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Canon Legria HF R56
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Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 CMOS Jan 2014
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Capture And Share Precious Memories With The Compact Wi-Fi LEGRIA HF R56 Compact and versatile, the LEGRIA HF R56 with Wi-Fi gives you all the tools to create and share beautiful Full HD movies.... More
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Unboxing + Reviewing the Canon Legria HF R56

18 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon video cameras and also specifically for Canon small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Canon had excellent ratings.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,140 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R56 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The digital zooms of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R56 range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 770x.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Legria HF R56 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price], and the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] is also worth considering.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Legria HF R56 is Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R56 also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price], or the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Legria HF R56 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] which has better reviews.

Alternative camcorders which also have an image stabiliser that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price].

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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Legria HF R56 has a DIGIC DV IV image processor which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. Most camcorders that are a similar age to it have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

This camcorder's image processor (DIGIC DV IV) is actually the best image processor amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56.

The worst image processor across similar types of camcorder is DIGIC DV II.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF R56 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Canon camcorder 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of video cameras of this age and spec is 22mm and the longest is 2,700mm. The Legria HF R56 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (1,853 millimeter) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Legria HF R56 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF R56. The scene modes "Beach", "Children", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF R56 is 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all video cameras of this type and age the worst optical sensor size is 1/8" and the best is 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56 also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price], or the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might also want to consider including the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

With a maximum aperture value of 4.5, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. Video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF R56 have maximum aperture values of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R56 is 2.5 Mbit/s, the biggest is 200 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 30 Mbit/s. When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R56 that we have checked, the Legria HF R56's bitrate at maximum video resolution of 35 megabits per second is one of the biggest.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Legria HF R56 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The average maximum frame rate of video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R56 is 38fps, and the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly slow maximum frame rate compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF R56.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF R56 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

At only 25 frames per second, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly low video capturing speed compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The average video capturing speed of comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R56 is 36fps, and the video capturing speeds range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF R56 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R56 are not 3D compatible. The Legria HF R56 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R56, the Canon Legria HF R56 does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that have been around for a similar time 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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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

At 4 lux, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R56. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.1lx.

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Fairly Big Closest Focusing Distance

The Legria HF R56 has one of the bigger closest focusing distances (0.1 meters) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average closest focusing distance of small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56 is 0.16m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1m.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R56

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R56 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56.

If this Canon video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (40x), or the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] (50x).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a relatively typical maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] (128GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 3.25 hours, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a pretty average battery life compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R56.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] (145h and higher rated).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 3.15 hours, the Legria HF R56 has a relatively average video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Included Memory Card Size
Other Features
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

4 September 2014

User Reviews

(36)
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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