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Canon Legria HF R78 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 240g CMOS Jan 2016
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15 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

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

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other new similar spec video cameras, the Legria HF R78 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the HC-V380[pl_3189445_price], and the HC-W580[pl_3189444_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Legria HF R78 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for the last year also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at including cheaper camcorders such as the HC-V380[pl_3189445_price], or the HC-W580[pl_3189444_price] both from Panasonic.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an HDMI port which you might want to consider including the Zoom Q8[plb_3198138_price].

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,140 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R78 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R78 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,000x.

There are a number of alternative 1,140x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at including cheaper video cameras such as the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF R78 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Canon camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SD 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R78.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF R78 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R78.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider including the HC-V380[pl_3189445_price], or the HC-W580[pl_3189444_price] both from Panasonic which is cheaper.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might also want to consider including the Zoom Q8[plb_3198138_price].

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Legria HF R78 has a greater number of scene modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. This video camera has a Sunset scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on recently released small sensor size camcorders. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Spotlight" are also found on this camcorder.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF R78 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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1080p Video Mode

The Legria HF R78 has a better video mode than most latest small sensor size camcorders. This video camera has a 1080p video mode, whereas most camcorders that are a similar age to it have a 720p video mode.

A 1080p video mode is in fact the best video mode across all new camcorders.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst video mode is 720p.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Legria HF R78 is more than most recently released comparable spec camcorders. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for the last year. The white balance modes "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The Legria HF R78 has one of the largest internal storage capacities (16 gigabytes) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The smallest internal storage capacity of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R78 is 8GB, the largest is 16GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 12GB.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Legria HF R78 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than most camcorders that came out in the last year. Most newly released video cameras support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. This video camera also supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Very Small

Across all the camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R78 the depths range from 58mm to 440mm. With a depth of only 116 millimeters, the Legria HF R78 is one of the smaller small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R78 amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Small

The smallest small sensor size camcorder that was launched in the last year is 58mm high, the biggest is 210mm, and the average height is 96mm. At only 58 millimeters, the Canon Legria HF R78 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R78.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

New camcorders have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 4lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.3lx. The Canon Legria HF R78 has one of the smaller minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The Legria HF R78 has one of the slower maximum frame rates (only 35 frames per second) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Camcorders that have been available for the last year have maximum frame rates of between 35fps and 60fps.

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Not Full HD

The Canon Legria HF R78 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R78 are also not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price]; or the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF R78 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R78 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The Legria HF R78 has one of the smaller maximum memory card sizes (only 64 gigabytes) amongst camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R78 the maximum memory card sizes range from 64GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 92GB.

There are a number of other 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a larger maximum memory card size then you might want to consider the Zoom Q8[plb_3198138_price] (128GB).

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R78, the Canon Legria HF R78 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last year, the Legria HF R78 does not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Legria HF R78 is not waterproof. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R78 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF R78 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other latest similar spec video cameras also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Legria HF R78 has a fairly low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other new camcorders. Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R78 have movie megapixel counts of between 2MP and 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 2.3MP.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R78

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when this small sensor size camcorder was released.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on new small sensor size camcorders.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon Legria HF R78 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders.

We compared all the other 3" screen size video cameras to this camcorder and we think cheaper camcorders such as the HC-W580[pl_3189444_price], and the HC-V380[pl_3189445_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R78 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders.

Other 32x (optical) video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include cheaper camcorders such as the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Average Battery Life

At 2.9 hours, the Legria HF R78 has a pretty standard battery life compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year.

There are a number of alternative 2.9h battery life camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including cheaper video cameras such as the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Average Weight

The Canon Legria HF R78 has a fairly standard weight (240 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 240g weight video cameras and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] is also worth considering.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the HC-W580[pl_3189444_price] (264g and cheaper), or the HC-V380[pl_3189445_price] (252g and cheaper) both from Panasonic.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for the last year.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
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
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Self-Timer

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 1237c002, canon 4549292060690
Barcodes 04549292060690

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