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CanonVIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (22)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Image stabilization (21)
  • Zoom range/performance (18)
  • Good in low light (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (16)
    • HD shooting (12)
    • Travel (10)
    • Low light (9)
    • Movies/short films (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (11), Enthusiast (6), Semi-pro (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Mic input and manual controls, low cost

    I only had a few days with this camera, setting it up and training non professionals to use it for video production in Haiti. The auto features worked very well in my trial video...Read complete review

    I only had a few days with this camera, setting it up and training non professionals to use it for video production in Haiti. The auto features worked very well in my trial video and that gave me much confidence for who ever would use it in the future.

    I purchased 2 of the cameras because of the manual features of exposure, focus, and audio levels, as well as a mic input. These features are great for the anyone looking to have needed control when needed to insure their footage doesn't have the typical consumer grade auto feature look that plagues certain/most lighting situations. The manual mic gain control is critical too, allowing professional mics to be plugged in and controlled properly. Audio quality is more important than video quality, if your audience can't understand what's being said, it doesn't matter how good the image is.

    The low light performance was delightfully above par for a consumer camcorders too. Canon sacrificed higher megapixel still image ability for low light abilities, something I wish all consumer camcorders did years ago. Who wants grainy, ugly indoor footage? If I want a hi res still I'll use my photo camera, not my camcorder. If you really want some great low light footage, and a shallow depth of field (that in and out of focus look) you'll need to invest in an DSLR (like a Canon T3i) and some large aperture lenses (not a kit lens), but this camcorder does pretty good in low light.

    For the price point, this is a great entry level camcorder for the aspiring filmmaker or low budget operation looking to produce higher quality content with greater control over the camera.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Video is great, missing remote not good

    Video quality is great, audio recording is decent, autofocus is fast, low light is great. I was able to import MP4 video into Camtasia and merged it with screencast. I purchased this...Read complete review

    Video quality is great, audio recording is decent, autofocus is fast, low light is great. I was able to import MP4 video into Camtasia and merged it with screencast. I purchased this Canon HF M50 to record mini-lectures for Youtube, although not being able to find a wireless remote control WL-D89 makes it difficult for zooming when recording myself.

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    5.0

    Solid 1080p Camcorder

    By Chronofied

    from Dakota

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    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
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

      Pretty dynamic, easy to use, surprisingly small and light but still (reasonably) durable and provides great picture quality. This was purchased primarily to record martial arts events; it captures action well, and the picture is pretty stable. Versatile, as you can record in a number of formats and frame rates. It has a decent amount of internal storage, and there is almost no noticeable lag when writing to the SD card. I think the camera should have come with a remote, but that's a pretty minor complaint and doesn't deserve a ding in the device's reputation. The touchscreen is a little imprecise; I don't always get the command I intended to hit, but again, that's a relatively petty complaint. I'd recommend it.

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      5.0

      Amazing clarity

      By Melvin

      from Kansas City, KS

      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

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

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

        I first purchased HFR40 Series. Wanted to be in love with it, but just wasn't. Upgraded to HFM50 with a larger sensor and wow the difference is amazing. Outside shots are crystal clear, but inside lowlight is extremely impressive too. Even the still photos indoors are good for the 2MB camera (they were virtually of unusable quality on the HFR40, very grainy). Video in Gym setting with fluorescent lights came out bright and w.o yellow cast! I have used in all settings for several weeks now, and have nothing that I'd change on it (except possibly more zoom-but I'll sacrifice zoom for image quality anyday!). Image stabilization is great as well!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great little camcorder

        By JoeyTMN

        from Minneapolis, MN

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Bad Touch Screen Buttons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

          Great little consumer camcorder for the price. My only gribe is the touch screen menus are tough for me to navigate. I can never seem to hit the buttons correctly. Makes you want to pull your hair out after 4th or 5th time trying to access a menu and then you accidentally hit the button right next to the button you meant to hit.

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          5.0

          For my needs, the perfect camcorder

          By A Watcher on the Wall

          from Plano, TX

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

            I bought a camcorder to record myself for streaming videos and DVD teachings. I needed one with manual override capabilities allowing full control for a professional production. It delievers as promised, from the mic jack allowing wireless recording, apperature control for depth of field to quality resolution to equal HD stock video editing.

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            • No

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            2.0

            Features That Make It Stand Out, Don't

            By Getaway

            from Durham NC

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

              I got this camera to live webcast my son's band. I paid more to have wifi.
              Pros:
              In good light, you get great results. Has useful built in microphone features. I combine it with Zoom H4 for great audio results. Battery life, built in storage, plenty for 1 hr 45 minutes. HDMI cable included, great for playback on HD TVs. View display rotates around to face forward.
              Cons:
              Bundled software doesn't work AT ALL. There is NO support for the software. You have to use the software to configure the network settings, so... No Networking. Can't upload to YouTube, because the software doesn't recognize Google-based YouTube login. None of the patches resolved any of these issues. Black on black controls useless in low light. Limited controls.

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              • No

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              5.0

              The Canon M50 is a great Camcorder!

              By AJ

              from Minnesota

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Wrist Strap

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

              The M50 is a great Camcorder! I mostly use our camcorders for recording my daughter's swim meets for us to review later. Our old camcorder was just not producing the clarity we wanted. With all the HD TV's out there, we really needed an HD camcorder. So after much research, we chose the M50. I was worried about the zoom not being enough, but it turns out it was great! For the swim meets, I sit in the stands and can't exactly get close to the pool. The lens on this Camcorder preformed awesome though. The zoom suits me just fine. I also use it to record home movies. The clarity of my recordings is amazing and I can't believe we waited this long to upgrade to an HD camcorder.

              Being a photographer, I would even go as far as to say that this could work to record weddings...depending on your situation, of course.

              The battery life seems to be sufficient as well. My only complaints are: 1) I wish the camera came with an external battery charger. But our previous Canon camcorder did not either, so I am used to that. And 2) I wish it came with a wrist strap.

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              • No

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              4.0

              It does a lot, but not everything.

              By SauteeLive

              from Sautee Nacoochee, GA

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Still Photography

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

              I was hoping for a streaming interface with the wifi, but it is not capable of that on its own. My laptop will not accept HDMI in, so that was not a good work-around. The picture quality is excellent and the low light quality is acceptable. The camera can only record MP$ for 30 minutes and AVCHD recordings are broken down into segments that need to be edited back together on the laptop. I recorded an indoor concert using the "spotlight" video setting and the "music" audio setting and was pleasnatly surprised. I do wish that I could use the digital zoom and take a still photo, but the camera won't let you do that after a certain zoom factor. I do like the SDHD card slot. I'm using a 32 Gig card and a 16 Gig ExtremePro that make moving the media to my laptop very easy. Overall I'm happy with my choice in buying this camera.

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              • No

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              4.0

              "Good Camcorder"

              By Photo LI

              from Long Island, NY

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                  Used for general video capture.
                  Good for its' features.
                  Navigating and setting features takes a little time for a new user, wide angle is limited, but can be worked around, that's the reason for four star rating!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent quality

                  By New to product videos

                  from Brockton, MA

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                      This camera greatly upgrades our product videos. The high quality video is perfect to display our products. The clear crisp picture has given us terrific final results. A great thanks to B&H for the recommendation of this product.

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                      5.0

                      I'm recommendin this camcorder to anyone

                      By Marinka

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      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

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                        Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization. Love it

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        After 2 weeks of usage

                        By Sesh

                        from Tulsa, OK

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                        The reason for 3 star is because I have not used it very much.
                        But operating the camcorder is a no brainer. I am not used to having a touch screen in a camcorder, so have not used it much either. Zooming and focus are good. 8Gb internal memory is a lot more than I am used to. I still added the 64GB SDXC card.
                        Charges quickly enough, easy to use, Zoom is good enough, battery lasts well for my applicaions and light weight. Too early to talk about other features.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Video is great, missing remote not good

                        By Owner

                        from MA

                        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

                        • Missing Wireless Remote

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                        Video quality is great, audio recording is decent, autofocus is fast, low light is great. I was able to import MP4 video into Camtasia and merged it with screencast. I purchased this Canon HF M50 to record mini-lectures for Youtube, although not being able to find a wireless remote control WL-D89 makes it difficult for zooming when recording myself.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Product (Works Well with IPad)

                        By Brian (MSc Biomechanics)

                        from Edmonton, AB

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Wifi Set Up Difficult

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Sports

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                        I was looking for a camera which would allow me quick and easy transferring from the camera into an IPad. This product works great as it allows for multiple storage platforms as well as the ability to transfer either wirelessly or using an SD card and camera connection kit. It works great for working with athletes and high speed movements.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        best camera

                        By video man

                        from long island,ny

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        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

                        • Complicated To Operate

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                        i use the product for video trainings for my company.
                        it is better for focusing closer.
                        learning how to use it when buying it

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Good camcoder

                        By SK

                        from Vancouver, BC

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom
                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                          This is my first Canon and I like it comparing with few Sony camcoder I've owned. Easy to use, simple setting, and excellent picture quality.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great Camcorder

                          By Bob

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                            The only complaint that I have is that when your first using the camera the operating buttons are hard to maneuver. The buttons are black....on a black surface.......and inscribed in black lettering.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            B&H - BETTER & HELPFUL

                            By Keith

                            from Novato, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Zoom

                            Cons

                            • Complicated To Operate

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                            I bought the camera to video my son playing sax for his several auditions. B&H is a company my daughter recommended and like with most things - She is right. Here is a team of people in a company that is a throw back to a time when service mattered and not the sale. Here is a team that is concerned about its customers and their needs. I would be grateful to anyone reading this review not to tell B&H that it is now 2013 and we live in a world in which companies are out to skin their customers. Please let them remain in that utopian cocoon from which they serve customers. May their tribe increase.

                            Now about the Canon - It's a good camera but unfortunately not very MAC friendly. But that is something I will have to teach myself to overcome. The important point is that we as consumers must patronize businesses that keep our needs paramount. And make money while they are at it! They get my 21 Canon salute!

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                            5.0

                            Great Camera

                            By murmurr

                            from Allentown, Pa

                            About Me Casual User

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Can Go Out Of Focus

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                            So I just got this camera as an early Christmas gift and I must say I'm blown away. I mainly use this camera to record my band and me playing drums. It handles low light, rapid color change and flashes, along with loud music very well and the picture quality is amazing. I have a 8GB card and you can select the quality you want to record. On the lowest setting you can get around 1.5-2 hours of video but if you go to the best it drops down to around 45 minutes. So you may need to look at getting bigger SD cards. Although it also has 8GB of internal memory as well. The battery seems to last a little more then two hours. I was told the you can only use a Cannon battery pack with it and that's around $[$]. Kind of crazy if you ask me. Over all I am totally happy with it.

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Great purchase for the money

                            By fighting saints

                            from Vermont

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                                We use the camera to fim sporting events and the ease of use plus the great quality pictures is far more than we expected

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                                4.0

                                Great camcorder

                                By First try buyer

                                from Washington, DC

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies

                                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M50 Full HD Camcorder:

                                  I found this product by searching for price and quality. I haven't used a camcorder before but I changed the battery and starting recording. It was very user friendly. For our needs we also purchased the suggested microphone and everything worked together nicely. I have been very happy with this purchase.

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