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

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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.

Verdict

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.

Score in detail

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

Image Processor

Image Sensor 1/4.85-inch CMOS with 3.28Mpixels
Image Sensor Quantity 1

Lens Features

Optical Zoom (Times) 32x
Digital Zoom (Times) 1060x

Video Recording

Recording Media Memory Card
Video Capture Format AVCHD and MP4
Max Video Res 1,920 x 1,080
Minimum Lux Rating (Lux) 4lx
Image Stabilisation Optical Intelligent IS with Advanced Dynamic Mode

General Features

LCD Screen Size (Inch) 3in
On-board Storage (Gigabyte) 8GB
On-board Microphone Stereo

A/V ports

HDMI Mini
USB 2.0 Yes
Audio / Video Out Yes
Audio / Video In No
External Microphone No

Physical Specifications

Weight (Gram) 235g
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