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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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24 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This video camera is one of the most awarded by expert review sites of all the video cameras of a comparable age and spec.

This Canon camcorder received a "Highly Recommended" from both Lydogbilde.no and Lydogbillede.dk, both of which concluded that this small total megapixels video camera was great.

An other two expert review sites liked this video camera. This small total megapixels video camera received a Trusted Reviews "Recommended" award and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Camcorderinfo.com who concluded it was marvellous.

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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%.

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 1,422 owner and expert reviews, Canon has excellent ratings for its camcorders. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Good Support

A number of Canon Legria HF M52 owners agreed that it had good technical guidance. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com gave it a score of 4 stars and said “With excellent low light performance and a decent amount of manual controls”. Reviewed.com wrote five years ago “Decent manual controls” .

Good Product Quality

One Canon Legria HF M52 owner who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Reviewed.com wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF M52 “Excellent image quality”.

Good Connectivity

One person who reviewed the Canon Legria HF M52 reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com wrote “It has built-in wifi and the ability to act as a streaming video server.” in their review and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Legria HF M52 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type are not Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the Legria HF M52 has an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Legria HF M52 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] is also worth considering.

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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 a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

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

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Legria HF M52 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most video cameras that came out around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF M52.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Has a Night Mode

The Legria HF M52 has a night mode, unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M52 which do not have a night mode.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The Legria HF M52 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of this age and type. This camcorder has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF M52. The scene modess "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 the BIONZ image processor found on most camcorders of this age and spec. The image processor of all video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF M52 ranges from DIGIC 5+ (worst) to DIGIC DV IV (best).

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Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 32 gigabytes, the Legria HF M52 has a quite large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago the internal storage capacitys range from 2GB to 120GB.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p supported video modes, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Legria HF M52 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Canon video camera. The audio formats supporteds AC3 are also supported by this video camera.

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Has Six White Balances

The Legria HF M52 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this type and age. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of this age and type. The white balances "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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14 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One customer reckoned that it did not have good features. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com wrote “This excellent mid-range camcorder isn't much better than its predecessor, especially since the WiFi features aren't that cool” in their Canon Legria HF M52 review however despite that they still rated it 4 stars.

Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF M52 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF M52. Small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF M52 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x.

If this small total megapixels video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (20x), or the 800[pl_2494042_price] (35x) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon Legria HF M52 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera of this age and spec is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. The Legria HF M52 is one of the heavier comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago (360 grams) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Very Small Flash Memory

The flash memorys of video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF M52 range from 4GB to 120GB, and the average flash memory is 21GB. The Canon Legria HF M52 has a quite small flash memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon Legria HF M52 is not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon Legria HF M52 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF M52 do not have a built-in projector. The Canon Legria HF M52 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This video camera has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Legria HF M52 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 436 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria HF M52. The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M52 range from 22mm to 2,700mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The Legria HF M52 has a quite low maximum aperture number (only 3) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The maximum aperture numbers of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.8 to 11.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Legria HF M52 is more than most video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF M52.

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Quite Big Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.1 meters, the Legria HF M52 has a quite big closest focusing distance compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF M52. The smallest closest focusing distance of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 0.01m, the biggest is 1m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.15m.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the camcorders of this age and type the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 44mm. The Legria HF M52 has one of the longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (43.6 millimeters) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF M52

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this Canon video camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Legria HF M52 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider 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 Legria HF M52 has a fairly typical maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M52.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Legria HF M52 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF M52.

If this small total megapixels video camera digital zoom is too small 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 (max)

With a battery life (max) of 2.16 hours, the Legria HF M52 has a pretty typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF M52.

If this video camera battery life (max) is too short for you then you might 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 camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of a similar age and type to 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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