Canon Legria HF R16: Budget Filmmaker's Dream Come True?
13 September 2011
Summary: The Canon Vixia/Legria HFR16 is currently sitting in Argos for £199.99. I bought mine with the intention of filming a few shorts, making the smallest of amateur films and basically using it as a stepping stone to get into all things digital and film-like. I was in luck. My intention is to get that film-look everybody seems to crave. The professionals shoot in 24p, which is 24 progressive frames per second. The HFR16 shoots in 25p, which is close enough to look awesome.
Pros: Excellent video quality, Great interface, Decent Price.
Cons: Tripod hinders easy access to SD card and battery. not so great in low light.
Summary: Why oh why to companies do this......why not simply let the product record information in a readily readable format instead of a format which can easily be played onto the tv, but then needs to be converted if it is going to be viewed on your pc or sent to the grand parents who are incapable of understanding that not all video files are the same. The camera itself is great and does everything we asked of it.
Excerpt: "When I decided to buy a new camcorder earlier this year I wanted to go all out and get something special. I had a series of family parties and other events lined up, and was keen to create a visual record for future entertainment. The Legria HF R16 comes in at around £325, but as well as delivering superb image quality and being enormously versatile, the package is also very generous. In addition to the camcorder, you also receive the following: ...
Pros: Records beautiful images, great range of features
Summary: Just returned from a fabulous trip to Iceland. Hadn't had the Legria HF R16 for very long before going , so didn't have a lot of time to practice with it. That said, I found it very easy just to use on Auto and pretty well point and shoot. Zoom is excellent, although a tripod would be better when using at full zoom to minimise shake (it can be very windy in Iceland).