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Canon legria hf m36 hd pal camcorder

Canon legria hf m36 hd pal camcorder

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The LEGRIA HF M36 HD PAL Camcorder from Canon is a mid-range high def camcorder that provides you with numerous features and functions. The camera gives you 1920 x 1080 HD video recording, 3.3MP still image capture, and an 8GB internal flash memory. The HF M36 can also store video and still images to SD/SDHC memory cards.

Flash Memory Recording

The LEGRIA HF M36 allows you to record up to 3 hours of video to an 8GB internal flash drive or to a removable SD memory card. 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 M36's 8GB 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 M36's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. And if your HF M36 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 15x HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality, while the Canon Exclusive 3.89MP 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. Exceptionally life-like tone and detail are captured thanks to 24Mbps Recording, which offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD. The LEGRIA HF M36 not only captures images in HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen

2.7" Touch Panel LCD Display

See exceptional detail with a sharp 211,000 dot screen that delivers brilliant color together with touch panel control for faster and easier menu navigation. This 2.7" LCD also features Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject - whether it's people, vehicles, etc. by selecting your choice right on the touch panel display

3.3MP Camera Built-In

The LEGRIA HF M36, in addition to being a brilliant camcorder, is also a 3.3MP digital camera. The LEGRIA HF M36's Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. You'll even be able to shoot 3.3 megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording. The LEGRIA HF M36 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a digital camera. 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 LEGRIA HF M36 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 M36 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. And in addition to all that your LEGRIA HF M36's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions.

Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS

The LEGRIA HF M36 features Canon's proprietary Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization which provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted shaking which is common when walking. Together with Powered IS you'll find an even higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Powered IS can be engaged by pressing or holding the Powered IS button on the touch panel LCD

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 M36'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 M36 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot. The AE Bracketing feature of the LEGRIA HF M36 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you

Histogram Display

For the advanced digital photographer, the LEGRIA HF M36 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

Instant AF

The LEGRIA HF M36 camcorder features Canon's Instant AF focusing system which offers an improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." This is especially beneficial in high brightness or night shooting situations. In addition, with Instant AF it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.

To further enhance focusing capability, the LEGRIA HF M36 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording

Smart Auto

Smart Auto makes shooting great video easy. Using the power of Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the LEGRIA HF M36 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene

Touch & Track

Touch & Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any subject: people, pets, vehicles, and more. Simply select your point of interest on the Touch Panel LCD and you will have your subject in sharp focus regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot. Touch & Track is the default setting. You can also choose to adjust focus or exposure independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch Focus or

Touch Exposure

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 Down conversion 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 down converted video can be transferred to your computer via traditional methods - i.e. USB connection or card slot


To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the LEGRIA HF M36, you'll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter, or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone. Easy, one-cable connectivity to HDTV is yours through the LEGRIA HF M36's HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color. The built-in Headphone terminal provides exceptional audio flexibility

5.1 Channel Surround Sound

For the ultimate home theater experience, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound allows you to capture audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your high definition video. The sound is captured from all directions (five different pickup sensors) so your home movies will look and sound life-like. The built-in Microphone terminal, with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal, also provides exceptional audio flexibility 2 close Please Note:Optional SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone is required

Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software

The Pixela ImageMixer 3SE video editing software allows for payback of recorded video on your computer and editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. With the Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Software, you can burn a standard definition DVD to relive the memories on your TV. And to perfectly complement the Video Snapshot feature found on Canon flash memory camcorders, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided


Print/Share allows you to connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer. With the supplied USB cable and a touch of the Print/Share button you can print directly from your LEGRIA HF M36. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer and easily burn DVDs of your photos, as the HF M36 is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all

Creative Control and Workflow Features

Built-in video light for shooting video in low light conditions

Touch Focus for pinpointing an area to focus on - targets subject anywhere in frame

Intelligent Lithium-ion battery tracks remaining battery life for surprise-free recording

Burn DVDs of your video with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner and one-cable connection

Touch Exposure enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by user

Camera Exposure modes include Auto, AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), CINE, and P (program)



Sensor 3.89 Megapixel 1/4" CMOS

Lens 4.1-61.5mm


Zoom Advanced: 18x

Optical: 15x

Digital: 300x

Filter Size 37mm


System PAL

Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 8GB Video/Image

SD/SDHC Up To 32GB Video/Image

Recording Time Internal Flash Memory

Video format High Definition


1920 x 1080 (24/60/30 fps)

Still Image Resolution JPEG: 3.3 Megapixel

Audio Format 2-Channel Stereo


Display Type LCD

Screen Size 2.7"

Touch screen Yes


Image Stabilization Digital

Lux .4 (Low Light mode)

Built-in Mic Yes

Built-in Speaker Yes

Built-in Light/Flash Light Yes/Yes

Accessory Shoe Mini Hot

Tripod Mount 1/4"

Input/Output Connectors

Inputs 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini

Outputs 1x HDMI

1x Mini HDMI

1x A/V

1x USB 2.0

1x Component Video (out)

1x Composite Video (out)

Microphone Input Yes

Headphone Jack Yes


Languages English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Arabic, Persian, Thai, Greek, Czech, Hungarian

System Requirements Windows XP, Vista, 7

Mac OS X v10.4-10.6

Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Power Adapter 100-240VAC

Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.7 x 2.4 x 4.9" / 6.86 x 6.10 x 12.45cm

Weight 11.3 oz / 320.36g

This is a "PAL" product and CANNOT be used in the USA. It is designed for use with video products built to European, Asian, South American, and African & Australia TV standards

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