Canon Legria HF-R17 reviews: camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 8 reviews.
Canon Legria HF-R17 : 20x optical zoom camcorder using . See full product description

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David, Becton Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Just a really great camcorder
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2011

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very light, compact and easy to use.
Bad points:
Image quality could be better but for the price I suppose I shouldn't complain.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Jan 2011

Rob, Stafford Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic bargain, retails for double that normally. Good quality even in standard mode. Small but light. Battery life is not too good, around 1 hour recording time, but new batteries can be purchased at super cheap deals if you look around and they are slightly higher spec than the original. Overall very pleased with it. A bit difficult to work out how to use some of the functions, takes a bit of time to get used to. Haven't tested it out fully yet but great value.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 May 2011

Peter, Essex Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Never used a camcorder before so cannot compare it with other camcorders.This one is very easy to use and the results so far have been very good.
Bad points:
Have not found any yet.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 May 2011

David, Chesterfield Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
So simple to set up and use. Every thing you need to start is in the box. All you need to decide is do you want to record to a large memory card or several smaller ones as time goes on. you could of course use the bilt in hard drive and download occasionally. The light weight makes it a comfortable experience when actually recording. Reproduction is really life like.
Bad points:
Have not found any so far.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 May 2011

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Light weight - easy to use (good if you have largish fingers as it's not touch screen.
Bad points:
Can only charge up on camera - extra charge for the seperate battery charger. No connection for iLink (Which my PVR accepts). No neck strap or case.These aren't major problems but are worth noting. Also a second battery is a must. Also no view finder, but, then no new digital camcorders have this option.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Oct 2010

Product Features

Resolution (Pixels) 2.39
Optical zoom ratio 20
Digital zoom ratio 800
Screen size (Inches) 2.7

Also known as: CANON legria hf r17

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Manufacturer's Description

Canon LEGRIA HF R17
HD Camcorder

Get into HD moviemaking with the LEGRIA HF R17. Lightweight, stylish and undeniably chic, it offers 8GB internal memory and memory card recording – all you need to make your own Full HD masterpiece.

Features

  • 8GB Dual Flash Memory
  • Smart Auto
  • Video Snapshot
  • 20x optical zoom lens Dynamic IS
  • HD-SD conversion in-camera
  • Canon HD Camera System
  • Family friendly: Face Detection and Instant AF
  • Pre REC
  • Relay Recording
  • Compatible with standalone DW-100 DVD burner

Everything you need to get started in HD

Dual Flash Memory
With 8GB of Dual Flash Memory, the LEGRIA HF R17 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 R17 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 R17 uses a unique combination of HD CMOS sensor, a Canon HD Video Lens with 20x optical zoom, and the DIGIC DV III processor.

Pre REC
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 R17 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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