Canon expands LEGRIA range to offer more flash memory camcorders – in HD and SD
Canon today launches its expanded LEGRIA camcorder range, introducing four new series and offering more choice than ever before. Suitable for anyone – from enthusiasts, to those wanting an easy means of recording a family event, to budding social networkers – the LEGRIA series now offers a model with Canon's signature image quality to suit all budgets. The expanded LEGRIA range features three new High Definition (HD) series – the LEGRIA HF S, LEGRIA HF M and LEGRIA HF R series – and a new LEGRIA FS300 standard definition (SD) series.
Premium quality: Canon technology at the core
The entire LEGRIA range offers Canon's hallmark quality. The LEGRIA HF S,
LEGRIA HF M and LEGRIA HF R series feature Canon's HD Camera System with an HD CMOS sensor, Canon HD Video Lens and DIGIC DV III image processing for the highest quality, pin-sharp video.
All new LEGRIA models also offer a variety of innovations, making it easy to capture and share home movies. Advanced, user-friendly features include Smart Auto, enhanced Video Snapshot and Pre REC Mode[i], allowing consumers to explore their creativity and capture the stories they want to remember forever.
Once captured, in-camcorder HD-to-SD conversion and a new Easy Web Upload function now make it easier than ever to share these movies on the internet or DVD[ii].
The LEGRIA HF S series: advanced features for cinematographers
Sitting at the top of the LEGRIA HD range, the new LEGRIA HF S series offers an unbeatable combination of advanced hardware and manual control options, allowing experienced users to explore their technical and creative vision.
With an 8MP, Full HD CMOS sensor and specially designed HD Video Lens, each model is able to deliver outstanding image quality. Key new features include a Powered Optical Image Stabilizer mode, large 8.89cm (3.5") Touch-screen LCD, Smart Auto mode and double SDHC card slots on all models. Advanced audio features, including an integrated Auto Microphone Attenuator, match the sophisticated imaging functions.
The new gesture-based Touch-screen LCD is the largest currently available[iii], with more than 4x more resolution and 4x higher contrast. A re-designed manual control dial, 0.27" EVF (LEGRIA HF S21 only) and a remote control terminal also combine with the new LCD for greater control.
The LEGRIA HF M series: outstanding image quality, compact design
The LEGRIA HF M series offers the perfect package for those looking for a combination of compact design and excellent image quality. The Canon HD Camera System, including 3.3MP Full HD CMOS sensor, provides great-looking movies. Easy-to-use and comfortable to hold, the LEGRIA HF M series also offers a 2.7" Touch-screen LCD with an intuitive, gesture-based UI, plus advanced shooting functions such as Smart Auto.
All models are compatible with a range of Canon LEGRIA accessories, including lens adaptors, video lights, microphones and the new Canon WP-V2 underwater case, which provides the facility to shoot under water at depths of up to 40 metres.
The LEGRIA HF R series: affordable HD quality
The LEGRIA HF R series is a collection of stylish, lightweight Full HD camcorders that make it easy to share video content with friends. Designed to offer a winning blend of high performance and value, each model features premium Canon imaging technology alongside a series of innovative, easy-to-use features such as Video Snapshot and Smart Auto. A light and compact design also means LEGRIA HF R series models are highly portable, offering the perfect solution for users looking to make the first step into the world of High Definition.
LEGRIA SD: getting the most out of Standard Definition
Also launched today is the Canon LEGRIA FS300 series. Perfect for consumers who are looking for superior image quality but do not yet require HD footage, the LEGRIA FS300 series is a collection of high-quality standard definition camcorders that deliver great home movies. All models feature a range of advanced shooting features and technologies such as a Canon Video Lens, Video Snapshot, new Dynamic Image Stabilizer and Pre REC function.
Quick Charge and long battery life enable users to really get the most out of their camcorder.
[i] Available features may differ between series
[ii] HD models with internal memory only
[iii] AVCHD Full HD camcorders available at announcement of HF S series (5th January 2010)