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Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder

3.2MP 1/4 235g Oct 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
User reviews are excellent
Good size
Reasonably priced
37 Reviews

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Reviews

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this small total megapixels camcorder rated it as 90 out of 100. 21 reviewers (91% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars.

Good Brand

We checked 1,806 expert and user reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has good ratings. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Easy to Use

Twenty owners said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Three years ago A. Kinson mentioned “Excellent, handy sized camcorder”. Mr. R. P. Ellingworth wrote “Found it fairly easy to use apart from one thing” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56. Pam Ogden wrote “Very simple to use (good job with me as the user) Quick set up guide was included” in her review of this camcorder.

Robust

Ten people thought it was well made. Three years ago Pam Ogden mentioned on Amazon “Wi-Fi has been easy to set up - control from home has been tried and tested - very good” in her review of this camcorder. Picard said in their review of this camcorder “All the device's functions are controlled through the touch-screen, which feels solid to use” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars. Three years ago Cybershot123 said in their review of this camcorder “The Canon Legria HF R56 with built in memory 8 GB easy on off just open the flap to film”.

One customer who reviewed it mentioned that it was reliable. Amazon gave this camcorder a score of 8 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Excellent camcorder, had lot of fun with it, very practical and reliable; light and fits into a pockett”.

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Nice Design

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

Good Product Quality

Seventeen customers considered that this camcorder was good quality. Mr. R. P. Ellingworth said on Amazon “You cannot monitor and control the camera from your phone when using the high quality AVCHD mode and I don't think the manual comes right out” in their review of this camcorder. Stan mentioned on Amazon “Nice compact camera that takes a good quality video” and gave it a score of 8 stars. Purpleheart wrote on Amazon “The video quality is excellent in all conditions” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Nine customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was compact. A. Kinson said three years ago “The Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder is very compact and fits in the palm of your hand, so is easy to transport” and gave the product a rating of 8 stars. In the same month Ibraar 'le Saracen' said “`this is VERY compact, has plenty of built in memory (especially when filming in SD as I do) takes SD Cards too”. Mark Jean Anastasi mentioned on Amazon “Small, compact camera, good value for money” in his Canon Legria HF R56 review.

Four customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was lightweight. Pam Ogden wrote “Very pleased with this compact lightweight camcorder”.

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to carry around. Two years ago Mr M mentioned in his review of this camcorder “Not as good picture quality as my old DV camcorder from Sony, although it's compact and easy to carry”.

One owner who reviewed it thought it was good structurally. Greta mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Easy to use, light construction” in her review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 7 stars.

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Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 235g weight camcorders currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406.

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Good Quality Lens

Seven owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good zoom. Stephen A. Michael said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Light weight, easy to use, great zoom!”. Picard said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Another feature to avoid advanced digital zoom, which makes the subject appear as though it was recorded through a cheese grater”. Cybershot123 scored the product 7 stars and wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 “Zoom operation very fast if you like it that way, got to get used to camera”.

Two people who purchased this camcorder agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Remuslt said on Amazon “There is a sony one that is cheaper and surprisingly image stabilisation works even better”. Three years ago Mark Jean Anastasi wrote “Videos are very sharp and clear and stabilization is very good”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners who bought the product concluded that it had a good screen. Mike gave it a score of 6 stars and he wrote in his Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “The touch screen could be easier to use as the icons are very small for my fat fingers”. Mike also said “Great color saturation and fully adjustable setting and screen variations” in his review. Fourteenth Sense gave this camcorder a score of 6 stars and mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “The 3 inch screen gives a good view of the subject or for playing back any captured video”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners thought the Canon Legria HF R56 had a good battery life. Stan mentioned three years ago “Battery life good”. Also three years ago Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote in their Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “Has a tripod mount and battery life is EXCELLENT”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two customers who bought it agreed that it had good features. Picard mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 “One of the R56's better features is actually simple; MP4 recording” . Three years ago Fourteenth Sense mentioned on Amazon “It includes some nice features and does a great job at capturing good quality video footage” in their review of this camcorder.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three people who reviewed it mentioned that it had good technical guidance. Two years ago Mike wrote on Amazon “You get 4-5-6 "booklets" 2 pages of instructions each, nothing advanced at all” in his review of the Canon Legria HF R56. Three years ago Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote in their Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “A lens mounted manual zoom would've been easier”.


Video

Fairly Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The Legria HF R56 has a fairly fast maximum frame rate (50 frames per second) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera. Small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Legria HF R56 is Full HD, as are most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

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Battery

Very Long Battery Life (max)

When compared to other video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder that we have checked, the battery life (max) of the Canon Legria HF R56 of 145 hours is one of the longest. Camcorders of this age and spec have battery life (max) of between 0.083h and 150h, and the average battery life (max) is 12h.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Legria HF R56 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The smallest display diagonal of camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Has a Touchscreen

The Legria HF R56 has a touchscreen. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a touchscreen.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Canon Legria HF R56 supports HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras which support HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF R40.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF R56 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago also have a headphone outputs.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF R56 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 57 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago. Small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

Other 32x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF R40.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The Canon Legria HF R56 features USB connectivity. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also feature USB connectivity.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Legria HF R56 features wi-Fi. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also feature wi-Fi.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF R56 has a face detection. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a face detection.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Legria HF R56 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Storage

Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of only 8 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder. The average internal storage capacity of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder is 25GB.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since April 2017.

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