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Canon Legria HF R38
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Canon Legria HF R38 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 250g CMOS Nov 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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

Good Expert Reviews

This Canon video camera has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews and tecnozoom.it.

Owner Reviews Are Average

People who bought this small total megapixels video camera rated this camcorder 78 out of 100 on average.

Canon Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 1,422 expert and user reviews for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras.

Good Product Quality

A few people who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R38 reckoned that it was good quality. Aileen mentioned in her review on Amazon “Picture quality is very good” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Four years ago Jo Beales said in her review on Amazon “Easy to use, great picture quality, good features, good zoom” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars. Rebel said “The quality of them can best be described as meh” and gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars.

Easy to Use

Four Canon Legria HF R38 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to use. Aileen wrote in her Canon Legria HF R38 review on Amazon “Easy to use, light”. R. Hawke mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Pro's - great camera, simple to use & transfer movies to my iMac” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38.

One person said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Aileen said in her Canon Legria HF R38 review “Comfortable to hold, good features” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

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Good Size

Some customers said in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF R38 was compact. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert website Trusted Reviews “So, whilst the LEGRIA HF R38 sits at the compact end of Canon's range”. Expert website Chip.com.my wrote in their review four years ago “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” .

One Canon Legria HF R38 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it was thin. J. Dennis gave the Canon Legria HF R38 a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “The camera is OK - it comes with virtually nothing apart from a very thin 'Quick Start Guide'” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Quality Lens

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Chip.com.my wrote “Advanced Zoom 51x” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38. One customer wrote that this camcorder had a good autofocus. J. Dennis wrote in their review of this camcorder “HD reproduction is fine and focus is again relatively easy”.

Good Technical Features

Four Canon Legria HF R38 reviewers said in their reviews that it had good features. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review “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 wrote “Nifty range of features” in their review.

Reasonably Priced

One customer concluded that this camcorder was good value for money. Four years ago Rebel said on Amazon “The camera itself is pretty damn awesome for the cost, good quality images”.

One Canon Legria HF R38 owner wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was a bargain for the price. Rebel mentioned on Amazon four 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” in their Canon Legria HF R38 review.

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Nice Design

Several Canon Legria HF R38 owners who purchased the Canon Legria HF R38 concluded that it was good looking. R. Hawke mentioned “Reproduces a pretty decent film, I did think the colours were a little washed out.”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Canon Legria HF R38 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product 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” yet she rated this camcorder 3 stars.

One customer considered that it had a good screen. Rebel gave the product a score of 4 stars and said “Easy to use, full HD recording, touch screen controls, revealable flip screen” in their review.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One Canon Legria HF R38 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it was noisy. J. Dennis said “Sound is good and only suffers 'wind noise' under really strong wind” in their review of this camcorder.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R38, the Canon Legria HF R38 has an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Canon Legria HF R38 has an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], and the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Canon Legria HF R38 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it. Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria HF R38.

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

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

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type. 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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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The Legria HF R38 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of this spec and age. This camcorder has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on video cameras of this type and age. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Legria HF R38 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The best optical sensor size of all video cameras of this age and type is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".

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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 small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Legria HF R38 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

There are a number of other camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 4.5, the Legria HF R38 has a fairly high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The average maximum aperture number of camcorders of this spec and age is 4.5.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p|720p supported video modes, which is the most commonly found supported video modes on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Legria HF R38 is more than most camcorders of this spec and age. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Canon video camera. The audio formats supporteds AC3 are also supported by this video camera.

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Has Three White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Legria HF R38 is more than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of this age and type. The white balances "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A few Canon Legria HF R38 reviewers who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R38 said that it did not have a good battery life. Aileen said on Amazon “Disappointed by the battery life which only held about 30 minutes of charge” in her Canon Legria HF R38 review. Four years ago Rebel mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R38 on Amazon “Great little unit let down by pathetic canon battery”.

Poor Support

Two Canon Legria HF R38 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it did not have good technical guidance. J. Dennis said “Reviewing video - the supplied starter battery isn't going to help much” in their review. Chip.com.my wrote four years ago “Limited manual controls”.

Not Full HD

Most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF R38 are not Full HD. The Canon Legria HF R38 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF R38 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Legria HF R38 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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

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Quite Short Battery Life (max)

At only 1 hour, the Legria HF R38 has a very short battery life (max) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average battery life (max) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R38 is 16h.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF R38, the Legria HF R38 does not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Legria HF R38 is not 3D. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R38 are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Legria HF R38 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon Legria HF R38 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R38 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is the most frequently found video formats supported on comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The average video recording time of similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 12h, and the video recording times range from 1h to 95h. With a video recording time of only 1 hour, the Legria HF R38 has one of the shorter video recording times amongst camcorders of this age.

If you are looking for a video camera with a longer video recording time then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] (1.75h and higher rated).

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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 Display Diagonal

The Legria HF R38 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R38.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF M506[pl_369708_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 1,020 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R38 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] (1,060x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Legria HF R38 has a relatively average optical zoom (32 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R38.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 32x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] (35x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

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

It may also be worth considering one of the other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF M506[plb_369708_price] which has better reviews.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is too small for you then you might want to consider the XF305[pl_1515882_price] (128GB), or the XF105[pl_2074823_price] (128GB) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 250 grams, the Legria HF R38 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
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
Photo Effects
On Screen Display (OSD)
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Image Quality Adjustment
Progressive Scan
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Snapshot
Photo Mode
Interface
AV Output
Electrical Viewfinder
Zoom Capability
Wireless Connection

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon co58124, canon 5975b010, canon co58124e, canon 5975b010a, canon co58124ea, canon 5975b010aa, canon co58124ean
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