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    Canon LEGRIA HF M56

    Create professional quality video – share anywhere, anytime with Wi-Fi

    Enjoy shooting movies with the LEGRIA HF M56, which features Canon’s Full HD CMOS PRO sensor for exceptional quality. With Wi-Fi connectivity it’s even easier to share superb movies anytime, anywhere.

    • Wi-Fi with MP4 support
    • Canon HD CMOS PRO sensor
    • Optical Intelligent IS
    • Audio Scene Select
    • 10x HD Video lens, iris diaphragm
    • Store direct to external HDD
    • 8GB memory, SDXC slot
    • Creative cinematic features
    • 7.5cm touch screen
    • Smart Auto, Face Detection, Instant AF
    • Full HD Full HD
    • Wi-Fi with MP4 Support Wi-Fi with MP4 Support
    • HD CMOS PRO Sensor HD CMOS PRO Sensor
    • Optical Intelligent IS Optical Intelligent IS
    • Audio Scene Select Audio Scene Select
    • HD Video Lens HD Video Lens
    • 8GB built-in memory + SDXC slot 8GB built-in memory + SDXC slot
    • 7.5cm Wide LCD Screen 7.5cm Wide LCD Screen
    • Touch Screen Touch Screen
    • Story Creator Story Creator
    • Cinema-Look Filter Cinema-Look Filter
    • Touch Decoration Touch Decoration
    • Smart Auto mode Smart Auto mode
    • Face Detection Technology Face Detection Technology
    • Instant AF Instant AF

    Useful info

    Wi-Fi with MP4 support

    In-built Wi-Fi lets you effortlessly share your creations to social networking sites and view your videos on DNLA certified TVs and iOS devices. Support for MP4 format ensures quick transfer times of HD movies.

    Canon HD CMOS PRO sensor

    The HD CMOS PRO sensor is designed and made by Canon for its professional camcorders. The light gathering area of the pixels is 160% bigger than conventional CMOS sensors, delivering a wider dynamic range and advanced low-light performance.

    Optical Intelligent IS

    Intelligent IS is the perfect solution to combat camera shake. It automatically detects the scene and selects exactly the right optical Image Stabilizer settings from 4 modes to counteract movement and prevent blur. It ensures sharp, detailed videos in every situation - leaving you free to concentrate on shooting.

    Audio Scene Select

    It’s simple to make your movies sound as good as they look, with Audio Scene Select and a high-sensitivity, built-in zoom microphone. Just select from 5 scene modes and audio settings are optimised automatically.

    Canon HD Video lens

    A high-quality, Canon HD Video lens with 10x optical zoom features an iris diaphragm for soft background blurring.

    Store direct to external HDD

    Copy movies direct from the inbuilt memory or SDXC card slot to an external hard drive. Just follow the easy on-screen menus for simple storage.

    8GB memory, SDXC card slot

    An in-built 8GB Dual Flash memory lets you store over 3 hours of Full HD movies. Record even longer with the SDXC card slot.

    Creative cinematic features

    Use Story Creator to develop your video skills and effortlessly create memorable short videos with a story - just choose a theme and follow the in-built scene suggestions. Inspire your creativity with Cinema-Look Filters and add fun effects to your movies without a PC using Touch Decoration.

    Fingertip control

    Operation is easy with a high-resolution 7.5cm (3.0”) gesture-based Touch-screen LCD, which gives you intuitive fingertip control of shooting and playback functions.

    Effortless shooting

    Creating high-quality movies is effortless with Smart Auto. Fully automatic, it intelligently selects shooting settings from 38 scenes. Face Detection optimises the settings for great people shots and Instant AF ensures fast and accurate focusing.

    Product Specification


    Recording Formats AVCHD/MP4
    Recording Medium 8GB built-in flash memory
    SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card
    Relay recording possible
    Max Recording Time* Variable total, depending on memory card size¹
    Internal memory: AVCHD mode, 3hrs²
    MP4 mode: 4hrs 10mins³
    64GB SDXC card (not supplied): AVCHD mode, 24hrs 30mins²
    MP4 Mode, 33hrs 55mins³


    Type 1/3 type HD CMOS Pro
    Total pixels 2.37 megapixel
    Effective Pixels: Movie 2.07 megapixels
    Effective Pixels: Still 2.07 megapixels (16:9)
    Filter Bayer pattern filter
    Advanced Zoom NO
    Optical Zoom 10x
    Digital Zoom 200x
    Digital Tele-converter NO
    Focal length 6.1 - 61.0mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 43.6 - 436 mm
    Maximum aperture f1.8 to f3.0
    Minimum focusing distance 10mm
    Image Stabilizer Optical Image Stabiliser:
    Intelligent IS - Dynamic, Powered, Tripod, Macro
    Filter diameter 43mm
    Wide Attachment YES (optional WD-H43)


    Image Processor DIGIC DV III
    Face Detection Technology YES
    Screen size 7.5cm (3.0") Full Flat touchscreen
    Pixels 230,000 dots
    Touchscreen LCD YES
    Manual adjustment Brightness, backlight


    Wi-Fi Function (wireless LAN, DLNA) YES


    Direct storage to external HDD YES


    Screen size NO
    Pixels NO


    Minimum Lux. 1.0 lux
    Night Mode YES (0.1 lux)
    Auto Gain Control limit adjustment YES


    Auto/Manual YES / YES
    Control AUTO: Face Detection AF/Instant AF/TV AF
    MANUAL: Touchscreen LCD, Touch Focus
    Manual Focus Assist YES (Magnification)


    Cinema Features Cinema-Look Filters
    Story Creator
    Touch Decoration


    Smart AUTO YES (38 scenes)
    Program AE AUTO;
    M mode: P, Tv, Av, SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks, Underwater, Surface);
    Cinema mode: P, Tv, Av
    Zebra NO


    Backlight Compensation YES (automatic or user control)


    Type TTL
    Auto YES
    Set/Preset YES: Set, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H


    Maximum 1/2000th sec.
    Slow 1/2 sec.


    Fade Auto Fade, Wipe
    Effect NO


    Image Effects YES
    Custom Functions Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth


    Custom Control YES (Touch panel operations)


    Capture image size 1920 x 1080 (not Cinema mode)
    Continuous shooting mode YES (during playback only)
    Auto Exposure Bracketing NO
    Simultaneous Photo Recording YES
    Selecting AF Frame Function NO
    Histogram NO
    Photo Button Touchscreen LCD
    Photo Burst NO


    Self timer 10 sec
    2 sec with wireless remote


    REC. review/REC. search YES/NO


    LP mode 5 AVCHD recording quality modes.¹
    MXP: 1920x1080, 24Mbps;²
    FXP: 1920x1080, 17Mbps;²
    XP+: 1440x1080, 12Mbps;
    SP: 1440x1080, 7Mbps;
    LP: 1440x1080, 5Mbps
    2 MP4 quality recording modes
    1280 x 720, 9Mbps;
    1280 x 720, 4Mbps,
    Progressive shooting mode YES (25p)
    x.v.Color YES
    Video Snapshot YES
    Pre REC YES
    Colour Bars and Test Tone NO


    Still image NO
    Date YES


    Multi Media Card NO
    Secure Digital Card SD / SDHC / SDXC
    Movie Recording YES
    Internal Data Transfer MOVIE: Yes (internal memory to card)
    STILLS: Yes (internal memory to card)


    System Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch);
    5.1ch surround sound (via Optional SM-V1 microphone)
    Audio Scene Select YES
    Zoom Microphone YES (customisable frequency response and directiionality)
    Manual Rec. level control YES (Internal / External Mic mixing)


    Headphone YES
    Microphone NO
    USB YES (Mini-AB, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
    DV NO
    Direct Print NO
    Analogue-in NO
    AV YES (out only)
    S-video NO
    Component NO
    HDMI YES (HDMI™ Mini Connector: v1.3, out only, CEC supported)
    Built-in charger YES


    Quick Start YES (using LCD screen)


    Accessory shoe YES (mini Advanced Accessory Shoe)


    Built-in Video light NO


    Built-in Flash NO


    DV Network Solution Disk NO
    Application software YES (PIXELA Video Browser v2, Network Utility v2, ImageBrowser EX)
    USB cable YES
    Easy Web Upload YES
    HD->SD conversion YES


    Wireless controller YES (Optional WL-D89)


    Type Lithium Ion
    Intelligent Battery System YES
    Battery included in the kit BP-718
    Max recording time (included battery) 2hrs 10mins
    Long life Battery BP-727
    Longer recording time** 3 hours 15 minutes


    W x H x D 68 x 64 x121 mm
    Weight 360g
    Max Recording Time* ¹ Class 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording, Class 2 or higher SDHC card recommended for other recording modes, Memory card not supplied
    ² Recording for more than 12 hours continuously is not possible
    ³ Max recording time for MP4 is 30 mins and the max file size is 4GB, when either of these conditions are met recording will stop automatically
    LP mode ¹ Variable bit rate used in all recording modes
    ² Class 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording, Class 2 or higher SDHC card recommended for other recording modes, Memory card not supplied
    • Specifications are subject to change without notice
    • * LP recording mode
    • ** Normal LCD brightness and optional long life BP

    Accessories & Supplies


    Whether you need a replacement battery or charger or you are looking for a battery with a larger capacity, Canon has a full range of accessories for the power you need to capture your memories.


    The intelligent lithium ion battery tells you exactly how much battery charge you have left.


    Shoot for even longer with this high capacity intelligent lithium ion battery, that tells you exactly how much battery charge you have left.


    The CG-700 is an accessory for charging your batteries without your camcorder. You can place your battery in the cradle and the LED indicator will let you know when the battery is fully charged.


    You’ll be wired for sound with Canon’s fantastic aural accessories. Our highly sensitive, high quality microphones will make sure your movies sound as good as they look.


    The Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-100 is an accessory developed for LEGRIA HD camcorders. By connecting the DM-100 via the Mini Advanced Shoe feature, the microphine can capture audio at various angles by selecting from 3 possible directions.


    The SM-V1 Surround Microphone records 5.1ch Surround sound. If you want to capture stunning audio, this is the microphone for you.



    The Canon Wide-converter WD-H43 is an accessory lens that attaches to LEGRIA camcorders of a filter diameter of 43 mm. It sets the focal length of the digital video camcorder to approximately 0.7 times, thereby widening the angle of view. It's perfect for indoor shooting and getting more people in your shot.


    The Canon Tele-converter TL-H43 is a converter lens that attaches to your LEGRIA camcorder with a filter diameter of 43mm. It sets the focal length approximately 1.7 times.


    Camera, lights, action! With these illuminating accessories, you’ll never have a dark moment. Shed some light on the subject, with Canon’s great lighting range.


    The VL-5 is perfect for when you need that extra amount of light. The Xenon lamp automatically turns on when your recording in low light conditions.

    VFL-2 Video Flash Light

    The VFL-2 is a compact auxiliary light source that combines sensor-balanced video flash and video light functions. It's perfect for taking stills and movies.



    The WP-V4 is watertight to a depth of 40m. It was designed with divers in mind for shooting movies underwater.


    Canon’s camcorder cases are built specifically to protect your LEGRIA camcorder. The soft case has been designed to accommodate a variaty of camcorder camera configurations.


    WL-D89 - Wireless Remote

    The WL-D89 lets you operate your camcorder wirelessly. It's useful for filming action shots or using a tripod.

    UA-100 - USB Adapter

    The UA-100 USB adaptor lets you connect your external HDD disk drive to your LEGRIA camcorder, perfect for when you need to back up footage and preserve your memories.

    Movie Uploader App for Canon LEGRIA camcorders

    Watch your videos on your wireless device, and share online.

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