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Canon Legria HF R506 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 253g Mar 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Easy to use
Does not have a good battery life
83 Reviews

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Reviews

One Industry Award

This small total megapixels camcorder was given a "Recommended" award by review sites Vido.com.ua who decided that this camcorder was good.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 194 owner reviews the average owner rating of this video camera is 88%. 47 reviewers (89% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 93% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 1,806 expert and owner reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 96% of those that bought a Canon camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon Legria HF R506 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Legria HF R506 has a touchscreen. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a touchscreen.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Legria HF R506 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

Other 3" screen size video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-SD90 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the HXR-NX3 ($3,157.99) (3.5" and higher rated), or the HXR-NX3-VG1 (3.5" and higher rated) both from Sony or the Canon XF200 (3.5" and higher rated).

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Battery

Very Short Video Recording Time

At only 2.1 hours, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly short video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder. The shortest video recording time of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder is 1h, the longest is 95h, and the average video recording time is 18h.

If you would prefer a video camera with a longer video recording time then you might want to consider the Legria HF R56 (3.15h), or the Legria HF R66 (3.15h) both from Canon or the Sony HXR-NX3 ($3,157.99) (6.85h) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Battery Life (max)

The Legria HF R506 has a fairly typical battery life (max) (3.15 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

If you want a video camera with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to look at the GZ-RX110 (4.5h), or the GZ-R310 (5h) both from JVC or the Sony HXR-NX3/1 ($2,899.99) (6.8h) which is also higher rated.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Legria HF R506 does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Legria HF R506 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The Canon Legria HF R506 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) (only 2.07 megapixels) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera the effective megapixels (image) range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of this type and age is 0.41MP, the highest is 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. The Legria HF R506 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) (only 2.07 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Five owners considered that this camcorder did not have a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “Poor Battery”. Kaplan Dani mentioned “I've bought the offered 2nd battery which is not that good also” in their review of this camcorder. Benjamin Reed mentioned on Amazon “It is surprisingly light (when the battery is not attached)”.


Ports & Interfaces

Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF R506 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Does Not Support HDMI

The Legria HF R506 does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder which support HDMI.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also support HDMI including the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R56, or the Vixia HF R40 all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Legria HF R506 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not support PictBridge.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera have closest focusing distances of between 0.0005m and 20m. With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the Legria HF R506 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Has a Face Detection

The Canon Legria HF R506 has a face detection. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have a face detection.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF R506 features back light compensation, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder have minimum illuminations of between 0.05lx and 7lx. At only 0.4 lux, the Canon Legria HF R506 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Packaging Content

Has a Pouch

The Legria HF R506 has a pouch, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Legria HF R506 has a hand strap. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Legria HF R506 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Legria HF R506 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Design

Easy to Use

Twenty-one owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Thor4thewin mentioned in their review of this camcorder three years ago “Handy as an extra camera perhaps” . Two years ago Saad Farag mentioned “Great camcorder easy to use good picture quality” and rated it 8 stars. Also two years ago Mutantkeyboard mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “Cool and handy little camera!”.

Five people who bought it agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Frisco Basketball rated this camcorder 7 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The on screen menus are easy to navigate” in their review of this camcorder. Mickey, Videographer of Last Resort wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 on Bhphotovideo.com “The touch screen is and menus are worth mentioning because they work well”. Coincidence vs Fate mentioned “The menus are easy enough to follow”.

Two owners who reviewed this camcorder thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Silverlocks said on Bhphotovideo.com “Excellent camera overall, great picture, quick response to exposure and focus, light, easy to hold, just about the perfect camcorder for anyone anywhere”. Matt mentioned in his review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “The camera feels very comfortable in my hand” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to handle. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote on Amazon “This movement is also picked up by the internal microphone, as is other handling noise” in his review of this camcorder.

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Nice Design

Eight customers reckoned that it was good looking. Three years ago Mike D wrote “Since around 2004 or 2005 I have been using a Sanyo Xacti VPC-WHI that is actually pretty awesome camera for the fact that it is 720p” in his Canon Legria HF R506 review and rated it 9 stars. Steve the Teacher said in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “Also HDMI out is pretty useful” and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Steve the Teacher also said “Overall a pretty good buy” in his review.

Good Quality

Twenty-six people who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “Great Picture Quality” but in spite of that they scored it 20 out of 100. Thor4thewin mentioned “Good quality image in good lighting conditions”. Chorusteacher mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “We needed a camera with clean, crisp video quality and good audio for different types of venues” in their Canon Legria HF R506 review.

Robust

Eight customers who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Three years ago Charlie-Brm mentioned “Starts up quickly; built in lens shield has become very convenient, battery life as advertised; surprisingly stable on full zoom while hand held”. Chorusteacher mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “We have been very impressed with the cameras lightweight construction, ease of use”. The Lambanana wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “It felt quite solid and well made in the hand”.

Two customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was strong and durable. Inspector Gadget mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “The is waterproof, shockproof, is far, far sturdier”. Inspector Gadget also wrote “The Canon Powershot D20 is waterproof, shockproof, is far, far sturdier” in their review.

One owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Mike D said on Bhphotovideo.com “The best feature is that it is waterproof and I use it still for the pool”.

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Good Zoom

Nineteen people who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com said “Zoom rangeperformance” in their review of this camcorder. 2son said in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “It's a small one is some purple fringing when at full zoom when filming subjects with bright” and rated this camcorder 7 stars. The Lambanana gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote on Amazon “OPTICS======It has a 57x "Advanced Zoom" and so I set about testing it out in the local park” in their Canon Legria HF R506 review.

Four customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned two years ago “Good Image Stabilization” . The Lambanana said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon three years ago “STABILISATION=============It has an image stabilisation that prevented some blur when I was filming whilst cycling” and scored the product 4 stars. Mike D wrote “The Sony has incredible image stabilization and a very wide angle lens so it doesn't show wobble much if at all” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

One owner wrote that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people said in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Two years ago 2son mentioned “The HD images show up sharp and clear in full screen on my computer” in their review of this camcorder. John the Broadcaster said in the same month “Convenient touch screen controls, mic input, external power input, internal memory, android control capability, adjustable video quality, professional features at a budget price”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two customers who bought the Canon Legria HF R506 considered that it had good technical guidance. Inspector Gadget said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “All you get inside are multi-language instructions/warranty” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.


Storage

Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years. Small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have maximum memory card sizes of between 8GB and 130GB.

We compared all the other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the HF-M46, the Vixia HF M500, and the Legria HF R56 all from Canon is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a larger maximum memory card size then you might also want to consider the Zoom Q4 ($199) (128GB and higher rated).

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF R506 is Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Sharp HC-V550, or the JVC GZ-EX515 which has better reviews.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon Legria HF R506 features pre-record function, as do most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Across all the similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. The Legria HF R506 has a fairly big digital zoom (1,140 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1,140x (digital) video cameras currently available including the Canon Legria HF R56 which has better reviews.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the HC-V130 (2,500x), or the HC-V550 (3,000x) both from Sharp or the Panasonic HC-V160 ($149.99) (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF R506 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R56 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ230/B ($191.90).

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera, the Canon Legria HF R506's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,853 millimeter is one of the longest. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of this age and spec is 1,000mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R506 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 32x (optical) camcorders and we think the Legria HF R56, the Vixia HF R400, and the Legria HF R46 all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon 800 (35x), the Panasonic HC-V130 (38x), or the Sharp HC-V130 (38x) which also has a higher rating.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Three owners who purchased this camcorder wrote that it was quiet. Coincidence vs Fate mentioned on Amazon “I would note also that the zoom is whisper quiet so didn't distract on playback though our tele” and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Matt mentioned “The one really good thing about the zoom is how quiet it is”.

Two customers who purchased this camcorder agreed that it was noisy. Two years ago Chorusteacher rated it 7 stars and said in their Canon Legria HF R506 review on Bhphotovideo.com “Even in theme park competitions with a lot of noisy distractions”. Matt said in his review of this camcorder “The Sony's zoom is unacceptably loud”.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon Legria HF R506 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Five people thought it had good features. Centralnj3000 said in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “It's wireless features make it great for wildlife video where you want to remain hidden” and scored it 6 stars. Luka said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Quick to start, good optical zoom, extensive features”. Coincidence vs Fate rated this camcorder 8 stars and said in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “There are some good features here such as the image stabilisation which will come in handy”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Four owners who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. Mutantkeyboard scored it 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “They're small, lightweight and they have a fair recording time given the size of the battery”. Ash wrote on Amazon three years ago “The upside to the cheap plastic feel, is that the camera is very lightweight.” in their review of this camcorder.

Four people who bought the Canon Legria HF R506 reckoned that it was compact. Mike D wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “My first camcorder was a Panasonic Palmcorder that recorded to compact VHS tapes that I paid around nine hundred for in the early 90s” and rated it 7 stars. Coincidence vs Fate said three years ago “Overall, this is a great little camera, good built quality, compact, with superb recording quality” and gave the product a score of 7 stars. Ash wrote in their review of this camcorder in the same month “This come packaged in a relatively small, compact box, with enough padding” .

Two customers who bought it thought it was heavy and bulky. Mr. Roy Foreman mentioned in his review of this camcorder “I never had these problems with my larger and heavier camera.”. Matt gave it a score of 7 stars and he wrote “This camera feels a bit heavier” in his review of this camcorder.

One owner wrote in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Heather she mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The small camera size is great, making it easy to carry the camera to events or places”. One person who purchased the product considered that it was a good size. Two years ago Gary-P scored the product 8 stars and wrote on Amazon “Small enough to fit in a good size pocket and very light”.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was thin. Inspector Gadget wrote in their review of this camcorder “The sound is pretty thin though”.

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Average Weight

The Legria HF R506 has a pretty typical weight (253 grams) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this small total megapixels camcorder was released.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9176b020aa, info 9176b020aa
Barcodes 04549292006346, 04549292006353, 05054230449608, 05054230633496, 08714574616865, 08714574616872, 08714574616896, 08714574616919, 08714574616926, 08714574616933, 08714574616940, 08714574617114, 08714574617121, 08714574617299, 08714574617329, 08714574617336, 08714574617367, 08714574617398, 08714574617404

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