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Canon Legria HF R56
Canon Legria HF R56
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Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 235g Apr 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Canon has good reviews for its camcorders
Quite slow maximum frame rate
Only 1" optical sensor size
37 Reviews

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Reviews

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 1,806 expert and user reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has good reviews 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.


Display

Has a Touchscreen

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

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Sony HDR-CX130E + 16GB SD is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the HXR-NX3 ($3,157.99) (3.5"), or the HXR-NX3-VG1 (3.5") both from Sony.

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 2.17 hours, the Legria HF R56 has a relatively average battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

If this Canon camcorder battery life (max) is too short for you then you might also want to consider the Zoom Q4 ($199) (3h) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Video Recording Time

The Legria HF R56 has a pretty typical video recording time (3.15 hours) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

Video cameras with a longer video recording time that might be worth considering include the HXR-NX3 ($3,157.99) (6.85h), or the HXR-NX3-VG1 (6.85h) both from Sony or the JVC GZ-R310 (11.5h).

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this small total megapixels camcorder was released.


Storage

Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years the internal storage capacities range from 2GB to 120GB. The Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly small internal storage capacity (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

Other 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R38, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon.

If this Canon video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Zoom Q4 ($199) (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Legria HF R56 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the Legria HF R56 does not have a built-in flash.

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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 commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.07 megapixels, the Legria HF R56 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The lowest effective megapixels (image) of comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 1.1MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Legria HF R56 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF R56 has a face detection, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly small closest focusing distance (only 0.01 meters) compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera. The closest focusing distances of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera range from 0.0005m to 20m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.78m.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The Legria HF R56 has one of the bigger digital zooms (1,140 times zoom factor) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V160 ($149.99) (2,500x).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Legria HF R56 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon Legria HF R56 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (1,853 millimeter) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder is 1,000mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.5mm to 2,700mm.

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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 video cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 32x (optical) camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF R46 which has better reviews.

If this small total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon 800 (35x) which also has a higher rating.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Legria HF R56 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Design

Tripod Mountable

The Legria HF R56 is tripod mountable. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also are tripod mountable.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Legria HF R56 has a hand strap. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Legria HF R56 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Legria HF R56 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Legria HF R56 has a self-timer. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also have a self-timer.

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Camera

Has a Remotely Operated

The Legria HF R56 has a remotely operated, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF R56 features back light compensation. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera also feature back light compensation.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of video cameras of this age and type range from 0.05lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.8lx. The Legria HF R56 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations (4 lux) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Legria HF R56 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99).

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF R56 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera, the Canon Legria HF R56 does not support PictBridge.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF R56 is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Legria HF R56 features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon Legria HF R56 features pre-record function. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also feature pre-record function.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera is 26 Mbit/s, and the bitrate at maximum video resolutions range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s. At 35 megabits per second, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly big bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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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 small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Slow Maximum Frame Rate

Video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 40fps. The Legria HF R56 has one of the slowest maximum frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 235g weight video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R406, and the Legria HF R46 both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9175b023aa, 9175b003aa
Barcodes 04549292006292, 04549292006308, 05054230449592, 05054230633489, 08714574616964, 08714574616971, 08714574616988, 08714574616995, 08714574617022, 08714574617039, 08714574617046, 08714574617138, 08714574617145, 08714574617756, 08714574617817, 08714574617879, 08714574617893
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