Canon Legria HF G30 vs Canon Legria HF R46

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Canon Legria HF G30
Canon Legria HF R46

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
A lot higher movie megapixel count Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is 2.91MP (movie mode), but the Canon Legria HF R46 is only a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.84MP lower).
11.7mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a minimum focal length of 26.8mm, but the Canon Legria HF R46 is a 38.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (11.7mm longer).
0.5" larger screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a screen size of 3.5", whereas the Canon Legria HF R46 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

39x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a minimum illumination of 0.1lx, whereas the Canon Legria HF R46 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (3.9lx bigger).
54% longer battery life Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 3.1h battery life camcorder. That's 1.65h longer than the Canon Legria HF R46 (1.45h). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Available from 10 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Expert reviews are a lot better
The Canon Legria HF G30 has an average expert review score of 89%, whereas the Canon Legria HF R46 has an average rating of 75% (based on 3 reviews).
9 Reasons For
6% bigger sensor size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.19MP bigger than the Canon Legria HF G30 (3.28MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 has an optical zoom of 32x. That's 12x bigger than the Canon Legria HF G30 (32x). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Hugely bigger digital zoom Edit
Canon Legria HF R46 is 1,060x (digital), but the Canon Legria HF G30 is only a 400x (digital) camcorder (660x smaller). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Significantly longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 has a maximum focal length of 1,232mm, whereas the Canon Legria HF G30 is only a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder (656mm shorter).
Higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 1.7 higher than the Canon Legria HF G30 (4.5).
Higher display resolution Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 229,998.77 pixels higher than the Canon Legria HF G30 (230,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Three times lighter Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 has a weight of 235g, however the Canon Legria HF G30 is a 900g weight camcorder (665g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Cheaper by £487
The Canon Legria HF R46 costs £487.19 less than the Canon Legria HF G30.
A little better user reviews
Based on 8 user reviews, the average review score of the Canon Legria HF R46 is 93%, however the average rating of the Canon Legria HF G30 is 92% (based on 113 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
A bit smaller sensor size Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is only 3.09MP sensor, but the Canon Legria HF R46 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder (0.19MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

12x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R46 is a 32x (optical) camcorder (12x bigger). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Two times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a digital zoom of 400x. That's 660x smaller than the Canon Legria HF R46 (1,060x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 656mm shorter than the Canon Legria HF R46 (1,232mm).
1.7 lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a maximum aperture value of 2.8, however the Canon Legria HF R46 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (1.7 higher).
Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a display resolution of 1.23 pixels, however the Canon Legria HF R46 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (229,998.77 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

74% heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 900g weight camcorder. That's 665g heavier than the Canon Legria HF R46 (235g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

£487 more expensive
The Canon Legria HF G30 is more expensive than the Canon Legria HF R46 by £487.19.
Moderately Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Canon Legria HF G30 is 92%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon Legria HF R46 is 93% (based on 8 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
41% lower movie megapixel count Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 is a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.84MP lower than the Canon Legria HF G30 (2.07MP).
Longer minimum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 is a 38.5mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 11.7mm longer than the Canon Legria HF G30 (38.5mm).
17% smaller screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Canon Legria HF G30 (3"). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

98% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3.9lx bigger than the Canon Legria HF G30 (4lx).
Two times shorter battery life Edit
The Canon Legria HF R46 has a battery life of 1.45h, but the Canon Legria HF G30 is a 3.1h battery life camcorder (1.65h longer). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Less retailers
The Canon Legria HF R46 is only stocked by 1 seller, whereas the Canon Legria HF G30 is stocked by 11 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Older by two months
The Canon Legria HF R46 is two months older than the Canon Legria HF G30.
Expert review Rating is much Worse
The Canon Legria HF R46's average expert score is only 75%, however the Canon Legria HF G30's is 89% (based on 12 reviews).

Awards

5 Awards
camcorderinfo.com: Best of Year
Expert Reviews: Ultimate
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Best of Year
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

45 months Ago 48 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.09MP 3.28MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.07MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.91MP
BEST
2.07MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 32x
BEST
Digital Zoom
400x 1,060x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
576mm 1,232mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
26.8mm
BEST
38.5mm
Maximum Aperture Value
2.8 4.5
BEST
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
26.8 - 576 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
3.67 - 73.4 2.8 - 89.6

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 64GB
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 8GB
Memory Card Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m
Face Detection
 Face detection
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 1/2 - 1/2000

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
1.23 pixels 230,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Resolution
1.56 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Effect
 Cinema
 Cinema
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx
BEST
4lx
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10
GPS Function
 GPS function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s
Capture Mode
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 XP+
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Video & Photo Dual Shot
 Video & photo dual shot
Unknown - Click to provide data
Pre-Record
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-record

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in Port
 Microphone in port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
Component Video Out Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
 S-Video out port
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

WiFi
 WiFi
 WiFi

Battery

Battery Life
3.1h
BEST
1.45h
Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h
Battery Type
BP-820 BP-718
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
900g 235g
BEST
Height
84mm 57mm
Depth
231mm 116mm
Width
115mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cable Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
Snap Shots
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Snap shots
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