Canon Vixia HF M52 Camcorder Review
Panasonic HC-X900M Comparison
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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.