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Canon Legria HF R66 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 235g Feb 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Excellent user reviews
Good product quality
Good size
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Reviews

Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 34 user reviews the average user rating of this Canon camcorder is outstanding. Over 93% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Good Brand

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


Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Legria HF R66 has a handheld remote control, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera do not have a handheld remote control.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Legria HF R66 has a batteries included, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Canon released the Legria HF R66.


Camera

Quite Big Minimum Illumination

At 4 lux, the Legria HF R66 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera. The average minimum illumination of small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder is 1.8lx.

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Storage

Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

The Legria HF R66 has a quite small internal storage capacity (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera. The smallest internal storage capacity of camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera is 2GB, the largest is 120GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 25GB.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Canon Legria HF R66 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Legria HF R66 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a built-in flash.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Legria HF R66 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Canon Legria HF R66 has a touchscreen. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a touchscreen.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Video cameras of this type and age have display resolutions (numeric) of between 23,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Legria HF R66 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think a cheaper camcorder such as the JVC GZ-R310 or you might consider a higher rated camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-V550 are also worth considering.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF R66 has a face detection. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have a face detection.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Legria HF R66 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Canon Legria HF R66 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Legria HF R66 has a self-timer. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera also have a self-timer.

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Design

Good Product Quality

Ten people who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Susman mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R66 review “This means you can capture high quality footage for personal use, while distributing lower resolution” . Susman also wrote “There is very good image quality” in their review. Two years ago Maryjane mentioned “Picture quality is amazing”.

Easy to Use

Ten customers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Mykeyreviews gave this camcorder a score of 8 stars and mentioned “♦ Ease of Use & Features ♦ - Handling” in their review of this camcorder. Bobsta wrote in their review of this camcorder “The R66 can be switched just by simply opening the control panel”. Alex P wrote in his Canon Legria HF R66 review “The touchscreen is responsive and it is easy to use” .

Two customers who reviewed the product said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mykeyreviews gave it a rating of 8 stars and mentioned two years ago “This camcorder for me was extremely comfortable to hold” in their review of this camcorder. Susman mentioned “The Legria HF R66 is easy to hold and handle, which is due in part to the hand-strap's comfortable padding” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 8 stars.

Two people who reviewed the product considered that it had a good interface. Two years ago Mykeyreviews mentioned on Amazon “The touch screen is responsive and in my eyes has a simple interface” in their Canon Legria HF R66 review and gave this camcorder a score of 8 stars. Susman scored this camcorder 8 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The HF R66 has a very good user interface”.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Mykeyreviews said two years ago “Other touch icons include taking a photo, framing assist, decorations or quick settings” .

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Robust

Two people who bought it reckoned that it was well made. Susman said in their Canon Legria HF R66 review on Amazon “What you get is built Wi-Fi adaptor and 8GB of built-in storage for your videos”. F. Thompson mentioned on Amazon last year “Feels sturdy and well made” and scored it 8 stars.

One owner who reviewed the product said that it was strong and durable. Susman said on Amazon “The hinge, which attaches screen to camcorder body, feels firm and durable” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

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Nice Design

One customer said in their reviews that it was good looking. Amazon Customer mentioned two years ago “Overall a pretty good camcorder” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Legria HF R66 supports HDMI, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras which support HDMI currently available including the Panasonic HC-V550 which has better reviews; or the JVC GZ-R310 which is cheaper.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Canon Legria HF R66 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera also have a DC-in jack.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF R66 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a headphone outputs.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Legria HF R66 does not support PictBridge, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF R66 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera.

Alternative Full HD video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HC-V550 which has better reviews; or the JVC GZ-R310 which is cheaper.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Legria HF R66 features pre-record function, as do most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera that we have assessed the bitrate at maximum video resolution of, the Canon Legria HF R66's bitrate at maximum video resolution of 35 megabits per second is one of the biggest. The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder is 2.5 Mbit/s, the biggest is 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 26 Mbit/s.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

Video cameras of this spec and age have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x. The Canon Legria HF R66 has a quite big digital zoom (1,140 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Legria HF R66 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Panasonic HC-V550 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.5mm to 2,700mm. At 1,853 millimeter, the Legria HF R66 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-R310 (40x) which is also cheaper.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life. Bobsta wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon two years ago “The unit itself takes up maybe 1/8 of the box size - the rest includes a HDMI cable, USB cable, battery and quick start guide”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One owner wrote in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Susman said on Amazon “Returning to the built-in Wi-Fi there is good cross platform connectivity as you can upload videos to your smartphone, tablet” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two customers concluded that it had good technical guidance. Bobsta said in their review of this camcorder “If you want the full 368 page manual you'll need to visit the Canon support pages”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five customers wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Mr. M. Sanders mentioned on Amazon “Nice quality camera, lots of good features, good for making youtube product reviews, only disadvantage no external mic input jack or remote” in their Canon Legria HF R66 review and gave the product a rating of 8 stars. 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” in their review. F. Thompson wrote in April last year “The Wi-Fi facilities are superior to any of he photographic device I use”.


Good Quality Lens

Seven customers who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R66 wrote that it had a good zoom. Mykeyreviews said on Amazon “There are also a few extra which people may like are creative filters such as vivid, sepia etc.- Zoom” in their review of this camcorder. Susman scored it 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The other positive aspects of this Camcorder, such as its versatile 57x advanced zoom, low light abilities”. 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” in their review.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Mykeyreviews mentioned “Intelligent Image Stabilisation”. Two owners said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Team B said “The focusing capabilities are very good”. Team B also said “Focus is pin sharp” in their review.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good lens. Gary B wrote on Amazon “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” in his review of this camcorder and scored it 8 stars.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One owner thought the product had a good screen.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two customers reckoned that the product was compact. Two years ago Alison mentioned “Compact for carrying”. Anthony Whitlock gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he said in his review of this camcorder “Compact camcorder, does what it says on the tin”.

Two people who purchased the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Bobsta mentioned “I come from the old school of camcorders - big bulky units that relied on physical tapes” in their Canon Legria HF R66 review and rated the product 7 stars.

Two owners reckoned that it was lightweight. Mykeyreviews scored it 8 stars and mentioned “♦ Brief ♦The Canon Legria HFR66 is a compact and very lightweight camcorder” in their review of this camcorder. Gary B rated it 7 stars and he wrote two years ago “The quality is great, its lightweight, very portable” in his review of this camcorder.

One customer considered that it was a good body shape. One owner said in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66 on Amazon two years ago “Light and easy to use”.

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Legria HF R66 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

There are a number of other 235g weight camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-V550 which has better reviews.

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

The Legria HF R66 has a fairly typical battery life (max) (2.1 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

If this video camera battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-R310 (5h) which is also cheaper.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 3.15 hours, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a pretty average video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a longer video recording time then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-R310 (11.5h and cheaper).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 4549292034868
Barcodes 04549292034868, 08714574626765, 08714574626789

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