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Canon Legria HF M56 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 360g Feb 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Two industry awards
Full HD
Only 1" optical sensor size
4 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

The editors of websites Trusted Reviews and Agdlab.pl both recommend this video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, agdlab.pl, tecnozoom.it and datatid.dk this video camera has an overall expert rating of 87 out of 100. If all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age are ranked by average expert review score then this Canon video camera is in the top 8%.

Canon Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,849 expert and owner reviews (including 392 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 video cameras. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was February 2013 when Canon released the Legria HF M56.


Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF M56 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

There are a number of alternative 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews.

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 2.17 hours, the Legria HF M56 has a pretty average 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.

There are a number of alternative 2.17h battery life camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30 (3.16h) which also has a higher rating.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Legria HF M56 has a fairly average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the XA10 (£1,048.80) (3.5" and higher rated), the Legria HF G30 (3.5" and higher rated), or the Vixia HF G20 (3.5" and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Has a Touchscreen

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

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder is 10x, the biggest is 78x, and the average optical zoom is 30x. The Legria HF M56 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 10 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

We compared this video camera to all the other 10x (optical) camcorders and we think because of its better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52 is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Legria HF G30 (20x and higher rated), or the 800 (£1,100) (35x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF M56 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Legria HF M56 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 200x (digital) video cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30 (400x) which is also higher rated.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.5mm and 2,700mm. The Legria HF M56 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 436 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera range from 2.3mm to 110mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 32mm. The Legria HF M56 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (43.6 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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2.37 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 2.37 megapixels sensor camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.37MP sensor camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a bigger total megapixels that might be worth looking at include the Transcend DrivePro 200 (£89.99) (3MP and higher rated), or the Canon Legria HF G30 (3.09MP and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Canon Legria HF M56 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also support HDMI.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Legria HF M52, or the XA10 (£1,048.80) both from Canon.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Legria HF M56 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF M56 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Legria HF M56 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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HD-Ready

The Canon Legria HF M56 is HD-Ready. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder also are HD-Ready.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Legria HF M56 features pre-record function, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and 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 the most frequently supported video resolutions on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The Legria HF M56 is one of the heavier small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera (360 grams) amongst camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 450g.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 360g weight camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52.

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Still Image

Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The Canon Legria HF M56 has a continuous shooting mode. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also have a continuous shooting mode.

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Other Features

Features Auto Exposure

The Canon Legria HF M56 features auto exposure. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also feature auto exposure.

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Has a Video Out

The Legria HF M56 has a video out, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Wireless Connection

The Legria HF M56 has a wireless connection, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

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Has a Night Mode

The Legria HF M56 has a night mode, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

We compared all the other camcorders with a night mode to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF M52, and the Transcend DrivePro 200 (£89.99) which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Features Auto Focus

The Legria HF M56 features auto focus, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

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Design

Tripod Mountable

The Legria HF M56 is tripod mountable, as are most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Legria HF M56 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF M56 has a face detection. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have a face detection.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Canon Legria HF M56 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera, the Canon Legria HF M56 does not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Legria HF M56 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Legria HF M56 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Legria HF M56 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Legria HF M56 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Camera

Features Progressive Scan

The Canon Legria HF M56 features progressive scan. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also feature progressive scan.

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Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF M56 features back light compensation. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also feature back light compensation.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago have minimum illuminations of between 0.05lx and 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 17lx. At only 0.1 lux, the Legria HF M56 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 6094b013
Barcodes 00496099984114, 03610170843320, 04960999841144, 08714574581507, 08714574581514, 08714574581521, 08714574581545, 08714574582573, 08714574582603

Canon Legria HF M56 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon Legria HF M56 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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