it will start recording three seconds before you even press the Record button. Three seconds of footage are continuously stored and automatically added to the beginning of your clip from whenever you start videoing - you need never miss that crucial moment again. With Quick Start standby mode you can also power up the camcorder in less than a second by simply flipping open the LCD screen.

Sharing has never been easier

The LEGRIA HF R206 incorporates an inbuilt HD-SD converter, so you can easily adapt your HD movies for uploading to internet sites like YouTube™. All you have to do is select HD-SD conversion when you copy your movie from one memory source to another. Easy Web Upload software (PIXELA), already included free in the box, displays your SD clips and can store your YouTube™ login details - just select your clip and upload with one click.

Over 70 years of lens excellence

Every Canon camcorder lens is constructed to the most exacting standards and backed by more than 70 years’ experience in crafting lenses for broadcast. Up to 13 individual lenses can be included in a single Canon camcorder lens, each featuring aspheric lens elements to remove any image distortion for the highest quality movies. Canon make their own lenses and their outstanding image quality is underscored by their use in most broadcast applications. For example, programmes like Coronation Street, Casualty and X Factor, nature documentaries like The Blue Planet and Life, as well as the majority of outside broadcasts in the UK, are all recorded using Canon's state-of-the-art broadcast lenses.

Product Description

A perfect introduction to HD, the LEGRIA HF R28 features a Canon Full HD CMOS sensor, 28x Advanced zoom and intuitive Touch-screen. Intelligent Smart Auto ensures superb HD movies every time. The Full HD 3.2MP CMOS sensor gives true HD quality and excellent colour reproduction even in low light, so your movies will look great on your HDTV. Capture high-resolution 3.0MP still photos at the touch of a button. Operation is easy with a high-resolution 7.5cm (3.0 inch) gesture-based Touch-screen LCD, which gives


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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to HD camcording.. 14 Mar 2011
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This is a light portable camera. It looks good and has a good range of features and its at a good price.

It is almost identical to the R26 and R28 models. The R206 doesn't come with internal memory. But the price of a 32GB SD card is 40, whereas the R28 is 100 more! Doesn't add up. You might as well buy the R206 and purchase memory cards. The price of memory comes down pretty fast, so I've opted for a 16GB card, which is sufficient for the time being. The R26 and R28 also have a internal web conversion feature, which can convert your HD movie to SD for web uploads, but this isn't a feature I required.

I was dissapointed with the battery life, which is only 75 minutes per full charge. So be prepared to carry your charger with you, or if you are out and about you may need a spare (i don't think they come cheap though, 70 maybe).

I was very interested in the 3 second pre-record feature, but dissapointed with it. You turn it on, but then it 'disengages' after 5 minutes of inactivity or if you put the camera into standby. I was expecting to have the 3 second feature always active, so i was ready to capture at any moment. Nevermind.

The touchscreen is better than button navigation, but it isn't up to the same quality of responsiveness as you get from an iPhone.... but its a ][ device, and something has to give. You have to press firmly to get a good response.

The image quality appears good. Although i'm no expert and it's been 10years since i've owned a camcorder and this is my first digital one!

I record movies on the top quality setting (MXP) and i used the bundled software to download onto windows 7. The files play directly in windows media player or i prefer to use VLC media player.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon Legria HF R206 17 May 2011
Worked more or less straight out of the box. Limited written instructions on how to get you going, the rest you have to find on the supplied CD - not always practical. I was impressed with the picture quality, but I'm less keen on the touch screen which is not very sensitive and therefore not as responsive - you have to press firmly says the manual. I have to use my nail to operate the icons which worries me as the screen is soft. It smudges easily too, but that's the case with all touch screens and I like my screens to stay clean! The zoom is great as this is a proper button which also easily controls the zoom speed. Auto focus is good but can struggle a bit in darker scenes. Having said that, footage taken inside a limo at my daughter's prom was excellent, despite the low light conditions. It's Macro ability is also a nice feature - focusses down to a few cm in wide angle. The sound is quite acceptable too for such a small camera. The image stabilizer works ok until you get to the top end of the zoom where you need it most. Reading other (magazine) reviews this was pointed out, so if I wanted better stabilization I should have spent another 100.00 or so.
Having seen other people's older standard resolution footage this is definitely a leap forward. The battery time is not that long, so if you want to use it out and about, get a spare battery. I'm a novice at video, so overall it's good value for money, plugged straight into the TV too with the supplied HDMI cable.
I would have given it 5 stars had the touch screen and Image Stabilization been better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor battery life 26 Feb 2012
By Culture Enthusiast TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I wanted to upgrade my very basic Nikon digital camera and I have started to look into the camcorders. This camera is good for non pro (I am not a photographer). I wanted something light, with double card storage and with a good zoom. I bought this camera as the features looked very similar to cameras at the same price point and it was at a discounted price. All good with the exception of poor battery life: 75 minutes is a joke! I use it mainly indoors but I am really not happy with the battery life - really rubbish. The features on the screen are not user friendly (too much fiddling required). HD video quality is good for the standards that I require, but the pictures are not fantastic (my Nikon was much better)- they look sort of without a punch in the colours, very watercolour like. Overall it is an OK product but if I could choose I would not repurchase it and I would go for the Sony camcorder instead. Mac users: it is not compatible with Apple Mac.

I have now bought a Mac and whist the software that comes with the camera is not compatible, the camera is. You would not need the Canon software anyway as you can import/edit videos directly with iMovies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sandford TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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An extremely compact HD camcorder that gives excellent image quality with a more than acceptable sound stage considering the microphone placement. Unusually for a camera of this type it has slots for two SD cards - I fitted mine out with two 16G cards, enough for about 4 hours of HD recording!

Excellent I thought for my recent trip to Amsterdam, unfortunately battery life is not that brilliant, only about an hour with the supplied unit, with genuine Canon batteries costing about 60 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-BP-110-Camcorder-battery/dp/B004ITNVNC - there are other 'compatible' batteries available considerably cheaper but I have previously found that their recording time is less than genuine units.

As stated previously, image quality is excellent, helped in no small part by the cameras image stabilisation system.

My only real gripe with the camera is the 'touchscreen', I'm of an age that much prefers a physical button to push and found the included plastic stylus fiddly to use, particularly when the LCD screen is swung-out for normal use, but when 'parked' along side the camera body it is easier to manipulate the menus.

Being a MAC user I was pleased that the camera was automatically recognised in iMovie09.

I'm not one to share movies online but must confess I found the ability to make video montages, convert the HD content SD and then upload to Youtube (all in camera) quite amazing!
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