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Canon Legria HFR38 Review

Canon Legria HFR38 Review

The Canon Legria HFR38 can record up to 3hrs full HD recording on the 32gb internal memory. Free 10GB storage for all 2012 models, powered by the Canon iMage gateway. It features an 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.

Canon Legria HFR38

The LCD touch screen of Canon Legria HFR38 and intuitive features can capture magic moments easily with features like Intelligent Auto, Intelligent IS, Story Creator, Cinema look filters and Touch decorations.


Canon Legria HFR38

Key Features:

  • 32GB built in memory
  • Full HD CMOS
  • WiFi connectivity
  • 32x Optical Zoom
  • 51x Advanced Zoom
  • Intelligent IS
  • 3.0 inch Touch LCD
  • Touch and Track
  • Story Creator
  • Cinema Filters
  • DiG!C DV III Image Processor
  • Video Snapshot


Format Type
Dual Flash Memory (32GB 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 Pixels

Total Pixels

3.28 Megapixels
Effective Pixels

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

Optical / 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)

Focusing Range

Auto / Manual

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

Yes and Touch & Track

Light Metering Method

Evaluative / Centre-weighted average
Exposure Compensation

±12 steps
White Balance Mode

Auto, Set, Daylight, Tungsten

Min Illumination

0.4 Lux (Low Light Mode)
Low Light Mode

Yes (1/2 sec)
Flash / Video Light

No / No

View Screen / Pixels

Widescreen 3.0″ Touch TFT / 230,000 dot
Filming Modes & Controls

AE 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

Audio Data

Dolby Digital 2-ch (AC-3 2ch)
Audio Level Metering

Wind Screen

Auto / Off
Video Recording on 8GB Card

1920 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 Shoe

Operating 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

Self Timer

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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