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Canon VIXIA HF-R52 HD Digital Camcorder 1080p with 32GB, Wi-Fi, and 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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The Canon VIXIA HF R52 32GB HD camcorder with 57x Advanced Zoom is compact, easy, and powerfully equipped with built-in Wi-Fi. The VIXIA HF R52 is all the camcorder you need to preserve and share special moments both big and small. With the mega-sized 57x Advanced Zoom, you'll capture great shots from anywhere without intruding on the action. At the long end of the zoom the Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer helps ensure steady video. Record up to 12 hours of video on the 32GB internal flash drive, and enjoy extra storage capacity by recording directly to a removable SD card. Improved built-in Wi-Fi with Camera Access plus app makes it easier than ever to share recorded video or live stream it on your Android or iOS device. Dual Recording lets you record in MP4 and AVCHD simultaneously. Controlling the camcorder is fast and fun with an intuitive interface and 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD, and a high capacity battery pack lets the memory-making go on and on.

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Connect to the World in Spectacular HD

VIXIA HF R52

Compact, easy, and powerfully equipped with built-in Wi-Fi®, the VIXIA HF R52 is all the camcorder you need to preserve and share special moments both big and small. With the mega-sized 57x Advanced Zoom, you'll capture great shots from anywhere without intruding on the action. At the long end of the zoom, and even when you're shooting while walking, the camcorder's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer helps ensure steady video with beautiful clarity. The 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor capture bright, sharp 1920 x 1080 Full HD video that will take your breath away. Record up to 12 hours of video on the 32GB internal flash drive, and enjoy extra storage capacity by recording directly to a removable SD card. Improved built-in Wi-Fi®* with the new CameraAccess plus app makes it easier than ever to share recorded video or live stream it on your Android™ or iOS® device**, and even control the camcorder remotely. And now, whether you're at home or away, you can use Wi-Fi® and your mobile device to remotely monitor a wide 200° area by connecting the VIXIA HF R52 to the optional new Camera Pan Table. Experience blur-free 1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps), and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) that captures children, pets and other moving subjects with smooth, precise definition; Dual Recording lets you record in both formats simultaneously, and built-in downconversion creates easy-to-share MP4 files for the web. Advanced Baby Mode is a must for parents, making it super easy to capture the daily growth and development of up to three children, and automatically achieve the best quality in any situation without fussing with settings. Controlling the camcorder is fast and fun with an intuitive interface and 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD, and a high capacity battery pack lets the memory-making go on and on.

* Initial setup is required.

** Compatible with iOS version 5/6/7 or Android version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 for select devices. Operations not guaranteed with all versions of the supported OS. MP4 35 Mbps and AVCHD 28 Mbps recordings are not supported for this function.

Steady Shooting Through a Mega Zoom Range

57x Advanced Zoom

You won't miss any of the action when shooting video with the VIXIA HF R52 camcorder and its impressive 57x Advanced Zoom range. Long-range shooting allows you to create videos with dynamic variety, and is less likely to disrupt the action you're shooting. It's perfect for formal ceremonies, animals in the wild, candid family videos and more. Advanced Zoom, available in manual mode, has been achieved with more efficient use of the effective imaging area. It takes the camcorder's telephoto power from 32.5mm all the way to 1,853mm (35mm equivalent) for extraordinary flexibility in shooting. For more convenient shooting and better creative control over your videos, the camcorder offers continually variable Zoom Speed settings, with 15 levels available.

SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
VIXIA HF R52

Canon's sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake instantly, so even handheld video taken at long focal lengths is sharp and steady. Providing continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion, with extra compensation applied at wide-angle focal lengths, the Dynamic Image Stabilization system on the VIXIA HF R52 stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling rotational camera shake – horizontal, vertical and roll axis – ensures smooth, distortion-free video, even when you're walking while shooting.

Exceptionally Lifelike Image Quality

3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
VIXIA HF R52

The VIXIA HF R52 camcorder is equipped with a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor to capture your memories in true 1920 x 1080 resolution. Canon's advanced, high-resolution HD CMOS Image Sensor features extra sensitivity that delivers beautifully lifelike Full HD video with natural color, even in low light. On-chip noise reduction brings bright clarity to every frame. Video is rich, clear and amazingly detailed anywhere you view it, even when played back on a large HDTV.

Advanced Technology Delivers Exceptional Clarity

DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
VIXIA HF R52

The VIXIA HF R52 incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, for exceptional imaging performance. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor captures more light, for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Dramatically increased processing power lets you record in both AVCHD and easy-to-share MP4 formats simultaneously with the VIXIA HF R52 camcorder's Dual Recording. It also enables the built-in transcoding from AVCHD to MP4.

Recording Options Mean You'll Never Miss a Minute of Great Video

Record to Internal Flash Drive or SD Memory Card

The camcorder's internal 32GB Flash Drive holds up to 12 hours of crisp, high-definition video safely and securely. With no moving parts, flash memory technology is perfectly able to withstand camcorder jolts or drops. You can also record to a removable SD memory card, making it easy to share your video with friends and family. Conveniently sized and readily available, SD cards give you up to 64GB (24 hours) of recording capacity for a combined capacity of 96GB or 36 hours. For added flexibility, you can even backup your video directly to an external hard drive by using the optional UA-100 USB Adapter.

VIXIA RECORDING TIME CHART*1
AVCHD Recording Mode
1920 x 1080 Recording 1440 x 1080 Recording
Memory Capacity NTSC: 60P (Approx. 28 Mbps)*2 MXP (Approx. 24 Mbps)*2 FXP (Approx. 17 Mbps)*2 LP (Approx. 5 Mbps)*2
8GB 35 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 00 min. 3 hrs. 00 min.
16GB 1 hr. 15 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hrs. 05 min. 6 hrs. 05 min.
32GB 2 hrs. 30 min. 2 hrs. 55 min. 4 hrs. 10 min. 12 hrs. 15 min.
64GB 5 hrs. 05 min. 5 hrs. 55 min. 8 hrs. 20 min. 24 hrs. 30 min.
128GB 10 hrs. 10 min. 11 hrs. 55 min. 16 hrs. 45 min. 49 hrs. 00 min.
 
MP4 Recording Mode
1920 x 1080 Recording 1280 x 720 Recording
35 Mbps*2 24 Mbps*2 17 Mbps*2 4 Mbps*2
8GB 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 00 min. 4 hrs. 20 min.
16GB 1 hr. 00 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hrs. 05 min. 8 hrs. 40 min.
32GB 2 hrs. 00 min. 2 hrs. 55 min. 4 hrs. 10 min. 17 hrs. 20 min.
64GB 4 hrs. 00 min. 5 hrs. 55 min. 8 hrs. 20 min. 34 hrs. 45 min.
128GB 8 hrs. 00 min. 11 hrs. 55 min. 16 hrs. 45 min. 69 hrs. 30 min.
*1 Variable Bit Rate
*2 When AVCHD/MP4 recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop and then start.

 

Capture Moving Subjects Crisp and Clear

MP4 (35 Mbps) or AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) Recording

The VIXIA HF R52 gives you the highest quality recording, whether you're capturing MP4 or AVCHD files. 1080/60p recording captures twice the amount of information as 60i, and with images captured at a rate of 60 frames per second, diagonal noise is eliminated so even fast moving subjects show up crisply with motion and patterns clearly recorded. This greater sense of detail and faithful rendering of moving edges, plus enhanced color and fine tonal gradation, gives your video everything Full HD has to offer. AVCHD Progressive records at a bit rate of 28 Mbps, which is the highest in the AVCHD standard, and MP4 files are captured at a bit rate of 35 Mbps, so regardless of the format you're shooting or viewing, image quality is as high as can be.

Own the Freedom of Wireless Technology

Built-in Wi-Fi®

Built-in Wi-Fi® technology on the VIXIA HF R52 lets you share your HD video with friends and family anytime, anywhere. Connect with compatible home networks, wireless hotspots, and iOS® mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app*. Videos and photos can be easily shared over the internet with a free registration on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# – an online photo storage service that lets you upload to social networking sites. And now you can use your PC to browse remotely through the previously shot videos stored on your camcorder, without connecting a cable. The Remote Browse function uses a standard Web browser and does not require a special app.

Canon Movie Uploader app*

OS*1

Device

MP4

Photo

YouTube Facebook Upload

35Mbps

24Mbps

17Mbps

4Mbps

L

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

iOS5/6/7

iPhone 4S/5/5S, iPad 2/3rd gen/4th gen/mini, iPod touch 5th

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PB = Playback | DL = Download
*1 There may be an exception.

Remote Browsing††

OS*1 Device

MP4

Photo

35Mbps

24Mbps

17Mbps

4Mbps

L

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

PB

DL

iOS 5/6/7

iPhone 4S/5/5S, iPad 2/3rd gen/4th gen/iPad mini, iPod touch 5th

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Android 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2

Android Smartphones*2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Android 3.2/4.0/4.1/4.2

Android Tablets*2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PB = Playback | DL = Download
*1 There may be an exception.
*2 Some devices and models are not compatible for this function.

# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.

* This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6/7 or later for select devices. MP4 60p and AVCHD recordings are not supported for this function.

Compatible with iOS versions 5/6/7, Android smartphone versions 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 and Android tablet versions 3.2/4.0/4.1/4.2 for select devices. AVCHD recording is not supported for this function. On iOS devices, MP4 60p recording is not supported; only the playback function is available.

Live Stream Anywhere You Go

Live Streaming

Stream video from your camcorder wherever you are – at home, at the office or away on vacation – with the improved Live Streaming on the VIXIA HF R52 camcorder. It is possible to receive the live video and sound that your camcorder is recording from a remote location on your iOS® or Android device not only when you're on the same wireless network but over the internet too! With the new CameraAccess plus app, you can use your smartphone or tablet to monitor babies and pets, capture wildlife videos remotely without disturbing the scene, create perfect self-videos and lots more, anywhere you're wirelessly connected. You can also remotely control camcorder functions including start/stop and zoom, and even access information about remaining battery charge, recordable time, zoom position and more.

Canon CameraAccess plus app

OS*1

Device

AVCHD

MP4

iOS 5/6/7

iPhone 4S/5/5S, iPad/iPad 2/iPad 3rd gen/iPad 4th gen/iPad mini, iPod touch 5th

MXP/FXP/LP

24Mbps / 17Mbps / 4Mbps

Android 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2

Android Smartphones and Tablets *2

*1 There may be an exception. CameraAccess plus can be installed only on supported operating systems.
*2 Some models are not compatible for this function.

Compatible with iOS version 5/6/7 or Android version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 for select devices. Operations not guaranteed with all versions of the supported OS. MP4 35 Mbps and AVCHD 28 Mbps recordings are not supported for this function.

Monitor From Wherever You Are

Compatibility with Camera Pan Table CT-V1

The VIXIA HF R52 camcorder is compatible with an exciting new optional accessory that you can control with your mobile device – Camera Pan Table CT-V1. With your Wi-Fi® enabled camcorder mounted on the Camera Pan Table CT-V1, you can remotely monitor a viewing range of approximately 200 degrees with your smart device**. Using the improved Live Streaming of the VIXIA HF R52 camcorder, panning and recording can be powered by the pan table, or controlled remotely over the internet and the new CameraAccess plus app. Flexibly designed to plug into an outlet or run on AA batteries, it also powers your camcorder. An energy-efficient stand-by mode awaits your command so you never need to worry about wasting or running out of power. With enough range to span two rooms, it's easy to check on pets or children while you're away for the day, monitor your home while you're on vacation and more.

There is no guarantee that the operations will work with all Wi-Fi® environments.
** Compatible with iOS version 5/6/7 or Android version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 for select devices. Operations not guaranteed with all versions of the supported OS. MP4 35 Mbps and AVCHD 28 Mbps recordings are not supported for this function.

Choose the Recording Format to Fit the Situation

The Right Format for Any Use

Dual Recording and built-in transcoding ensure that no matter how you decide to use the video you've recorded, you'll have the right format available. Using the power of the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, the VIXIA HF R52 camcorder can simultaneously record video to internal memory in AVCHD format, and to an SD card in MP4 format^. The widely used MP4 format provides quick, conversion-free playback on tablets and smartphones, and lets you upload videos directly to social networking sites for easy sharing with friends, family and the world. AVCHD is perfect for watching videos on an HDTV or archiving them to Blu-ray discs. The camcorder also has a built-in transcoding function that converts AVCHD files to MP4s, or from MP4 to MP4 across memory media, making them easy to upload to the Web or save to an SD card.

^ Simultaneous recording is not supported when using MP4 (35 Mbps), AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps), Baby Mode, or Cinema-Look Filters.

Intuitive Control with Capacitive Touch

3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD

The VIXIA HF R52 features a 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Panel LCD screen, making shooting and other operations easy. Simply open the panel and the power is on. The display is clear and vivid, and just as with your smartphone or tablet, a gentle touch activates intuitive functions. Choose a focal point, track moving subjects, control exposure for selected areas, and operate camcorder controls from the screen, all with a simple touch. In addition, the easy-to-use user interface makes your shooting experience simpler and more fun. The Home button is on the menu screen, and provides quick access to all functions. Clear explanations for key settings pop up when selecting shooting modes and recording formats, so you can be confident in the decisions you make.

The Easiest Way to Capture, Track and Share Your Baby's Development

Baby Mode

A complete solution for capturing, tracking, organizing and sharing every precious moment of your baby's development, Baby Mode on the VIXIA HF R52 camcorder has been advanced to allow you to follow the growth of up to three children. A custom control button on the shooting screen activates the mode, and optimal settings for the shooting conditions, including Intelligent IS and more, are automatically selected. Simply pick up the camcorder and start recording, knowing capture will be of the highest quality. Videos shot in Baby Mode are automatically saved into a dedicated Baby Album so they'll never get lost among your other videos. You can then view the Baby Album chronologically for a seamless way to relive and share your baby's growth with friends and relatives.

When you're shooting in Baby Mode, the camcorder's Pre-Record (Pre REC) function is always on. This places the camcorder in a stand-by “pre-roll” mode, where it continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too, so it's easier than ever to capture the baby's “firsts” and every special moment.

Touch Decoration in Baby Mode includes stamps to mark each video with your baby's current height and weight. And with a single registration of the baby's birth date, the camcorder will automatically calculate the number of days old and stamp videos accordingly, creating an exact diary of developmental milestones for years to come. The number of decorations has been vastly increased on the VIXIA HF R52 so it's even easier to make a fun video commemorating your baby's special moments. The camcorder's other Touch Decoration options, including your own drawings, captions, animations and more, are fully available in Baby Mode, and all can easily be appended to previously shot video as well.

More Shooting Time with Every Charge

High Capacity Battery

The VIXIA HF R52 is powered by a high capacity battery pack. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery not only lets you shoot for long periods, but features intelligent technology that accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute, for extra insurance that you'll never miss an important shooting opportunity.

Additional Features

Audio Scene Select

Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easy to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.

Standard Standard audio setting, best for recording in mixed audio environments
Music Rich soundstage and timbre, perfect for live indoor performances
Forest and Birds Natural soundscapes are clearly audible; used in relatively quiet forests or places with birdsong
Speech Recording focused on the speaker in front of the camcorder
Noise Suppression Reduces ambient noise, wind and the sound of moving vehicles
Smart AUTO and Auto Tele Macro

Smart AUTO lets you capture clear, bright, well-focused video while the camcorder takes care of all the details. The system recognizes 38 shooting situations based on numerous factors, then automatically chooses the optimal settings for the situation. When you shoot a nearby subject in telephoto zoom mode, Auto Tele Macro gives your video the high-end artistic effect of a well-focused subject against a beautifully blurred background.

Genuine Canon Face Detection

The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in Canon high definition camcorders. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time.

In fact, the system is so intelligent that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature is convenient in searching for clips that feature the specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display those frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. Your selected face can also be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing your subject.

Cinema-Look Filters

The VIXIA HF R52 allows you to create cinematic looks with the use of Cinema-Look Filters. This feature offers a choice of seven varied built-in adjustable filters, which give the look of a variety of cinematic styles by compensating for the color, gamma and other aspects of the image's quality. The looks can be previewed in the LCD display while shooting, and also applied post-capture for additional convenience and versatility. Choose from:

Cinema Standard Recreates the warm tones and muted highlights of classic film
Cool Adds a bluish tint for cool, futuristic-looking scenes
Dramatic B&W Creates bold black-and-white video with high contrast and grain
Old Movies Gives video the aged look of old cinema
Nostalgic Recreates the look of old ‘70s TV programs
Sepia Applies a sepia tint for an antique, faded look
Vivid Accentuates primary colors for a bright, cheerful look

The brightness of each filter can be adjusted low, medium or high, for even greater control. When Cinema Standard is selected, color depth, softening, and contrast can also be adjusted.

Video SnapShot

Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of a once-in-a-lifetime trip or a family milestone with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips – or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode – and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone's attention. Video Snapshot on the VIXIA HF R52 allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.

24p Cinema and 30p Progressive Shooting Modes

The VIXIA HF R52 camcorder's sophisticated shooting mode options offer superior creativity and functionality. 24p Cinema Mode gives your video a film-like feel, making it look as if it were shot at the same frame rate as movie film, with a frame capture rate of 24p recorded at 60i. The camcorder also gives you the option of recording in 30p Progressive Mode, which is ideal for clips you intend to post online.

Accessories Get the Most from Your Camcorder

Canon helps you get more out of your camcorder with a wide range of accessories that inspire your creativity and productivity alike. The Wireless Microphone WM-V1 streams audio wirelessly from subjects up to 164 feet away. It's perfect for adding your subject's voice at times when you can't get in close to shoot, and can also be used as a stand-alone transceiver to cue shooting and more. And with the optional UA-100 USB Adapter, you can connect the camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive. Now when you're on vacation or at other times when you'll be shooting a lot of video, you can back up data directly to an external hard disk, and even play video on a TV through your camcorder. An external hard disk is more economical than multiple SD cards, and connects simply to the camcorder with the optional USB cable.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.6 x 2.1 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 8.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00HLDFSQK
Item model number HF52
Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
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4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,696 in Camera & Photo
#199 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 5, 2014

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I've had this camera for a couple of weeks now and I am very impressed!.

PROs

Video 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.

Lens is incredibly sharp...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.

CONs

Low 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...maybe half a star.

Auto focus is fooled often in low light, except in portrait mode. Face recognition feature is very good at identifying and focusing even in low light.

Manual focus is a bit clunky.

Zoom button could be improved. Zoom is good, but wish the orientations was forward/back not side-to-side...again, not something you dig the camera for.

Menus aren't horrible but could be improved could be more intuitive.

Battery is a little weak. Extended battery (as standard) would be nice.

For the money, it's hard to find another camera that is going to rival the features and quality of this camera. Unless you're willing to fork over a $1,000...this is a camcorder to seriously consider.

Overall 4½ stars, but I'm rounding up at how pleased I am with the results.
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Here is what I like: small compact size, smart card convenience, easy flip open use that immediately activates the screen, easy on/off, user friendly touchscreen for navigating, good quality picture, small long lasting battery. What I don't like: no viewfinder, bright daylight can't see what is on screen.
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I purchased this camera before the birth of my child, with anticipation that I would be recording all my family's life events. This camera was the best bang for the buck.

I record in AVCHD/60 frames and the media is amazing! The one downfall, so far, is the quality of media in dim lit areas, which seems to be a reoccurring theme with these cameras.

Do keep in mind that these cameras record at ~172mb/minute, so you will require some sort of repository for your video files. I went with a "Western Digital My Cloud" for storage and a "Western Digital TV Play" for media streaming. I also required a new laptop to perform basic video editing. Quite the investment, but well worth the money, I have beautiful video of my son, captured for a lifetime.
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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). Simple to use for a novice.
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A solid camera. Great indoor picture quality, tolerable outdoor/backlit picture quality. The microphone is... well, it's a camcorder microphone. It's fine if you don't need amazing quality. And you're planning to use an external mic or recorder if you *do* need amazing quality.
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Great Camcorder with great features. you will be using this camcorder 5 minutes out of the box. I put a 64gig sd card into it and was filming a minute later. people complain about not coming with a manual, you really don't need one unless you have never operated a camcorder. the output is fantastic, and I mean fantastic. it is a very light camera and easy to hold. It has HDMI which is great. Battery lasted me 2 1/2 hours. I do wish it had a light shoe, as it does require good lighting filming indoors. this is my 4th camcorder over the years and by far this is the best I have owned. Got it for $300 down from $450. You need one, this is the one to buy.
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I am NOT a techie. But this little camera is really easy to use. I now use it to record all of my youtube videos with for Ask Larry Anything as well as for my online television show, Grow A Pair. Easy to use, works great, sounds great and takes a great picture.
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We got this after going through all the wonderful review but got utterly disappointment. Dont know if we got a defective piece but the video quality was pretty bad with grains. Both in the display and when we transferred it to PC. Samsung S5 or even S3 has a better video quality. We got this to capture our newborn and was very disappointment.
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