Top positive review
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Good introduction to HD camcording..
on 14 March 2011
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. I also hooked it up to my mac mini and iMovie recognised the camera and allowed me to import the movies directly without any other software. It was very easy to use.
The auto mode is great as it recognises different environments very easily. I use this mode most of the time for average shooting, and then sometimes i drop it into manual mode to be a little more arty!
It does still pictures too, but I'm not interested in this feature, as I bought a canon powershot S95 for this.
Overall, i'm quite happy with my first HD camcorder. I only want to capture some footage of my baby on the way, and general family movies - nothing professional for now. Canon have a great reputation for imaging products which was what drew me to this camcorder.