Canon VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

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  • 32GB Internal Flash Memory
  • SD/SDHC and Eye-Fi Compatible
  • 2.7" Touch Panel LCD
  • Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens
  • 3.3MP Digital Stills
  • 15x Optical Zoom
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS
  • 24Mbps AVCHD Recording
  • 24p Cinema and 30p Progressive Modes
  • Microphone and Headphone Terminals
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  • 1Description

Canon's VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder gives you high def recording, digital still capture, and a myriad of user-friendly features and functions. The camera records 1920 x 1080 HD video and 3.3MP still images to a 32GB internal flash memory or to SD/SDHC memory cards, including Eye-Fi memory cards. At the heart of the camera, a 3.89MP Full HD CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor work together to help you capture detailed and clear footage.

Other core tools that help you record include a 2.7" touch panel LCD, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, and a Canon 15x HD Video Lens. Features like 18x Advanced Zoom, 24p Mbps AVCHD recording, and the option to record in 24p Cinema or 30p Progressive Frame modes also help you to make the most out of your videos.

In addition to these main functions the HF M31 also provides you with microphone and headphone terminals for advanced audio recording and a Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe for attaching optional Canon accessories such as lights and microphones. And other key highlights of the FH M31, a built-in video light and a built-in flash, help with recording in low-light situations.

Among the various user-friendly features the camcorder gives you Face Detection, Smart Auto, and Touch & Track applications for getting the shot just right. The HF M31 is PictBridge compatible and comes with Canon's Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software for editing and uploading of your recorded footage.

Flash Memory Recording
The VIXIA HF M31 allows you to record up to 12 hours of video to a 32GB internal flash drive or to a removable SD memory card. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the SD memory card when the memory becomes full. There's no need to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot. You'll also have the flexibility of copying video from your VIXIA HF M31's internal drive to the removable SD memory card. That makes it easy to insert the card into your computer or HDTV's card reader and view your recorded footage immediately.

The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage. Another plus is the VIXIA HF M31's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. And if your HF M31 happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if there is damage to your recording media or to the moving parts found in other camcorders 1

Stunning HD Image Quality
A Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality, while the Canon Exclusive 3.89MP HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution and photos with astonishing detail, while the Canon Exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides impressive color and imaging performance, with enhanced reproduction of difficult to capture purple and blue tones. Exceptionally life-like tone and detail are captured thanks to 24Mbps Recording, which offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD. The VIXIA HF M31 not only captures images in HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen
2.7" Touch Panel LCD Display
See exceptional detail with a sharp 211,000 dot screen that delivers brilliant color together with touch panel control for faster and easier menu navigation. This 2.7" LCD also features Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject - whether it's people, vehicles, etc. by selecting your choice right on the touch panel display
3.3MP Camera Built-In
The VIXIA HF M31, in addition to being a camcorder, is also a 3.3MP digital camera. The VIXIA HF M31's Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode. You'll even be able to shoot 3.0 megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording. The versatile VIXIA HF M31 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto an SD card or to internal memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF M31 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. And in addition to all that your VIXIA HF M31's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions, and also features red-eye reduction
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus, AiAF, ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF M31's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus
Selectable Metering Patterns
For optimal still image exposure, the VIXIA HF M31 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot
AE Bracketing Feature
The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF M31 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal', and 'light' settings in 1/2 exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you
Histogram Display
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF M31 comes with a Histogram Display - a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot
Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS
The VIXIA HF M31 features Canon's proprietary Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization which provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted shaking which is common when walking. Together with Powered IS you'll find an even higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Powered IS can be engaged by pressing or holding the Powered IS button on the touch panel LCD
Instant AF
The VIXIA HF M31 camcorder features Canon's Instant AF focusing system which offers an improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." This is especially beneficial in high brightness or night shooting situations. In addition, with Instant AF it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.

To further enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF M31 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording

Smart Auto
Smart Auto makes shooting great video easy. Using the power of Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF M31 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene
Touch & Track
Touch and Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any subject: people, pets, vehicles, and more. Simply select your point of interest on the Touch Panel LCD and you will have your subject in sharp focus regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot. Touch & Track is the default setting. You can also choose to adjust focus or exposure independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch Focus or Touch Exposure
Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in the VIXIA HF M31 high definition camcorder. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time. The system is in fact so smart that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways.

In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature can be used to search for clips featuring that specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. The selected face can be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing that subject

Advanced Video Snapshot
Advanced Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of your adventures with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips - or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode - and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone's attention. This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source
Easy Web Sharing
HD-to-SD Downconversion allows you to convert recorded high definition video to standard definition files while safely preserving the original HD video. These standard definition files make it even more convenient to edit, share video online, or create a DVD. The downconverted video can be transferred to your computer via traditional methods - i.e. USB connection, card slot - or wirelessly to sharing sites with an Eye-Fi SD memory card
Eye-Fi SD Memory Card Compatible
The VIXIA HF M31 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD Memory Card. It's possible to wirelessly transfer your down-converted video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and you're ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world 2
24p & 30p Frame Modes
24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF M31's CINE setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.

In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF M31 to capture video in 30p Progressive Mode, (30 progressive frames, recorded at 60i) which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. Excellent for action and sports shots, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording

To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the VIXIA HF M31, you'll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter, or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone. Easy, one-cable connectivity to HDTV is yours through the VIXIA HF M31's HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color. The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility
For the ultimate home theater experience, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound allows you to capture audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your high definition video. The sound is captured from all directions (five different pickup sensors) so your home movies will look and sound more life-like. The built-in Microphone terminal, with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal, also provides exceptional audio flexibility 3
Compatible with Optional WP-V2 Waterproof Case
Take full advantage of the clarity and drama of HD video in the beauty of the underwater world with your VIXIA HF M31 thanks to the optional Canon WP-V2 Waterproof Case. Compact, light and custom designed especially for the VIXIA HF M31; it's waterproof to 130ft (40m). It has direct control buttons for record start/stop, telephoto and wide zoom, photo capture and preview, to let you make the most of the VIXIA HF M31's capability
Print/Share allows you to connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer. With the supplied USB cable and a touch of the Print/Share button you can print directly from your VIXIA HF M31. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer and easily burn DVDs of your photos, as the HF M31 is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all
Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
The Pixela ImageMixer 3SE video editing software allows for playback of recorded video on your computer and editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. With the Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Software, you can burn a standard definition DVD to relive the memories on your TV. And to perfectly complement the Video Snapshot feature found on Canon flash memory camcorders, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided
Creative Control and Workflow Features
  • Built-in video light for shooting video in low light conditions
  • Touch Focus for pinpointing an area to focus on - targets subject anywhere in frame
  • Touch Exposure enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by user
  • Camera Exposure modes include Auto, AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), CINE, and P (program)
  • Burn DVDs of your video with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner and one-cable connection
  • Intelligent Lithium-ion battery tracks remaining battery life for surprise-free recording
In the Box
Canon VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Wireless Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Compact Power Adapter
  • Component Cable
  • 90-Day B&H Used Warranty
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    Canon 4353B001 Specs

    Sensor 1/4" CMOS
    Zoom Optical: 15x
    Advanced (Optical): 18x
    Digital: 300x
    Filter Size 37 mm
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x Internal Flash Memory (32 GB Maximum)
    x SD/SDHC (32 GB Maximum)
    Recording Time Internal Flash Memory GB
    LP: 12 hours, 15 minutes
    SP: 9 hours, 35 minutes
    MXP: 2 hours, 55 minutes
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 3.3 Megapixel
    Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo

    5.1 channel with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1 Channel Surround Microphone

    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 2.7"
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Lux .4 (Low Light mode)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - Yes
    Flash - Yes
    Accessory Shoe Mini Hot
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo
    Outputs 1 x USB 2.0
    1 x Component Video
    1 x Composite Video
    1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x A/V
    1 x Headphone Out
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Supported Languages English
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese

    Also displays Malay

    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Power Adapter 100 - 240 VAC
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.7 x 2.4 x 4.8" / 68.6 x 61.0 x 121.9 mm
    Weight 13.4 oz / 379.9 g

    Canon 4353B001 Reviews

    VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 66.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm amazed at the user friendliness! I am expecting my first grandchild, by my oldest son! My dear, dear husband suprised me with this as an early Christmas/Birthday present! Also, I have 4 step grandkids in karate, swimming, band, etc. I garden, work on my log home and hang out with my dogs by the river. Basically, I will use this as a avenue to share my life with my family who are spread far and wide. The Auto feature makes it easy to use - but if I want to tweak any settings I am able too. For the money I feel it should have come with a case and a memory card, but that is my opinion. Otherwise, I Love It This is my 3rd Canon product, but first camcorder.
    Date published: 2010-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Satisfied ...The camera is best for the price and with the instant rebate its even more fabulous. The only point to note is that by default it is not set to the HD (1080) mode but lesser than that. So if you want to have HD right away, you will have to change this setting. Also, I would recommend anyone to buy an extra battery with the external battery charger.Also, it will get you some time to deal with the LCD. Its resistive so you need to press it a bit and you may find it not very good as a first impression if you are used to capacitive touch screen phones !Rest I'm very happy with the camera and using it with FCP to make some cool videos.
    Date published: 2010-11-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very pleasantly surprised! I'm an Independent filmmaker and have owned the XL1, XL1s and now the XL2. Out of the box, I thought this little camera was not going to work for me, it is so small. When I took my first footage, I was blown away. Not only is the image quality fantastic, but the image stabalization is amazing. The footage I shot was smooth and color range was great. I especially love the option of shooting in 24p, cinema mode. And, to top it all off - no more tape! Only issue I have is the software to transfer. I wish the AVCHD was easy to transfer to your computer directly from camera/disk as raw footage into software I prefer as opposed to the supplied software. Still learning it though. Overall, great camera at a great price!
    Date published: 2010-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A serious bang for the buck. I purchased the VIXIA HF M31 camcorder after becoming familiar with the slightly older VIXIA HG20 I purchased for work. I looked over several similar models outside the Canon VIXIA line, but found myself attracted to the VIXIA HF M31. I use this camcorder for both casual home video and professional work. The quality is THAT GOOD! The HF M31 uses 32GB flash RAM. There is no hard drive so concerns over shock or corrupt data are largely eliminated. It's also faster to power up and shoot when compared to hard disk based recorders. It includes a secondary SDHC memory slot for expanding storage space and allowing the ease of data transport from camera to computer. The HF M31 is largely controlled through a touchscreen LCD with a menu system that is quite intuitive. Setting white balance for changing light conditions is straightforward and quick. It will take some time to get used to the amount of pressure required to activate the touch screen. Perhaps the strongest feature with this camera is it's amazing image stabilization. Small hand-held cameras such as this one make it difficult to keep steady. However, Canon's stabilizer technology, especially when using the POWERED IS (Image Stabilization) button makes your video look far better than it should. Gentle pannning appears like it was shot on a tripod. Even maximum zooming shots hold tight in the frame. Audio recording is well above average for on-camera microphones. An input for an external mic is available. I have not yet used the mini-shoe for a boom mic, but have purchased an adapter in order to use standard shoe accessories. I highly recommend this camcorder to anyone wanting to capture HD video, up to the videomaker who seeks to take a small camera on the go. It's compact, light weight, and a big bang for the buck.
    Date published: 2010-06-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good camera if you know it's limits Camera worked well for what we needed. The primary use was for sit down interviews with the camera on a tripod. With adequate lighting it produced a good quality video. Focus is faster than expected and does a good job of following moving objects. Image stabilization is what can be expected, it helps when moving but is not great. The touch screen is sometime difficult to use. Overall this is not a bad consumer level camera. As long as you understand the cameras limits and do not need many manual controls, it can produce good videos.
    Date published: 2010-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it easily upload files to the mac
    Date published: 2010-04-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Bang for the Buck Pros: -This camera is tiny. It will literally fit into your coat pocket and still have space to put your hand. Very lightweight, it is perfect for travel or any other situation where weight and size matter. -Easy workflow: Recording videos, playing them back on the camera, and transferring them to a computer is very straightforward, although if you use the heavier MXP file format the USB connection can be a little bit slow. -Good image quality. I filmed the autumn leaves in the parc and this camera captured it all with great color range and high detail (1080i resolution really is something). It isn't pro, but it's about 70% of the way there, for a mere tenth of the price, which is really amazing. -The variable frame rates (60i, 30p and 24p) and the cinema mode makes it possible to make good-looking movies and short films. For larger projects, the lack of easily accessible manual controls will slow you down however. -Good optical zoom, and Instant auto-focus and image stabilization work well. Just make sure to turn of the IS if you're panning with a tripod as it will overshoot and then jerk back into position when you stop. Cons: -The touch-screen works well, although it will take you some time to get use to it (and of course you can't be wearing gloves, which is a problem on cold days). The upside is that the remote controller works well and has buttons, which can help you get around this problem. -AVCHD. You won't be able to play 60i videos on your computer, as almost no computer can display interlaced videos (what it will do is play them at 30fps and de-interlace them, which will leave massive zebra stripes whenever there's motion). This just means that you will have some post-processing to do once you import them. For the 24PF mode, use an inverse telecine tool, which is very simple and works well. -Low light: it is no better and no worse than other cameras in this category, just be aware that any shot indoors will need some lighting. The camera light will save you in emergencies however. -Sound: Like all camcorders, it's terrible (on a scale of 1 to 10, it's a 2). However, the relatively inexpensive DM-100 shotgun mic will bring it up to a 6, which is a very good deal. Conclusion: This is a brilliant little camera, ideal for the casual user who wants easy good-looking HD videos. In a pinch you can even use it for more pro applications, which, for its price, makes it an amazing bang for the buck.
    Date published: 2010-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome HD Video k---ed the radio star. From a person who is not-so-techy, but likes to use it and has lots of ideas, this videocam had all the bells and whistles I wanted without the encyclopedia and dictionary of reading to understand what to do. I wanted something tiny but powerful - check. Alot of memory/battery - check Broadcast quality without the professional pricetag - check. Ability to tape and then download (upload?) easily - check. Compatibility with lavalier or wireless external/separate mic - check Something I could 'grow into' (more features than I needed but not the requirement to learn them from the outset to start doing quality videos) - check Compatibility with other add-ons. I'd like to have it come with a case--but everyone has their own tastes and size-needs so that's no big deal. So far, I like all aspects.
    Date published: 2011-02-06
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