Canon LEGRIA FS200

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Canon LEGRIA FS200

It's among the most affordable ways to get stunning video in a light, compact and user-friendly package. As employed in advanced electronic products s...

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Review of "Canon LEGRIA FS200"

published 01/11/2009 | Nothing-But-The-Truth
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Pro Portable, Stylish with a good range of features
Cons Lacks image stabilisation
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"A good choice in a competitive market but has faults."


As a Standard Definition (SD) Camcorder the FS200 provides a strong choice in a competitive market but does not come without its faults.


Optical sensor size: 1/6 "
Optical sensor resolution: 800000 pixels
Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Scene modes Sunset: Portrait: Beach/Snow: Sports: Spotlight:
Supported image formats: JPEG
Still image capture resolutions: 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Compatible memory cards: SD/SDHC
Hard disk drive capacity: 16 GB
Weight & dimensions
Weight: 225 g
Width: 55 mm
Depth: 121 mm
Height: 59 mm
Digital zoom: 2000 x
Optical zoom: 37 x
Aperture range: f2.0 - f5.2
Megapixel: 1.23 MP
Battery technology: Lithium-Ion


Given the range of choice on offer, this is certainly one to consider seriously at the top range of the Standard Definition technology. A very compact device with a 37 x Optical zoom but lacks image stabilisation which is a major draw back when compared to alternative cameras within the same price range.

I found the model to be light and comfortable in the hand with it being easily portable, accessible and robust. The video quality isn’t perfect and don’t expect it to compete with the lower budget High Definition devices.

Being available in now standard Red, Silver and Blue, it looks good and draws attention. The flip out 69mm (2.7 inch) LCD is standard and well built to take a few knocks. I found the interface to be logical and easy to use with little need to refer to the manual with basic camcorder knowledge.

Although not perfect, I was pleased with the quality of the video and there is an intelligent feature that allows a ‘dual shot’ option that lets you switch between capturing stills and video without changing modes. Unfortunately however, you cannot capture still images whilst recording video which to me is a significant lack of an important feature.

The battery life is sufficient for a day out with a range of 1 hr and 40 minutes next to the LCD makes the function of the FS200 relatively easy. The buttons are clearly labeled with quick access to the menus.

As demonstrated in the specifications, the FS200 has generous video shooting options. Thankfully the automatic shooting option is probably what most people will need to use. I have certainly not felt the need to keep messing around with the menu settings.

A unique feature is the ‘Video Snap Mode’ that captures repeatedly only 4 seconds of video. It is not obvious what the purpose of this is, but I am sure that these clips are likely to end up on You Tube.

I liked the overall performance of the video but in low light there were some minor ‘low noise’ and colour issues. This is standard with such cameras and I doubt if this would put the casual user off.


Having tried the FS200, I struggle to decide whether the FS200 provides best value for money when compared to entrance level High Definition alternatives. A major draw back was the lack of a image stabiliser which reduces the appeal of this camera even against other Standard Definition models. This therefore falls into a grey area and although good, would not be my favourite option. If the price was to fall by another £50 - £60 pounds then there would be higher temptation to say that this is a very good value for money camcorder.

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Product Information : Canon LEGRIA FS200

Manufacturer's product description

It's among the most affordable ways to get stunning video in a light, compact and user-friendly package. As employed in advanced electronic products such as laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones, Flash Memory has numerous benefits. Adding to the usefulness of this camcorder is Canon's Quick Charge - which reduces the recharge time for the FS200's battery and Pre-Record gives you a head start on capturing the action.

Product Details

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 37x, 41

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Size: 1/6

Lens System / Max Focal Length: 0.0026

Digital Zoom: 2000x, 2000 x

Optical System / Image Stabiliser: Electronical

Recording Format: SD/SDHD Memory Card

LCD Display Size: 2.70000244140625

Weight: 225, 225 g, 224 g

Manufacturer: Canon

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Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.5 cm x 12.1 cm x 5.9 cm, 5.6 cm x 12.2 cm x 5.8 cm

Colour: Blue, Silver, Red, Grey, Evening blue

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Canon BP-808 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Product Type: Camcorder - widescreen

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix, 680 Kpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 540 Kpix - Photo: 0.53 Mpix, Video: 450 Kpix

Lens System: 37 x zoom lens - 2.6 - 96.2 mm - f/2.0-5.2

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Media Type: Flash card

Min Focus Distance: 1 cm

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Image Processor: DIGIC DV II

EAN: 8714574535814

MPN: FS200

Exposure & White Balance

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

White Balance Presets: Tungsten light, daylight

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Art, Black & White, Sepia, Mosaic, Neutral, Vivid, Skin Detail

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, portrait mode, night mode, fireworks, sports mode, sunset, beach, snow

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, shutter-priority

Min Illumination: 1.1 lux, 1.3 lux

Min Shutter Speed: 1/6 sec

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 225 g, 224 g

Height: 5.9 cm, 5.8 cm

Depth: 12.1 cm, 12.2 cm

Width: 5.5 cm, 5.6 cm


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Canon BP-808 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Canon BP-808


Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable, IR remote control

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Pixela ImageMixer 3SE


Connector Type: 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x headphones

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo


Display Features: Rotating

Resolution: 123,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Built-in Light: Yes

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, date/time stamp, PictBridge support, histogram display, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording, takes photos while film recording

Lens System

Type: 37 x zoom lens - 2.6 - 96.2 mm - f/2.0-5.2

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Features: Built-in lens shield

Min Focus Distance: 1 cm

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 1024 x 768 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Included Memory Card: 4 GB SDHC


Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP, XP

Digital Zoom: 2000 x

Optical Zoom: 37 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Product Type: Camcorder

MPN: 3430B011AA, 3427B001, 3429B001AA, 3427B011AA, 3428B006AA, 3430B005AA, 3429B004, 3427B004, 3430B004, 3429B006AA, 3427B006AA, 3430B006AA, 3442B006AA, 3428B004, 3427B005AA, 3429B005AA, 3429B015AA, 3430B015AA, 3427B018AA, 3430B001, 3424B001AA, 3428B001AA, 3429B001

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Camcorder Media Type: Flash card

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Effective Photo Resolution: 0.53 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 540 Kpix, 450 Kpix

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 800 Kpix, 680 Kpix

Enclosure Colour: Blue, Silver, Red, Grey, Evening blue

Image Processor: DIGIC DV II

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Service & Support: 1 year warranty


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