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Canon Legria HF R56

We have collected and analysed 4 expert reviews and 143 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 63/100 and users rate it 87/100. The average review date is 11-10-2014. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 88/100 = Very good. Last update: 18-12-2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Canon Legria HF R56 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, portability, image quality, price, zoom

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This summary is based on the products: Canon Legria HF R56 High Definition Camcorder - Black (3.2MP, 32x Optical Zoon, 57x Advanced Zoom, Wi-Fi) 3inch LCDCanon Legria HF R56 High Definition Camcorder - Black (3.2MP, 32x Optical Zoon, 57x Advanced Zoom, Wi-Fi) 3inch LCD

Dec, 2018

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Canon LEGRIA HF R56 Full HD Camcorder


Bought this for a holiday, it was simple to use and very good camera, lightweight and easy to use. The picture quality was superb. This is a great camera in my opinion.

May, 2015

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Canon LEGRIA Camcorder


I've had this Canon LEGRIA Camcorder for a couple of months now, and used it several times to make videos for YouTube, I must say it is really simple to use and the picture quality is really good, the touch screen facility is very handy, all in all a...

Apr, 2015

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Overall Good Buy


Replacement for my 10 tear old sony dv handycam. Pros: Good picture quality Small compact size Internal 8Gb memory + SD slot Straightforward to operate with intuitive menu Incorporated lens cover Cons No mic input No lens bevel Pixela software for...

Feb, 2015

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For the Money it's hard to find anything better


I'm a novice to camcorders and wanted a camcorder to upload videos onto youtube but didn't want to spend too much money. I read many reviews and decided on the Canon R56 and I'm so glad that I did. This little camcorder is brilliant and you can...

Feb, 2015

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I am a senior male and love camera aspects


This is an excellent product to use for anyone. One use for me is to record one of my grandsons sporting activities, great clarity of fast moving images, just what I require I will recommend this camera well done Canon

Jan, 2015

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Alpso-lutely fernomenal


Overall phenomenal and it was relatively cheap in comparison to others. :-)

Jan, 2015

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Lots of features


I have had this camera for a few weeks now and I haven't explored the full range of features yet, which is why I have given it 4/5. That said....straight out of the box, battery charged and card inserted I put the camera on auto and shot some great...

Nov, 2014

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Canon LEGRIA HF R56 Wi-Fi Full HD Camcorder


the best piece of equipment i have ever purchased, to be able to watch what you've just recorded in the matter of seconds, is pretty special. how did i ever manage with HI8 tapes in the past, i will never know!

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes


Battery life (max):145 / 2.17 / 3.15 / 3.25
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-718
Battery voltage:3.6
Number of Batteries Supported:1
Video recording time:3.15


3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Back light compensation:Y / Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC 4+ / DIGIC DV IV
Minimum illumination:0.4 / 4
Remotely operated:Y / Yes
Self-timer delay:10
Supported aspect ratios:16:9


Colour of product:Black / Brown
Product colour:Black
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y


Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display diagonal:7.62 / 76.2
Display resolution (numeric):23000 / 230000
Touch screen:Y
Touchscreen:Y / Yes


Built-in Flash:N / No
Built-in light:N / No


Closest focusing distance:0.0100 / 0.1
Face detection:Y / Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.07
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor size:1/0.191 / 25.4 / 4.85
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.2 / 3.28

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1140 / 57
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.5 - 1853
Focal length range (f-f):2.8 - 89.6
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens:N
Maximum aperture number:4.5
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):185.3 / 1853
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.25 / 32.5
Optical Zoom:32

Light exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Children, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset / Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset


Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

AV output: Yes
Backlight: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Cables included:HDMI, USB / HDMI,USB
Hand strap:Y / Yes
Included memory card size:8
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:N / No / Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
PictBridge:N / No
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB Connectivity:Y


Camera shutter speed:0.0005 - 0.5 / 0.5 - 0.0005 / 1/2000 - 1/2

Still image

Continuous shooting mode:N / No
Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card / NAND
Camcorder tape type:N / No
Camera file system:Exif 2.3
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Disc types supported:N / No
Flash memory:8
Internal storage capacity:8
Maximum memory card size:64
Memory slots:1

Technical Details

Battery charger included:Y
Full HD:Y
Self-timer: Yes
User guide:Y


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:35
Capture modes:FXP, LP, MXP
Dual shot (video & photo):Y / Yes
Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:25 / 50
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Pre-record:Y / Yes
Supported video modes:1080p, 720p / 720p,1080p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MP4 / AVCHD,MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 / 1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.6 / 116
Height :5.7 / 57
Width:5.3 / 53

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Custom modes, Daylight, Tungsten / Auto, Daylight, Tungsten