Canon Singapore has launched two new Legria AVCHD flash memory camcorders, the Legria HF G25 and Legria HF R46, which were first announced at the CES 2013. The new “prosumer” Legria HF G25 has an array of manual functions and expandability options to aid in the realization of a discerning videographer’s creative vision while the Legria HF R46 includes a new Baby Mode designed for chronicling a child’s growing up years.
With an enhanced 2.37-megapixel HD CMOS Pro imaging sensor, DIGIC DV III processor, and a 30.4mm wide-angle 10x zoom lens, the Legria HF G25 records high-quality Full HD videos with improved hardware and new design features, making it an ideal camcorder for many situations. Adapted from Canon's professional camcorders, the HD CMOS Pro sensor is 20% more sensitive than the previous model, the Legria HF G10, which means it functions more effectively in both low-light environments and scenes that require a high dynamic range.
Likewise, with the LEGRIA HF R46, every detail of an event can be accurately recorded as it captures videos with superb Full HD image quality. It has a powerful 3.28-megapixel HD CMOS sensor to shoot videos that are sharp, rich in color reproduction, and with minimal video noise. The 32x optical zoom lens, in addition to the new Advanced Zoom feature, allows it to reach 53x zoom to capture distant objects. With the new DIGIC DV 4 processor, dual recording can be performed in both AVCHD and MP4 format.
Baby Mode provides parents with the optimum guidance and intuitive settings, such as the Dynamic IS (part of Intelligent IS) and Pre REC function, to help capture the baby in the best possible light as well as to ensure users never miss a single precious moment. It also provides optimal settings to record a baby’s footages, such as the Pre REC, Intelligent IS and best picture settings for babies.
The newly-improved Dynamic IS compensates for camera shake along five axes: roll, horizontal roll, and vertical roll on top of the existing up/down and left/right correction. This reduces camera shake from walking or chasing after the little one which would be a boon for most parents. Furthermore, the Pre REC Mode automatically captures a three-second video, even before the record button is pressed — this safeguards against parents missing a cute baby moment due to delayed reflexes.
By entering a baby’s birth date, the Legria HF R46 automatically calculates the number of days after the birth date and reflects it in timestamp. Additional stamps can also be added to indicate height and weight to further track the baby’s development. All videos recorded in Baby Mode are saved chronologically and automatically organized into the “baby album”, making it easy to differentiate the baby videos from the others.
By using the new CameraAccess app available for both iOS and Android platforms with the Legria HF R46, users can view and record live videos using a Wi-Fi connection to remotely control the camcorder with their smartphone or tablet. A user will be able to see what the camcorder sees on their device’s screen, and can even control the camcorder’s zoom with this app. This can be used in a variety of ways, such as setting up the camcorder in a baby’s room so that the baby can be monitored from another room, or recording a school play with the camera set up in a good vantage point, while sitting comfortably in the audience. Being DLNA-ready, the Wi-Fi enabled camcorder also allows users to stream and view videos effortlessly on DLNA-certified TVs.
The Legria HF G25 has a few physical design features to make it simpler for use. A newly designed lens hood with a built in hood barrier better protects the lens from scratches and keeps out flare from external light sources. This hood barrier flips open and close at the flick of a sliding switch, bypassing the inconvenient step of manually removing or replacing the lens cap every time a user wants to shoot a video. This also makes it effectively easier to set up the camcorder for a quick shot. It also eliminates the risk of misplacing the lens cap when shooting outdoors.
The ergonomic design of the large lens-coaxial focus ring provides users with a better grip, allowing users to adjust the turn the focus ring to their preferred position. The 0.24-inch electronic viewfinder (260,000 dots resolution) is an essential design feature for shooting in bright and glaring environments. Coupled with the newly improved eye-cup, which has been made larger to match that on the XA10 professional camcorder, the camcorder is more comfortable to use while providing the user with greater protection against glare.
The Legria HF G25 is available in black, while the Legria HF R46 is available in black, silver, and red.
Pricing and availability is TBA.