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Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder

3.2MP 235g CMOS 32x Oct 2014
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LEGRIA HF R56 supports Wi-Fi Wireless Networking Function that makes shooting, playback and sharing of videos a lot easier. With the new Live Monitoring feature, users can perform remote control... More
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Unboxing + Reviewing the Canon Legria HF R56

27 Reasons For

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 57 user reviews the average user rating of this video camera is 90%.

Good Quality Lens

A few Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers reckoned that it had a good zoom. Two years ago Cybershot123 wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 on Amazon “Zoom operation very fast if you like it that way, got to get used to camera”. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote on Amazon in the same month “Has a huge zoom with optical stabilisation”. John Laird said in his review of this camcorder “Picture quality amazing, great zoom”.

A few Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Dr. A. J. Page wrote on Amazon “Focus is good, colours are faithfully rendered, zoom is more than I ever need and image stabilisation first class” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review. Mark Jean Anastasi he wrote on Amazon “Videos are very sharp and clear and stabilization is very good” in his review of the Canon Legria HF R56. Remuslt mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R56 review in November last year “There is a sony one that is cheaper and surprisingly image stabilisation works even better”.

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Robust

A number of Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Two years ago Brian Docker rated this camcorder 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon “EXCELLENT QUALITY build and video images” in his review of this camcorder. Cybershot123 mentioned on Amazon “The Canon Legria HF R56 with built in memory 8 GB easy on off just open the flap to film”. Ibraar 'le Saracen' gave it a very good review score and mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R56 review “`this is VERY compact, has plenty of built in memory (especially when filming in SD as I do) takes SD Cards too”.

One person who reviewed the product considered that it was reliable. Amazon mentioned “Excellent camcorder, had lot of fun with it, very practical and reliable; light and fits into a pockett”.

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Good Connectivity

A few Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers who purchased this camcorder mentioned that it was wifi compatible. Fourteenth Sense wrote on Amazon “It also includes wi-fi which might be useful for connecting to social networking sites if you want to share your videos”. I<3books mentioned “I love that I can easily watch video via wifi without the need for finding wires to connect my kit” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 and scored the product very highly. Picard said on Amazon “It's therefore advisable to purchase the latter if ordering this product.I should also mention that the Wi-Fi is a clear gimmick, offering no useful advantages over USB transfers” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Size

Several people wrote in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF R56 was compact. A. Kinson mentioned “The Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder is very compact and fits in the palm of your hand, so is easy to transport” in their review of this camcorder. I<3books mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R56 review two years ago “Is light and compact” . Ibraar 'le Saracen' mentioned on Amazon “In the case of consumer compact Camcorders, this is superb” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review and scored the Canon Legria HF R56 5 stars.

A few customers who purchased this camcorder agreed that it was lightweight. Two years ago Pam Ogden wrote on Amazon “Very pleased with this compact lightweight camcorder” and rated it 5 stars. One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer said in their reviews that it was good structurally. Greta wrote “Easy to use, light construction” in her review.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Mr M mentioned on Amazon last year “Not as good picture quality as my old DV camcorder from Sony, although it's compact and easy to carry” in his review of the Canon Legria HF R56 and rated it 5 stars.

One person who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was a good depth.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was a good weight. Stephen A. Michael rated it as excellent and he said on Amazon “Light weight, easy to use, great zoom!”.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers who bought the Canon Legria HF R56 considered that it was good quality. Two years ago A. Kinson wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56 “I've chosen to record in MP4 format - and the quality is excellent” and gave it a very good rating. Alexandros Kordakis said in the same month “Very good sound and vision quality”. Amazon scored it very highly and mentioned also two years ago “Also well made like all Canon products; strongly recommend fast delivery”.

Easy to Use

A number of people thought it was easy to use. Two years ago A. Kinson gave the Canon Legria HF R56 a score of 5 stars and wrote in their Canon Legria HF R56 review “Excellent, handy sized camcorder”. A. Kinson also mentioned “It is easy to navigate through the controls on the 3 inch screen”. A. Kinson also mentioned “The size, ease of use and picture quality are all excellent on this camcorder”.

One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer considered that the product was easy to setup. Pam Ogden mentioned “Wi-Fi has been easy to set up - control from home has been tried” in her review of this camcorder and scored it 5 stars.

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Reasonably Priced

Seven people reckoned that it was good value for money. Mark Jean Anastasi gave it a score of 5 stars and he wrote “Good value for money”. Mike said in his review of the Canon Legria HF R56 on Amazon in November last year “The downloadable online instructions contain 196 pages and fortunately it only cost me $3.00 to have them all printed here in Thailand” although he gave it a rating of 3 stars. Mr M mentioned on Amazon “It's certainly worth the low cost for a HD camcorder though”.

One Canon Legria HF R56 owner considered that this camcorder was a bargain for the price. In November last year Mike mentioned “I got 2 on eBay, with the dual voltage wall charger, 12v car charger and other items cheap”. One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was cheap. Pam Ogden wrote two years ago “Excellent lightweight camera at a budget price” and scored this camcorder very highly.

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Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 1,357 owner and expert reviews, Canon has excellent ratings for its camcorders. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few people wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Fourteenth Sense said on Amazon “The 3 inch screen gives a good view of the subject or for playing back any captured video” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review and rated this camcorder 4 stars. Mike said on Amazon “The touch screen could be easier to use as the icons are very small for my fat fingers” in his review. Mike also mentioned “Great color saturation and fully adjustable setting and screen variations”.

Nice Design

Several customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking. Fourteenth Sense scored this camcorder 4 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “The camcorder itself is pretty standard with the usual plastic build quality so nothing special there”.

Good Support

Three people said in their reviews that this camcorder had good technical guidance. Two years ago Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote in their review on Amazon “A lens mounted manual zoom would've been easier”. Mike wrote on Amazon “You get 4-5-6 "booklets" 2 pages of instructions each, nothing advanced at all” but in spite of that he only gave the product a score of 3 stars. Pam Ogden mentioned in her Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon two years ago “Very simple to use (good job with me as the user) Quick set up guide was included”.

Good Battery Life

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life. Ibraar 'le Saracen' mentioned “Has a tripod mount and battery life is EXCELLENT” in their review and rated the Canon Legria HF R56 as very good. Stan said on Amazon “Battery life good”.

Good Technical Features

A number of Canon Legria HF R56 owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had good features. Fourteenth Sense mentioned on Amazon “It includes some nice features and does a great job at capturing good quality video footage” in their review. Picard wrote on Amazon two years ago “One of the R56's better features is actually simple; MP4 recording”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

Across all the camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R56 the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 38fps. With a maximum frame rate of 50 frames per second, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56.

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Very Long Battery Life

The average battery life of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF R56 is 16h. When compared to other video cameras of this spec and age that we have assessed the battery life of, the Legria HF R56's battery life of 145 hours is one of the longest.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Legria HF R56 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] which is cheaper.

Other video cameras which also have an HDMI port that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF R56 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF R56 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This Canon camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. This video camera 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Built-In Display

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

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] which is cheaper.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in display including the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 720p|1080p video mode, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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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 the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Small

The Legria HF R56 is quite small (only 53 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 30mm and 570mm.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. The Legria HF R56 has a fairly small minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF R56 are Full HD, however the Legria HF R56 is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Legria HF R56 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. At only 57 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R56 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R56.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R56, the Legria HF R56 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56, the Legria HF R56 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF R56 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Legria HF R56 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF R56 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

Camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have internal storage capacities of between 2GB and 120GB. With an internal storage capacity of only 8 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a quite small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R56.

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Only DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a DIGIC 4+ image processor which is better than the BIONZ image processor found on most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Across all video cameras of this age and type the best image processor is DIGIC DV IV and the worst is DIGIC 5+.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R56

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Canon released the Legria HF R56.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R56 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly average optical zoom 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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Average Weight

The Legria HF R56 has a relatively standard weight (235 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] (275g) which is also cheaper.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Headphone Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
User Guide
Battery Charger Included
Full HD

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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Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9175b002
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