Review Price £313.86
Another major difference between the R46 and the Canon LEGRIA HF R406 is that this model comes with Canon's Wi-Fi features, which in record mode can be found under the menu category Remote Control Streaming. Canon was one of the first to add Wi-Fi features to its camcorders, and as a result the manufacturers who came later to the game have surpassed its original abilities. Fortunately, Canon has improved things since the first iteration. You can now operate the camera via an app for iOS and Android called CameraAccess, which is actually from the Pixela Corporation. This gives you the facility to control the camera zoom, and trigger record.
There is a second app called Movie Uploader, also from Pixela, which lets you browse the videos stored on your camcorder, and choose ones to upload to YouTube or Facebook via your mobile device. However, the R46 doesn't offer many facilities when connected to an existing WLAN.
If you're after a decent point-and-shoot camcorder and like the idea of the Wi-Fi features, the Canon LEGRIA HF R46 shoots good-looking video. However, it doesn't have the fully manual settings of Canon's higher-end models, and if the Wi-Fi functions don't appeal, the similarly specified Canon LEGRIA HF R406 is better value, and the JVC HD Everio GZ-EX515BEK or Samsung HMX-QF30 is better value still.
The Canon LEGRIA HF R46 has improved Wi-Fi functions compared to the previous generation, but its abilities are still not as comprehensive as some other manufacturers' wireless provisions. So this, and the 8GB of on-board memory, aren't quite enough to make up the difference between this and the cheaper R406 option.
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