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Canon LEGRIA HF R46 - Wi-Fi Features, Image Quality and Verdict

By James Morris



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Canon LEGRIA HF R46 - Wi-Fi Features

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.

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Uniquely, you can record directly to your mobile device, too, so the footage will be there ready to watch straight away. However, it doesn't have any other functions, like changing camcorder settings. As with other manufacturers' Wi-Fi functions, the camcorder can function as a standalone hotspot.

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.

Canon LEGRIA HF R46 - Video Quality

The R46 provides essentially identical footage to the R406, as all the important features are the same. The detail is excellent, and as mentioned before image stabilisation is a cut above most of the competition at this price. Overall, the R46 shoots colourful, sharp video in the best lighting, and performance in poor illumination is impressive too. As with the R406, our 100W ceiling light test posed few problems. The R46 produces bright, grain-free footage in these conditions, which is exactly what you want when shooting family occasions at home.

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Should I buy the Canon LEGRIA HF R46?

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.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 8
  • Perfomance 8
  • Value 8

Dmitriy G

September 19, 2013, 11:22 pm

The battery life is only one hour. On a trip this fact is not convenient. The large battery would be better. The second is not a pleasant fact to which I did not notice in the store, very dark LCD screen. On a sunny day it is hard to see what you filming at.


January 7, 2014, 7:14 pm

the Wifi does not work with Android 4.3 or higher. This is a fact. This renders the Wifi capability redundant. Which is why I returned it back to the shop and bought a Panasonic instead.
Massive fail by Canon.


February 12, 2014, 6:21 am

Canon is totally misleading in advertising its WiFi capability. Android App CameraAccess doest not support only one model of one manufacturer. It doesn't work with normal Samsung or Asus devices. Developer of its Android App Pixela and Canon Customer services really suck when they are asked about android devices support. They treat you like a ping pong and every time you request Canon for support they simply tell you to contact Pixela and no help at all. I bought it for its Wifi ability and can't even return it. Bad Choice...

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