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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 Jan 2012
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Canon LEGRIA HF M52Share exceptional movie creations with Wi-FiEffortlessly create and share professional quality video with the Wi-Fi enabled LEGRIA HF M52. An HD CMOS PRO sensor ensures superb... More
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23 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

Amongst camcorders of a comparable age and spec, this video camera is one of the most highly awarded by experts in video cameras.

The writers at Lydogbilde.no and Lydogbillede.dk both concluded that this small sensor size camcorder was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Two additional expert review sites endorsed this Canon video camera. This video camera received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews and the reviewer at Camcorderinfo.com wrote that it was outstanding and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

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

Canon Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

Canon is one of the leading video camera brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Canon also has excellent reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Good Support

Some Canon Legria HF M52 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had good technical guidance. Four years ago expert website Camcorderinfo.com mentioned in their Canon Legria HF M52 review “With excellent low light performance and a decent amount of manual controls”. Reviewed.com said “Decent manual controls” .

Good Product Quality

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

Good Connectivity

One person considered that it was wifi compatible. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review “It has built-in wifi and the ability to act as a streaming video server.” and gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Legria HF M52 is Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF M52, the Legria HF M52 has an HDMI port.

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 Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

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

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

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

A 1/3" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF M52.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF M52 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Canon video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it support an SD memory card. 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF M52.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type 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, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec 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 frequently found battery on video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The Canon Legria HF M52 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF M52. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports", "Sunset" and "Underwater" are also found on this video camera.

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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 camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. Most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a BIONZ image processor. Across all video cameras of this type and age the best image processor is DIGIC DV IV and the worst is DIGIC 5+.

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Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacities of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years range from 2GB to 120GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 28GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Legria HF M52 has a fairly large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Fairly Long Video Recording Time

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF M52 the video recording times range from 1h to 95h. The Legria HF M52 has a fairly long video recording time (12.25 hours) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might be worth considering include the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price] (12.4h) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF M52 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price] 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 typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Legria HF M52 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M52. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon Legria HF M52 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AC3 and LC-AAC are also supported by this Canon camcorder.

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12 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

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

Very Small Optical Zoom

The Legria HF M52 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 10 times zoom factor) amongst video cameras of this age. The optical zooms of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF M52 range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (20x and 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 small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M52 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

The Legria HF M52 is quite heavy (360 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The weights of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF M52 range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Very Small Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years have maximum fash memory capacities of between 4GB and 120GB, and the average maximum fash memory capacity is 19GB. The Legria HF M52 has one of the smaller maximum fash memory capacities (only 4 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M52 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 camcorders of this type and age, the Canon Legria HF M52 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Legria HF M52 is not waterproof. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF M52 are also not waterproof.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 436 millimeters, the Legria HF M52 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The shortest maximum focal length of similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF M52 is 22mm and the longest is 2,700mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

Comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF M52 have maximum aperture values of between 1.8 and 22. At only 3, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The Legria HF M52 has a greater number of included cables than most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M52.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF M52 is 10mm and the longest is 44mm. At 43.6 millimeters, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a fairly long minimum 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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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF M52

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Canon released the Legria HF M52.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Legria HF M52 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

If you want a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (3.5"), or the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (3.5") both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a fairly standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

If this Canon camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (400x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Battery Life

At 2.16 hours, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a relatively typical battery life compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF M52.

If this video camera battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (3.1h) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
On Screen Display (OSD)
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Image Quality Adjustment
Progressive Scan
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Histogram
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
S-Video in
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Night Mode
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
AV Output
Zoom Capability
Wireless Connection

4 Awards

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

Expert Reviews

(18)
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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