With compact and cheaper DSLRs capable of recording HD videos at equivalent-if not superior-image quality, camcorders don’t get as much attention as it used to. Or rather, the appeal doesn’t hold as well as it was. Thankfully ,handheld video recorders like the Canon LEGRIA HF R38 are around to slow as that there is still life in them.
The Canon HF R38 falls under Canons more portable range of camcorders ,and while it is not as small as some of these flip open small video recorders. It is certainly very portable. Even with a small pudgy hand like ours ,we can almost wrap our fingers around the camera. It holds very well, and is well-designed; the zoom and record buttons are easy to reach and access.
Most of the R38’s controls are accessible from the 3-inch touch screen, which is rather responsible and easy to navigate. With it, you can access the R38’s rather robust set of interesting features. That includes a Cinema mode, which provides a slew of cool filters for your videos, while Story Creator lets you shoot with a preset theme and have the camera provide useful tips and suggestions. Great to learn the basics of videography with.
The camera can also shoot in MP4 mode, which provides a smaller video compression for speedier uploading to the web .The camera’s Wi-Fi and DLNA support assists greatly in that, and is cool to have. Away from that, the R38 can shoot full-HD videos in AVCHD format. Image quality here is good .It does not stand among the best of Canon’s premium line-up; the noise level during low-light situation is one shortcoming, But the quality is certainly well enough .If you are intending it for enthusiast use. The image stabilizer here is worth mentioning; it intelligently adjusts itself according to the recording situation you are in, and works very well. If you like, you can even shoot in manual mode, but that mode does not come with shutter and aperture priority options ,which feels limited.
Megapixels : 3.28-megapixels
Processor : DIGIC DV III
Display : 3-inch Touchscreen LCD, 100% view
Lens : 51x Advanced Zoon, 2.8mm-89.6mm Focal length.
Storage : 32 GB built in, SD/SDHC/SDXC support
Connectivity : AV out, component, HDMI, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
Dimensions : 54x55x115mm
Weight : 250g