This is a great camera that I have had for a few weeks now. The features, the camera controls, and the image quality are great on it!
The WiFi capability is a nice convenience . The transfer to my laptop and YouTube worked as expected, though it does require the instillation of the Network Utility Software it came with to work, but that was simple enough to do. I couldn't get uploading to Facebook to work, but that wasn't a big deal to me since the main thing I liked the WiFi for was for uploading to my laptop without needing wires. Maybe they will fix that in an update. The transfer speed is about what you'd expect with a WiFi connection, and it varies depending on the length and quality of the video files being transferred. I've been very happy with it.
The camera functions work nicely too. The LCD touch screen is nice and clear, although it does take a little bit of pressure for it to register your finger compared to tablet touch screens and such. The little stylus it came with works better than your finger, but it does look strange for a stylus. I haven't tried to look at the screen while in direct sunlight, but I've read that it may be an issue if you do a lot of outdoors shooting. There is however a way to turn up the brightness which may help with that issue. The design is great and really feels nice while holding it. The only problem I have with the design is when the camera is off, you can hear the Optical Image Stabilizer move around slightly while handling it. It was a bit a nerving at first until I read that previous models of this same camera had the same issue. Not a necessarily a deal breaker for me because all cameras are fragile and you should be careful with anyway, this one you just want to be a little extra careful with.
Now the picture quality is the best part for me! The CMOS Pro sensor gives very nice quality video! The low light was very impressive. The picture quality in low light is relatively good for a camera in this price range when used in Full Auto mode, but it is especially good when in the 24p cinema mode. In well lit areas its also impressive with the amount of detail it picks up. The quality of the footage is good enough for basic home movie needs, and also for a semi-pro enthusiast for sure! It also has some manual functions, (like manual focus, shutter speed, aperture, etc.) that are changeable by using the LCD touch display.
Overall, I really like this camera! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good quality camera, with great picture quality, for a descent price. Also, you might want to look at the other models this camera comes in, depending on what you want out of it. I got this one, the Vixia M50, cause it had the WiFi capabilities and a small 8gb of internal storage. The Vixia M52 is the same as the M50 but with more internal storage, and the M500 doesn't have WiFi or internal storage. All of them can take SD cards to expand their storage capabilities, however. So I'd recommend looking at the other models depending on what you want. The M500 is the cheapest of the three with the M52 is the most expensive, and the M50 is a nice middle ground (another reason I got it). Great camera!
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