I am not a consumer camera guy, so the lack of fine controls is an issue to me. That said, it makes nice video in most conditions, and the sound is pretty good, too.
This is just another wonderful canon camera.
If you’re not very tech savvy, some of the smart/advanced features might be tricky to figure out. Can also use as a baby monitor in a pinch if you need. I found it useful to flip the screen 360 degrees and then pop it back in place while on tripod.
Key specs for Canon VIXIA HF-R52 HD Digital Camcorder 1080p with 32GB, Wi-Fi, and 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer):
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- Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor.
- 57x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer helps provide outstanding, steady video
- DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution and helps provide exceptional imaging performance.
- Record up to 12 hours of video to a 32GB internal flash drive or directly to a removable SD memory card.
- 1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) for high quality capture of moving subjects.
Comments from buyers
“What a great budget camcorder!
, Good hardware but limiting software.
, One heck of a bargain
Quality in photos&video, small in size, easyness in use, good price.
Lots of features for the price.
The picture quality is really good.
It came to me brand new and works really well.
I’ve had this camera for a couple of weeks now and i am very impressed. Prosvideo quality is as advertised. Full hd in 60p and it is very crisp. Been capturing in mp4 and have been blown away by the quality. Canon glass doesn’t disappoint. Onboard mic holds its own and audio capture is very solid. Image stabilization is excellent. I’m handholding pans and lifts that look professional even with such a small body. Sd card location is well thought out and it is nice to have onboard memory in case you forget a card. Touch screen is easy to use and responsive. Conslow light is better than most camcorders (even some professional models) but lacks the wow factor. That said, it’s solid enough not to get dinged a star. Auto focus is fooled often in low light, except in portrait mode.
I like to go to airshows and the outside light makes the screen impossible to see. Would have been better off with a camcorder that has a view finder.
We used this on a 3 week vacation and it was very easy to use and it is very easy to find the frames you want to see on playback. So easy even my husband can do it.
Great video and sound quality. Some wind noise in higher wind, but only when at certain angles to the wind. Battery life is as advertised, be sure to buy a second battery, my experience is you get about 2 hours on a full charge. 32mb storage is plenty, also have option to select that it transfers to supplemental storage (that you install) when the main storage is full. Biggest issue to me other than the battery life is the glare i get in the lcd display when doing video outdoors in bright settings. Relatively simple to connect to tv for viewing (i used supplied hdmi cable).
I have been looking for a camera to be good and not expensive.
Great camcorder for the price.
Bought as a holiday gift for our son. This replaces a jvc everio that he used and abused for over 8 years. Hope this canon lasts as long.
This does everything i want to do. Best thing is external mike input witch i needed for some of my filming.
Wished we would have bought this long ago. We have had so much fun with the camcorder. Easy to operate and compact.
I’ve only used it a few times and i already love it. It’s very clear and very convenient to use. I’m a track coach so i record a lot of the races during low lighting at night meets or very sunny days during day meets and this camcorder works wonder. I’m sure if you are a fancier video taker it might not have all the functions you need, but for someone who just needs to record races (or action outdoor videos) this is great.
Good crisp video with a great zoom.
I bought the camera for the wireless integration which is very disappointing.
Easy to use and easy to hold. Will not make your arm tired.
I had an earlier version of the vixia and this one has many upgraded features. Very clear image, great for viewing the image on a different screen as your record (streaming) which is exactly what we needed to webcast events.
This camcorder takes excellent video and the still photos look excellent also. Batteries never last as long as they claim so i suggest buying a backup battery and stand a alone charger so you can charge your battery out of the camcorder. It does exactly what i bought it for. I need to add one complaint. If you still use windows xp as i do then you cannot install the pixela software that downloads the avchd movie files from the camcorder. Canon and pixela have chosen to cozy up to microsoft and not support xp os. Canon did give the choice of shooting video in the mp4 format that can be downloaded without additional software.
This has been a great asset for our church.