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This review is from: Canon LEGRIA HF R406 High Definition Camcorder (32x Optical Zoom, Image Stabilisation, 3 inch Touchscreen LCD) (Camera)
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.