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Canon Vixia HF M52 Camcorder Review

This Canon HF M52 doesn't shy away in low light.

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The HC-X900M is Panasonic's new flagship camcorder for 2012. It's definitely a higher-end model than the Canon HF M52, but the two models are still very comparable in terms of features, performance, and design.

The X900 is an excellent camcorder, but it was still a disappointment in our mind. This was due to the fact that Panasonic failed to provide any significant upgrades to the camcorder over its predecessor, the HDC-TM900. Even though Panasonic didn't add any exciting new features (and no improvement in performance), the price of the X900M was still roughly $300 bucks more than the HDC-TM900. Based on the lack of improvement to the new camcorder, we found this price increase unjustified.

Similar statements could be made about the Canon HF M52, but at least Canon tried with its new model. Canon incorporated a few extra audio controls, added WiFi capabilities, and included a new 720p MPEG-4 record mode on the HF M52—all of which weren't found on the camcorder's predecessor. But there's still a lack of performance improvement that casts a shadow over the HF M52 and makes the camcorder difficult to recommend over its cheaper predecessor.

That's where we are with the Canon HF M52 and the Panasonic HC-X900M. Both are excellent camcorders, but both are disappointments compared to their equally-good—yet cheaper—predecessors.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. Canon Vixia HF M40 Comparison
  19. Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V Comparison
  20. Panasonic HC-X900M Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery
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