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Canon Legria FS406
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Canon Legria FS406 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/6 220g CCD Dec 2011
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The LEGRIA FS406 packs a host of features into a stylish, pocket-sized design. With a 41x Advanced zoom and Video Snapshot, it's easy to shoot and share top-quality movies. Choice of three chic... More
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Expert Reviews Are Average

Expert review site tecnozoom.it scored this video camera 70%.

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this small sensor size camcorder rated it as 87%.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon camcorders and also specifically for Canon small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Canon had excellent ratings compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The Canon Legria FS406 has one of the bigger digital zooms (2,000 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The smallest digital zoom of camcorders of this age and type is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the HC-V500 (2,500x), or the HC-V130 (£149.99) (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130 (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Full HD

The Canon Legria FS406 is Full HD, as are most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40 (£22.83), or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-X909.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the Legria FS406 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40 (£22.83), and the Legria HF R406 both from Canon or the Sony HVR-Z7 is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Legria FS406 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Canon camcorder also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of this spec and age.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Night Mode

The Legria FS406 has a night mode, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria FS406 which do not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras with a night mode currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R36 (£184.04), or the Legria HF M52 both from Canon.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Canon Legria FS406 has a greater number of scene modes than most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Legria FS406. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The Legria FS406 has a greater number of photo effects than most camcorders of this spec and age. The most frequently found photo effect is Fader, but this photo effect is not found on this camcorder. The photo effects Black&White, Mosaic, Neutral, Sepia, Skin tones and Vivid are also found on this video camera.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Legria FS406 has a DIGIC DV II image processor which is better than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it have a BIONZ image processor. The worst image processor of all camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria FS406 is DIGIC 5+ and the best is DIGIC DV IV.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria FS406 is 0.01m, the biggest is 1m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.16m. With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the Canon Legria FS406 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Legria FS406 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria FS406 also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Coby CAM3001, the JVC GZ-EX515, or the Canon Vixia HF R40.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The Legria FS406 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and spec. The white balance mode "Daylight" is also found on this Canon video camera.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Canon Legria FS406 does not have an HDMI port, unlike most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria FS406.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Canon Vixia HF M40 (£22.83), the Panasonic HC-V510 (£339.99), or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Only 1/6" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Legria FS406 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/6". That's 3% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". $. The best optical sensor size of all similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria FS406 is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria FS406 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to consider including the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.7 inches, the Canon Legria FS406 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Legria FS406. The average screen size of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria FS406 is 2.9".

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Legria HF R36 (£184.04) (3"), or the Legria HF R46 (£442.80) (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110 (£269.00) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The Legria FS406 has a quite low movie megapixel count (only 0.54 megapixels) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria FS406. The average movie megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria FS406 is 1.9MP, and the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria FS406 is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. At only 123,000 pixels, the Canon Legria FS406 has a very low display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria FS406.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The Legria FS406 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1024 x 768. That's 91% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Legria FS406. This video camera also supports a still image resolution of 640 x 480. The still image resolution of all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria FS406 ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Only 1024 X 768 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Legria FS406 is 1024 x 768 pixels. That's 59% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Across all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria FS406 the maximum image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon Legria FS406 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£1,860.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the Canon Legria FS406 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ220, or the HDR-PJ320 (£329.99) both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Legria FS406 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria FS406 are also not waterproof.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The Legria FS406 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria FS406.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of 4 lux, the Legria FS406 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria FS406. Across all the similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria FS406 the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria FS406

Released Over Five Years Ago

This Canon camcorder was released over five years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 37 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria FS406 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Legria FS406.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V500 (38x and higher rated), or the HC-V110 (£209.99) (38x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the JVC GZ-EX515 (38x and higher rated).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Canon Legria FS406 has a pretty typical maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria FS406.

We compared all the other 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF R36 (£184.04) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a larger maximum memory card size that might also be worth looking at include the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) (128GB), or the JVC GZ-E105 (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Battery Life

The Legria FS406 has a relatively typical battery life (3.45 hours) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

If this video camera battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to look at the GZ-RX110 (£269.00) (4.5h), or the GZ-E105 (92.6667h) both from JVC or the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (6.8h) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 220 grams, the Legria FS406 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria FS406.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF M46 (£399.97) (350g).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Optical Sensor Resolution
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Shooting Mode
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Pre-Record
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Still Image Histogram
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
DV Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Video Out Port
Audio Output
Auto Focus
Snap Shots
Manual Focus
Fader
Photo Mode
Spotlight
Focus Range
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
Sports Mode
Art Mode

Expert Reviews

(2)
5 August 2011

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23 October 2011

La Canon LEGRIA FS406 è una videocamera compatta dalle prestazioni performanti ad un prezzo abbastanza acccessibile. Le caratteristiche tecniche sono molto buone, soprattutto grazie al display...

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User Reviews

(9)
Reviewed 4 April 2011 by J. Lynton

Just got this as a birthday present and my first impressions are Wow! I will update on transferring and the DVD/Hard Disc quality when Ive monkeyed about and loaded the software. The Casing and... Read more…

Reviewed 31 March 2011 by D. R. Lane

Having purchased my first Cannon videocam in 2001, this third one developed is astoundingly light, has much longer battery life and has all the desirable features at a very attractive price.... Read more…

Reviewed 6 August 2011 by Griffin
(Verified Purchase)

This is my fourth video camera and second Canon one. Records to an SD card, (make sure you get the right one and type). Downloads to computer Ok, but problems start when you try to join up several... Read more…

Reviewed 30 September 2011 by Orcadian

Great little camcorder, Beyond my expectations with video and snaps.Canon LEGRIA FS406 Camcorder - Silver (37x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen LCD)...

Reviewed 13 March 2012 by John B
(Verified Purchase)

Loads of gismos but easy to use - useable even in my big arthritic hands just as it is in the more delicate hands of my teen...

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