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Canon LEGRIA HF M306

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF M306. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and zoom. The portability and size also get good feedback. Views are divided on the reliability, while many are critical about the battery and durability.

usability, size, portability, zoom, image quality

durability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA HF M306 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF M306 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the zoom and portability are on the whole positive. The size and usability also get good feedback, but the reliability and durability get mixed comments.

usability, size, portability, zoom

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This summary is based on the products: Canon LEGRIA HF M306 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Silver (15 X Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Touch-screen LCD)Canon LEGRIA HF M306 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Silver (15 X Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Touch-screen LCD)

Oct, 2016

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Canon Legria HF M306 review


Canon's vast AVCHD camcorder range can be reduced to three models, with each one available in different memory configurations. The HF M306 is a mid-range video camera and with no built-in memory and just a SDHC slot for storage, is the cheapest of the...

Superb image quality, elegant controls and lots of useful shooting options, but sound quality is disappointing and the price is too high.

May, 2010

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The LEGRIA HFM306 is HD capable, packs a 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD and weighs just 320g. Is this the HD camcorder for you?

The Canon offers quality captures and ease-of-use but it needs a better standard battery to shine.

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: martin (

compact camcorder


compact little camcorder, menu screen bit tricky at first but gets easier with practice.

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Roy (

A very good item


I was very pleased with the camcorder and it was waiting for me the next day at your Colchester store. It was also a very pleasent surprise to find the cost was less than the advertised price.

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Wai (

Canon Legria HF M306


The picture quality is excellect and it's really easy to use

The battery does not last for more than an hour

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Ian (

Canon Legria HF M306


Easy to use,very good images,does what it says on the box. Very good purchase

Short battery life only one hour,but can buy back up powerful battery,easily available

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

Canon's unique HD technologies packaged inside a compact, stylish design - the result is the LEGRIA HF M306, a camcorder with image quality that packs a punch, but is small enough to carry anywhere. The LEGRIA HF M306 provides a unique way to control your camcorder. The large 2.7" touch-screen enables you to control of the camcorder's shooting and playback functions with simple on-screen gestures for a new, more intuitive way of movie-making. The LEGRIA HF M306 has many shooting features for creating better movies. In Pre REC mode, the camcorder starts recording three seconds before the Record button is pressed, so you won't miss any of the action. 25p cinema mode creates more cinematic-looking movies. And you can even snap 3.3MP still photos to complement your movies.


Audio Dubbing:N / No
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-808
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:0.4
Self-timer:10 / 20

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black, Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Underwater / Low light / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Snow / Surface/Beach / Fireworks / Low light / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset / Surface / Underwater


Built-in Flash:Y / Yes


Model:HF M306
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon LEGRIA

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):2990000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:300
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:61.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.31Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.89Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" )/6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Sports:Y / Yes
Spotlight:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in:N / No
S-Video In:N / No
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480, 1600 x 1200, 2304 x 1296 / 640 x 480,1600 x 1200,2304 x 1296


Maximum memory card size:32

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black & white fader / Wipe fader / Sepia fader/Black & white fader / Sepia fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Soft / Vivid/Vivid / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Soft / Skin Detail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.3 / 123
Height :6 / 60
Width:6.8 / 68