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Canon Legria HF R506 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 235g Mar 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Easy to use
Does not have a good battery life
85 Reviews + 1 Award
vido.com.ua Recommended

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Three people wrote that it did not have a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Poor Battery” in their Canon Legria HF R506 review nonetheless they scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Benjamin Reed mentioned “It is surprisingly light (when the battery is not attached)” in his review of this camcorder. Three years ago Inspector Gadget wrote in their review of this camcorder “And don't get me started on that ridiculous battery pack! What were they thinking? Canon are capable of better than this” and rated it 3 stars out of 5.


Reviews

One Industry Award

The author at one expert review site concluded that they would recommend this small total megapixels video camera. This video camera received a "Recommended" award from Vido.com.ua.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 194 owner reviews this video camera has an average owner rating of 88 out of 100. Over 89% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 93% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Based on 1,849 expert and user reviews (including 392 verified purchases), Canon has good ratings for its video cameras. Canon also has good ratings specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 96% of those that bought a Canon camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five customers who reviewed this camcorder said that it had good features. Centralnj3000 wrote three years ago “It's wireless features make it great for wildlife video where you want to remain hidden” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Luka said in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506 “Quick to start, good optical zoom, extensive features”. Coincidence vs Fate gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “There are some good features here such as the image stabilisation which will come in handy”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Ten customers said in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Leonardo said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “If you are looking for a camera which is cheap” in his review of the Canon Legria HF R506. John wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Nice camera at an affordable price” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Annie Layte said two years ago “Great value for money” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.


Design

Easy to Use

Fifteen owners mentioned in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF R506 was easy to use. Thor4thewin said on expert website Amazon “Handy as an extra camera perhaps” but despite that they scored it 60 out of 100. Mutantkeyboard gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Amazon “Cool and handy little camera!”. Steve the Teacher wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Easy to use for beginners” in his review of this camcorder.

Three people who purchased the product wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Mickey, Videographer of Last Resort mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The touch screen is and menus are worth mentioning because they work well”. Frisco Basketball wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The on screen menus are easy to navigate”. Three years ago Matt mentioned on expert review site Amazon “There are four settings for quality”.

Two owners who purchased it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Silverlocks mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Excellent camera overall, great picture, quick response to exposure and focus, light, easy to hold, just about the perfect camcorder for anyone anywhere”. Matt said three years ago “The camera feels very comfortable in my hand” .

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Robust

Six people who purchased this camcorder concluded that it was well made. Three years ago Charlie-Brm said “Starts up quickly; built in lens shield has become very convenient, battery life as advertised; surprisingly stable on full zoom while hand held”. Mr. S. M. Kennedy wrote in their review of this camcorder “It is fantastic as a camera for a solid all round film making perspective” . The Lambanana mentioned on expert website Amazon “It felt quite solid and well made in the hand”.

Good Quality

Sixteen people who purchased this camcorder considered that it was good quality. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great Picture Quality” in their review of this camcorder. Thor4thewin said on expert website Amazon “Good quality image in good lighting conditions”. Saad Farag mentioned “Great camcorder easy to use good picture quality” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Nice Design

Three people who purchased the Canon Legria HF R506 wrote that it was good looking. Steve the Teacher said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Overall a pretty good buy” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Coincidence vs Fate mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The picture quality was pretty stunning too” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago Inspector Gadget said in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Amazon “The sound is pretty thin though”.


Good Image Stabiliser

Eleven customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. 2son wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's a small one is some purple fringing when at full zoom when filming subjects with bright”. Mike D gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Next is zoom”. Eyre121 scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R506 review on expert website Amazon three years ago “This is a lovely little camera just the right size The zoom is perfect even from a long distance”.

Two owners reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good Image Stabilization” in their review of this camcorder and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Mike D scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The most important is Image Stabilization”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Four people reckoned that it was lightweight. Mutantkeyboard said in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Amazon “They're small, lightweight and they have a fair recording time given the size of the battery”. Chorusteacher mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “We have been very impressed with the cameras lightweight construction, ease of use” in their review of this camcorder and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Ash said “The upside to the cheap plastic feel, is that the camera is very lightweight.” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R506.

Two owners who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Three years ago Coincidence vs Fate said on expert review site Amazon “Overall, this is a great little camera, good built quality, compact, with superb recording quality” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Ash wrote on expert review site Amazon “This come packaged in a relatively small, compact box, with enough padding”.

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Average Weight

The Canon Legria HF R506 has a relatively typical weight (235 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

Other 235g weight video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the Legria HF R56, the Legria HF R46, or the Vixia HF R42 all from Canon.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Canon released the Legria HF R506 in March 2014.


Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 1,140 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The digital zooms of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this video camera range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 760x.

We compared all the other 1,140x (digital) camcorders to this video camera and we think because of its better review score, the Canon Legria HF R56 is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V130 (2,500x and higher rated), or the HC-V550 (3,000x and higher rated) both from Sharp or the Panasonic HC-V160 (£145.95) (2,500x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Legria HF R506 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V250, or the Sony HDR-PJ230/B.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 32x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Legria HF R56, the HF R306, or the Vixia HF R40 all from Canon which all of have better reviews.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon 800 (£1,100) (35x and higher rated), the Panasonic HC-V130 (£149.99) (38x and higher rated), or the Sharp HC-V130 (38x and higher rated).

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder that we have assessed, the Legria HF R506's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,853 millimeter is one of the longest. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder is 1,000mm.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-SD90.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the HXR-NX3 (3.5" and higher rated), or the HXR-NX3-VG1 (3.5" and higher rated) both from Sony or the Canon XF200 (£1,979) (3.5" and higher rated).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Legria HF R506 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon Legria HF R506 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 3.25 hours, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3.25h battery life camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon HF R306.

If this video camera battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might want to look at the GZ-RX110 (4.5h and higher rated), or the GZ-R310 (£267.99) (5h and higher rated) both from JVC or the Sony HXR-NX3/1 (6.8h and higher rated).

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Very Short Video Recording Time

Video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera have video recording times of between 1h and 95h, and the average video recording time is 18h. At only 2.1 hours, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly short video recording time compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might be worth looking at include the Legria HF R56 (3.15h and higher rated), or the Legria HF R66 (£269.99) (3.15h and higher rated) both from Canon or the Sony HXR-NX3 (6.85h and higher rated).

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Storage

Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF R506 has a quite large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder. The average maximum memory card size of camcorders of this spec and age is 64GB, and the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 130GB.

Other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include the HF-M46, the Vixia HF M500, or the Legria HF R56 all from Canon which all of have better reviews.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger maximum memory card size then you might want to look at the Zoom Q4 (£199.99) (128GB and higher rated).

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Very Small Flash Memory

The Legria HF R506 has a fairly small flash memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The smallest flash memory of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 4GB and the biggest is 120GB.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Legria HF R506 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also support HDMI.

Other camcorders which support HDMI currently available which you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R56 both from Canon or the Sony HDR-XR200 (£799).

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Legria HF R506 does not support PictBridge, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF R506 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF R506 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R500 both from Canon or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 which all of have better reviews.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Canon Legria HF R506 features dual shot (video & photo). Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also feature dual shot (video & photo).

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon Legria HF R506 features pre-record function. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder also feature pre-record function.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 1.1MP and the highest is 16MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.07 megapixels, the Canon Legria HF R506 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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3.28 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3.28 megapixels sensor camcorder.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3.28MP sensor video cameras currently available including the Vixia HF R62, the HF R306, or the Vixia HF R42 all from Canon which all of have better reviews.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the Aiptek GS 200 (£79.90) (3.5MP and higher rated).

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Packaging Content

Has a Pouch

The Legria HF R506 has a pouch. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have a pouch.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Legria HF R506 has a hand strap. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Legria HF R506 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon Legria HF R506 has a batteries included. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years the closest focusing distances range from 0.0005m to 20m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.78m. The Legria HF R506 has a fairly small closest focusing distance (only 0.01 meters) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF R506 has a face detection. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Legria HF R506 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Legria HF R506 does not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Legria HF R506 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in microphone.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF R506 features back light compensation, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.4 lux, the Legria HF R506 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera. The minimum illuminations of camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera range from 0.05lx to 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 17lx.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9176b020aa, info 9176b020aa
Barcodes 04549292006346, 04549292006353, 05054230449608, 05054230633496, 08714574616865, 08714574616872, 08714574616896, 08714574616919, 08714574616926, 08714574616933, 08714574616940, 08714574617114, 08714574617121, 08714574617299, 08714574617329, 08714574617336, 08714574617367, 08714574617398, 08714574617404

Canon Legria HF R506 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon Legria HF R506 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,263 product attributes, 23,823 camcorder reviews and 1,763,100 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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