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Canon Legria FS406
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Canon Legria FS406 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/6 220g CCD Dec 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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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16 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review site tecnozoom.it scored this video camera 70 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this small total megapixels video camera rated this camcorder 87% on average.

Excellent Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon camcorders and also specifically for Canon small total megapixels camcorders and found that in both cases Canon had excellent ratings.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 2,000 times zoom factor, the Legria FS406 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The digital zooms of small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria FS406 range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HC-V500 (2,500x), or the HC-V160 (£129.98) (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130 (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Legria FS406 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria FS406.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R56, or the Vixia HF R400 all from Canon.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Legria FS406 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it. This Canon video camera also 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria FS406.

Amongst similar types of video camera 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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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria FS406 which do not have a night mode, the Legria FS406 has a night mode.

Alternative camcorders with a night mode currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R36, or the Legria HF M52 both from Canon.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Legria FS406 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on video cameras of this age and type. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" 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 similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most camcorders that were launched around the same time as it have a BIONZ image processor. The best image processor of all camcorders of this age and type is DIGIC DV IV and the worst is BIONZ.

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Has Six Photo Effectss

The Canon Legria FS406 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly found photo effects is Fader, but this photo effects is not found on this Canon video camera. The photo effectss Black&White, Mosaic, Neutral, Sepia, Skin tones and Vivid are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria FS406 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria FS406.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Canon Legria HF R406, or the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most frequently found viewfinder type on camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has Two White Balances

The Legria FS406 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria FS406. The white balance "Daylight" is also found on this video camera.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI

Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria FS406 have an HDMI, however the Canon Legria FS406 does not have an HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R406, or the Vixia HF R40 all from Canon which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only 1/6" Optical Sensor Size

The Legria FS406 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/6". That's 3% less optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. $. Across all small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria FS406 the worst optical sensor size is 1/8" and the best is 1/3".

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Not Full HD

The Canon Legria FS406 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria FS406 are also not Full HD.

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Legria HF M52, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ620 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria FS406 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7 which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 0.54 megapixels, the Legria FS406 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie)s amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of this age and spec is 0.41MP, the highest is 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric) of the Canon Legria FS406 of only 123,000 pixels is one of the lowest amongst small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria FS406 is 340,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Legria FS406 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1024 x 768. That's 15% less still image resolution than a 1280 x 720 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of this type and age. This video camera also supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480. Across all similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5472 x 3648 (best).

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Only 1024 X 768 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Legria FS406 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. That's 74% less maximum image resolution than a 2304 x 1296 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The best maximum image resolution of all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria FS406 is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Legria FS406 do not have a built-in projector. The Legria FS406 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might also want to look at including the HDR-PJ620, the HDR-PJ220 (£185.00), or the HDR-PJ410 (£259.00) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria FS406, the Legria FS406 is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Legria FS406 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria FS406 are also not waterproof.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon Legria FS406 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria FS406.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The Legria FS406 has a quite big minimum illumination (4 lux) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The smallest minimum illumination of small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 0.1lx and the biggest is 7lx.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria FS406

Released Over Five Years Ago

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

Average Optical Zoom

The Canon Legria FS406 has a pretty standard optical zoom (37 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria FS406.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V500 (38x), the HC-V110 (£399.99) (38x), or the HC-V130 (£149.99) (38x) all from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria FS406 has a fairly typical maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R36.

If this small total megapixels video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon XF305 (£3,594.00) (128GB), or the JVC GZ-E105 (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Battery Life (max)

The Legria FS406 has a fairly typical battery life (max) (3.45 hours) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a video camera with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-RX110 (4.5h), or the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (6.8h) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

At 220 grams, the Legria FS406 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Legria FS406.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Canon Legria FS406 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria FS406.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Legria HF R36 (3"), the Vixia HF R400 (3"), or the Legria HF R66 (£250.54) (3") all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Optical Sensor Resolution
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
Shooting Modes
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Pre-Record
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Histogram
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
DV Port
S-Video Out
PictBridge
S-Video in
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Video Out
Audio Output
Auto Focus
Snapshot
Manual Focus
Fader
Photo Mode
Spotlight
Focus
Interface
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
Sports
Art

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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Funzione Pre Record
Video snapshot
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Design e dimensioni
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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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