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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A high-quality, Canon HD Video lens with 10x optical zoom features an iris diaphragm for soft background blurring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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
|Wide Attachment||YES (optional WD-H43)|
|Image Processor||DIGIC DV III|
|Face Detection Technology||YES|
|Screen size||7.5cm (3.0") Full Flat touchscreen|
|Manual adjustment||Brightness, backlight|
|Wi-Fi Function (wireless LAN, DLNA)||YES|
|Direct storage to external HDD||YES|
|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 |
|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
|Backlight Compensation||YES (automatic or user control)|
|Set/Preset||YES: Set, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H|
|Fade||Auto Fade, Wipe|
|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|
|Photo Button||Touchscreen LCD|
|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)|
|Colour Bars and Test Tone||NO|
|Multi Media Card||NO|
|Secure Digital Card||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|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)|
|USB||YES (Mini-AB, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)|
|AV||YES (out only)|
|HDMI||YES (HDMI™ Mini Connector: v1.3, out only, CEC supported)|
|Quick Start||YES (using LCD screen)|
|Accessory shoe||YES (mini Advanced Accessory Shoe)|
|Built-in Video light||NO|
|DV Network Solution Disk||NO|
|Application software||YES (PIXELA Video Browser v2, Network Utility v2, ImageBrowser EX)|
|Easy Web Upload||YES|
|Wireless controller||YES (Optional WL-D89)|
|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|
|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
|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
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.
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.
The WL-D89 lets you operate your camcorder wirelessly. It's useful for filming action shots or using a tripod.
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.