Video review: Canon Legria Mini X

Handheld recorders

Conclusions and verdict

See the video above for our recording samples and test of the Mini X:

This, then, is the dilemma posed by devices such as the Mini X. It records good quality sound, but lacks the inputs and controls to make it a top-grade budget audio recorder. Its video is usable, but there are other options – from GoPros to smart phones – that might do the job of basic video recording better.

for music, the LEGRIA Mini X comes into its own

Indeed, if audio recording is not a priority – and there are some excellent audio recording apps for smartphones now too – the LEGRIA Mini X faces competition from entry-level Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and especially Panasonic, Sony’s compact system cameras, and entry-level DSLRs from Canon and Nikon.

This leaves the LEGRIA Mini X to tackle perhaps three, distinct markets: social video and video blogging, lecture and meeting recordings, and music.

In two of those three markets, at least, it does the job well. For someone who wants a simple tool to start video blogging, the Mini X is a good choice and given its audio and remote control abilities, should outperform cheaper camcorders. But an advanced blogger might quickly grow out of it.

For lectures and interviews you’re paying a premium for video features, so it will depend on whether those video features are good enough for the intended use.

But for music, the LEGRIA Mini X comes into its own. For bands or performers wanting a cost effective way to record both how they look and sound, the Mini X does the job, and does it well. The camera costs around £350 in the UK, including taxes.