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Canon Legria HF M46 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 350g CMOS Nov 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
The 2.4 MP HD CMOS Pro sensor is designed and made by Canon for its professional camcorders. The light gathering area of the pixels is 160% bigger than conventional CMOS sensors, delivering a... More
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15 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Expert review site tecnozoom.it scored this small total megapixels video camera 70%.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Canon is one of the top rated camcorder manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Canon also has excellent ratings for its small total megapixels video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Canon Legria HF M46 has an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] all from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Legria HF M46 has an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price], or the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF M46 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size across all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF M46.

The worst optical sensor size amongst similar types of video camera is 1/8".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Legria HF M46 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M46.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The Canon Legria HF M46 has a greater number of scene modes than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF M46 has a built-in display. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M46 also have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Legria HF M46 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF M46.

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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 the most commonly supported still image resolution(s) on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the Legria HF M46 is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth looking at include the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price].

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF M46 is 10x, the biggest is 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Legria HF M46 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other 10x (optical) camcorders and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the HDC-TM900[pl_1824860_price] (12x), the AG-HCK10[pl_1974555_price] (12x), or the HC-X909[pl_1760656_price] (12x) all from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF M46 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

With a weight of 350 grams, the Legria HF M46 is quite heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M46. The lightest video camera of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF M46 is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg.

We compared all the other 350g weight camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF M46 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF M46 also do not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at include the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Legria HF M46 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF M46 are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D then you might also want to consider 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

The Legria HF M46 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M46 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M46 do not have a built-in projector. The Canon Legria HF M46 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might also want to look at including the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], the HDR-PJ320E[pl_1582785_price], or the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Legria HF M46 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 436 millimeters) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF M46 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 22mm and 2,700mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF M46 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 11, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.5. With a maximum aperture number of only 3, the Legria HF M46 has a quite low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF M46.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF M46 that we have assessed the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of, the Legria HF M46's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 43.6 millimeters is one of the longest. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 33mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 44mm.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF M46

Average Display Diagonal

The Legria HF M46 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M46.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include 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 also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

Canon released the Legria HF M46 over five years ago.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF M46 has a pretty typical maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF M46.

If you would prefer a larger maximum memory card size then you might also want to look at the Canon XF305[plb_1515882_price] (128GB), or the JVC GZ-E105[plb_1876013_price] (128GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Canon Legria HF M46 has a fairly average digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF M46.

There are a number of alternative 200x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

If this camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the HDR-PJ320E[pl_1582785_price] (320x), or the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price] (350x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 2.16 hours, the Legria HF M46 has a fairly typical video recording time compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Video cameras with a longer video recording time that might also be worth looking at include the Vixia HF R42[pl_1542156_price] (3h), the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] (3h), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3.15h) all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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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
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Flash Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicators
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Manual Focus
Flash Memory
Spotlight
Interface
Aperture Range (F-F)
Sports

Expert Reviews

(3)
10 November 2011

Er zijn twee joekels van camera?s in deze test, en één ervan is deze Canon. Versta me niet verkeerd: de Legria is niet te groot om te hanteren. Integendeel, zijn formaat en gewicht... Read more…

Lens, beeldkwaliteit
Dimensioni
Sensore HD CMOS Pro Canon
Obiettivo video HD 10x
Funzioni cinematografiche creative
Batterij
Pacco Batteria
10 November 2011

Er zijn twee joekels van camera's in deze test, en één ervan is deze Canon. Versta me niet verkeerd: de Legria is niet te groot om te hanteren. Integendeel, zijn formaat en gewicht... Read more…

24 September 2011

La Canon LEGRIA HF M46 è una videocamera compatta dalle prestazioni performanti ad un prezzo abbastanza acccessibile. Le caratteristiche tecniche sono molto buone e considerando la possibilità...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 5117b008, canon 5117b008a, canon 5117b008aa
Barcodes 05053676809427, 08714574567877, 08714574568065

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