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Canon Legria HF R38
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Canon Legria HF R38 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 250g CMOS Jun 2012
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The freedom to create and connect: a small camcorder with a big zoom and Wi-FiThe compact and lightweight LEGRIA HF R38 gives you the freedom to share with in-built Wi-Fi. Get closer in Full HD... More
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27 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews and tecnozoom.it the average expert rating of this video camera is 80 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Legria HF R38 owners on average rated this camcorder 78%.

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

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 manufacturers.

Good Product Quality

Some Canon Legria HF R38 owners who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Aileen mentioned in her review of the Canon Legria HF R38 “Picture quality is very good”. Jo Beales said on Amazon “Easy to use, great picture quality, good features, good zoom” and scored this camcorder very highly. Rebel said on Amazon “The quality of them can best be described as meh”.

Easy to Use

A number of customers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Aileen said in her review of the Canon Legria HF R38 on Amazon three years ago “Easy to use, light”. R. Hawke wrote in their review on Amazon in the same month “Pro's - great camera, simple to use & transfer movies to my iMac”.

One customer thought this camcorder was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Good Size

A number of customers who purchased it reckoned that it was compact. Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review on expert website Trusted Reviews “So, whilst the LEGRIA HF R38 sits at the compact end of Canon's range”. Three years ago Chip.com.my said “With compact cameras and cheaper DSLRs capable of recording HD videos at equivalent — if not superior — image quality, camcorders don't get as much attention as it used to” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38.

One Canon Legria HF R38 owner wrote in their reviews that it was thin. J. Dennis said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon four years ago “The camera is OK - it comes with virtually nothing apart from a very thin 'Quick Start Guide'”.

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Good Quality Lens

Two people said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good zoom. Chip.com.my wrote “Advanced Zoom 51x”. One Canon Legria HF R38 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. J. Dennis mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38 on Amazon “HD reproduction is fine and focus is again relatively easy”.

Good Technical Features

A number of Canon Legria HF R38 owners who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had good features. Aileen gave it a score of 4 stars and she wrote on Amazon “Comfortable to hold, good features” in her Canon Legria HF R38 review. Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38 on expert website Trusted Reviews “The Canon LEGRIA HF R38 makes a decent mid-range camcorder choice, with good image quality and a reasonable range of features”. Chip.com.my said “Nifty range of features” in their Canon Legria HF R38 review.

Reasonably Priced

One Canon Legria HF R38 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good value for money. Rebel said “The camera itself is pretty damn awesome for the cost, good quality images” .

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Rebel said three years ago “The long run Canon battery costs about 1/2 the price of the camera kit!There are some cheap 3rd party batteries that I am using”.

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Nice Design

A number of Canon Legria HF R38 reviewers concluded that the Canon Legria HF R38 was good looking. R. Hawke wrote “Reproduces a pretty decent film, I did think the colours were a little washed out.” and rated it as very good.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good viewfinder. Janet L mentioned on Amazon “I am disappointed because without a viewfinder the product is not that easy to use in order to get a good starting image” but in spite of that she scored the product 3 stars.

One customer who bought the Canon Legria HF R38 concluded that it had a good screen. Three years ago Rebel gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “Easy to use, full HD recording, touch screen controls, revealable flip screen” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was noisy. J. Dennis scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “Sound is good and only suffers 'wind noise' under really strong wind”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Legria HF R38 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R38.

Alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Legria HF R38 is Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Legria HF R38 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Legria HF R38 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. Most video cameras of this age and type support an SD memory card. 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 small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera 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 typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Legria HF R38 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R38. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF R38 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R38 the best optical sensor size is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Legria HF R38 has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The Legria HF R38 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R38. The white balance modes "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Legria HF R38 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AC3 are also supported by this camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Legria HF R38 has one of the smaller minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Camcorders of this age and spec have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx.

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Small

The heights of camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF R38 range from 19mm to 920mm, and the average height is 82mm. At only 55 millimeters, the Canon Legria HF R38 is fairly small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Several Canon Legria HF R38 owners who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R38 reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Aileen she wrote in her Canon Legria HF R38 review “Disappointed by the battery life which only held about 30 minutes of charge”. Rebel mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38 “Great little unit let down by pathetic canon battery” but even so they still gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Poor Support

Two Canon Legria HF R38 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have good technical guidance. Four years ago J. Dennis said on Amazon “Reviewing video - the supplied starter battery isn't going to help much” in their review of this camcorder. Chip.com.my mentioned “Limited manual controls” in their Canon Legria HF R38 review.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the Canon Legria HF R38 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Short Battery Life

The battery life of the Legria HF R38 of only 1 hour is one of the shortest amongst small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R38. The shortest battery life of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R38 is 1h, the longest is 150h, and the average battery life is 16h.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF R38 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF R38 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a night mode which you might want to look at including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

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Very Small Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

The maximum fash memory capacities of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF R38 range from 4GB to 120GB. The Legria HF R38 has a fairly small maximum fash memory capacity (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Legria HF R38 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R38 are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF R38 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Legria HF R38 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Quite Short Video Recording Time

When compared to other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R38 that we have assessed, the Canon Legria HF R38's video recording time of only 1 hour is one of the shortest. Camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF R38 have video recording times of between 1h and 95h, and the average video recording time is 12h.

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might also be worth looking at include the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (1.75h), or the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] (3h) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The Canon Legria HF R38 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Canon camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Big Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R38 is 0.01m and the biggest is 1m. The Legria HF R38 has one of the bigger closest focusing distances (0.1 meters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R38

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Canon released the Legria HF R38.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Legria HF R38 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF R38.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF M506[pl_369708_price] both from Canon.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,020 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R38 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] (1,060x), or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (1,060x) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Legria HF R38 has a pretty standard optical zoom (32 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R38.

There are a number of other 32x (optical) video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF R48[plb_1488031_price] which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] (38x).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Canon Legria HF R38 has a relatively standard maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We compared this video camera to all the other 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras and we think the Canon Legria HF M506[plb_369708_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon XF305[plb_1515882_price] (128GB and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 250 grams, the Legria HF R38 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to 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
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
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
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Image Quality Adjustment
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Headphone Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(4)
16 January 2013

While its image quality and some control limitations doesn't quite suit the enthusiast crowd, the Canon LEGRIA HF R38 is otherwise a well-featured, good-quality camcorder that casual users will...

Good image quality
Nifty range of features
32GB builtin storage
Decent image quality
Capacious 32GB of builtin memory
Noisy images in lowlight
Limited manual controls
Misses some manual settings
Limited enthusiast features
Only slightly cheaper than Canon premium models
15 August 2012

At under £400, the Canon LEGRIA HF R38 makes a decent mid-range camcorder choice, with good image quality and a reasonable range of features. It is a shame that Canon chose not to include the...

18 June 2012

Canon LEGRIA HF R38 có kh? n?ng phim Full HD, k?t n?i Wi-Fi và nhi?u tính n?ng t??ng t? "ng??i anh em" LEGRIA HF R36, nh?ng n?i b?t h?n v? kh? n?ng l?u tr?...

25 March 2012

La nuova Canon LEGRIA HF R38 è una bellissima videocamera Full HD che consentirà all'utilizzatore finale di ottenere video di qualità professionale semplici da realizzare in qualsiasi...

User Reviews

(16)
Reviewed 26 July 2012 by J. Dennis
(Verified Purchase)

I probably only have myself to blame. I rushed into buying this on the basis of the Canon name - I won't make that mistake again. The camera is OK - it comes with virtually nothing apart from a... Read more…

Reviewed 29 January 2013 by Heavenly Vegan
(Verified Purchase)

Much as I loved using this camera, and I really did fall in love with it, the battery life is only ½ an hour. I had planned to stock up with batteries (£20 odd each), but it doesn't come with a... Read more…

Reviewed 12 March 2013 by R. Hawke
(Verified Purchase)

Pro's - great camera, simple to use & transfer movies to my iMac. Very light, starts up quickly. reproduces a pretty decent film, I did think the colours were a little washed out, but that may be... Read more…

Reviewed 27 February 2013 by Janik39
(Verified Purchase)

Recording in a good light is quite good but in low light conditions is it bad. I expected more from CANON Also battery life is very very poor!!!!!! About 30 to 40 min for fully charged battery. I... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

The prouct is as ordered but I am disappointed because without a viewfinder the product is not that easy to use in order to get a good starting image. The image takes a while to stabilse as well... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon co58124, info 5975b010, info 5975b010a, canon 5975b010, canon co58124e, canon co58124ea, info 5975b010aa, canon 5975b010a, canon 5975b010aa, canon co58124ean
Barcodes 03610170850151, 04054318377053, 04960999819228, 08714574581224, 08714574581231, 08714574581248, 08714574581255, 08714574581262, 08714574582214, 08714574582245

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