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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 camcorders have good reviews
Quite slow maximum frame rate
Only 1" optical sensor size
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Canon Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Based on 1,849 owner and expert reviews (including 392 verified purchases), Canon has good reviews for its camcorders. Canon also has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 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 Three Years Ago

This Canon video camera was released in April 2014.


Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 1,140 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V160 (£129.98) (2,500x).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF R56 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon which and both of have better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Legria HF R56 has a pretty average optical zoom (32 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other 32x (optical) video cameras to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF R46 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Canon 800 (£1,100) (35x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago that we have assessed, the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Legria HF R56 of 1,853 millimeter is one of the longest. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera is 0.5mm, the longest is 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,000mm.

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Video

Quite Slow Maximum Frame Rate

When compared to other camcorders of this type and age that we have assessed, the Legria HF R56's maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second is one of the slowest. The average maximum frame rate of small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder is 40fps.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF R56 is Full HD, as are most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Panasonic HDC-TM900.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Legria HF R56 features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon Legria HF R56 features pre-record function. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years also feature pre-record function.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Across all the comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder 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 similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera 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 age and spec to it.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

Other 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HDR-CX130E + 16GB SD.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the HXR-NX3 (£3,086.34) (3.5"), or the HXR-NX3-VG1 (3.5") both from Sony.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Legria HF R56 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 235 grams, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 235g weight video cameras and we think the Legria HF R406, and the Legria HF R46 both from Canon which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Legria HF R56 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HDR-XR200 which both of have better reviews.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Legria HF R56 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

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

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 2.17 hours, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a pretty typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 2.17h battery life camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the Legria HF M56, or the Legria HF M52 both from Canon.

If this Canon video camera battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might want to consider the Zoom Q4 (£199.99) (3h and higher rated).

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Average Video Recording Time

At 3.15 hours, the Legria HF R56 has a pretty typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this video camera video recording time is too short for you then you might want to consider the HXR-NX3 (£3,086.34) (6.85h), or the HXR-NX3-VG1 (6.85h) both from Sony or the JVC GZ-R310 (£267.99) (11.5h).

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years have effective megapixels (image) of between 1.1MP and 16MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.07 megapixels, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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3.28 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3.28 megapixels sensor camcorder.

We compared all the other 3.28MP sensor camcorders to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF R38 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to consider the Aiptek GS 200 (£79.90) (3.5MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a relatively standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera.

We compared all the other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders to this video camera and we think the Legria HF R38, and the Legria HF R406 both from Canon which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If you want a camcorder with a larger maximum memory card size then you might want to consider the Zoom Q4 (£199.99) (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Flash Memory

At only 8 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly small flash memory compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Across all the video cameras of this type and age the flash memory range from 4GB to 120GB, and the average flash memory is 23GB.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of only 8 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has one of the smaller internal storage capacities amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The smallest internal storage capacity of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder is 2GB, the largest is 120GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 25GB.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a self-timer, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

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Design

Tripod Mountable

The Legria HF R56 is tripod mountable. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago also are tripod mountable.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Legria HF R56 features wi-Fi. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera also feature wi-Fi.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

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

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Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF R56 has a face detection. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Legria HF R56 has a hand strap, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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 comparable type and age to this video camera 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 small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Canon Legria HF R56 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also do not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Legria HF R56 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Camera

Has a Remotely Operated

The Legria HF R56 has a remotely operated, as do most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF R56 features back light compensation, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of 4 lux, the Legria HF R56 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera is 0.05lx, the biggest is 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 17lx.

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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

Canon Legria HF R56 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon Legria HF R56 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 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 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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