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Canon HF R205 Camcorder

2.07MP 1/4.85 270g CMOS Sep 2013
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26 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Canon small total megapixels video cameras have excellent ratings on average and across all camcorders Canon is one of the leading manufacturers.

Reasonably Priced

Several Canon HF R205 owners concluded that it was good value for money. Firstpost.com said in their review “The Canon Legria HF R205 is priced at Rs” . Firstpost.com also said “Good price”. Expert website Techmagnifier.com said in their review of the Canon HF R205 “The price is cool and it's not one which will burn your pocket” nonetheless they only scored the product 2 stars.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price.

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Good Product Quality

Three people agreed that the product was good quality. Expert website Techtree.com said in their Canon HF R205 review “Sensor along with the image processor are of decent quality”. Techtree.com also wrote “The image quality is decent whe”. Firstpost.com mentioned “Decent image quality with HD movie capture” in their review of the Canon HF R205 yet they only scored it 3 stars.

Nice Design

One Canon HF R205 reviewer concluded that this camcorder was ergonomic. Firstpost.com mentioned in their Canon HF R205 review “Good build and ergonomics”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was smooth.

Good Size

One Canon HF R205 reviewer said in their reviews that this camcorder was compact. Firstpost.com said in their review of this camcorder “Very compact, light”.

Robust

One Canon HF R205 owner said in their reviews that it was well made.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed the Canon HF R205 concluded that it was quiet. Firstpost.com wrote in their Canon HF R205 review “18x smooth and silent optical zoom” but they gave the product a score of 3 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One Canon HF R205 owner wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed the product thought it had a good screen.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Canon HF R205 has an HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HF R205 also have an HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the HF R205 has an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Two Memory Slotss

Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HF R205 only have one memory slots, however the Canon HF R205 has two memory slotss.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HF R205 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most video cameras of this age and type. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HF R205.

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 Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium battery technology, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The HF R205 has a greater number of scene modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HF R205. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The HF R205 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HF R205 the worst optical sensor size is 1/8" and the best is 1/3".

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HF R205, the HF R205 has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the L-Link LL-CAM-123[plb_1997574_price], or the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HF R205 is more than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly found cables included is USB, but this cables included is not found on this video camera. The cables includeds AV are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

The HF R205 has a fairly high effective megapixels (image) (3.28 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HF R205. The average effective megapixels (image) of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HF R205 is 2.4MP, and the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has an EXIF|JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of video cameras of this spec and age range from 0.1lx to 7lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.4 lux, the HF R205 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HF R205.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on three expert reviews from sites including techtree.com, firstpost.com and techmagnifier.com the average expert rating of this Canon video camera is 57 out of 100. That puts this video camera in the bottom 9% of all the video cameras of this age and spec.

Poor Battery Life

Two Canon HF R205 reviewers who bought this camcorder said that it did not have a good battery life. Six years ago Firstpost.com wrote “Poor battery life”.

Difficult to Use

One Canon HF R205 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was not easy to use.

Not Full HD

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HF R205, the Canon HF R205 is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the HDR-CX190EB[pl_363186_price], or the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon HF R205 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HF R205 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HF R205 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. At only 18 times zoom factor, the Canon HF R205 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HF R205.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the HXR-NX3-VG1[pl_2634602_price] (20x and higher rated), the HXR-NX3-1[pl_2925235_price] (20x and higher rated), or the HXR-NX3[pl_2169464_price] (20x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon HF R205 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The HF R205 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HF R205 are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is 3D then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the HF R205 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon HF R205 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the DCR-PJ5[pl_64907_price], the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320E[pl_1582785_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Only Digital Image Stabilizer Type

The HF R205 has a better image stabiliser type than most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This camcorder has a Digital image stabilizer type, whereas most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it have an Optical image stabilizer type. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

This video camera's image stabiliser type (Digital) is in fact the worst image stabiliser type amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HF R205.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the best image stabiliser type is Optical.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon HF R205

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this small total megapixels video camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HF R205 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price], or the Legria HF R38[pl_1311736_price] all from Canon.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the AG-AC160[pl_1827518_price] (3.45"), or the HC-X909[pl_1760656_price] (3.46") both from Panasonic or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 360 times zoom factor, the Canon HF R205 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HF R205.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the XA20[pl_1557028_price] (400x), or the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (400x) both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] (700x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Canon HF R205 has a relatively average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HF R205.

We compared this video camera to all the other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price], the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], and the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a larger maximum memory card size that might also be worth considering include the XF305[pl_1515882_price] (128GB), or the XA20[pl_1557028_price] (128GB) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E105[plb_1876013_price] (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 270 grams, the HF R205 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HF R205.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Photo Mode

Expert Reviews

(3)
11 October 2011

The Canon Legria HF R205 is priced at Rs. 19,395. You?ll definitely require a stand, if you want to do some serious shooting with the HF R205. The user interface is a tad boring and confusing at...

Very compact, light, and stylish
Decent image quality with HD movie capture
Good build and ergonomics
Swivel LCD
Headphone jack
No optical image stabilization
Poor battery life
Awkwardly placed ports
No microphone jack
No carry pouch
23 September 2011

Canon Legria HF R20 is definably a nice camcorder with enhanced feature. The price is cool and it's not one which will burn your pocket. Instead you'll bargain a nice piece of technology for a...

12 September 2011

The Canon Legria HF R205 is an ultra-compact camcorder that will probably steal your heart at first sight. It is a good camcorder mainly because the optics and sensor along with the image...

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 24 December 2012 by Jaden

This is a very nice camera, I have had this camcorder for about a year now the image is really good and if used right can match some of the dslr images you get out there. the downside is it... Read more…

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