Canon Vixia HF M52 First Impressions Review
Compression & Media
To support this camcorder's WiFi functionality more effectively, the M52 supports both AVCHD and MP4 encoding. Videos in MP4 are easier to upload than AVCHD.
Five shooting modes are available for AVCHD, the highest is 24 Mbps, while only two are available for MP4 (up to 9 Mbps).
Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of different compression types.
The HF M52 includes 32 GB of internal memory, but only a single slot for SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Last year's model was equipped with two slots, but at least relay recordings are still available (from internal memory to the card).
Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of different media types.
The M52 ships with the second version of the Pixela Network Utility, which includes various programs for video editing and management on a computer.
The camcorder itself includes a number of interesting editing functions, including an excellent HD to SD video converter. As long as a memory card is inserted, HD files can be converted directly to SD. Videos may also be cut or split with faders, or decorated with stamps and embellishments.
The Story Creator, that Canon introduced last year, is also found in the M52. Clips may be categorized into a variety of topics (travel, party, kids & pets, etc.), then recorded as a narrative sequence of events and subsequently combined into a story.