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Canon HF R205 Camcorder

2.07MP 1/4.85 270g CMOS Sep 2013
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24 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

On average Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent ratings compared to other brands as do all camcorders manufactured by Canon.

Good Product Quality

A number of people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Expert review site Techtree.com wrote “Sensor along with the image processor are of decent quality” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100. Techtree.com also mentioned “The image quality is decent whe”. Firstpost.com wrote “Decent image quality with HD movie capture” in their review.

Nice Design

One Canon Legria HF R205 reviewer who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R205 mentioned that it was smooth. Firstpost.com mentioned five years ago “18x smooth and silent optical zoom”. One Canon Legria HF R205 reviewer who bought the Canon Legria HF R205 considered that it was ergonomic. Firstpost.com mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R205 “Good build and ergonomics”.

Robust

One customer who reviewed this camcorder said that it was well made.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Canon Legria HF R205 owner said in their reviews that it was quiet.

Good Size

One customer mentioned that the Canon Legria HF R205 was compact. Firstpost.com said in their Canon Legria HF R205 review “Very compact, light”.

Good Quality Lens

One person who bought it concluded that it had a good zoom.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good screen.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Full HD

The Legria HF R205 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF R205.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include the HC-V110[pl_1939467_price], or the HDC-SD80[pl_153715_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Legria HF R205 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

Other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF R205 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R205 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Samsung VP-X300[plb_2297347_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Legria HF R205 is a two memory card slot camcorder. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R205 only have one memory card slot.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF R205 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SD memory card. This Canon camcorder 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R205.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium battery, which is the most commonly found battery on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Legria HF R205 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Legria HF R205 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 video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF R205 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/8" to 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF R205 has a built-in display, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R205.

Other video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider include the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], or the JVC GZ-E100[plb_1724571_price] which has better reviews.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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2016 X 1512 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon Legria HF R205 supports a 2016 x 1512 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 320 x 240 pixels video resolution supported by most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera also support a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years the video resolution ranges from 320 x 176 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon Legria HF R205 is more than most camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most commonly found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this video camera. The cables included AV are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The Legria HF R205 has one of the higher megapixel counts (3.28 megapixels) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The megapixel counts of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.4 lux, the Legria HF R205 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R205. The smallest minimum illumination of comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 0.1lx and the biggest is 7lx.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on three expert reviews from sites including techtree.com, firstpost.com and techmagnifier.com the average expert rating of this video camera is 57%. If all the small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago are ranked by average expert review score then this small sensor size camcorder is in the bottom 11%.

Poor Battery Life

Some Canon Legria HF R205 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it did not have a good battery life. Firstpost.com gave it a score of 60 out of 100 and said “Poor battery life”.

Difficult to Use

One Canon Legria HF R205 owner wrote in their reviews that it was not easy to use.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R205 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Legria HF R205 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF R205 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode which you might want to consider including the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Legria HF R205 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this spec and age do not have a built-in projector. The Canon Legria HF R205 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the DCR-PJ5[pl_64907_price], the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ230/B[pl_1582785_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are not waterproof. The Legria HF R205 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Canon Legria HF R205 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it have an Optical image stabiliser. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabiliser is actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R205.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the best image stabiliser type is Optical.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon HF R205

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder has been on the market for over four years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R205 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R205.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price], or the Legria HF R38[pl_1311736_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the AG-AC160[pl_1827518_price] (3.45"), or the HC-X909[pl_1760656_price] (3.46") both from Panasonic or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 360 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R205 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (400x), or the XA20[pl_1557028_price] (400x) both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] (700x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Canon Legria HF R205 has a fairly standard maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R205.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price], the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] all from Canon.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the XF305[pl_1515882_price] (128GB and higher rated), or the XA20[pl_1557028_price] (128GB and higher rated) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E105[plb_1876013_price] (128GB and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Legria HF R205 has a relatively typical optical zoom (18 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the HXR-NX3-1[pl_2925235_price] (20x and higher rated), or the HXR-NX3[pl_2169464_price] (20x and higher rated) both from Sony or the Canon XA20[plb_1557028_price] (20x and higher rated).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Photo Mode

Expert Reviews

(3)
11 October 2011

The Canon Legria HF R205 is priced at Rs. 19,395. You?ll definitely require a stand, if you want to do some serious shooting with the HF R205. The user interface is a tad boring and confusing at...

Very compact, light, and stylish
Decent image quality with HD movie capture
Good build and ergonomics
Swivel LCD
Headphone jack
No optical image stabilization
Poor battery life
Awkwardly placed ports
No microphone jack
No carry pouch
23 September 2011

Canon Legria HF R20 is definably a nice camcorder with enhanced feature. The price is cool and it's not one which will burn your pocket. Instead you'll bargain a nice piece of technology for a...

12 September 2011

The Canon Legria HF R205 is an ultra-compact camcorder that will probably steal your heart at first sight. It is a good camcorder mainly because the optics and sensor along with the image...

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 24 December 2012 by Jaden

This is a very nice camera, I have had this camcorder for about a year now the image is really good and if used right can match some of the dslr images you get out there. the downside is it... Read more…

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