HD camcorders: Compare features & prices Canon Legria HF R38 review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/camcorders/reviews/hd-camcorders/canon-legria-hf-r38/review/
The Canon Legria HF R38 is a high-definition camcorder with a 32x optical zoom, built-in wi-fi and image stabilisation. How did it fare in the Which? tests? Read our full review to find out how we rate the HF R38 for image quality, battery life and its ability to take still photos.
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Recording time internal memory (minutes)
The amount of footage at the highest quality setting you can store on the built-in memory, in minutes.
Copy video onto memory card option
Some models allow you to copyvideo onto the memory card, from the main recording media, such as the hard disk or internal flash memory
The higher the number, the more you can zoom in. 10 means 10 times magnification. Optical zoom usually ranges from 10 times to 40 times.
Tethered means it is attached with "string", built-in slider usually means you move a lever to cover/remove the lens cover, or it opens automatically.
Image stabilisation system
Optical stabilisers use a small mechanical adjustment to compensate for trembling motions; electronic stabilisation uses a digital adjustment, which is not always as effective.
Size (wxhxd) (cm)
Dimensions as you look at the camcorder side on.
Includes the device, the recording media, battery and hand strap.
LCD screen size
Size of the LCD screen, diagonally across in inches.
Provides additional light when the scene is dark
If parts of the scene are too dark, this will help brighten them up
This function brightens up the whole scene
External mic input
If the camcorder has an input (sometimes called a hot shoe) an external mic can be added for better sound quality
The eyepiece viewfinder. Almost always colour, they are on the odd occasion black and white.
Whether the camcorder has an setting allowing recording in 16:9 mode
How much recording time, in minutes, you should get with a fully-charged battery.