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Canon Legria HF G25
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Canon Legria HF G25 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 565g CMOS Feb 2013
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17 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

On average Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent reviews compared to other brands as do all camcorders built by Canon.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The Canon Legria HF G25 has a quite large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G25. The screen sizes of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 1.4" to 4.3".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the XA10 (£859.00), or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon.

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) (4") which is also higher rated.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF G25, the Legria HF G25 is Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Legria HF G25 has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to consider including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF G25 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF R406 both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Legria HF G25 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 31% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/3.91". 4.80 x 3.60mm. The optical sensor size of all camcorders of this age and type ranges from 2/3" (worst) to 1/1.3" (best).

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Two Memory Card Slots

Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF G25 only have one memory card slot, however the Legria HF G25 has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF G25 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of this age and spec. In addition, this video camera 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G25.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Canon Legria HF G25 has a greater number of scene modes than most video cameras of this age and spec. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

At 922,000 pixels, the Canon Legria HF G25 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF G25. The display resolutions of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF G25 range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Legria HF G25 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly found photo effect is Sepia, but this photo effect is not found on this video camera. The photo effects Cinema are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF G25 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-TM900, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Legria HF G25 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 10 times zoom factor, the Legria HF G25 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Camcorders of this age and spec have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 10x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF M506 both from Canon which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (12x), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (12x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the Legria HF G25 does not have an interchangeable lens.

Other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Heavy

The weights of video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF G25 range from 57g to 3.9kg. The Legria HF G25 is one of the heavier small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago (565 grams) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF G25, the Legria HF G25 does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon Legria HF G25 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF G25 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105 (£1,799.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF G25 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320 (£329.99) is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Legria HF G25 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G25 range from 22mm to 2,700mm. At only 304 millimeters, the Canon Legria HF G25 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF G25.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF G25 the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22. With a maximum aperture value of only 2.8, the Legria HF G25 has one of the lower maximum aperture values amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Only AVC Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD video format, which is the most frequently found video format on small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

At only 1.55 hours, the Legria HF G25 has a quite short video recording time compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF G25. The video recording times of camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G25 range from 1h to 95h, and the average video recording time is 12h.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a longer video recording time then you might also want to consider the Legria HF R46 (£442.80) (1.75h), or the Legria HF R406 (3h) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Legria HF G25 is more than most video cameras of this type and age. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF G25.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of only 0.24 inches, the Canon Legria HF G25 has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The viewfinder screen sizes of camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF G25 range from 0.24" to 0.52", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.33".

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF G25

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF G25 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF G25.

If you are looking for a larger maximum memory card size then you might also want to look at the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Legria HF G25 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF G25.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 200x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF M506 both from Canon.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30 (£929.99) (400x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Battery Life

The Legria HF G25 has a fairly average battery life (1.91 hours) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G25.

If this Canon camcorder battery life is not long enough for you then you might want to look at the Zoom Q4 (£199.99) (3h), or the Canon Legria HF G30 (£929.99) (3.1h) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(4)

This camera has been mine to play with for a day or two, now. It's my first without tape. It feels compact and sturdy. The feature set is huge (and I won't bother listing it all, as that's mostly... Read more…

22 March 2013

The Canon Legria HF G25 digital camcorder has a 2.07-megapixel HD CMOS Pro imaging sensor with Digic DV III imaging processor. It also has a 30.4mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom lens to capture full... Read more…

27 March 2013

Filme drehen kann man heute mit jeder Digicam. Doch wenn man das Ergebnis später auf dem PC-Bildschirm betrachtet, setzt Ernüchterung ein. Der Zoom ist unberechenbar, die Bilder körnig und der... Read more…

20 March 2013

Von Mo, 26.November 2012 | 4 Seiten | Nachdem wir ja in den ersten zwei Teilen regelrecht für die Black Magic Cinema Camera ins Schwärmen geraten sind, erlauben wir uns jetzt auch einmal die...

User Reviews

(65)
Reviewed 31 October 2013 by Ayman
Ayman would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G25 (Verified Purchase)

I like this camcorder and like it's features , it has many adjustable specifications , it's look like pro camcorder...

Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Great Zoom
Complicated To Operate
Reviewed 28 July 2015 by Vidman28

My order arrived quickly and well packed. Pricing is similar to other retailers but John Lewis provides a second year guarantee at no additional cost which is the cherry on the cake. Overall, I am... Read more…

Reviewed 15 September 2015 by FatMadMark

This is a very good camcorder which gives professional results and it is light compact and easy to use. The eye piece is especially useful on bright days when screens can be difficult to see... Read more…

Reviewed 28 July 2016 by Kerrie Rose
(Verified Purchase)

Absolutely love this camera! It was within budget and is very easy to transport places. So glad I bought this. Being a Media Student and University this is a great piece of equipment to own and I... Read more…

Reviewed 9 May 2016 by SW007
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent product, well worth the money. Superb video quality, ease of use (although I haven't had it long enough yet to learn how to use all the features) and ease of transfer to computer.

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