Canon LEGRIA HF M52 32GB HD CMOS PRO Camcorder Reviews 2012


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Canon LEGRIA HF M52 Review

Canon UK 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 named Canon HF M52 with 32GB memory, Canon HF M50 with an 8GB memory and Canon HF M500 with no internal memory and all having 1 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 check out the 2012 Canon LEGRIA HF M52:

Main features of the LEGRIA 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, 7.5cm 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 LEGRIA 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.

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 giving a 20% improved low-light performance over the Canon HF M4 models of last year.

LEGRIA HF M52 with Optical Intelligent IS
Intelligent Image Stabilizer is the perfect solution to combat camera shake. It automatically detects the scene and selects exactly the right 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.

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

Canon LEGRIA HF M52 Audio Scene Select
It’s simple to make your videos 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.

LEGRIA HF M52 Fingertip Control
Operation is easy with a high-resolution 7.5cm Touch Panel LCD with a new graphical user interface which gives you intuitive fingertip control of shooting and playback functions.

Canon LEGRIA HF M52 for Effortless Shooting
Creating high-quality video 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.

LEGRIA HF M52 Creative Cinematic Features
Use the Story Creator function of the Canon LEGRIA HF M52 to develop your video skills and effortlessly create memorable short videos with a story. 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 25p Progressive is ideal for clips intended to be posted on the web.

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

LEGRIA HF M52 Stores direct to external HDD
Copy video direct from the inbuilt memory or SDXC card slot to an external hard drive. Just follow the easy on-screen menus for simple storage.

I’ve just found a video of the Canon LEGRIA HF M52 on YouTube which is the US version which changes the model to the Canon Vixia HF M52. Click on the picture of the camcorder below to watch the video, which is best watched in full screen and full HD.   

Canon Legria HF M52

Canon Legria HF M52

Inside the Canon LEGRIA 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 LEGRIA HF M52 Review Summary

The LEGRIA HF M52 has a 32GB internal flash memory and 1 card slot recording to MP4 or AVCHD with a 1/3inch HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor. Recording in AVCHD mode should record 12 hours of video, or nearly 17 hours if recording to MP4.

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Product Specifications

Model : Canon LEGRIA HF M52
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Wi-Fi with MP4 support for easy viewing, storage and online sharing

HD CMOS PRO sensor for superb low-light shooting and wide dynamic range

Optical Intelligent IS automatically switches between four modes to combat shake

High quality built-in zoom microphone

32GB Flash memory plus SDXC card slot for extended shooting