Film and share your precious memories with the new Canon LEGRIA HF R series

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 6 January 2014 – Canon today unveils two new easy-to-use consumer camcorders – the LEGRIA HF R56 and the LEGRIA HF R506. Designed for anyone that wants to record and share life’s most precious memories in stunning quality, the new compact models combine Canon’s Full HD video system and optical Image Stabilizer technology with intuitive audio functionality, offering the ideal next step for those currently shooting movies with smartphones and compact cameras.

LEGRIA HF R56LEGRIA HF R506

Creative freedom for families
Perfect for parents and families, the new LEGRIA HF R series makes it easy to relive the moments that matter most, from a baby’s first steps to their first words. The inclusion of an enhanced Baby Mode allows parents to register profiles for up to three children, with personalised baby albums storing each video that features the child to document their growth. It also allows users to get creative thanks to an even bigger range of animations and stamps that can be added to footage, including birth weight, height, and special dates and milestones, as a child grows up.

Advanced Wi-Fi connectivity – share your stories
Every story captured on the LEGRIA HF R56 can be easily shared with friends and relatives thanks to enhanced Wi-Fi functionality. As well as the ability to share videos to iOS and Android devices, expanded Wi-Fi support now also makes it possible to remotely monitor and control live footage shot at home¹. Using a tablet or smartphone and Canon’s free ‘CameraAccess Plus’ app, its easy to stop and start recordings, or even zoom in and out of the action from anywhere, ideal for monitoring children or pets.

The LEGRIA HF R series also launches alongside a new motorised Camera Pan Table CT-V1². Easily attached to the camcorders’ base, the pan table can be wirelessly controlled using a smartphone or tablet, allowing users to enjoy horizontal panning of 200° from side-to-side.

Quality your memories deserve
The LEGRIA HF R56 and LEGRIA HF R506 are powered by Canon’s leading DIGIC DV4 imaging platform, ensuring that cherished once-in-a-lifetime occasions are captured in incredible quality. A Canon 3.2MP Full HD CMOS sensor offers outstanding image quality in all light conditions, including low light, while Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer and Intelligent IS technology ensures that images remain blur-free. Built-in Intelligent IS detects different styles of camera shake and implements the most suitable stabilisation from a choice of four modes, including Dynamic IS, ensuring steady footage whilst on-the-move.

Capturing distant detail is easy using the high-quality Canon HD video lens with a powerful 32x optical zoom, and the improved 57x advanced optical zoom on both models. The new LEGRIA HF R56 also offers the flexibility to record for big screens and mobile devices at the same time, with built-in simultaneous dual-format recording. The camera can record both high bit-rate AVCHD and low-bit rate MP4 videos of the same footage – providing a high-quality recording to keep for home viewing, as well as a smaller file version that can be easily shared.

First-class sound ensures that special memories sound as good as they look, thanks to Audio Scene Select technology. Five audio profiles including Speech, Music and Noise Reduction, feature optimised settings for different scenes and, once selected, automatically adjust the camcorders’ microphone to suit the scene, delivering crisp sound that truly captures the moment.

Intuitive control
Every member of the family can enjoy their time in the director’s chair thanks to the LEGRIA HF R-series models’ easy-to-use design. Comfortable and compact enough to hold in even a child’s hands, the new models feature a large and colourful 7.5cm (3.0’’) capacitive touchscreen display that provides the perfect means to view live or playback footage and adjust settings. The touchscreen provides precise, fingertip control of the intuitive menu system, with easy access to important settings that control creativity features, audio options and sharing.

LEGRIA HF R56 key features:

  • Wi-Fi with remote monitoring
  • Optical Intelligent IS
  • 57x Advanced zoom, Full HD CMOS
  • Baby Mode
  • Simultaneous recording of AVCHD and MP4
  • DIGIC DV4 image processor
  • Audio Scene Select
  • High-res 7.5cm capacitive touch screen LCD
  • 8GB internal storage

LEGRIA HF R506 key features:

  • Optical Intelligent IS
  • 57x Advanced zoom, Full HD CMOS
  • Baby Mode
  • Superb quality AVCHD and MP4 recording
  • DIGIC DV4 image processor
  • Audio Scene Select
  • High-res 7.5cm capacitive touch screen LCD
  • Creative features
  • SDXC card slot

Pricing and availability
The LEGRIA HF R56 and LEGRIA HF R506 will be available across the UK and Ireland from January 2014 with the following SRPs:

  • LEGRIA HF R56 - £329/€429
  • LEGRIA HF R506 - £239/€299

¹Requires connection of the device to a wireless LAN UPnP router with global IP address. Supported OS for CameraAccess Plus application: iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Android 2.3 /4.0/4.1/4.2.
A new Remote Monitoring Checker tool is also available to check if your home supports ‘Out of Home’ recording.
Operating system supported for remote checker tool: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
²Optional accessory, sold separately

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Further Information
LEGRIA HF R56 Images
LEGRIA HF R506 Images
LEGRIA HF R56 Spec Sheet [PDF, 34 KB]
LEGRIA HF R506 Spec Sheet [PDF, 26 KB]
DVC Technologies Explained [PDF, 147 KB]
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