Canon Legria HF-R16 reviews: Hard disk drive storage Full HD camcorder

5 customer reviews

This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 5 reviews.
Canon Legria HF-R16: Horizontally held, 20x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Debs, Leicester Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
The night vision mode could be better. Would expect a clearer picture bearing in mind the price.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Apr 2010

peter , beverley, e yorks Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very good first try results, getting better with experience.
Bad points:
as yet photographic images not at all crisp.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jun 2011

Prashil, Plymouth Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very light and compact.
Good quality images and video.
Very good recording sound.
Good software
Bad points:
Not as easy to use as compared to other camcorders however you will get use to it.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Aug 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 20
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 400
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 8
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 270
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.6
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 40
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 800
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2010-03-02

Also known as: Canon Legria HF R16, "Canon LEGRIA HF R16

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Manufacturer's Description

Dual Flash Memory

With 8GB of Dual Flash Memory, the LEGRIA HF R16 offers both internal capacity and memory card shooting. Store over 3 hours of movies to built-in memory – or record to SD and SDHC cards, which are great for sharing.

Smart Auto with Scene Detection Technology

For effortless point-and-shoot operation, the camcorder selects the most appropriate scene mode – from a choice of 31 – to automatically obtain perfect settings. Smart Auto mode uses intelligent Scene Detection Technology to select a scene mode based on brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue

Video Snapshot

Video Snapshot mode makes it easy to create your own short movies. Every time the Record button is pressed a short movie clip is captured – choose from two, four or eight seconds length. To make a movie, simply arrange your clips in a playlist on the memory card, select a soundtrack, and you’re instantly ready to play your movie on a TV – no need for editing on a PC.

Steady shots throughout the range

The LEGRIA HF R16 features a genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 20x optical zoom to get you closer to the action. The Dynamic Electronic Image Stabilizer helps achieve steady shots, even when moving.

HD to SD conversion

In-camera HD to SD conversion makes sharing movies easier. By reducing the size of your movies to web-friendly Standard Definition you can upload your movies faster.

Canon HD Camera System

Capture stunning images via the Canon HD Camera System: the LEGRIA HF R16 uses a unique combination of HD CMOS sensor, a Canon HD Video Lens with 20x optical zoom, and the DIGIC DV III processor.


In Pre REC mode, the camcorder starts recording three seconds before the Record button is pressed. These three seconds are automatically added to the beginning of each clip, so you can still capture the crucial moment even if you pressed the Record button too late.

Family friendly shooting

The LEGRIA HF R16 is perfect for capturing those special moments. Instant AF achieves pin-sharp focus quickly and Face Detection Technology optimises shooting settings for perfect people shots – tracking up to 35 faces in a frame.

Continuous shooting with Relay recording

If the built-in memory becomes full during shooting, Relay recording automatically switches to continue recording on an SDHC card – so you won’t miss a thing.

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