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Canon Legria / IVIS / Vixia HF M56

We have collected and analyzed 13 expert reviews and 77 user reviews from international sources. experts rate this product 77/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Jul 19, 2013. We have compared these reviews to 369525 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaSCORE™ for this product is 89/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Canon Legria / IVIS / Vixia HF M56 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability. The durability also gets good feedback.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon LEGRIA HF M56 Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD TouchscreenCanon LEGRIA HF M56 Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD Touchscreen

Dec, 2018

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0 / Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery life (max):2.1 / 2.16 / 2.17
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-718 / BP-718, BP-727
Continuous video playback time:33.55


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV III
Image quality adjustment:Brightness, Colour depth, Contrast, Sharpness
Minimum illumination:0.1 / 1
Photo effects:Fader
Progressive Scan: Yes
Self-timer delay:2,10
Supported aspect ratios:16:9


Colour of product:Black
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Built-in light: No
External flash connector: No


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

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.07
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 1.3 / 25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.37

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.6 - 436
Focal length range (f-f):6.1 - 61 / 61 - 61
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:3
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):43.6
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.36
Optical Zoom:10

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset, Underwater / Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset, Surf, Underwater / Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset, Underwater / Beach, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset, Underwater


Bluetooth: No
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
AV output:1
Dimensions (WxDxH):68 x 64 x 121
HDMI Out:1
Internal Memory:8
Night mode: Yes
Number of HDMI Outputs:1
USB 2.0 connectors:1
USB cable:1
Video Out:Y
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
Wireless Connection: Yes
Zoom capability:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:PIXELA Video Browser v2, Network Untility v2 / PIXELA Video Browser v2, Network Utility v2, ImageBrowser EX / PIXELA Video Browser v2\nNetwork Untility v2
Cables included:USB
Hand strap: No
Handheld remote control: No
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: No
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
HDMI:No / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
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 connector type:Mini-USB A, Mini-USB B
XLR in: No


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

Still image

Continuous shooting mode: Yes
Histogram: No
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:HDD, Memory card / Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Flash memory:4 / 8
Internal storage capacity:8
Maximum memory card size:64
Memory slots:1


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:24
Capture modes:FXP, LP, MXP, SP, XP+
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Pre-record: Yes
Supported video modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type:No / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.4

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Sunny, Tungsten / Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Shade, Tungsten