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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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      • No

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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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          • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            great camera

                            By jtr

                            from 412

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder:

                                  i would recommend to a friend

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome for shooting sport fromsideline

                                  By Hank

                                  from Boston

                                  About Me Video Enthusiast

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                                  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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                                      • No

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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

                                            Best Uses

                                              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
                                                • Home Movies
                                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                                • Movies/Short Films
                                                • Travel

                                                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

                                                About Me Pro Videographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                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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