Canon Vixia HF M52 AVCHD CMOS Camcorder Reviews 2012




Canon Vixia HF M52 Review 

Canon USA last year introduced us to the Canon HF M4 range of consumer camcorders with a choice of no internal memory and 16GB or 32GB which 89 owners voted as 4 star models. There were some niggles as always, so for 2012 they have improved the weak spots by giving us the Canon HF M5 range, Canon Vixia HF M52, HF M50 and HF M500 with 32GB memory, 8GB memory and no memory respectively, with all having 1 additional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot.

Briefly, the improvements to the Canon HF M5 range focus on the recording mode which is now direct to MP4 making them more YouTube compatible, an improved 1/3-inch HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor for better low light performance, more auto modes as well as manual settings, a new Intelligent Optical Image Stabilizer, an improved Story Creator, internal help system and WiFi.

So let’s see what the 2012 Canon Vixia HF M52 has to offer:

Main features of the Canon Vixia HF M52 are Wi-Fi with MP4 support, the new Canon HD CMOS PRO sensor, a 32GB memory with one SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, a 10x HD Video lens with iris diaphragm, Optical Intelligent IS, 3 inch touch screen viewfinder, Smart Auto, Face Detection, Instant AF, Audio Scene Select, Wi-Fi with MP4 support and the option to store direct to external HDD.

32GB internal memory and one SDXC card slot
The Canon Vixia HF M52 32GB Dual Flash memory lets you store over 12 hours of movies to the built-in internal flash drive memory. Relay Recording automatically switches video recording to the memory card when the internal drive becomes full.

Canon Vixia HF M52 HD CMOS PRO sensor
The professional-level Canon HD CMOS Pro Image 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 and giving a 20% improved low-light performance over the Canon HF M4 models of last year.

Canon Vixia HF M52 with 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.

Canon Vixia HF M52 HD Video lens

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

Canon Vixia HF M52 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 Vixia HF M52 Fingertip control

Operation is easy with a high-resolution 3 inch gesture-based Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new graphical user interface which gives you intuitive fingertip control of shooting and playback functions.

Canon Vixia HF M52 for 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.

Canon Vixia HF M52 Creative cinematic features

Use the Story Creator function of the Canon Vixia HF M52 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. 24p Cinema Mode provides the look and feel of a Hollywood movie and 30p Progressive is ideal for clips intended to be posted on the web.

The Canon Vixia HF M52 sports a microphone terminal with manual audio level control, and headphone terminal provide exceptional flexibility and a mini advanced accessory shoe is available

Canon Vixia HF M52 Stores 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.

3.5 mm dia. stereo mini-jack Microphone Terminal
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5 mm dia. 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)

Video Editing Software  Supplied with Canon Vixia HF M52

Video Browser Editing Disc
Image Browser Disc
Network Utility Disc
Mini connector HDMI Terminal

What’s in the Canon Vixia HF M52 Box 
Battery Pack BP-718
Stylus Pen
Compact Power Adapter CA-110
USB Cable IFC-300PCU/S
HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
Bundled CD ROMs:
Pixela Video Browser / Network Utility Software Disc
Image Browser EX / Image Mix / Music Data Disc

Canon Vixia HF M52 Review Summary

The Canon Vixia HF M52 has an 8GB internal flash memory and 1 card slot recording to MP4 or AVCHD with a 1/3-inch HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor. Recording in MP4 mode at 4Mbps should record 4 hours of video, or nearly 2 hours if recording at 9Mbps. Of course you will still have the memory card recording, so by inserting a 32GB card you can add 400% extra to your recording time.

4.0 out of 5 stars Well priced HD Camera, April 25, 2012
Recording quality is as good as you could expect from a HD camera and the output is high quality easily sent to a computer through Wifi or …….read full review Bazajaytee “Bazajaytee” (Los Angeles, CA USA) on Amazon

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Canon VIXIA HF M52

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Product Specifications

Model : 6093B004
EAN Code :

A Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization provides unsurpassed, professional-looking image quality.

Newly designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 image sensor which delivers outstanding video resolution, improved low-light performance*, and a wide dynamic range.

Record up to 12 hours of crisp high-definition video to a 32GB internal flash drive or directly to a removable SD memory card (SDHC/SDXC compatible); Relay Recording automatically switches video recording to the memory card when the internal drive becomes full.

Choose to record in AVCHD for the highest quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications.

Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly transfer video directly to online sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook; to a PC or upload virtually anywhere by using your iPhone™, iPad™, or iPod Touch™ and enjoy wireless viewing on your DLNA compatible TV or through other DLNA devices.

3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new graphical user interface (GUI) offers fast and easy control right at your fingertips.