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Canon Legria HF R56
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Canon Legria HF R56 Camcorder

3.2MP 235g CMOS 32x Oct 2014
Total Megapixels Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
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

14 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Canon is one of the leading video camera manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and Canon also has excellent ratings for its small total megapixels video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The average maximum frame rate of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF R56 is 39fps, and the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of 50 frames per second, the Legria HF R56 has one of the faster maximum frame rates amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Very Long Battery Life (max)

Video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R56 have battery life (max)s of between 1h and 150h. With a battery life (max) of 145 hours, the Legria HF R56's battery life (max) is one of the longest amongst camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF R56.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Legria HF R56 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF R56. Small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF R56 have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Legria HF R56 has an HDMI.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI currently available which you might want to look at including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF R56 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price] both from Canon.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age 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 an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this spec and age.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera.

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. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF R56 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 720p|1080p supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 the most frequently supported video resolutions on camcorders of this type and age.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has Four White Balances

The Canon Legria HF R56 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF R56. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The Legria HF R56 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not Full HD.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF R56 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as 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 video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF R56.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF R56 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders of this type and age are not 3D. The Canon Legria HF R56 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D then you might want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Legria HF R56 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon Legria HF R56 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria HF R56 also do not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacitys of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 2GB to 120GB. With an internal storage capacity of only 8 gigabytes, the Legria HF R56 has one of the smaller internal storage capacitys amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Only DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

The Legria HF R56 has a better image processor than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Canon camcorder has a DIGIC 4+ image processor, whereas most video cameras that are a comparable age to it have a BIONZ image processor. Similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF R56 image processors range from DIGIC 5+ (worst) to DIGIC DV IV (best).

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF R56

Released Over Two Years Ago

This small total megapixels video camera was released over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF R56 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Other 32x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price], the Legria HF R38[pl_1311736_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 235 grams, the Legria HF R56 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 235g weight camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDRPJ410[plb_2697188_price], or the Canon Legria HF R66[plb_2848576_price].

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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 that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Headphone Outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cables 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
Barcodes 04549292006292

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