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Canon Legria HF R56
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Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 CMOS 32x Feb 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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Review of Canon Legria HF R56 HD Camcorder
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Unboxing + Reviewing the Canon Legria HF R56

17 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 compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,140 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The smallest digital zoom of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R56 is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Samsung SMX-C10[plb_2120460_price] (1,200x) which is also higher rated.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF R56 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago also are Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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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 camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF R56.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], and the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R56, the Legria HF R56 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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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 camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. Most similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

This video camera's image processor (DIGIC DV IV) is actually the best image processor across all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56.

The worst image processor amongst similar types of video camera is DIGIC DV II.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Legria HF R56 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Canon camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SD memory card. This camcorder also 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 amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera 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 average maximum focal length of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF R56 is 1,100mm. With a maximum focal length of 1,853 millimeter, the Legria HF R56 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Legria HF R56 is more than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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 Canon Legria HF R56 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The worst optical sensor size of all similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56 is 1/8" and the best is 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF R56 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56 also have a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 that we have assessed, the Legria HF R56's bitrate at maximum video resolution of 35 megabits per second is one of the biggest. The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 24 Mbit/s, and the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 35 Mbit/s.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Legria HF R56 is more than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria HF R56. 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 video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

Camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 38fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Legria HF R56 has one of the slower maximum frame rates amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF R56 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Video Capturing Speed

With a video capturing speed of only 25 frames per second, the Canon Legria HF R56 has one of the lower video capturing speeds amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Camcorders of this type and age have video capturing speeds of between 25fps and 60fps.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF R56 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Legria HF R56 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF R56 do not have a built-in projector. The Legria HF R56 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Legria HF R56 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R56 are also not waterproof.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R56

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Canon camcorder was released over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF R56.

We compared all the other 3" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1[plb_2634602_price] (3.5").

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

Alternative 32x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] (38x).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a relatively average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] which has better reviews.

If this small sensor size camcorder maximum memory card size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 3.25 hours, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a relatively standard battery life compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If this small sensor size camcorder battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] (145h) which is also higher rated.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Average Video Recording Time

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

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might also be worth looking at include the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1[plb_2634602_price] (6.85h).

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Headphone Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Hand Strap
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
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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