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Canon Legria HF R56
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Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder

3.2MP 235g CMOS 32x Oct 2014
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LEGRIA HF R56 supports Wi-Fi Wireless Networking Function that makes shooting, playback and sharing of videos a lot easier. With the new Live Monitoring feature, users can perform remote control... More
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24 Reasons For

Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this video camera rated it as 90 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Two years ago Cybershot123 rated this camcorder 4 stars and said “Zoom operation very fast if you like it that way, got to get used to camera” in their review. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote on Amazon “Has a huge zoom with optical stabilisation”. John Laird wrote “Picture quality amazing, great zoom” in his review of the Canon Legria HF R56.

A number of Canon Legria HF R56 owners mentioned that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Dr. A. J. Page mentioned “Focus is good, colours are faithfully rendered, zoom is more than I ever need and image stabilisation first class” . Mark Jean Anastasi mentioned on Amazon “Videos are very sharp and clear and stabilization is very good” in his review. Remuslt wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 “There is a sony one that is cheaper and surprisingly image stabilisation works even better”.

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Good Size

Some customers who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was compact. A. Kinson said in their Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “The Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder is very compact and fits in the palm of your hand, so is easy to transport”. I<3books wrote on Amazon “Is light and compact” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56. Ibraar 'le Saracen' gave it a very good review and wrote in their review “In the case of consumer compact Camcorders, this is superb”.

A number of Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF R56 was lightweight. Pam Ogden wrote in her review of the Canon Legria HF R56 “Very pleased with this compact lightweight camcorder” and scored the Canon Legria HF R56 very highly.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good weight. Stephen A. Michael rated the product 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Light weight, easy to use, great zoom!”. One Canon Legria HF R56 owner who reviewed it mentioned that it was a good depth.

One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer who purchased the Canon Legria HF R56 considered that it was easy to carry around. Mr M he said on Amazon “Not as good picture quality as my old DV camcorder from Sony, although it's compact and easy to carry” in his review of this camcorder.

One customer who reviewed the product thought it was good structurally. Greta mentioned “Easy to use, light construction”.

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Easy to Use

Several Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R56 agreed that it was easy to use. A. Kinson scored it very highly and wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 on Amazon “Excellent, handy sized camcorder”. A. Kinson also mentioned “It is easy to navigate through the controls on the 3 inch screen”. Also two years ago Fourteenth Sense gave this camcorder a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “It also features image stabilisation which should come in handy when I take the camcorder out”.

One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to setup.

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Robust

Several Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Amazon gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned “Also well made like all Canon products; strongly recommend fast delivery”. Brian Docker said in his Canon Legria HF R56 review “EXCELLENT QUALITY build and video images” . Cybershot123 wrote two years ago “The Canon Legria HF R56 with built in memory 8 GB easy on off just open the flap to film” and scored it 4 stars.

One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer considered that the Canon Legria HF R56 was reliable. Amazon said “Excellent camcorder, had lot of fun with it, very practical and reliable; light and fits into a pockett” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Connectivity

Some Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was wifi compatible. Fourteenth Sense wrote on Amazon “It also includes wi-fi which might be useful for connecting to social networking sites if you want to share your videos” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review. I<3books said two years ago “I love that I can easily watch video via wifi without the need for finding wires to connect my kit”. Pam Ogden mentioned in her Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “Wi-Fi has been easy to set up - control from home has been tried”.

Good Product Quality

Several Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers who bought the Canon Legria HF R56 mentioned that it was good quality. A. Kinson gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “I've chosen to record in MP4 format - and the quality is excellent”. A. Kinson also wrote “The size, ease of use and picture quality are all excellent on this camcorder”. Alexandros Kordakis mentioned on Amazon also two years ago “Very good sound and vision quality” and scored this camcorder 5 stars.

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Canon has excellent average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Canon Legria HF R56 owners who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Fourteenth Sense gave the Canon Legria HF R56 a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “The 3 inch screen gives a good view of the subject or for playing back any captured video”. Mike said in his review “The touch screen could be easier to use as the icons are very small for my fat fingers”. Mike also mentioned “Great color saturation and fully adjustable setting and screen variations”.

Nice Design

Some people said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Two years ago Fourteenth Sense mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 “The camcorder itself is pretty standard with the usual plastic build quality so nothing special there”.

Good Support

Three Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers said that this camcorder had good technical guidance. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote “A lens mounted manual zoom would've been easier”. Mike mentioned “You get 4-5-6 "booklets" 2 pages of instructions each, nothing advanced at all” in his review of this camcorder but he only rated the product 3 stars. Pam Ogden wrote on Amazon two years ago “Very simple to use (good job with me as the user) Quick set up guide was included”.

Good Battery Life

A few Canon Legria HF R56 owners thought the Canon Legria HF R56 had a good battery life. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote “Has a tripod mount and battery life is EXCELLENT”. Stan said in his review on Amazon two years ago “Battery life good”.

Good Technical Features

A few Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it had good features. Two years ago Fourteenth Sense wrote “It includes some nice features and does a great job at capturing good quality video footage” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review. Picard wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon also two years ago “One of the R56's better features is actually simple; MP4 recording” and gave the Canon Legria HF R56 a score of 80 out of 100.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

With a maximum frame rate of 50 frames per second, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 38fps.

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Very Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1h to 150h. When compared to other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF R56 that we have assessed the battery life of, the Legria HF R56's battery life of 145 hours is one of the longest.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R56, the Legria HF R56 has an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including cheaper camcorders such as the Zoom Q4 ($129.99).

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Canon Legria HF R56, or the Panasonic HC-V550 is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Legria HF R56 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the Panasonic AG-HCK10 ($1,244.95).

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon Legria HF R56, or the Panasonic HC-V550 is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Legria HF R56 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Canon video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R56.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to look at include the Zoom Q4 ($129.99) which is cheaper.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Canon Legria HF R56, or the JVC GZ-RX110.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 720p|1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Legria HF R56 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R56. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The Legria HF R56 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age do are Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic AG-HCK10 ($1,244.95).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of this type and age do not have an interchangeable lens. The Canon Legria HF R56 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF R56 range from 1.5x to 3,500x. With a digital zoom of only 57 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R56 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst video cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 do not have a night mode. The Canon Legria HF R56 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Legria HF R56 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon Legria HF R56 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ320.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF R56 are not waterproof. The Legria HF R56 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

At only 8 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a quite small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 the internal storage capacities range from 2GB to 120GB.

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Only DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

The Legria HF R56 has a DIGIC 4+ image processor which is better than the BIONZ image processor found on most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. Across all video cameras of this age and spec the image processor ranges from DIGIC 5+ to DIGIC DV IV.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R56

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Canon camcorder was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R56.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ320 (210g), the JVC GZ-RX110 (225g), or the Panasonic HC-V550 (235g).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Screen Size
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details
User Guide

Expert Reviews

4 September 2014

User Reviews

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Reviewed 15 February 2016 by Michelle
(Verified Purchase)

Very good camcorder, very easy to use and very light to carry. Would highly recommend it.

(Verified Purchase)

This thing is overpriced for its quality. There is a sony one that is cheaper and surprisingly image stabilisation works even better. Also the menu system is awkward.

Reviewed 16 April 2015 by Patricia Brown
(Verified Purchase)

Does the job.

Reviewed 13 April 2015 by Mr M
(Verified Purchase)

Not as good picture quality as my old DV camcorder from Sony, although it's compact and easy to carry. Seems to show up movement (of the camera operator) more than my old one though. It's... Read more…

Reviewed 23 March 2015 by Stephen Burns
(Verified Purchase)

Nice, cool that it works with the phone, but the interface could be a little slicker.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9175b002
Barcodes 04549292006292

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