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Canon Legria HF R78
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Canon Legria HF R78 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 240g CMOS Jan 2016
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15 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent ratings on average and across all video cameras Canon is one of the top rated brands.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Legria HF R78 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including a cheaper camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99), or the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) or you might consider a higher rated camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-W580 ($299.00).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other recently released camcorders, the Legria HF R78 has an HDMI port.

Other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to consider include a cheaper camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99), or the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) or you might consider a better rated camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-W580 ($299.00).

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the recently released camcorders the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,000x. With a digital zoom of 1,140 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R78 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other newly released camcorders.

We compared all the other 1,140x (digital) video cameras to this camcorder and we think cheaper video cameras such as the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF R78 supports a better memory card type than most latest comparable spec camcorders. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. This Canon camcorder also supports an SD 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 video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R78.

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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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months, the Legria HF R78 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99), or the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) or you might consider a higher scoring video camera such as the Panasonic HC-W580 ($299.00).

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Legria HF R78 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon camcorder has a Sunset scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R78. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Spotlight" are also found on this video camera.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF R78 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 recently released small sensor size camcorders the best optical sensor size is 1/3" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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1080p Video Mode

The Legria HF R78 has a better video mode than most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has a 1080p video mode, whereas most video cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 720p video mode.

A 1080p video mode is in fact the best video mode across all small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months.

Across similar types of video camera the worst video mode is 720p.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Legria HF R78 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for the last year. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R78. The white balance modes "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

Small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R78 have internal storage capacities of between 8GB and 16GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 12GB. With an internal storage capacity of 16 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF R78 has one of the largest internal storage capacities amongst video cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Legria HF R78 supports a higher video resolution than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This Canon camcorder supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most recently released small sensor size camcorders support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this Canon video camera supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Very Small

Comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R78 have depths of between 58mm and 440mm. The Legria HF R78 is quite small (only 116 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R78.

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Very Small

The average height of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R78 is 96mm, and the heights range from 58mm to 210mm. The Canon Legria HF R78 is fairly small (only 58 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R78.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.4 lux, the Legria HF R78 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst camcorders of this age. The smallest minimum illumination of new small sensor size camcorders is 0.1lx and the biggest is 4lx.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The Canon Legria HF R78 has one of the slower maximum frame rates (only 35 frames per second) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The slowest maximum frame rate of new small sensor size camcorders is 35fps and the fastest is 60fps.

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Not Full HD

Most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R78 are not Full HD. The Legria HF R78 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99) or the Sony HDR-CX450.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF R78 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R78 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months the maximum memory card sizes range from 64GB to 130GB. With a maximum memory card size of only 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF R78 has a fairly small maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R78.

We compared all the other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Zoom Q8 ($49.95) (128GB).

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon Legria HF R78 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF R78 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF R78 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00).

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec camcorders that were released in the last 12 months are not waterproof. The Legria HF R78 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months, the Legria HF R78 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The average movie megapixel count of recently released video cameras is 2.3MP, and the movie megapixel counts range from 2MP to 3MP. With a movie megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Legria HF R78 has one of the lower movie megapixel counts amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R78

Released Eleven Months Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released eleven months ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on new comparable spec camcorders.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R78 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders.

There are a number of other 3" screen size video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99), or the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) which is cheaper; or the Panasonic HC-W580 ($299.00) which has better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R78 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out in the last 12 months.

We compared all the other 32x (optical) video cameras to this camcorder and we think cheaper video cameras such as the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) is also worth considering.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 2.9 hours, the Legria HF R78 has a pretty typical battery life compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R78.

There are a number of alternative 2.9h battery life video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including cheaper video cameras such as the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00).

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Average Weight

At 240 grams, the Legria HF R78 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R78.

We compared this video camera to all the other 240g weight video cameras and we think the Canon Legria HF R76 ($432.00) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99) (252g and cheaper).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as 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
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
Technical Details

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 1237c002, canon 4549292060690
Barcodes 04549292060690
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