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Canon Legria HF R56

alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 reviews of Canon Legria HF R56. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The portability and image quality also get good comments.

usability, image quality, portability, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Legria HF R56 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon Legria HF R56


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 also get good reviews.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

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


Color of product:Black / Brown
Product color:Black
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y


Built-in display:Y / Yes
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):23000 / 230000
Touch screen: Yes


Built-in flash: No
Built-in light: No


Closest Focusing Distance:0.394 / 3.94
Face detection:Y / Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

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

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.28 - 73
Digital Zoom:1140 / 57
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.28 - 73
Focal length range (f-f):0.11 - 3.53
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable Lens:N
Maximum aperture number:4.5
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):73
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.28
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 bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:HDMI, USB / HDMI,USB
Hand strap: Yes
Included memory card size:8
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:No / Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: 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: 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): Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:25 / 50
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Pre-record: Yes
Supported video modes:1080p, 720p / 720p,1080p
Video compression format:AVCHD, MP4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

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