Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Take 2.07 Megapixel Still Images
  • Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Slot Supports Up to 64GB
  • HD Video Lens with 10x Optical Zoom
  • LCD 3.0" Widescreen Touch Screen Display
  • Optical & Powered Image Stabilization
  • Cinematic Features & Touch Decoration
  • HDMI Output & AV Output

The Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder is a 1920 x 1080 high def cam with an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot that supports up to 64GB memory cards. With this much storage space it's possible to record for several hours. Plus, the camera's 1/3" HD CMOS Pro Sensor and image processor work together to provide stunningly detailed, life-like images that look great on your HDTV. Of course, these two don't work alone: the HF M500 also employs a genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, optical image stabilization, powered image stabilization and a 3.0" widescreen touch screen LCD display, among other great features.

Designed with advanced users in mind, the camcorder also comes with headphone and microphone jacks. These connections make it possible to capture high quality audio to go along with your movies. In addition to using an external mic for audio, the HF M500 features an enhanced internal microphone, which gives you the choice of 4 different recording directions, including monaural, stereo, wide, or synced with zoom. This feature also allows for adjustment between low, mid-range, and high frequencies.

10x HD Video Lens
The HF M500's 10x HD video lens produces extraordinary images. The high-performance Canon HD Video Lens uses low-dispersion glass to suppress chromatic aberration, delivering crystal clear video with excellent resolution, even at the telephoto end of the zoom. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The lens also features an iris diaphragm, which produces highly expressive video with sharply focused subjects and beautifully blurred backgrounds
Professional-Level Sensor for Professional-Quality Images
Equipped with the same high-powered image sensor found in professional models, the compact HF M500 camcorder captures 1080p Full HD video. The professional-level 1/3" native 1920 x 1080 HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor has a large pixel size that captures more available light to deliver superb imaging. Technical refinements including a thinner on-chip microlens, improved color filter transmittance and deeper, wider photodiode allow 20% higher light transmittance. Additional light to the sensor means that video shot in low-light situations is brighter and clearer, with better noise suppression. The extended dynamic range is exceptionally wide, producing enhanced gradation and natural, lifelike realism in high-contrast scenes
Record Directly to SD Memory Card
Record directly to a removable SD memory card. The memory card slot makes it easy to share your video with friends and family. The camcorder supports up to 64GB card, which means 24 hours of recording
Record in AVCHD or MP4 Format
The HF M500 camcorder gives you the flexibility of dual codec recording, allowing you to record in AVCHD or MP4 format, so you can pick the format that best suits your needs. AVCHD's higher bit-rate and finer resolution will yield the highest quality video for viewing on an HDTV or archiving to Blu-ray. For use with today's most typical video applications, the camcorder lets you record in MP4 format, which produces files you can share right away with no need for conversion. Video is immediately available to upload to social networking sites like Facebook or YouTube
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS makes it easy to shoot clear, sharply focused video, even in situations that typically cause camera shake. The Intelligent IS system analyzes the shooting situation for you, then automatically switches to the image stabilization method best able to produce sharp, steady video. Four IS systems cover the gamut of shooting situations. Dynamic IS corrects minor movement and the shaking caused by walking while shooting. Macro IS delivers perfectly steady close-up shots. Powered IS comes into play when you're using the camcorder's powerful zoom, correcting shake that can occur in telephoto shots. Tripod Mode stops IS when the camcorder is stationary
Increased Clarity & Adjustability
The HF M500 camcorder's audio is an excellent match for its pristine image quality. The microphone has updated elements that increase clarity at medium and low frequencies, so even faint sounds are recorded clearly. Three microphone positions let you adjust recording to suit the position of the zoom or your subjects: front for monaural recording; regular for normal stereo effect; and rear for a wider, more enhanced stereo effect. Frequency response characteristics can be adjusted for the scene with several options. You can balance all frequencies for normal recording, emphasize low frequencies for impactful live music recording, attenuate low frequencies to reduce ambient noise, emphasize mid frequencies to focus on voices, or emphasize low and high frequencies to record live music with balanced lows and highs
Widescreen 3.0" Touch Panel LCD
The HF M500's 3.0" Flat Touch Panel LCD provides super intuitive control that feels instantly familiar. With a touch, you can shift focus immediately to any subject. Exposure for any area of the screen can be controlled with a touch as well. And with Touch Track, you simply place your finger on a moving subject and the focus will follow that subject. Tactile buttons are also available for selecting settings and controlling camcorder operations on-screen. A Home button on the camcorder takes you to the main LCD screen, where clear explanations of shooting modes and recording settings help you make informed choices for an exceptionally simple and enjoyable shooting experience
Smart AUTO & 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
Cinema-Look Filters
Giving your videos more creativity is easy with new Cinema-Look Filters. Cinema Standard subdues brights and enhances darks for the feel of film. Vivid accentuates primary colors for a cheerful effect and Cool adds a bluish tint for a futuristic feel. Nostalgic recreates the look of 1970s TV shows. Sepia adds a distinctive fade and antique tint. Old Movies imparts the aged look of early cinema. Dynamic creates dramatic high-contrast grayscale. Dream adds a magical look (soft-focus) for dream-like scenes. Memory produces a faded, misty look-great for flashback scenes
Story Creator
Creating a compelling video that truly documents an important event can be challenging, so the VIXIA HF M500 camcorder steps in to help with Story Creator. The feature is even easier to use than ever, so even beginning videographers can cover an event with confidence. Before shooting, you'll see a list of scenes you'll want to be sure to catch for several different types of occasions. And now each scene selection includes specific shooting tips that help with scene structure and composition, including suggestions for wide-shots, close-ups, even recommendations for length of shots. After shooting, you can watch your video in coherent story order based on each scene's theme, as opposed to the order in which each scene was shot
24p Cinema & 30p Progressive Modes
The HF M500 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
Microphone & Headphone Terminals
The HF M500 camcorder offers exceptional audio flexibility with microphone and headphone terminals. The microphone terminal allows you to capture professional-quality sound with an external microphone and manual audio level control ensures proper volume for any situation. In addition, you'll find a dedicated headphone terminal, ideal for remote communication with the optional Wireless Microphone WM-V1 and other applications
Camera
Sensor 2.37 Megapixel 1/3"  CMOS
Color Filter RGB
Pixel Gross 2.37
Effective Pixels 2.07 @ Video 16:9
2.07 @ Photo 16:9
Optics
Focal Length 6.1 - 61 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 43.4 - 436 
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 3
Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm - Infinity
Zoom Optical: 10x (in HD)
Digital: 200x (in HD)
Filter Size 43 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Up To 64GB Video/Image
Recording Time SDXC 64 GB
64GB LP (5Mbps): 24.5 hours
64GB SP (7Mbps): 19.2 hours
64GB XP+ (12Mbps): 11.5 hours
64GB FXP (17Mbps): 8.3 hours
64GB MXP (24Mbps): 5.9 hours
SDXC 64 GB
64GB MP4 (4Mbps): 33.9 hours
64GB MP4 (9Mbps): 15.4 hours
Video Format High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (17Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1440 x 1080 (12Mbps)
1440 x 1080 (7Mbps)
1440 x 1080 (5Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1280 x 720 (9Mbps)
1280 x 720 (4Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
4:3
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.07 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC-LC
Dolby Digital AC3
Sampling Frequency 48.0 kHz
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3"
Pixel Count 230,000
Features
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Lux 1.2 (Regular Mode)
.1 (Low Light Mode)
Shutter Speed 1/500-1/2000sec
White Balance Modes Auto
Cloudy
Custom
Daylight
Fluorescent
Fluorescent H
Shade
Tungsten
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Accessory Shoe Mini Hot
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x Mini-USB 2.0
1x A/V
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
Languages Arabic
Czech
Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Simplified Chinese
Spanish
Traditional Chinese
Turkish
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
  • Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz Processor or greater
  • 1GB RAM

Windows
  • 7
  • Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz Processor or greater
  • 2GB RAM

Mac
  • OS X 10.6
  • Core 2 Duo 2GHz Processor or greater
  • 1GB RAM
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1840mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
Power Adapter 100-240VAC, 50/60HZ
Power Consumption in LCD Operation: 2.7 W
Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C) 85% Relative Humidity
23 - 113°F (-5 - 45°C) 60% Relative Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.7 x 2.5 x 4.8" / 6.8 x 6.4 x 12.1 cm
Weight 10.93 oz / 310 g camera only
12.88 oz / 365 g camera with battery, memory card and grip belt
Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder
  • Battery Pack BP-718
  • CA-110 Compact AC Power Adapter & Charger
  • 6' HDMI Male to Mini HDMI Male Cable (Ver. 1.3)
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Cable IFC-300PCU/S
  • CD-ROM Bundle
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    CanonVIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 146 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (87)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (127)
    • Easy to use (119)
    • Image stabilization (104)
    • Good in low light (98)
    • Zoom range/performance (85)

    Cons

    • Limited zoom (28)
    • Poor sound (6)
    • Complicated to operate (5)
    • Poor still image (5)
    • No external mic input (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (89)
    • HD shooting (71)
    • Low light (70)
    • Travel (70)
    • Weddings (46)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (61), Enthusiast (45), Semi-pro (21), Pro videographer (16)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (123), Yes (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great little camcorder, small problem.

    This is a great little camcorder, easy to use, light, small and the video quality is very good.

    Everything worked great until I noticed about 8 black circular spots under some lighting...Read complete review

    This is a great little camcorder, easy to use, light, small and the video quality is very good.

    Everything worked great until I noticed about 8 black circular spots under some lighting conditions in the video footage. Called Canon and B&H. B&H shipped me second camcorder. This one was even worst. It had about 20 black spots on the video footage. These spots appeared when recording bright colors, like a white wall or bright blue skies. I was able to easily reproduce the problem when changing to manual mode and setting cam to F8.0 ....... Didn't want to exchange for a third one with this problem, order a Panasonic instead. After some more research the black spots appear to be possibly dust on the sensor. Attached photo is of a white wall. Had to adjust a little in Photoshop to clearly show the black spots in the footage. Other than this problem the camcorder was great.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    could be a little better

    For several years I have been buying camcorders that were reviewed as being very good in lowlight.I am hoping that one day there will be an affordable mid range camcorder with great lowlight performance....Read complete review

    For several years I have been buying camcorders that were reviewed as being very good in lowlight.I am hoping that one day there will be an affordable mid range camcorder with great lowlight performance. I first bought the vixia Hf m52 and sent it back because in some of my indoor lowlight video shots I noticed a lot of bluish noise or dot like particles. Other than that the video taken was very sharp and wonderfully bright and would have been almost perfect without these small bluish scattered dots . I thought maybe the hf m52 I had was defective but now I know this is not the case. The reason I know is that I decided to buy a vixia hf m500 because I thought the price was good enough to put up with the blue particles in some of my lowlight video. And the hf m500 does exhibit this same problem so evidently this is just a defect in all the vixia m series camcorders. It is too bad because the video would be fantastic if not for this.I am going to keep this one though due to the low price and the fact that this defect only seems to occur in certain lighting conditions or when you move the camcorder too quickly. The rest of the time everything is fine and I will just have to keep hoping that one day I will find my perfect lowlight
    camcorder.

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    5.0

    Canon quality

    By Iceman

    from Oklahoma City, Okla

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

      I bought three of these as gifts for the kids (and grandkids' videos). I was impressed with the quality of the video and ease of use.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Excellent Camera

      By Carlton

      from Danbury, CT

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

        Great picture quality with vivid colors.
        Clear sound. I attach it to my sound board to record my groups' performances without the noise from the audience. This is the reason I bought this camera in the first place. It took a short while, reading the manual, to figure out various features. Good Zoom but I wish it could get a little more range though. So far I love this camera.

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        4.0

        Great camcorder!

        By Carlitos

        from New York, NY

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

          I've been using the Vixia HF M500 mostly to record live concerts. It does great it low lightting situations and the sound quality is surprisingly good. I thought I might have had to purchase an external microphone, but for the time being I'm quite happy with the sound quality of the internal microphone.
          Highly recommended if you're interested in documenting concerts or any sort of indoor performances.

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          4.0

          Good consumer grade camcorder

          By David the trainer

          from Abilene, TX

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Lecture Recordings
            • Training Videos

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

            Great camera for the price. Decent manual functions, and works great for our purposes.

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            5.0

            Quality Camera for the price

            By cwerks

            from Winona, Mn

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

            I gave 5 stars because for the price this camera over exceeded my expectations! It is easy to use, takes brilliant video and has some fun features that are actually useful.

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            5.0

            Little work horse

            By Chris

            from Ohio

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                We use in our high school video production class.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Exactly What I Wanted

                By Longshot

                from Northern CA

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                  I bought this camera for an upcoming cross country trip from the West Coast to the East Coast and back. I wanted a memory card media camera for easy transcription to various computers without much hassle. I also wanted HD results and got everything I wanted and more. It takes a little time to get used to this camera and its various features but once you learn how it's a cinch. The definition is amazing. Even with the lower resolution settings to extend capacity it is great. I would recommend this to anyone who is on a tight budget but wants near professional results. I bought a wide angle adapter as well which does a great job on panoramic scenes.

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                  4.0

                  Solid Performer

                  By Trainer

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                    Based on initial experience, the M500 has all the features I need and picture and sound are high quality. Works well in challenged lighting environment. May go to 5 stars after more experience using the camcorder.

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                    5.0

                    Nice features in this price range!

                    By Gary dB

                    from Sedona, AZ

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                        So far so good, I use it for recording various events, talks, rectals etc. Best to give a reasonable read to the manuals. Also, I just use an SD card reader to upload files and start editing them with my own inexpensive editing software - works fine - didn't like their software much - too controling. You can figure out how to make a folder and put files where you want them, and back them up responsibly, it's really not difficult at all.

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                        5.0

                        Great camera

                        By Coach

                        from Mansfield, Texas

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                          Easy to use, great picture quality.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Excellent Quality at an affordable price

                          By Torres

                          from Bellingham, WA

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great Zoom

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Home Movies
                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                            This is a great camera to shoot video with, it's easy to use for those of us that aren't very technically savvy. It doesn't take a lot to get great quality video from this affordable camera.

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                            5.0

                            Absolutely fantastic!

                            By Charlie

                            from Coral Gables, Florida

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • Home Movies
                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                              My wife and I bought this to catch those precious moments of our newborn on video. I am floored by the quality of video the M500 captures. It is simple to use, light and stable, and has exceeded my expectations on my first video camera purchase. I recommend this camera without reservations!

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                              5.0

                              great camera

                              By jtr

                              from 412

                              About Me Video Enthusiast

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                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                    i would recommend to a friend

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome for shooting sport fromsideline

                                    By Hank

                                    from Boston

                                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Zoom range/performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                        Auto focus and image stabilization work great for shoot lacrosse from sidelines. Good battery life. LCD touch screen was great - brightness adjustable for bright sunny days.

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                                        4.0

                                        HD at its Best

                                        By RBSC

                                        from Ontario, CA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Good in Low Light
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Large Clear LCD

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • HD Shooting
                                          • Home Movies
                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Movies/Short Films
                                          • Weddings/Events

                                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                          Bought this camera 3 months after the price went up $. Wanted a camera that could do good under low lighting and it does the job well. I was really having a hard time comparing the R400 model that just came out. For half the price of the M500,I figure you get what you pay for. For now this camera is a keeper. I did not choose the M52 or M50 as I did not care for the wifi feature since other users were talking bad about it. I have paired this device with a 32 sd card that works well.

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                                          2.0

                                          Too Narrow Field of View

                                          By Alnote

                                          from Buffalo, NY

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

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                                            Cons

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                                                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                                I sent this camcorder back without so much as taking a single shot. I had read other reviews indicating the field of view (my term, I'm not a techie) was too narrow, and looking at the LCD display I could tell that was the case. A more wide angle lens is needed for this model. I'm not knocking Canon as they make good products generally, and I'm going to try the HF G20.

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                                                5.0

                                                Excellent Camera

                                                By Kate

                                                from Ohio

                                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to Use
                                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                                • Good in Low Light
                                                • Great Picture Quality
                                                • Large Clear LCD

                                                Cons

                                                • Battery Life

                                                Best Uses

                                                • HD Shooting
                                                • Movies/Short Films

                                                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                                I bought this camera for making short films and it works great. The picture is excellent HD quality - just as good as the pro camera I used in school (which was thousands of dollars). I love that it can achieve the shallow depth of field. I'm using a boom mic, but the built in audio isn't bad if you're up close to the subject. Great in low-light situations. I haven't used the features like story mode or the cinema filters, but for my purposes it was definitely a good purchase. The only real problem I have is the battery that comes with it - it doesn't last very long at all when shooting on full HD and takes five hours to fully recharge. So I do need to buy an extra battery. But other than that, everything is great and simple to use.

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                                                3.0

                                                great value

                                                By Baruck

                                                from Monsey, NY

                                                About Me Casual User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to Use
                                                • Great Picture Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Home Movies

                                                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                                  very user friendly
                                                  love the touchscreen
                                                  zoom could be better

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                                                  • No

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                                                  3.0

                                                  Good but not excellent

                                                  By Thiago Calcas

                                                  from Sao Paulo, SP - BRAZIL

                                                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Good in Low Light
                                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                                  • Great Zoom
                                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                                  • Zoom range/performance

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Complicated To Operate
                                                  • Poor Sound

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Documentaries
                                                  • HD Shooting
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                                                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                                  I bought this camera for internet videos mainly, but I like to have a little more control about the video I'm recording.
                                                  I already have a DSLR, and all the settings are easy to set up. I have the 720p, 1080p, fps, aperture, etc... But with this camcorder everything in hidden in some weird names like "LP" or "SP" or "XP"...
                                                  I really liked the images, even in low light. The only problem is when you are moving the camera and aren't cautious enough, because it can cause a major blur on everything...
                                                  Also the sound recording for the camera isn't really good in open space... if you are trying to show and talk, you should get a external mic.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Good for the money

                                                  By John

                                                  from Brooklyn

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy to Use
                                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                                  • Good in Low Light
                                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                                  • Large Clear LCD

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Limited Zoom

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Documentaries
                                                  • HD Shooting
                                                  • Movies/Short Films

                                                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                                  It is a fantastic camera for someone who doesn't have a lot of money to spend. I have only used the camera three times, in the point and shoot mode. The color is a little on the warm side. It doesn't have a wide enough angle lens for normal shooting. I got an inexpensive wide angle lens attachment that did the trick. It has great image stabilization, and it is good in low light. There is much more that I have to learn about the camera's functions. So far I am quite happy with my new camera.

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