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Canon Legria HF R36 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £359
inc VAT

The Legria HF R36 has reasonable image quality, but its built-in Wi-Fi and Story Creator function make it an ideal family camcorder


1/4.85in CMOS sensor, 1,920×1,080, 32.0x zoom, 273g

The HF R36 has a built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi adaptor. It uses the 2.4GHz band rather than the less congested 5GHz band, which is a shame because the 5GHz band is better suited for streaming HD video. The ability to transfer videos to your PC wirelessly sounds like a good idea, but you have to install a video on your PC and the transfer process is slow. The entire process of transferring a one minute video took three and half minutes, while attaching a USB cable, plugging it in to your computer and transferring a video took just 55 seconds.

The real benefit of the Wi-Fi adaptor is the ability to watch your videos on DLNA-enabled devices such as smart TVs, games consoles and computers. Within minutes of activating the DLNA services we were watching our videos on a PlayStation 3. When both devices were connected via Wi-Fi, the footage stuttered because the PS3 couldn’t buffer enough data in time, but when we connected the PS3 to our router via Ethernet the footage played flawlessly.

The HF R36’s may not have the best image quality and stabilisation we’ve seen, but both are acceptable for the price and the camcorder has plenty of extra features. Even though it’s fairly slow, streaming videos to your PC wirelessly is convenient, and the Story Creator function makes the camcorder an ideal gift for a younger, budding cinematographer. Be aware that the standard battery lasts less than hour in use, so you’ll want a spare for days out. If image quality is most important to you in a camcorder, check out the Panasonic HC-V500Panasonic HC-V500. If you want a fun, good quality camcorder, though, then Canon HF R36’s is for you.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****


Optical zoom 32.0x
Digital zoom 1,020x
Sensor 1/4.85in CMOS
Sensor pixels 3,280,000
Widescreen mode native
LCD screen size 3.0in
Viewfinder type colour touchscreen
Video lamp No
Video recording format AVCHD, MP4
Video recording media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sound Dolby Digital Stereo
Video resolutions 1,920×1,080
Maximum image resolution 1,920×1,080
Memory slot SD
Mermory supplied 8GB
Flash no


Digital inputs/outputs mini HDMI out, mini USB
Analogue inputs/outputs combined A/V out and 3.5mm headphone output
Other connections charge jack
Battery type Li-ion
Battery life 47m
Battery charging position camcorder
Size 55x54x115
Weight 273g

Buying Information

Warranty one year
Price £359

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