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Canon Legria HF R56 vs Zoom Q4

Canon Legria HF R56 vs Zoom Q4

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Canon Legria HF R56
Zoom Q4

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
0.2MP bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon Legria HF R56 is 3.2MP sensor, but the Zoom Q4 is only a 3MP sensor camcorder (0.2MP smaller). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 has an image stabilizer, however the Zoom Q4 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

Vastly lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 has a minimum aperture number of 1.8, however the Zoom Q4 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 higher).
A lot larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Zoom Q4 is only a 2" screen size camcorder (1" smaller). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 features wi-Fi, whereas the Zoom Q4 does not.
Longer battery life (max) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 has a battery life (max) of 145h. That's 142h longer than the Zoom Q4 (3h). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 36 user reviews, the Canon Legria HF R56 has an average review score of 90%, whereas the Zoom Q4 has an average rating of 80% (based on 24 reviews).
2 Reasons For
Faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Zoom Q4 is a 60fps camcorder. That's 10fps faster than the Canon Legria HF R56 (60fps).
Lighter Edit
The Zoom Q4 is a 167g weight camcorder. That's 68g lighter than the Canon Legria HF R56 (167g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 is a 50fps camcorder. That's 10fps slower than the Zoom Q4 (60fps).
Heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 is a 235g weight camcorder. That's 68g heavier than the Zoom Q4 (167g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

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Two months older
The Canon Legria HF R56 is older than the Zoom Q4 by two months.
6 Reasons Against
0.2MP smaller total megapixels Edit
Zoom Q4 is only 3MP sensor, but the Canon Legria HF R56 is a 3.2MP sensor camcorder (0.2MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

A lot higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Zoom Q4 has a minimum aperture number of 2.8, however the Canon Legria HF R56 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 lower).
A lot smaller display diagonal Edit
The Zoom Q4 is a 2" screen size camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R56 is a 3" screen size camcorder (1" larger). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Does not feature wi-Fi Edit
The Zoom Q4 does not feature wi-Fi, however the Canon Legria HF R56 features wi-Fi.
Fourty-eight times shorter battery life (max) Edit
The Zoom Q4 has a battery life (max) of 3h. That's 142h shorter than the Canon Legria HF R56 (3h). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Appreciably Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Zoom Q4 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon Legria HF R56 is 90% (based on 36 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

32 months Ago 31 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.2MP
BEST
3MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
57x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 22mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8
BEST
2.8
Maximum Aperture Number
4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.8 - 89.6 Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Internal Storage Capacity
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 NAND
 Memory card
BEST
 NAND
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 Exif

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.55 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Night
 Night

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
BEST
 DIGIC 4+
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)

Design

LED Indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicators
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 848 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 848 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 60fps
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
 WAV
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port
1 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Battery

Battery Life (max)
145h
BEST
3h
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BT-02
Battery Voltage
3.6V 4.2V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,050mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g 167g
BEST
Height
57mm 57.8mm
Depth
116mm 30.4mm
Width
53mm 106.4mm

Packaging Content

Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

User Guide
 User guide
 User guide
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Sample Frequencies
Unknown - Click to provide data 44.1, 48, 96kHz
Charging Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Charging indicator
Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
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