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Canon Legria HF R66 Camcorder

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3.28MP 1/4.85 235g Jan 2015
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Cherish every moment in Full HD with this compact camcorder. Capture and track faraway detail with a huge 57x Advanced zoom and share effortlessly with those close to you using built-in Wi-Fi and... More
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Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this video camera is outstanding based on 35 owner reviews. This small sensor size camcorder in the top 8% of all the video cameras of a comparable type and age when ranked by user rating.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Bobsta wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “On top of the R66 is the zoom function”. Mykeyreviews gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “There are also a few extra which people may like are creative filters such as vivid, sepia etc.- Zoom”. Mykeyreviews also said “You can only activate this when you're zoomed in, pressing this button will quickly zoom out whilst keeping the original zoom area highlighted”.

A number of Canon Legria HF R66 owners who purchased the Canon Legria HF R66 considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Mykeyreviews scored it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66 on Amazon “∙ Intelligent Image Stabilization”.

Some people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Team B said in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66 on Amazon “The focusing capabilities are very good”. Team B also wrote “Focus is pin sharp”.

One person said in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Gary B mentioned in his review “The only thing that could have made it better is if the lens cover was automatic when you switched it on - I guess that's an extra motor” .

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Easy to Use

Several Canon Legria HF R66 owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Brilliant product, easy to use even for someone with big hands like myself”. Bobsta wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The R66 can be switched just by simply opening the control panel”. Maryjane said on Amazon “Super easy to use and playback” in her review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Two people who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R66 mentioned that it had a good interface. Mykeyreviews gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and said “In my eyes has a simple interface”. Susman wrote “The HF R66 has a very good user interface” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66.

A number of Canon Legria HF R66 owners who purchased it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. In October last year Mykeyreviews wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66 “This camcorder for me was extremely comfortable to hold”. Susman mentioned “Handle, which is due in part to the hand-strap's comfortable padding” in their review of this camcorder.

A number of people who bought the Canon Legria HF R66 mentioned that it performed as expected. Gary B wrote “Does exactly what it says on the tin” in his Canon Legria HF R66 review and gave this camcorder a very good review.

One Canon Legria HF R66 owner thought it was easy to use the menus. Mykeyreviews scored it 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon in October last year “Other touch icons include taking a photo, framing assist, decorations or quick settings” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Connectivity

Some customers reckoned that the Canon Legria HF R66 was wifi compatible. C. Jeffery said last year “Also the wifi function is very handy” and rated the Canon Legria HF R66 80 out of 100. S. Holland mentioned “Now why the 1 star you ask? Well the 1st line of the description states "Share memories easily with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC” however despite that they gave the Canon Legria HF R66 a rating of 20 out of 100. In October last year Susman said “What you get is built Wi-Fi adaptor and 8GB of built-in storage for your videos”.

One Canon Legria HF R66 reviewer reckoned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Bobsta gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The unit itself takes up maybe 1/8 of the box size - the rest includes a HDMI cable, USB cable, battery”.

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Good Technical Features

Several customers who bought the Canon Legria HF R66 reckoned that it had good features. This month F. Thompson wrote on Amazon “The Wi-Fi facilities are superior to any of he photographic device I use”. Mr. M. Sanders said on Amazon “Nice quality camera, lots of good features, good for making youtube product reviews, only disadvantage no external mic input jack or remote” and rated the product as very good. Mr. M. Sanders also wrote “Good quality picture even to small objects at a distance, lots of useful features such as a Scene select allowing sepia, 70's grade film, black”.

Good Size

A few customers who reviewed it concluded that it was lightweight. Gary B mentioned in his review of this camcorder “The quality is great, its lightweight, very portable”. In October last year Mykeyreviews mentioned “♦ Brief ♦ The Canon Legria HFR66 is a compact and very lightweight camcorder” in their review and scored the product 80 out of 100.

A number of customers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Alison said in her review of the Canon Legria HF R66 on Amazon last year “Compact for carrying” and rated it 4 stars. Anthony Whitlock wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon in October last year “Compact camcorder, does what it says on the tin”.

One customer who purchased this camcorder concluded that it was a good body shape. Susman mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The hinge, which attaches screen to camcorder body, feels firm”. One Canon Legria HF R66 owner considered that the Canon Legria HF R66 was good physically. Last year Bobsta said “The R66 isn't adorned with too many physical controls” in their review.

One Canon Legria HF R66 owner said in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Amazon Customer said on Amazon in October last year “Light and easy to use” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Product Quality

A few people who bought the Canon Legria HF R66 thought it was good quality. C. Jeffery mentioned in their review on Amazon “The picture quality is fantastic and the zoom is very impressive”. C. Jeffery also mentioned “Very good quality for such a small unit”. In October this year Davej58 wrote on Amazon “Cracking camera taking HD video and great quality stills”.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon video cameras and also specifically for Canon small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Canon had excellent ratings.

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Some Canon Legria HF R66 owners said in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF R66 was well made. F. Thompson wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Feels sturdy and well made”. One Canon Legria HF R66 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was strong and durable.

Good Support

A few people said in their reviews that this camcorder had good technical guidance. Bobsta said in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66 “If you want the full 368 page manual you'll need to visit the Canon support pages” and scored the product very highly.

Good Battery Life

Some Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers who purchased the Canon Legria HF R66 considered that it had a good battery life. Team B wrote “You could argue that using another battery would be cost effective”.

Nice Design

One Canon Legria HF R66 owner who reviewed the product considered that it was good looking. Amazon Customer wrote in their Canon Legria HF R66 review on Amazon “Overall a pretty good camcorder” nonetheless they only gave this camcorder a rating of 60 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Canon Legria HF R66 owner concluded that the product had a good screen.

Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Legria HF R66 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than a year also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price], or the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF R66 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R66.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price], and the Sony HDR-CX405[plb_2697190_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Alternative camcorders which also have an image stabiliser that you might also want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R66, the Canon Legria HF R66 has an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price], or the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] is also worth considering.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF R66 has an Optical image stabiliser which is better than the Hybrid image stabiliser found on most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

An Optical image stabiliser is in fact the best image stabiliser type across all video cameras of this type and age.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst image stabiliser type is Hybrid.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF R66 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This video camera also 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R66.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

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

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of video cameras of this age and type is 570mm, the longest is 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,200mm. At 1,853 millimeter, the Legria HF R66 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released one year ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF R66 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might also want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price], or the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price].

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Legria HF R66 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all small sensor size camcorders that were released more than a year ago the optical sensor size ranges from 1/5.8" to 1/4".

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The Legria HF R66 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and type. The white balance modes "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Small

With a depth of only 116 millimeters, the Legria HF R66 is one of the smaller video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF R66 amongst video cameras of this age. The smallest camcorder of a similar age and type to the Legria HF R66 is 59mm deep, the biggest is 270mm, and the average depth is 120mm.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon Legria HF R66 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R66 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon Legria HF R66 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R66 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R66, the Legria HF R66 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R66, the Legria HF R66 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R66, the Legria HF R66 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|MP43 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders of this age and type.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of camcorders of this age and spec range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Legria HF R66 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released one year ago.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Legria HF R66 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 2.07 megapixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The lowest megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R66 is 2MP, the highest is 3MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.2MP.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The average movie megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than a year is 2.2MP. With a movie megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Canon Legria HF R66 has one of the lower movie megapixel counts amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The Legria HF R66 has a quite long minimum focal length (32.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R66. Video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R66 have minimum focal lengths of between 26mm and 33mm, and the average minimum focal length is 30mm.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

Small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R66 have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 4lx. When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R66, the Legria HF R66's minimum illumination of 4 lux is one of the biggest.

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9 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R66

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Released Over a Year Ago

This small sensor size camcorder has been on the market for over a year.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF R66.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think cheaper video cameras such as the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,140 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R66 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] (3,000x).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R66 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R66.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] (40x), or the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] (50x).

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 2.1 hours, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a pretty standard battery life compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

If this small sensor size camcorder battery life is too short for you then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] (5h).

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Legria HF R66 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria HF R66.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] (266g and cheaper), or the Sony HDR-CX405[plb_2697190_price] (215g and cheaper).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of this age and type.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 3.15 hours, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a relatively standard video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might also be worth considering include the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] (11.5h).

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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
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Self-Timer
Image Quality Adjustment
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
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Recharge Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Date Imprinting

Expert Reviews

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Strong malware protectio
24 x 7 customer suppor
Little performance hit in passive mod
Remote management of multiple systems
Small and goodlooking
High performance hit during full scan
Bare-bones security feature
Expensive
A bit expensive
Not really for audiophiles

User Reviews

(31)
Reviewed 10 August 2016 by Covetous
(Verified Purchase)

Very convenient to work with this...

Reviewed 8 April 2016 by F. Thompson
(Verified Purchase)

Had this as a birthday present. Really excellent piece of video equipment. It will take me quite a while to get my head around all the facilities. So far I am impressed with the results. I have... Read more…

Reviewed 28 March 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant product,easy to use even for someone with big hands like myself.

Reviewed 20 March 2016 by Davej58
(Verified Purchase)

Cracking camera taking HD video and great quality stills...

Reviewed 13 March 2016 by Alex P

I have the R68 version but these two are very alike. The camera looks very nice and is supplied with a wide angle lens also. The quality of video is very high and you can change the video quality... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon canhfr66, canon 0279c022, canon 0279c003, canon 4549292034868, canon 8714574626789
Barcodes 08714570000000, 08714574626789, 08714574627236

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