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Canon Legria HFR36 Review

Canon Legria HFR36 Review

The Canon Legria HFR36 offers Full HD recording in a compact and lightweight body, it is packed with advanced features including integrated Wi-Fi, 51x advanced zoom and an optical Image Stabilizer, making it easy for everyone to record great quality footage and share it with friends and family.

The Canon Legria HFR36 is one of the Legria HFR-series that is designed to give you more freedom to capture movies in beautiful, crisp detail thanks to a number of innovative features shared across the range. A genuine Canon HD video lens with a powerful 51x advanced zoom makes sure you’re always close to the action, new Intelligent IS ensures all footage is smooth and shake-free, while Story Creator guides you through every step of creating an exciting and fast-paced home movie.

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Canon Full HD CMOS
Amazing Full HD image quality with a True Progressive 1/4.85” HD CMOS sensor (1920 x 1080) for fast capture and low power consumption

wifi Connectivity
Share all your favourite movie moments easily by connecting and uploading to all your social media sites through WiFi.

32X Optical Zoom and 51x Advance Zoom
Get closer to the action with the Canon 32x Optical zoom lens for high magnification in crisp and vivid detail.

Intelligent Image Stabilizer
The camera automatically detects the optimum IS to use depending on the situation, whether it be macro shooting or high at high zoom.

3 inch Touch LCD with Touch & Track
Intuitive and easy operation with the large touch LCD. Plus, Touch + Track a person or object in frame to keep in perfect focus even when they move.

Story Creator
Let the camera guide you in your movie making. Simply capture the suggested scenes, choose your favourites and play back with music instantly.

Cinema Filters
Get creative with a broad selection of cinema style filters to expand your movie making.

DiG!C DV III Image Processor
DiG!C DV III image processor is specifically designed for video capture and delivers high speed and quality processing of HD data.

Video Snapshot
Quickly and easily create your own home movies without editing on a computer. Simply snaptogether short clips captured, select a music track and it’s ready



Video SystemFormat Type

Dual Flash Memory (8GB internal + SD / SDHC / SDXC Single Card Slot)


1/4.85-inch Canon Full HD CMOS sensor

Image Processor


Video Data

AVCHD 1080/50i. 1080/25P (Maximum AVCHD 24Mbps). MP4 720/25P

Recording Modes

MXP 24Mbps / FXP 17Mbps / XP+ 12Mbps / SP 7Mbps / LP 5Mbps. MP4 (9Mbps / 4Mbps)

Image PixelsTotal Pixels

3.28 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

2.07 (Movie) / 2.41 Megapixels in 4:3 mode (Photos)

LensOptical / Advanced / Digital

32x / 51x / 1020x

Focal Length

2.8 – 89.6 mm

Maximum Aperture

f/1.8 (W) to f/4.5 (T)

Minimum Focusing Distance

10mm (Wide), 40cm (Tele macro)

35mm equivalent focal length

Approx 38.5 – 1232mm (Optical) / approx 33.9-1729mm (Advanced)

Shutter Speed

1/12.5 – 1/1,000 sec. (Maximum) / 1/2sec (Low Light Mode)

Image Stabilizer

Optical Image Stabilizer (Intelligent IS)

Lens Cover

Built-in (manual)

FocusingFocusing Range

Auto / Manual


Auto: Face priority AF / TV AF Manual: Touch Panel

Face Detection

Yes and Touch & Track

Control/BalanceLight Metering Method

Evaluative / Centre-weighted average

Exposure Compensation

±12 steps

White Balance Modes

Auto, Set, Daylight, Tungsten

IlluminationMin Illumination

0.4 Lux (Low Light Mode)

Low Light Mode

Yes (1/2 sec)

FlashNoVideo LightNo
LCD ScreenView Screen / Pixels

Widescreen 3.0″ Touch TFT / 230,000 dot

Filming Modes & ControlsAE Program Modes

Intelligent Auto (38 scenes) / P / SCN / CINE progressive 25P

Scene Modes

Portrait / Sports / Snow / Beach / Sunset / Night / Low Light / Spotlight / Fireworks

Digital Effects

Auto Fade / Wipe

Easy Web Upload

Yes with HD to SD conversion
Other Features
Pre-Record / Relay Recording (AVCHD only) / Touch & Track (Face and Objects) / Video Snapshot / Touch Decorations / Eye-Fi compatible
WiFi function

Photo Button

Yes. Touch panel operation

AudioAudio Data

Dolby Digital 2-ch (AC-3 2ch)

Audio Level Metering


Wind Screen

Auto / Off

Video Recording on 8GB Card1920 x 1080 (MXP)

40 minutes @ 24Mbps

1920 x 1080 (FXP)

1 hour @ 17Mbps

1440 x 1080 (XP+)

1 hour 25 minutes @ 12Mbps

1440 x 1080 (SP)

2 hours 20 minutes @ 7Mbps

1440 x 1080 (LP)

3 hours @ 5Mbps


BP-709 – Avg. 50min (Highest quality MXP recording)

Charging Time

170 min

Quick Start/Power Save

Yes, linked with LCD

Built-in Charger



USB 2.0 Hi Speed / mini HDMI / AV output

Accessory ShoeNoOperating Platforms

PC: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1 Mac: OS X 10.6 to 10.7

Application Software

Pixela Video Browser Software (PC only: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1/SP2, Windows 7)
Mobile Platforms
iOS 4.0 – 4.3, 5.0

General FeaturesSelf Timer / Remote Controller

10 sec


Calendar / Timeline / Date / Face Timeline, Face Jump, 3D Flip)

Dimensions W x H x D

54 x 55 x 115 mm

Weight exc. battery (g)

Approx. 250g







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