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Canon Legria HF M56
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Canon Legria HF M56 Camcorder

Trusted Reviews Recommended agdlab.pl Recommended
2.37MP 1/3 360g Feb 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Canon LEGRIA HF M56Create professional quality video share anywhere, anytime with Wi-FiEnjoy shooting movies with the LEGRIA HF M56, which features Canon's Full HD CMOS PRO sensor for exceptional... More
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21 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This video camera received a "Recommended" from both Trusted Reviews and Agdlab.pl, both of which thought that this Canon video camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, datatid.dk, tecnozoom.it and agdlab.pl this camcorder has an overall expert rating of 87 out of 100. The expert review sites think this small total megapixels video camera is one of the very best video cameras of this spec and age.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Canon has excellent average reviews for its small total megapixels video cameras as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other brands.

Good Product Quality

One person who reviewed this camcorder said that it was good quality. Trustedreviews.com said five years ago “For this price, image quality is truly excellent” in their Canon Legria HF M56 review and rated it 5 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One customer thought this camcorder was a bargain for the price. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert website Trusted Reviews “If you can find the Canon LEGRIA HF M56 for under £400 as we did at the time of writing, you've got yourself an absolute bargain” in their Canon Legria HF M56 review.

Good Technical Features

One Canon Legria HF M56 reviewer who purchased the product considered that it had good features.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec which are not Full HD, the Canon Legria HF M56 is Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Vixia HF G20[pl_1564217_price] both from Canon.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Legria HF M56 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

Other camcorders with an HDMI currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] both from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M56, the Legria HF M56 has an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], and the 800[pl_2494042_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Legria HF M56 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size across all video cameras of this age and spec.

An 1/8" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size across similar types of camcorder.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most commonly found image stabilizer type on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Legria HF M56 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Canon video camera also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M56.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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

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Has a Night Mode

The Canon Legria HF M56 has a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a night mode currently available including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Legria HF M56 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF M56. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports", "Sunset" and "Underwater" are also found on this camcorder.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF M56, the Legria HF M56 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Vixia HF G20[pl_1564217_price] both from Canon.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 spec and age.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Legria HF M56 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF M56. The white balances "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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13 Reasons Against

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The Canon Legria HF M56 has one of the smallest optical zooms (only 10 times zoom factor) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M56 is 31x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 10x (optical) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

If this small total megapixels video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (20x), or the 800[pl_2494042_price] (35x) both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens. The Legria HF M56 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

The weights of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 57g to 3.9kg. With a weight of 360 grams, the Legria HF M56 is one of the heavier camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF M56 amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

We compared all the other 360g weight camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Small Flash Memory

Similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF M56 have flash memorys of between 4GB and 120GB. With a flash memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF M56 has a quite small flash memory compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF M56.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M56, the Legria HF M56 is not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF M56, the Legria HF M56 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF M56 do not have a built-in projector. The Canon Legria HF M56 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This video camera has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is the most commonly found video formats supported on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Legria HF M56 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 436 millimeters) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF M56 is 22mm, the longest is 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF M56 have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 11, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.5. The Canon Legria HF M56 has a fairly low maximum aperture number (only 3) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF M56.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Legria HF M56 is more than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. This Canon video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Big Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF M56 range from 0.01m to 1m. At 0.1 meters, the Legria HF M56 has a fairly big closest focusing distance compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M56.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M56 range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 33mm. At 43.6 millimeters, the Legria HF M56 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M56.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF M56

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small total megapixels video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Legria HF M56 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF M56.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (3.5" and higher rated), the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (3.5" and higher rated), or the Vixia HF G20[pl_1564217_price] (3.5" and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Canon Legria HF M56 has a relatively standard maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Legria HF M56 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF M56.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 200x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (400x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 2.16 hours, the Legria HF M56 has a relatively standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.16h battery life video cameras currently available including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a longer battery life (max) then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (3.1h and higher rated).

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CMOS Sensor Type

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

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Image Quality Adjustment
Progressive Scan
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Histogram
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Night Mode
Auto Focus
Interface
AV Output
Zoom Capability
Wireless Connection

2 Awards

Trusted Reviews Recommended agdlab.pl Recommended

Expert Reviews

(4)
10 August 2012

If you can find the Canon LEGRIA HF M56 for under £400 as we did at the time of writing, you've got yourself an absolute bargain. For this price, image quality is truly excellent and the range of...

Trusted Reviews

20 March 2013

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10 June 2013

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Great image quality
Manual settings
WiFi DLNA server
Instant AF
Funzioni cinematografiche creative
Proprietary accessory shoe
No microphone input
Only 2Mpixel still images
Prezzo
25 February 2012

La nuova Canon LEGRIA HF M56 è una bellissima videocamera Full HD che consentirà all'utilizzatore finale di ottenere video di qualità professionale semplici da realizzare in qualsiasi...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 6094b013, canon co58152, canon 6094b008, canon co58152e, canon 6094b008a, canon co58152ea, canon co58152ean, canon 6094b008aa
Barcodes 00496099984114, 03610170843320, 04960999841144, 08714574581507, 08714574581514, 08714574581521, 08714574581545, 08714574582573, 08714574582603

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