Canon's LEGRIA HF R18 HD PAL Camcorder is an entry-level high def camcorder with numerous features and functions to help you with the recording process every step of the way. The HF R18 captures 1920 x 1080 HD video to an internal 8GB flash memory or to SD/SDHC memory cards. In addition to recording MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video, the HF R18 also captures 2MP digital stills.
At the core of the HF R18 you'll find a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens, a 2.39MP HD CMOS Image Sensor, and Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Other features, like 20x optical zoom, Dynamic Image Stabilization, and a 2.7" LCD give you the tools you need to record your video with accuracy.
Among the numerous user-friendly applications of the HF R18 has 25p recording for giving a film-look to your video. Other beneficial applications include Face Detection, Quick Start, and Pre-Record modes.
Flash Memory Recording
The LEGRIA HF R18 allows you to record to a 32GB built-in flash memory and to SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the SD memory card when the memory becomes full. There's no need to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot. You'll also have the flexibility of copying video from your LEGRIA HF R10's internal drive to the removable SD memory card. That makes it easy to insert the card into your computer or HDTV's card reader and view your recorded footage immediately.
The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage. Another plus is the LEGRIA HF R18's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. And if your HF R18 happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if there is damage to your recording media or to the moving parts found in other camcorders
Stunning HD Image Quality
A Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality, while the Canon Exclusive 2.39MP HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution and photos with astonishing detail, while the Canon Exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides impressive color and imaging performance, with enhanced reproduction of difficult to capture purple and blue tones
2.7" Widescreen LCD Display
The 2.7" LCD on the HF R18 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. The screen delivers bright, clear detail and the widescreen format means there's no need to imagine what your final image will look like on your widescreen television because it's not squeezed into a small space while you're shooting. What you see will be what you get
Dynamic Image Stabilization
With the Canon HF R18, you can be sure that even on the move your video will be smooth and steady. Dynamic IS provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broader range of motion. In comparison to conventional electronic image stabilization systems, extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted vibration that is common when walking
Built-In Digital Camera
The LEGRIA HF R18, in addition to being a camcorder, is also a digital camera. The LEGRIA HF R18's Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode. The versatile HF R18 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto an SD card or to internal memory. Additionally, the LEGRIA HF R18 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. And in addition to all that your LEGRIA HF R18's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions, and also features red-eye reduction
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus, AiAF, ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the LEGRIA HF R18's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus
Selectable Metering Patterns
For optimal still image exposure, the LEGRIA HF R18 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot
AE Bracketing Feature
The AE Bracketing feature of the LEGRIA HF R18 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in 1/2 exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF R18 comes with a Histogram Display - a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot
Smart Auto makes shooting great video easy. Using the power of Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the LEGRIA HF R18 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene
Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in the LEGRIA HF R18 high definition camcorder. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time. The system is in fact so smart that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways.
In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature can be used to search for clips featuring that specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. The selected face can be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing that subject
Advanced Video Snapshot
Advanced Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of your adventures with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips - or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode - and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone's attention. This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source
Easy Web Sharing
HD-to-SD Downconversion allows you to convert recorded high definition video to standard definition files while safely preserving the original HD video. These standard definition files make it even more convenient to edit, share video online, or create a DVD. The downconverted video can be transferred to your computer via traditional methods - i.e. USB connection or memory card slot
To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the LEGRIA HF R18, you'll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. Easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV is achieved through the LEGRIA HF R18's HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color. A Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal provide audio flexibility
The Pre-record feature places your HF R18 in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too
With Quick Start, you'll never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the HF R18 is in Camera Mode and the LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode
Creative Control and Workflow Features
Ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight design
Built-in flash for capturing photos in low light situations
Burn DVDs of your video with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner and one-cable connection
Built-in electronic lens cover automatically opens when the camcorder turns on and closes when it turns off
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