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Microcalorimetry has proven to be a versatile tool to investigate first order magnetic phase transitions as it can be used in different experimental modes to separate the latent heat from heat capacity. However, the methodology fails if the latent heat contribution is below instrumental resolution of 10 nJ. If the nucleation size of the new phase is much less than 100 μm, the typical size of the fragment measured, the latent heat could appear to be too distributed in temperature or magnetic field to be detected. Here, we show that for certain classes of magnetic transition, our microcalorimetry technique can be extended to enable an estimate of the latent heat to be obtained from a combination of heat capacity and magnetic measurements. This technique is best suited for material systems with weakly first order phase transitions, or highly distributed due to inhomogeneity.