Canon Legria HF R46 / R48 / R406

January 7, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Video Cameras | 1 Comment |
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Canon today unveiled its latest entry-level range of Full HD Legria camcorders – the Legria HF R48 (pictured), Legria HF R46 and Legria HF R406. Each of these models is equipped with a high quality Canon HD video lens and a 7.5cm capacitive touch screen. With 32x optical zoom, each offers a great degree of flexibility and each comes with Canon’s Optical Intelligent Image Stabilisation technology on board. The Legria R48 (£429.99) is a Wi-Fi enabled model capable of recording in AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously. The R46 (£349.99) is a similarly specified model - the main difference is the size of the internal memory provided (R48: 32GB, R46: 8GB). The budget-friendly Legria R406 (£259.99) comes without Wi-Fi connectivity and any form of internal storage as it records videos solely on SDXC memory cards..A new Baby Mode makes it easy to capture a baby’s first steps, and words, thanks to a pre-record function that captures footage just before recording starts, so no important moment is ever missed. Baby Mode footage is also stored in a dedicated baby album, making videos easily accessible to share with friends and family. All of these camcorders will be available from March.

Canon Press Release

Capture and share life’s beautiful moments – Canon unveils the new LEGRIA HF R-series

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7 January 2013 – Canon today unveils its latest entry level range of LEGRIA camcorders – the LEGRIA HF R48, LEGRIA HF R46 and LEGRIA HF R406. Designed to be fun, affordable and easy-to-use, the new models are the first to feature Canon’s new DIGIC DV4 imaging platform, delivering stunning Full HD video alongside superb audio clarity. Ideal for those looking to step up from shooting with mobile phones or compact cameras, the new compact and lightweight models come with built in optical image stabilisation and Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling anyone to shoot, edit and share smooth Full HD footage with ease.

Perfect for families who want to record and share special moments, the new HF R-series’ allow users to view, control and share videos over Wi-Fi using any iOS, Android or Windows-based device. The new models also offer simultaneous recording of high bit-rate AVCHD and low bit-rate MP4 formats, advanced optical IS and Intelligent IS, as well as a host of new shooting modes to make capturing and sharing beautiful HD video as easy as possible.

Power to share

Two of the new models, LEGRIA HF R48 and LEGRIA HF R46, launch with enhanced Wi-Fi functionality. A new Live Streaming feature allows users to monitor and record video remotely using smartphone or tablet devices via Canon’s new CameraAccess application. Ideal for monitoring a child’s movements, parents can use a tablet or smartphone in another room to activate recording, and even remotely zoom in and out, ensuring that they never miss a moment.

A new Remote Browser function makes sharing videos easier than ever before. An in-built access point connects directly to any web browser, with no router required, allowing users to seamlessly view videos on various connected devices, such as PCs, smartphones and tablets. Remote Browser even allows users to wirelessly save movies from their camera directly to the device they are using.

Clear, blur free movies
The new LEGRIA HF R-series models are packed full of technologies that make it fun and easy to capture special family memories in stunning detail. Canon’s Intelligent IS technology ensures clear, blur-free video by automatically detecting different types of camera shake and then selects the most suitable stabilisation setting from four modes. An enhanced Dynamic IS mode also employs a five-axis optical Image Stabilizer to correct rolling and rotational camera shake that occurs when shooting and walking.

Capture superb image quality
The new HF R-series features a first-class HD Camera System, comprising a 3.2MP Full HD CMOS sensor and Canon’s new DIGIC DV4 imaging platform, which offers higher image quality in low light. DIGIC DV4 combines a substantially improved image stabilisation function with Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer to deliver stunning shake-free video. The enhanced processing power of DIGIC DV4 also provides the ability to record AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously[ii], so users can record a high bit-rate version to keep, as well as a high quality low bit-rate version to share online.

All models are equipped with a high quality Canon HD video lens. With 32x optical zoom and support for a 53x advanced zoom, each offers exceptional quality throughout the zoom range, thanks to Canon’s advanced IS technology. A Full HD CMOS sensor ensures videos are sharp in detail and rich in tonal range, so users can record special moments as they remember them.

Advanced Audio Performance

To complement exceptional visuals, the new LEGRIA HF R series features Canon’s Audio Scene Select technology. Enhancing the quality of the internal microphone, Audio Scene Select features five different modes with sound settings optimised for the scene being shot, including Noise Reduction, Music and Speech. Users can simply select the most suitable mode for their scene and let the camera do the work, allowing them to focus solely on capturing the moment in front of them.

Record a child’s early years with new Baby Mode

A new Baby Mode is perfect for parents, making it easy to capture a baby’s first steps, and words, thanks to a pre-record function that captures footage just before recording starts, so no important moment is ever missed. Baby Mode footage is also stored in a dedicated baby album, making videos easily accessible to share with friends and family.

All LEGRIA HF R-series models feature a large, vivid 7.5cm (3.0”) capacitive touchscreen display, offering the perfect way to compose, playback and navigate settings. The touch interface makes it super-easy for users to navigate intuitive menus, adjust settings and switch between different shooting modes and sharing features.

LEGRIA HF R48 key features:

·      Wi-Fi with MP4 support
·      Optical Intelligent IS
·      53x Advanced zoom, Full HD CMOS
·      Baby Mode
·      Audio Scene Select
·      Simultaneous recording of AVCHD and MP4
·      DIGIC DV4 image processor
·      High-res 7.5cm capacitive touch screen LCD
·      32GB internal storage

LEGRIA HF R46 key features:

·      Wi-Fi with MP4 support
·      Optical Intelligent IS
·      53x Advanced zoom, Full HD CMOS
·      Baby Mode
·      Audio Scene Select
·      Simultaneous recording of AVCHD and MP4
·      DIGIC DV4 image processor
·      High-res 7.5cm capacitive touch screen LCD
·      8GB internal storage

LEGRIA HF R406 key features:

·      Optical Intelligent IS
·      53x Advanced zoom, Full HD CMOS
·      Baby Mode
·      Audio Scene Select
·      Superb quality AVCHD and MP4 recording
·      DIGIC DV4 image processor
·      High-res 7.5cm capacitive touch screen LCD
·      Cinema-Look filters and touch decoration
·      SDXC card slot

Pricing and availability:

The LEGRIA HF R48 is available from March with a £429.99 SRP
The LEGRIA HF R46 is available from March with a £349.99 SRP
The LEGRIA HF R406 is available from March with a £259.99 SRP



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#1 Chris

Seems to be really good one.

5:30 pm - Monday, January 7, 2013