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alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF R38. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and durability are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the viewfinder. Reviews are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA HF R38 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF R38 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the image quality and durability. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas the viewfinder and battery get critical views.

usability, portability, size, durability, image quality

battery, viewfinder

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon Legria HF R38 Full HD Camcorder (32x Optical Zoom, Optical IS, WiFi, 32GB Memory)Canon Legria HF R38 Full HD Camcorder (32x Optical Zoom, Optical IS, WiFi, 32GB Memory)

Oct, 2016

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The HF R38 bundles wireless media serving with decent image quality and features.

Decent image quality, Capacious 32GB of built-in memory, WiFi DLNA server facility

Misses some manual settings, Limited enthusiast features, Only slightly cheaper than Canon premium models

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AC3
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes


Battery life (max):1
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-709
Video recording time:1


3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Back light compensation:Y / Yes
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV II / DIGIC DV III
Image quality adjustment:Brightness, Colour depth, Contrast, Sharpness
Minimum illumination:0.4 / 4
On Screen Display (OSD):Y
Photo effects:Fader
Progressive Scan:Y / Yes


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver
Tripod mountable:Y / Yes


Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display diagonal:7.62 / 76.2
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touch screen:Y
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash:N / No
Built-in light:N / No


Closest focusing distance:0.1
Face detection:Y / Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.07
Effective megapixels (movie):2.02 / 2.07
Optical sensor size:1/0.191 / 25.4 / 4.85
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.28

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1020
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):38.5 - 1232
Focal length range (f-f):2.8 - 89.6
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens:N / No
Maximum aperture number:4.5
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):123.2 / 1232
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.85 / 38.5
Optical Zoom:32

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset


Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Other features

AV output:1
Electrical viewfinder:N
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Photo mode:Y
Snap shot:Y
Wireless Connection:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bundled software:PIXELA Video Browser, Network Utility, ImageBrowser EX / PIXELA Video Browser\nNetwork Untility
Cables included:HDMI, USB / USB
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
HDMI:Y / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB A, Mini-USB B


Camera shutter speed:0.001 - 0.5 / 1/1000 / 1/1000 - 1/2

Still image

Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card / NAND
Camcorder tape type:N
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported:N
Flash memory:32
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:64
Memory slots:1


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:24
Capture modes:FXP, LP, MXP, SP, XP+
Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Pre-record:Y / Yes
Supported video modes:1080p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVCHD / AVCHD, MP4 / AVCHD, MP4, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 / 1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type:N / No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.5 / 115
Height :5.5 / 55
Width:5.4 / 54

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Tungsten / Daylight, Tungsten