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Canon Legria HF G25
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Canon Legria HF G25 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 565g CMOS Nov 2015
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Canon's high performance HD Video lens technology delivers a superb 30.4mm, F1.8 lens with a smooth, 10x optical zoom, and 8-Blade iris for natural looking de-focus effects. The advanced HD CMOS... More
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28 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

Expert review website digitalmediaandit.com scored this camcorder 80%. That puts this small sensor size camcorder in the bottom 100% of all the video cameras of this spec and age.

User Reviews Are Excellent

This Canon video camera has a terrific average user rating based on 125 user reviews. This small sensor size camcorder in the top 1% of all the video cameras of a comparable age and spec when ranked by user rating.

Good Quality Lens

Several Canon Legria HF G25 owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good autofocus. A Reviewer mentioned on Amazon “Images are excellent and the auto-focus if you need it is very fast” in their review. Charlie-Cj wrote on Amazon “This camcorder offers loads of manual and automatic options, like exposure compensation, Gain, manual focus, face detection (works well), white balance, audio level indicator, accurate X.V” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25. H mentioned “I was mainly looking for a camera with decent focus behavior (no hunting, good tracking), good hand-held performance” and rated it 4 stars.

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens. Ian Thomas said “It is also better in full daylight too, thanks to the superb wide-angle lens and included lens hood which shields from glare in sunny conditions” in his review of the Canon Legria HF G25. Philip Chambers said three years ago “Brought the G25 which has a wider angle lens” in his Canon Legria HF G25 review. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25 “It also has a 30.4mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom lens to capture full high-definition videos”.

Two Canon Legria HF G25 owners said that this camcorder had a good zoom. Charlie-Cj mentioned on Amazon “A very jerky zoom (to rapidly zoom in on a target for a photo” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25.

Some people who reviewed the product said that it had a good image stabiliser. Three years ago H wrote on Amazon “With wide angles it produces surprisingly good stabilization”. Ian Thomas rated the product 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “The automatic image stabilisation is very effective, even before activating the "Powered IS" feature”.

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Good Size

Three customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact. Three people who reviewed it agreed that it was heavy and bulky. In November J. Blanchard wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25 “It's not too heavy either”.

A few people considered that the product was a good size. Bromley Mod mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G25 review “Screen is nice size” and gave it a very good review score. H wrote on Amazon “Nice size and weight for the camera” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Canon Legria HF G25 owner mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good structurally. P. Bradshaw mentioned “Robust, top notch construction, tactile high-quality materials” in their Canon Legria HF G25 review.

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Good Technical Features

Some people who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G25 thought it had good features. Three years ago H mentioned “The camera seems to have good audio features such as being able to mix in-camera the internal”. H also mentioned “Getting to know some of the more advanced features requires reading (and re-reading) the manual”. Kirk H. mentioned in his Canon Legria HF G25 review two years ago “Fantastic features and add-ons also available to give you customization” .

Good Product Quality

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Alan S. wrote in November last year “This little beauty has better image quality than my Canon XHA1s which cost over” and rated it 80 out of 100. Charlie-Cj wrote in their Canon Legria HF G25 review “An excellent semi-pro HD camcorder that captures good quality video in daylight or indoors” . Charlie-Cj also said “Although my Canon PowerShot SX50 HS bridge camera offers 'hi-def 1080' video, in reality this Legria Camcorder's video quality is far superior, particularly when used indoors in low light”.

Easy to Use

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Alfred Grech said on Amazon three years ago “The Canon Legria HF G25 a very practical Camcorder which meets everyday requirments” in his review of this camcorder. Bromley Mod wrote in their review last year “I note that the G30 has a viewfinder that can be tilted and I miss that when I have to use it in strong sunlight” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars. Charlie-Cj said in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25 “Initial impressions are that all the extra video features make this Canon Legria camcorder quite complex to use (which it true).”.

A number of customers said that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Håkan M. said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon three years ago “The IS has three settings, OFF, Normal”. Raysor gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon a few weeks ago “Shutter speed, manual for exposure, there are lots of other settings which I shall be investigating” in their review. Straightforward said on Amazon “Runs at a variety of speeds + Great touch screen, very good picture on it too + Great results with auto settings + Everything is user-modifiable” in their review and scored it 5 stars.

A number of customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Macdoom mentioned “The touch screen is a lot more comfortable in practice than I feared it would be (can you tell I'm a traditionalist?)” in their review.

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Good Support

A number of customers reckoned that the product had good technical guidance. A Reviewer mentioned on Amazon “I chose this over Panasonic's equivalent top-spec model (the x920) because of its better manual controls, native 1920x1080 chip” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25. Bromley Mod wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25 “Instructions excellent” and rated it 5 stars. David Norell mentioned in his review “Must study the manual for advanced use”.

Nice Design

Some Canon Legria HF G25 owners concluded that this camcorder was good looking. Alan S. mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Beautiful image quality and decent sound too for its price”. Darren mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon three years ago “Its still pretty good though” and rated it 4 stars. Two years ago Kirk H. mentioned “For semi-pro quality in hand held body, this camera offers young independent filmmakers or family to capture beautiful quality images, with a camera nearly the size of your hand” in his review.

One Canon Legria HF G25 owner wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was neat. A Reviewer said “It sits really neatly and comfortable in your hand” in their review. One customer who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G25 considered that it was well designed.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was smooth. Three years ago Straightforward mentioned on Amazon “32GB inbuilt memory + Light, very compact + The Zoom is very smooth” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25.

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Robust

A number of people agreed that the product was well made. Three years ago A Reviewer mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G25 review “The camcorder has a decent build quality and doesn't feel flimsy at all” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Two years ago Gary John Simms wrote “Fantastic Camcorder love it to bits, well made very professional nice to use” in his review. Three years ago Håkan M. wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF G25 “Feels solid without being heavy, good size for at least my hands”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. G. Mckay said “Nothing it is really robust”. Macdoom said “It feels compact and sturdy”. One Canon Legria HF G25 owner reckoned that it was reliable. Three years ago Roy Mcculloch mentioned in his review “I shall still use my HF200 Canon, as it is a good reliable workhorse”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers who purchased the Canon Legria HF G25 reckoned that it had a good screen. A Reviewer mentioned on Amazon “The screen is large and clear though the touch-screen element requires a really decent push with your thumb”. Laura J. said “It is really simple to use, with a great touch screen display” in her Canon Legria HF G25 review. Ski_uk mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G25 review on Amazon “An assignable scroll wheel and screen button makes it easier to do certain functions (some video reviews online describe more”.

A number of people thought this camcorder had a good viewfinder. Christine Lynn Carpenter said “Living in Greece I like the viewfinder which allows me to see my subject even in very bright light which is often a problem with many modern cameras”. Roy Mcculloch said on Amazon three years ago “It also has an Electronic Viewfinder, (EVF) which is the main reason I bought it, apart from being a superb camera” in his review of the Canon Legria HF G25.

One Canon Legria HF G25 owner said that it had an electronic viewfinder. Two years ago Gary John Simms said in his review of this camcorder “P.S it also has EVF which is very useful in bright sunlight” and rated the Canon Legria HF G25 4 stars.

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Canon Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

Canon has excellent average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Battery Life

A number of Canon Legria HF G25 reviewers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had a good battery life. Charlie-Cj mentioned in their review of this camcorder “In fact as there is 32Gb on-board memory and the camcorder works running off the mains adapter or battery, I was taking high quality video” and scored it 5 stars. P. C. Carwardine wrote on Amazon three years ago “However I purchased a larger Duracell compatible battery ( much cheaper than the Canon equivalent) as a back up”.

Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF G25, the Legria HF G25 has an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Legria HF G25 has one of the largest screen sizes amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average screen size of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF G25 is 3", and the screen sizes range from 2.7" to 3.5".

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF G25 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G25.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon Vixia HF R600[plb_2835293_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Legria HF G25 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm. Video cameras that were launched more than a year ago optical sensor sizes range from 2/3" (worst) to 1/2" (best).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF G25 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G25.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is SD.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Legria HF G25 is a two memory card slot camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF G25 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF G25 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF R600[plb_2835293_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in display to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

At 922,000 pixels, the Legria HF G25 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than a year. Across all the video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G25 the display resolutions range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Legria HF G25 has a DIGIC DV II image processor which is better than the BIONZ image processor found on most similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than a year. Across all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF G25 the image processor ranges from DIGIC DV V (worst) to DIGIC DV IV (best).

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than a year, the internal storage capacity of the Legria HF G25 of 32 gigabytes is one of the largest. The smallest internal storage capacity of camcorders of this type and age is 8GB, the largest is 32GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 16GB.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Canon Legria HF G25 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than a year. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Legria HF G25 has a fairly small minimum illumination (only 0.1 lux) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF G25. The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders of this age and spec is 0.1lx, the biggest is 4lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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14 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Canon Legria HF G25 reviewer concluded that it was not noisy. Ian Thomas said “Gets a bit noisy and suffers from autofocus hunting in very low light conditions”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF G25 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G25 the optical zooms range from 10x to 50x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Legria HF G25 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF G25.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year do not have a night mode. The Canon Legria HF G25 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF G25 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G25 also do not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Legria HF G25 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Legria HF G25 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G25 are also not 3D compatible.

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Heavy

With a weight of 565 grams, the Legria HF G25 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G25. The average weight of video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G25 is 360g.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Canon Vixia HF R600[plb_2835293_price] (285g) which is also cheaper.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

At only 260,000 pixels, the Legria HF G25 has a fairly low viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G25. Across all the camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G25 the viewfinders resolutions range from 150,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Across all the camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G25 the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 17 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 32 Mbit/s. The Canon Legria HF G25 has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution (only 24 megabits per second) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

Camcorders of this age and spec have video recording times of between 1.5h and 12h, and the average video recording time is 6.9h. With a video recording time of only 1.55 hours, the Legria HF G25 has one of the shorter video recording times amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD video format, which is typical of many camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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Very Big Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF G25 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.1m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.025m. The Canon Legria HF G25 has one of the biggest closest focusing distances (0.1 meters) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

The minimum aperture of the Legria HF G25 of 2.8 is one of the highest amongst similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF G25. The lowest minimum aperture of small sensor size camcorders that were released one year ago is 1.8 and the highest is 2.8.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF G25

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Canon released the Legria HF G25.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF G25 has a pretty average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF G25 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content

Expert Reviews

(4)

This camera has been mine to play with for a day or two, now. It's my first without tape. It feels compact and sturdy. The feature set is huge (and I won't bother listing it all, as that's mostly... Read more…

22 March 2013

The Canon Legria HF G25 digital camcorder has a 2.07-megapixel HD CMOS Pro imaging sensor with Digic DV III imaging processor. It also has a 30.4mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom lens to capture full... Read more…

27 March 2013

Filme drehen kann man heute mit jeder Digicam. Doch wenn man das Ergebnis später auf dem PC-Bildschirm betrachtet, setzt Ernüchterung ein. Der Zoom ist unberechenbar, die Bilder körnig und der... Read more…

20 March 2013

Von Mo, 26.November 2012 | 4 Seiten | Nachdem wir ja in den ersten zwei Teilen regelrecht für die Black Magic Cinema Camera ins Schwärmen geraten sind, erlauben wir uns jetzt auch einmal die...

User Reviews

(65)
Reviewed 31 October 2013 by Ayman
Ayman would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G25 (Verified Purchase)

I like this camcorder and like it's features , it has many adjustable specifications , it's look like pro camcorder...

Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Great Zoom
Complicated To Operate
Reviewed 28 July 2015 by Vidman28

My order arrived quickly and well packed. Pricing is similar to other retailers but John Lewis provides a second year guarantee at no additional cost which is the cherry on the cake. Overall, I am... Read more…

Reviewed 15 September 2015 by FatMadMark

This is a very good camcorder which gives professional results and it is light compact and easy to use. The eye piece is especially useful on bright days when screens can be difficult to see... Read more…

Reviewed 28 July 2016 by Kerrie Rose
(Verified Purchase)

Absolutely love this camera! It was within budget and is very easy to transport places. So glad I bought this. Being a Media Student and University this is a great piece of equipment to own and I... Read more…

Reviewed 9 May 2016 by SW007
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent product, well worth the money. Superb video quality, ease of use (although I haven't had it long enough yet to learn how to use all the features) and ease of transfer to computer.

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