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Canon Legria HF M52
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Canon Legria HF M52 Camcorder

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2.37MP 1/3 360g May 2012
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23 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This video camera has received four awards from experts.

The experts at Lydogbilde.no and Lydogbillede.dk both strongly endorse this Canon camcorder and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Two additional expert review sites both endorsed this small sensor size camcorder. The writer at Trusted Reviews gave this Canon camcorder a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received a Camcorderinfo.com "Editor's Choice" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eleven expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Digitaltrends.com, camcorderinfo.com and CNET.com.au this camcorder has an overall expert rating of 78 out of 100.

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent ratings on average and across all camcorders Canon is one of the top rated manufacturers.

Good Support

Two customers who bought the Canon Legria HF M52 thought it had good technical guidance. Camcorderinfo.com wrote “With excellent low light performance and a decent amount of manual controls” in their review of the Canon Legria HF M52. Reviewed.com mentioned four years ago “Decent manual controls”.

Good Product Quality

One Canon Legria HF M52 owner wrote that it was good quality. Reviewed.com said in their review “Excellent image quality”.

Good Connectivity

One Canon Legria HF M52 owner considered that the product was wifi compatible. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert website Trusted Reviews “It has built-in wifi and the ability to act as a streaming video server.”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Legria HF M52 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon XA10 ($1,299.00) is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF M52, the Legria HF M52 is Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF G20 ($899.00) is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Legria HF M52 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF M52.

Alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider include the Canon XA10 ($1,299.00) which has better reviews.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF M52 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

The worst optical sensor size across comparable types of video camera is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF M52 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. This video camera also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M52.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Night Mode

The Canon Legria HF M52 has a night mode, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF M52 which do not have a night mode.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The Legria HF M52 has a greater number of scene modes than most video cameras of this type and age. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports", "Sunset" and "Underwater" are also found on this camcorder.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Legria HF M52 has a DIGIC DV II image processor which is better than most video cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most camcorders that are a comparable age to it have a BIONZ image processor. The worst image processor of all video cameras of this age and type is DIGIC 5+ and the best is DIGIC DV IV.

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Quite Large Internal Storage Capacity

At 32 gigabytes, the Legria HF M52 has a quite large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF M52. The smallest internal storage capacity of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF M52 is 2GB, the largest is 120GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 28GB.

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

The Canon Legria HF M52 has one of the longer video recording times (12.25 hours) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The video recording times of camcorders of this age and spec range from 1h to 95h, and the average video recording time is 12h.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a longer video recording time then you might want to consider the Canon Vixia HF G20 ($899.00) (12.4h and higher rated).

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF M52, the Legria HF M52 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Canon Vixia HF G20 ($899.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Legria HF M52 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The Legria HF M52 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Canon video camera. The audio formats AC3 and LC-AAC are also supported by this video camera.

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12 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One Canon Legria HF M52 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it did not have good features. Camcorderinfo.com said “This excellent mid-range camcorder isn't much better than its predecessor, especially since the WiFi features aren't that cool” in their review of this camcorder.

Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF M52 is 31x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x. With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF M52 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30 (20x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF M52 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

At 360 grams, the Legria HF M52 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The lightest camcorder of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF M52 is 57g weight, the heaviest is 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g.

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Very Small Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

The average maximum fash memory capacity of small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 19GB, and the maximum fash memory capacities range from 4GB to 120GB. The Canon Legria HF M52 has a fairly small maximum fash memory capacity (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Legria HF M52 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF M52, the Canon Legria HF M52 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF M52, the Canon Legria HF M52 is not waterproof.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF M52 range from 22mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm. With a maximum focal length of only 436 millimeters, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of camcorders that came out more than two years ago range from 1.8 to 22. At only 3, the Legria HF M52 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF M52.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The Canon Legria HF M52 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 10mm and the longest is 44mm. The Canon Legria HF M52 has a fairly long minimum focal length (43.6 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF M52

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this small sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Legria HF M52 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the XA10 ($1,299.00) (3.5"), or the Legria HF G30 (3.5") both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a fairly average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Legria HF M52 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

If this camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30 (400x and higher rated).

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Average Battery Life

At 2.16 hours, the Legria HF M52 has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

If this video camera battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30 (3.1h) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Image Quality Adjustment
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features

4 Awards

Trusted Reviews Recommended camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 5 Star Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended 5 Star

Expert Reviews

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23 June 2013

The Canon Vixia HF M52 is a high-quality HD video camcorder first, but its digital still quality is a meager 2MB. The HD video quality when played back on our 52-inch HDTV was superb. The colors...

25 December 2012

It started out as an evening to check out a Canon camcorder but events turned out differently to what I expected...

12 June 2012

The Canon HFM52 is a generic camera that matches its price tag. If you're looking for a straight, no-fuss camera without the gimmicks offered by other brands, then this camera would be a good...

27 April 2012

This excellent mid-range camcorder isn't much better than its predecessor, especially since the WiFi features aren't that cool. If you're looking for a first-rate low light camcorder that won't...

Camcorderinfo.com

27 April 2012

With excellent low light performance and a decent amount of manual controls, the Canon HF M52 is one of the best mid-range camcorders on the market. It does come with a steep $750 price tag,... Read more…

Excellent image quality
Builtin DLNA server
Decent manual controls
Trs bonne sensibilit
Bon stabilisateur d'image en zoom
Expensive
Proprietary Canon accessory shoe
Connexion WiFi laborieuse
Pas de grandangle 43 6 mm)
Menu complexe
5 March 2012

The LEGRIA HF M52 is a slightly curious model for Canon. We usually associate the more adventurous camcorder features with Sony, such as the projector built into the HDR-PJ10E and the GPS receiver...

Trusted Reviews

On n'achètera pas le HF M52 pour sa connexion Wi-Fi qui n'a que peu d'intérêt. La qualité d'image est très bonne, notamment en basse lumière, mais l'absence de grand-angle et de mode 50p...

24 July 2012

Canon Legria HF M52 er et skærmstyret kamera med mange finesser, som klarer sig godt udendørs. Selv indendørs i god belysning bliver billederne gode, og ved 5 lux kan farvebjælken stadig ses....

Lydogbillede.dk

28 September 2012

Canon blijft met de Legria HF M52 doen waar het goed in is: beeldkwaliteit hoog in het lastenboek schrijven en die bereikbaar maken in de praktijk, ook voor de mindere goden in het filmvak. Het...

30 May 2012

Heeft een camcorder nog bestaansrecht naast fotocamera's en smartphones? Met zo'n goede beeldstabilisator als de Canon Legria HFM52 wel. [camera Miriam van 't Veer en Pieter Hoogland]...

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