Canon Vixia HF M52 First Impressions Review
Photos may be easily captured using the M52, simply press the corresponding button on the touchscreen and you're done. Still photos are only 2.07 megapixel (1920 x 1080) though, and there is no dedicated photo mode.
Canon has refined the Story Creator, which continues to offer shooting ideas and also more targeted advice. For example, while shooting food the camera may suggest "4 second wide shot, close-up food."
The biggest news of the HF M52 is the new wireless functionality. Videos may be uploaded wirelessly to the web, transmitted to a computer or DLNA device, or used with an iOS device like iPhone or iPad. Canon will also provide a service called the Canon Image Gateway (CIG), which will give each user 2 GB of cloud data storage. The associated iPhone app for this service is expected to debut in March.
Sadly we didn't have an opportunity to see any of these features in action, since it wasn't possible to achieve a connection on the crowded show floor.
It's possible to take video clips, with a length of only 2 to 8 seconds, then group shots like these together and play them back with music. It's sort of a updated, crowd-pleasing version of typical image review mode.
Audio Scene Select
Just like regular scene modes adjust shooting settings for ambient lighting, subject movement, etc., the new Audio Scene mode setting does the same for sound. It's possible to choose from five options: Standard, Music, Speech, Birds, and Noise Reduction (Wind Cut).