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Canon LEGRIA HF R406 High Definition Camcorder (32x Optical Zoom, Image Stabilisation, 3 inch Touchscreen LCD)

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  • 53x Advanced zoom, Full HD CMOS
  • Superb quality AVCHD and MP4 recording
  • Audio Scene Select
  • Cinema-Look filters and touch decoration
  • DIGIC DV4 image processor

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 5.6 x 5.7 cm ; 236 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 880 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 8155B007AA
  • ASIN: B00AYGBI7O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jan. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,775 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Capture Full HD movies without ever worrying about camera shake with the LEGRIA HF R406. Get closer with 53x Advanced zoom and create movies that sound as good as they look with Audio Scene Select.

  • Shoot beautiful rock steady movies with Optical Intelligent IS featuring advanced dynamic mode
  • Preserve the magical moments in your child’s growth with Baby Mode*
  • Canon HD Video lens with 53x Advanced zoom; Full HD CMOS sensor for superb full-HD image quality at 1920x1080
  • Select from 5 scene modes, audio settings are optimised automatically
  • Showcase and share, capture superb quality movies in AVCHD and MP4 formats
  • Experience superb image quality with DIGIC DV4 processing power
  • Enjoy easy operation with the high-res 7.5 cm capacitive touchscreen LCD
  • Add a different style and feel to your movies with Cinema-Look filters and touch decoration
  • Extend your shooting with the SDXC card slot
Combat camera shake in every shooting environment
Combat camera shake in
every shooting environment

Combat camera shake in every shooting environment

Canon’s enhanced Optical Image Stabilizer technology with Intelligent IS, enables the camcorder to automatically switch between four image stabilisation modes to ensure your movies will always have a smooth, professional look. It automatically detects whether you need to stabilise heavy hand-shake, for example, when on the move (Dynamic), when filming at maximum telephoto range (Powered), when filming up close to correct angular and shift shake (Macro) or when you’re using a tripod to turn off the Optical Image Stabilizer to prevent blur (Tripod). The advanced dynamic mode corrects roll and tilt movements that can occur when walking, ensuring sharp steady videos in every situation.

The combination of Canon’s Intelligent IS and Smart Auto means that the LEGRIA HF R406 automatically detects the scene and the best image stabilisation mode for optimum results, whatever the situation.

Capture the magic moments in your child’s growth

Capture your child’s first steps, first words, or many other firsts with Baby Mode*. Register your child’s date of birth in-camera, and add colourful stamps for height and weight. All footage will automatically be sorted to the baby album.

53x Advanced zoom; Full HD CMOS sensor
The HD CMOS sensor ensures stunning Full HD detail is captured

53x Advanced zoom; Full HD CMOS sensor

A genuine Canon HD video lens with 53x Advanced Zoom lets you capture all the detail in even far away subjects. The Full HD CMOS sensor gives true HD quality and excellent colour reproduction even in low light.

Record exceptional audio in any situation
It's simple to make your movies
sound as good as they look

Record exceptional audio in any situation

Audio makes up more than half of your movie viewing experience. It's simple to make your movies sound as good as they look with Audio Scene Select Select from 5 scene modes and audio settings are optimised automatically to match the scene you’re shooting. So whether you’re filming a speech at a wedding or music at a concert, you can enjoy immersive, realistic audio.

Superb quality recording

Bring out the best of Full HD with progressive recording at the highest rates for AVCHD (28Mbps) and MP4 (35Mbps). The compact camcorder records progressively, therefore compared with 50i recording (found in previous models), diagonal noise is eliminated and high image quality is maintained.

50p records twice the amount of information as 50i recording. Images are captured in sequence at a rate of 50 frames per second, so even fast-moving subjects show up crisp and clear.

Whether you’re showcasing or sharing, simply select the ideal format and choose from a range of recording rates.

Advanced image processing

The powerful DIGIC DV4 imaging processor ensures higher image quality in low light and a substantial reduction in image distortion as it works together with the optical image stabiliser.

Fingertip control
Smooth touch operation on
high resolution screen
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Fingertip control 

Smooth operation is easy with a high-resolution 7.5 cm capacitive touchscreen LCD, giving you intuitive control of settings and simplifying playback. Opening the LCD panel quick starts the camcorder, so you’ll never miss a shot.

Have fun with Cinema filters and Touch Decoration
Select from 7 cinema-look filters – to give your movies a unique look and feel
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Have fun with Cinema filters and Touch Decoration

Inspire your creativity with Cinema-Look Filters. Select from 7 adjustable colour-grading filters to capture the perfect movie scene. Adding fun effects to your movies without a PC is easy using Touch Decoration.

SDXC card slot

The LEGRIA HF R406 records Full HD movies direct to an SDXC memory card which are available in a wide range of sizes allowing you to capture hours of footage.

* Baby mode only works with AVCHD recording and not MP4

Box Contains

Canon LEGRIA HF R406
Compact power adaptor CA-110E
USB cable IFC-300PCU/S
Battery pack BP-718
High-speed HDMI cable HTC-100/S
User Manual kit + software



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I previously owned the canon legria hf r306 (previous model) but was robbed, and therefore replaced it with the new model, which at first seems almost identical, although the picture quality looks like it might be slightly better. The zoom is quieter than the previous model and I don't think you can hear it at all on playback (I could with the 306). One downside is that this camera isn't great for low light video as the image becomes quite noisy, you still get an ok picture but it's not at all as good as with full daylight. Another plus over the previous model is the inclusion of a longer lasting battery which is very useful considering the price of official replacements. Other features such as zoom, focus, stabilizer, usability, and appearance are all good in my opinion. In conclusion I think this is a decent low budget videocamera, and given its price is definitely worth it over the old model, and I really don't think you lose out at all by not getting the more expensive 46 or 48 models.
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By MyKeyReviews TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2013
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♦ Brief ♦

The Canon HF-R406 is a smart looking and very lightweight camcorder that has the ability to record high-quality footage when in the right conditions.

♦ Box contents & recommended items ♦

- Included in the box are the following:

Camcorder | Power Adapter | AC Cable | Battery Pack | HDMI to Mini HDMI Cable | USB to Mini USB Cable | Software Disk.

- Things you NEED:

A memory card is a must, otherwise the camcorder is rendered useless as it has no internal memory.

I would advice one of the following depending on your needs: Sandisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card or SanDisk 64GB SDXC Memory Card, obviously you can choose a different brand or capacity, however if you're going for the highest quality, a higher capacity and faster write speed is advisable.

♦ The Good ♦

+ I personally found this camcorder to be very comfortable to hold, not only due to it being lightweight, but also the hand strap is easily adjustable and feels very snug.

+ Quality on this thing can be really good providing you're in a well lit area (inside or out). If you are in the appropriate conditions then the video at it's highest quality is very smooth & crisp.

+ The zoom is extremely quiet, it can still be picked up in the recorded video, however is so subtle you wont notice it unless your really trying to listen out for it.

+ Sound quality is pretty good and has some audio modes to enhance certain audio such as speech.
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This camera is a basic model with no WIFI and gives good quality video playback in a choice of two formats. The main problem with this camera is the fold out touch screen display panel. This is highly glossy and extremely hard to see in bright conditions so that tracking activity on screen is very difficult.
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First ever camcorder I have bought easy to use light what a brilliant piece of kit the shots from Italy were fantastic I took on holiday wish I had one last year, once I downloaded software on laptop easy to save films to laptop, 1st class camcorder and no help from my kids to set it up
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Fantastic results with this camera. Crystal clear picture - true full HD, not interlaced (there is a definite and marked picture quality difference). Easy to use straight out of the box. I used it to record my daughter's university graduation with excellent results indoors. Would recommend this camera to anyone needing a compact, full HD camcorder to use straight from the box. Fantastic value at the price of £214.00. I cannot recommend this camera highly enough. Top marks Canon. Delivered quickly too and by far the cheapest HD camcorder I found so top marks again Amazon.
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By Bob Rosamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2013
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When I opened the box I was amazed at the size of this camcorder. It is tiny compared with camcorders I have owned in the past. You can't use it straight out of the box as the battery has to be charged first.

This brings me to my first gripe; there is no battery charger included. I always carry a spare battery whatever camera I use and without a mains battery charger you need to use the camera as a battery charger. So if your using the camera and the battery goes flat, while you can change the battery you are not in a position to recharge the flat one. Incidentally, a spare battery by Canon is £60 but Amazon sell batteries by x-Pro and I order this one:- Ex-Pro® Canon BP-727 BP727 3.6v 2680mAh @ £21.97. I also ordered this battery charger:- Dot.Foto Canon BP-709, BP-718, BP-727 Travel Battery Charger which can be used as a mains charger or a car charger. At £8.49 it's a snip.

The second gripe is that there is no memory card included. Without a memory card the camera is neither use nor ornament so why not include one? Fortunately I had foreseen this problem and ordered one (£18 for 32 meg from Amazon) and it arrived in the same package.

Had the kit included a battery charger and a memory card I would have had no hesitation in awarding five stars.

The camera itself is superb and great value at £169. Autofocus is quick and accurate and the vibration reduction system works very well indeed. It is simple to set up and very easy to use.

I would thoroughly recommend this camcorder; to beat it you would have to pay an awful lot more money.
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