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Canon Legria HF R66 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 235g CMOS Jan 2015
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Cherish every moment in Full HD with this compact camcorder. Capture and track faraway detail with a huge 57x Advanced zoom and share effortlessly with those close to you using built-in Wi-Fi and... More
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31 Reasons For

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 35 owner reviews this video camera has a superb overall owner rating.

Good Quality Lens

A few people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom. Bobsta wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66 “On top of the R66 is the zoom function” . Mykeyreviews wrote on Amazon “∙ Full HD 1920x1080 Recording.∙ AVCHD & MP4 File Format.∙ 8GB Internal Memory.∙ 32x Optical Zoom.∙ Intelligent Image Stabilization.♦ Box Contents & Optional Extras ♦- Box Contents”. Mykeyreviews also mentioned “There are also a few extra which people may like are creative filters such as vivid, sepia etc.- Zoom”.

Several Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers thought it had a good image stabiliser. Mykeyreviews wrote in their Canon Legria HF R66 review on Amazon “Intelligent Image Stabilisation”.

Several Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers thought the Canon Legria HF R66 had a good autofocus. Team B said on Amazon “The focusing capabilities are very good” in their review and rated the product 5 stars. Team B also mentioned “Focus is pin sharp”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Gary B gave it a very good review score and he wrote “The only thing that could have made it better is if the lens cover was automatic when you switched it on - I guess that's an extra motor”.

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Easy to Use

Some Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers thought the product was easy to use. In December Amazon Customer said “Brilliant product, easy to use even for someone with big hands like myself”. Last year Bobsta wrote “The R66 can be switched just by simply opening the control panel”. Maryjane rated it 5 stars and she mentioned on Amazon “Super easy to use and playback” in her Canon Legria HF R66 review.

Some Canon Legria HF R66 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it performed as expected. Gary B rated the Canon Legria HF R66 as excellent and he said in his Canon Legria HF R66 review on Amazon “Does exactly what it says on the tin”.

Some people mentioned that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. In December last year Mykeyreviews wrote in their review “This camcorder for me was extremely comfortable to hold” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Susman said “Handle, which is due in part to the hand-strap's comfortable padding”.

A number of Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers who bought it thought it had a good interface. Mykeyreviews wrote on Amazon “In my eyes has a simple interface” in their review of this camcorder. Susman wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon in December last year “The HF R66 has a very good user interface”.

One Canon Legria HF R66 owner said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. In December last year Mykeyreviews mentioned “Other touch icons include taking a photo, framing assist, decorations or quick settings”.

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Good Connectivity

Five customers who bought it reckoned that it was wifi compatible. C. Jeffery mentioned on Amazon in December last year “Also the wifi function is very handy” in their review. S. Holland said in their review on Amazon last year “Now why the 1 star you ask? Well the 1st line of the description states "Share memories easily with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC” nonetheless they only gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100. Susman rated it as very good and mentioned on Amazon “What you get is built Wi-Fi adaptor and 8GB of built-in storage for your videos”.

One person who bought it thought it was good in terms of USB connections. Bobsta wrote in their Canon Legria HF R66 review on Amazon last year “The unit itself takes up maybe 1/8 of the box size - the rest includes a HDMI cable, USB cable, battery”.

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Good Technical Features

A few Canon Legria HF R66 owners who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had good features. A few weeks ago F. Thompson gave the product a very good review and wrote in their review on Amazon “The Wi-Fi facilities are superior to any of he photographic device I use”. Mr. M. Sanders wrote in the same month “Nice quality camera, lots of good features, good for making youtube product reviews, only disadvantage no external mic input jack or remote” in their review. Mr. M. Sanders also said “Good quality picture even to small objects at a distance, lots of useful features such as a Scene select allowing sepia, 70's grade film, black”.

Good Size

Some customers said in their reviews that the product was compact. Alison said “Compact for carrying”. Anthony Whitlock wrote in his review of the Canon Legria HF R66 in December last year “Compact camcorder, does what it says on the tin” .

A number of Canon Legria HF R66 owners wrote in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF R66 was lightweight. Gary B wrote on Amazon “The quality is great, its lightweight, very portable” in his Canon Legria HF R66 review and scored this camcorder 5 stars. Mykeyreviews mentioned in their review of this camcorder “♦ Brief ♦The Canon Legria HFR66 is a compact and very lightweight camcorder” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One customer concluded that the Canon Legria HF R66 was easy to carry around. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Light and easy to use” in their Canon Legria HF R66 review and gave the Canon Legria HF R66 a score of 5 stars.

One Canon Legria HF R66 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was good physically. Bobsta wrote in their Canon Legria HF R66 review on Amazon “The R66 isn't adorned with too many physical controls” and gave this camcorder an excellent review score.

One Canon Legria HF R66 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder said that it was a good body shape. Susman said “The hinge, which attaches screen to camcorder body, feels firm” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R66 and scored the product very highly.

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Good Product Quality

A few Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it was good quality. C. Jeffery wrote on Amazon “The picture quality is fantastic and the zoom is very impressive”. C. Jeffery also wrote “Very good quality for such a small unit”. In December this year Davej58 wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Cracking camera taking HD video and great quality stills”.

Reasonably Priced

A few Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers who reviewed it thought it was good value for money. In December this year Amazon Customer gave the product a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “Great price”. Max mentioned on Amazon “It is very good (for the money”. Susman said “The other details mentioned make this a keenly priced product compared to its nearest rivals” in their review.

One Canon Legria HF R66 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF R66 was a bargain for the price. Mr R M Frampton said on Amazon this year “The best thing I've bought for a long time and the 'deal' was excellent - got £60 refunded as a 'Winter deal” in his Canon Legria HF R66 review.

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Excellent Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Canon video cameras and also specifically for Canon small total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases Canon had excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers.

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Robust

Two Canon Legria HF R66 owners reckoned that the product was well made. F. Thompson said in their Canon Legria HF R66 review on Amazon in December this year “Feels sturdy and well made”. One Canon Legria HF R66 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was strong and durable.

Good Support

A few customers who purchased it thought it had good technical guidance. Bobsta said “If you want the full 368 page manual you'll need to visit the Canon support pages” in their review of this camcorder and scored it very highly.

Good Battery Life

Several Canon Legria HF R66 reviewers mentioned that it had a good battery life. Team B wrote “You could argue that using another battery would be cost effective” and scored it very highly.

Nice Design

One Canon Legria HF R66 owner who purchased the Canon Legria HF R66 concluded that it was good looking. Amazon Customer wrote “Overall a pretty good camcorder” however despite that they scored the product 60 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer reckoned that it had a good screen.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R66 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. The Legria HF R66 has one of the bigger digital zooms (1,140 times zoom factor) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Legria HF R66 has an HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have an HDMI.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price], or the Sony HDR-CX405[plb_2697190_price] which is cheaper.

Other video cameras which also have an HDMI that you might also want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF R66 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider including the AG-HCK10[pl_1974555_price], or the HC-V110[pl_1939467_price] both from Panasonic which is cheaper.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Legria HF R66 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. Most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. 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 amongst all camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age. 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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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Legria HF R66 has a DIGIC DV IV image processor which is better than the DIGIC DV II image processor found on most camcorders of this spec and age.

A DIGIC DV IV image processor is actually the best image processor across all small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF R66.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst image processor is DIGIC DV II.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of this spec and age is 22mm and the longest is 2,700mm. The Legria HF R66 has one of the longest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (1,853 millimeter) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Legria HF R66 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The scene modess "Backlight", "Beach", "Candlelight", "Fireworks", "Night", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Legria HF R66 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R66. Across all the similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R66 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1m.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Legria HF R66 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The optical sensor size of all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R66 ranges from 1/8" to 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Legria HF R66 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF R66 also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price], or the Sony HDR-CX405[plb_2697190_price] which is cheaper.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R66 is 2.5 Mbit/s and the biggest is 50 Mbit/s. When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R66, the bitrate at maximum video resolution of the Legria HF R66 of 35 megabits per second is one of the biggest.

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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 commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Three White Balances

The Canon Legria HF R66 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R66. The white balances "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the Legria HF R66 is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to consider the AG-HCK10[pl_1974555_price], or the HC-V110[pl_1939467_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX405[plb_2697190_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF R66 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R66, the Legria HF R66 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

The Legria HF R66 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R66 are also not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R66 are not waterproof. The Legria HF R66 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the Canon Legria HF R66 does not have a built-in projector.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This video camera has an AVCHD|MP43 video formats supported, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

At only 8 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a fairly small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R66. The smallest internal storage capacity of small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2GB and the largest is 120GB.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF R66 is 1.9lx, and the minimum illuminations range from 0.1lx to 7lx. With a minimum illumination of 4 lux, the Legria HF R66 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R66

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R66 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 2.1 hours, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a pretty typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R66.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the Canon Legria HF R66 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R66.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] (275g and cheaper), or the Sony HDR-CX405[plb_2697190_price] (215g and cheaper).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 3.15 hours, the Legria HF R66 has a fairly typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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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
Internal Storage Capacity
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
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Image Quality Adjustment
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Technical Details
Date Imprinting
Full HD

Expert Reviews

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Strong malware protectio
24 x 7 customer suppor
Little performance hit in passive mod
Remote management of multiple systems
Small and goodlooking
High performance hit during full scan
Bare-bones security feature
Expensive
A bit expensive
Not really for audiophiles

User Reviews

(31)
Reviewed 10 August 2016 by Covetous
(Verified Purchase)

Very convenient to work with this...

Reviewed 8 April 2016 by F. Thompson
(Verified Purchase)

Had this as a birthday present. Really excellent piece of video equipment. It will take me quite a while to get my head around all the facilities. So far I am impressed with the results. I have... Read more…

Reviewed 28 March 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant product,easy to use even for someone with big hands like myself.

Reviewed 20 March 2016 by Davej58
(Verified Purchase)

Cracking camera taking HD video and great quality stills...

Reviewed 13 March 2016 by Alex P

I have the R68 version but these two are very alike. The camera looks very nice and is supplied with a wide angle lens also. The quality of video is very high and you can change the video quality... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon canhfr66, canon 0279c022, canon 0279c003, canon 8714574626789, canon 4549292034868
Barcodes 04549292034868, 08714570000000, 08714574626765, 08714574626789, 08714574627236

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