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Canon LEGRIA FS406 Camcorder - Silver (37x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen LCD)

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  • Two memory card slots: record to SDXC and Eye-Fi cards for easy sharing
  • 41x Advanced Zoom and Dynamic IS for stable shots on the move
  • Easy-to-use Dual Shot mode: one button for video, one for photos
  • 6.7cm widescreen LCD captures high quality 16:9 movies
  • One-touch clips with Video Snapshot for easy moviemaking

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Colour Name: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 5.3 x 5.9 cm ; 222 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 5026B026AA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,708 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Manufacturer's Description

Quality videos - effortless fun

Creating and sharing quality videos is effortless fun with the incredibly lightweight and compact LEGRIA FS 406. Not only does it create brilliant Standard Definition (SD) movies but its tiny size means you can take it with you wherever you go, plus it records straight to memory card so you can quickly and easily share your movies with friends and family.

Features include:

  • 41x Advanced Zoom lens
  • Dynamic Optical Image Stabilizer for steady recordings
  • 2.7” widescreen LCD display
  • Program Auto Exposure which automatically adjusts settings dependent upon subject and conditions
  • Range of control and creative options which can take your moviemaking to the next level:
    • Video Snapshot
    • Pre REC
    • Quick Start
  • With Canon’s Transfer Utility sharing movies online, on sites like YouTube™, has never been easier thanks to HD-SD conversion and Easy Web Uploading with PIXELA software.
41x Advanced Zoom lens
The 41x Advanced Zoom lens is ideal for capturing the detail of the moment
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Stylish and compact

Weighing just 225g the stylish LEGRIA FS 406 is not only extremely lightweight but also small enough to fit in your pocket, so you can carry it with you wherever you go.

41x Advanced Zoom

You can get up close and personal, even with faraway subjects with the LEGRIA FS 406's 41x Advanced Zoom lens. Its versatility means you can really explore your creative options and it’s perfect for capturing the action at sporting events or concerts. Zooming is smooth and steady throughout the range so you are always able to get the shot you need and with the quality you expect from Canon.

The LEGRIA FS 406 offers you additional flexibility giving you the choice of 41x Advanced Zoom in default mode, a 37x Optical Zoom or a 2000x Digital Zoom.

Smooth, professional looking movies

Canon's Dynamic Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for almost every kind of movement from the gentle murmurs of your breathing to the vibrations of a car ride, so 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 e.g. when walking, shooting from a moving car or even when shooting at maximum telephoto range.

Dynamic Optical Image Stabilizer
The Dynamic Optical Image Stabilizer detects and corrects movement even using full zoom
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Shoot and share

With the LEGRIA FS 406 you shoot movies straight to removable SD or SDHC flash memory cards, so they are ready and waiting to be shared with friends and family. You'll also appreciate its quick response time - press the record button and your LEGRIA FS 406 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review your footage, it will start playing more quickly as well. The efficient file size of SD movies mean they are perfect for uploading to a computer or the internet so you can easily share movies on popular video sharing websites like YouTube™. Or create your very own podcasts to send to all your friends with a free Canon Image Gateway account (register your product on the Canon Image Gateway website, see leaflet in the box). You can also play back your movies on any TV. Just connect the camcorder directly to the TV using the AV cable supplied. Memory cards are also so small that taking extra cards with you is no problem.

Advanced Scene Detection Technology
Program Auto Exposure gets the best from difficult shooting conditions
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Great results in any conditions

Your life happens everywhere, so the LEGRIA FS 406 includes Program Auto Exposure (AE) mode that gives you settings that automatically result in the best exposure settings for different conditions and different subjects. These modes include Portrait mode which ensures perfect close up shots of your friends and family. Sports mode captures the action with faster shutter speeds. Night Scene mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure of your subject.

Great low light performance

Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set. You won't miss any of them thanks to the LEGRIA FS 406's built-in video light. The light lets you shoot subjects in low light up to 4.9 feet away, e.g. when filming a sleeping baby, so you can capture all of the low light moments you want to record.

Video Snapshot
Create multi-shot movies quickly and easily with Video Snapshot
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Fun short movies made easy

Using Video Snapshot mode it is fun and easy to create great video montages. Simply press the record button to capture 2, 4 or 8-second clips. To make and playback a simple multi-shot movie is quick and easy and you don't need a PC. All you have to do is select a series of clips and create a 'playlist'. This can then be set to music, chosen from the preloaded, rights-free tracks on the camcorder or from a selection supplied on the accompanying CD. Alternatively, you can upload your own WAV format tracks using the Music Transfer Utility supplied.

Power efficient with quick recharge

The LEGRIA FS 406's intelligent battery lets you shoot for up to 3.5 hours on a single charge. Plus all it takes is 20 minutes to recharge for a further hour's recording.

Never miss a shot

In Pre REC mode, the camcorder starts 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 recording - 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.

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.

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Colour Name: Red
Just got this as a birthday present and my first impressions are Wow!

I will update on transferring and the DVD/Hard Disc quality when Ive monkeyed about and loaded the software.

The Casing and the build quality is top notch. Sleek and beautiful, with such a light and small machine, yet it feels so tactile to hold. The buttons are substantial yet nimble and the great thing about it is even the missus thinks it looks sexy.

As for simple operations, I am using a fast SD memory card so I works like a dream and if you are saving money not buying one with a solid state state drive I reckomend you buy the best quality you can afford, then skimp on the GB as you can buy more later and swap them quick as a flash (no pun intended).

It records constantly when you turn it on so it will add the first 3 seconds before you press record to any shot so you dont miss anything - this is perhaps the most exciting feature im waiting to try on our little one and will update how it works.

As for sound, it comes out perfectly pleasant, no harsh base tones from voices behind the camera, and it will pick up far away noises too, so this might make shooting in a croud annoying, I hope the software will be able to tone down background noise, but filming a quick blog, I could hear very clearly my wife in the other side of the house on the playback (although she is very noisy on the phone).

And as for Picture this is where I am so excited. In low lighting and shooting indoors at night I would have thought it would have a strange look like the similarly priced Sony and Panasonic's, yet it was crisp and clean with the minimum of fuss on the image and looked spectacular even on the little screen.

Anyway I shall update later so for now it gets 4*
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Colour Name: Silver
Having purchased my first Cannon videocam in 2001, this third one developed is astoundingly light, has much longer battery life and has all the desirable features at a very attractive price. Compared to one from another manufacturer recently purchased by a family member, the automatic shutter over the lens is an advantage and one less button to remember to press before filming.
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Colour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I bought this camera for short video work after my shiny Sony all singing and dancing camera died. I have not been disapointed. For profesional work it probably falls short of the mark. I hardly ever used any of the fancy controls on the Sony, so am not missing anything. This is used for web based video, YouTube and recording local events, of which their are dozens every year here.

The transfer software, although quirky on first attempts is soon learned and does the job well of transfering to computer. I have not used the software for manipulation as I have some old stuff I have used for years and is good enough for my use.

For family based stuff it is a good camera. Very light and easy to use. As with all cameras it needs a reasonable amount of light. In dim lighting the colour shifts a little. The small built in light is ok for close up work but it is only a few mm in diameter so cannot be expected to be good for full size work. I have put 4 x 36watt twisted type flourescent lamps into the light fitting of one room for video indoors and the results are superb. Better than expected.

For the price its a good camera, even for video courses delivered over the internet. Smart filmwork may need something a little more sophisticated.
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Colour Name: Silver
Great little camcorder, Beyond my expectations with video and snaps.Canon LEGRIA FS406 Camcorder - Silver (37x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen LCD)
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This is my fourth video camera and second Canon one.

Records to an SD card, (make sure you get the right one and type).

Downloads to computer Ok, but problems start when you try to join up several scenes using Videostudio ProX3 - the productions keep stopping momentarily and then re-starting. They play well when used in isolation. Am trying to overcome this but it's annoying and I think It has to do with recording to an SD card.

I have always been pleased with Canon products but not sure about this one, if I can overcome this 'glitch' it will be excellent.

This replaced a much better Canon MV630, stolen at St Pancras station.

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