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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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Unboxing + Reviewing the Canon Legria HF R56

28 Reasons For

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 57 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camcorder is 90%.

Good Quality Lens

Six Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Cybershot123 said on Amazon “Zoom operation very fast if you like it that way, got to get used to camera” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote on Amazon three years ago “Has a huge zoom with optical stabilisation” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review and gave it a score of 5 stars. John Laird wrote “Picture quality amazing, great zoom” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

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

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Robust

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

One person said in their reviews that it was reliable. Amazon said in their review “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 number of customers who purchased it said that it was wifi compatible. Fourteenth Sense said in their review 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 said in their Canon Legria HF R56 review “I love that I can easily watch video via wifi without the need for finding wires to connect my kit”. Picard gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars and said three years ago “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”.

Good Size

Nine Canon Legria HF R56 owners concluded that it was compact. A. Kinson rated it as very good and wrote “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 the Canon Legria HF R56. I<3books mentioned “Is light and compact” and scored the Canon Legria HF R56 very highly. Ibraar 'le Saracen' mentioned “In the case of consumer compact Camcorders, this is superb”.

A few people agreed that it was lightweight. Pam Ogden wrote “Very pleased with this compact lightweight camcorder” in her review of this camcorder. One person mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good structurally. Greta mentioned in her review “Easy to use, light construction”.

One customer who bought it considered that it was easy to carry around. Two years ago Mr M said on Amazon “Not as good picture quality as my old DV camcorder from Sony, although it's compact and easy to carry”. One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was a good depth.

One person said in their reviews that it was a good weight. Stephen A. Michael mentioned “Light weight, easy to use, great zoom!” in his review of this camcorder and gave the Canon Legria HF R56 a score of 5 stars.

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Good Product Quality

A few Canon Legria HF R56 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. A. Kinson gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “I've chosen to record in MP4 format - and the quality is excellent” in their review of the Canon Legria HF R56. Alexandros Kordakis gave it a very good review and said in their review “Very good sound and vision quality”. Amazon mentioned “Also well made like all Canon products; strongly recommend fast delivery” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review.

Easy to Use

A number of Canon Legria HF R56 owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to use. A. Kinson wrote in their Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “Excellent, handy sized camcorder” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. A. Kinson also said “It is easy to navigate through the controls on the 3 inch screen”. A. Kinson also wrote “The size, ease of use and picture quality are all excellent on this camcorder”.

One Canon Legria HF R56 owner who reviewed the product thought it was easy to setup. Pam Ogden said on Amazon “Wi-Fi has been easy to set up - control from home has been tried”.

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Reasonably Priced

Several Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good value for money. Mark Jean Anastasi said in his review on Amazon “Good value for money” and rated it 5 stars. Mike mentioned “The downloadable online instructions contain 196 pages and fortunately it only cost me $3.00 to have them all printed here in Thailand”. Two years ago Mr M wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “It's certainly worth the low cost for a HD camcorder though” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it was a bargain for the price. Mike said on Amazon “I got 2 on eBay, with the dual voltage wall charger, 12v car charger and other items cheap” in his review however he only scored it 60 out of 100.

One Canon Legria HF R56 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was cheap. Three years ago Pam Ogden rated it as very good and she mentioned “Excellent lightweight camera at a budget price”.

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Excellent Brand

Based on 1,422 owner and expert reviews, Canon has excellent ratings for its video cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five customers who purchased the Canon Legria HF R56 wrote that it had a good screen. Fourteenth Sense mentioned three years ago “The 3 inch screen gives a good view of the subject or for playing back any captured video” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Mike mentioned in his review of this camcorder “The touch screen could be easier to use as the icons are very small for my fat fingers” yet he only scored it 60 out of 100. Mike also said “Great color saturation and fully adjustable setting and screen variations”.

Nice Design

Some Canon Legria HF R56 reviewers who reviewed the Canon Legria HF R56 reckoned that it was good looking. Fourteenth Sense wrote “The camcorder itself is pretty standard with the usual plastic build quality so nothing special there” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review and scored the product 4 stars.

Good Support

Three customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had good technical guidance. Ibraar 'le Saracen' rated this camcorder as excellent and mentioned “A lens mounted manual zoom would've been easier” in their review of this camcorder. Mike said “You get 4-5-6 "booklets" 2 pages of instructions each, nothing advanced at all” in his review. Pam Ogden wrote on Amazon three years ago “Very simple to use (good job with me as the user) Quick set up guide was included”.

Good Battery Life

Some people concluded that the product had a good battery life. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote on Amazon three years ago “Has a tripod mount and battery life is EXCELLENT” in their Canon Legria HF R56 review. Stan he said “Battery life good”.

Good Technical Features

Some Canon Legria HF R56 owners agreed that this camcorder had good features. Three years ago Fourteenth Sense scored it 4 stars and said “It includes some nice features and does a great job at capturing good quality video footage”. Picard mentioned in their Canon Legria HF R56 review on Amazon “One of the R56's better features is actually simple; MP4 recording” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. 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 small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

If this camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] (2,500x).

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Legria HF R56 has an HDMI.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF R56 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is the most commonly found image stabilizer type on camcorders of a similar age and spec to 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 R56 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that came out more than two years ago. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. 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 video cameras of this type and age.

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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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a better image processor than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera has a DIGIC DV IV image processor, whereas most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

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

A DIGIC DV II image processor is the worst image processor across similar types of video camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Legria HF R56 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (1,853 millimeter) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF R56. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 is 1,200mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 22mm to 2,700mm.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Legria HF R56 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The scene modess "Beach", "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 Legria HF R56 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R56 the worst optical sensor size 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 small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in display.

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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 the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Three White Balances

The Legria HF R56 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R56. The white balances "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R56, the Legria HF R56 is not Full HD.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], or the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon Legria HF R56 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon Legria HF R56 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R56, the Canon Legria HF R56 is not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

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

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age 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.

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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 camcorders of this age and type.

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Very Small Flash Memory

With a flash memory of only 8 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly small flash memory compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF R56. Across all the camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 the flash memorys range from 4GB to 120GB.

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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 comparable spec camcorders of this age. Video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF R56 have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R56

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R56.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Sony HXR-NX3[plb_2169464_price] (3.5").

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF R56.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 32x (optical) video cameras and we think the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] (35x and higher rated).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Legria HF R56 has a relatively average maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56.

There are a number of alternative 64GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] (128GB).

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 3.25 hours, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF R56.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as 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
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene 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
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Headphone Outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Hand Strap
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card

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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