Canon VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBCHFM300 MFR # 4357B002AA
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  • SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot
  • 3.89MP CMOS Sensor
  • 2.7" Touch Panel LCD
  • Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens
  • 18x Advanced Zoom
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS
  • 3.3MP Digital Still Capture
  • 24p and 30p Frame Modes
  • Microphone and Headphone Terminals
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Canon 4357B002AA Overview

  • 1Description

Canon's VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder is a 1920 x 1080 high definition camera that records up to 12 hours of video (LP mode) to SD/SDHC memory cards. The HF M300 also doubles as a digital still camera with the ability to shoot 3.3MP stills, along with Dual Shot capture and capturing stills from already shot movies, among other functions.

At the heart of the HF M300 is the 3.89MP Full HD CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Other tools, like the Canon HD Video Lens, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, a 2.7" LCD, and 18x Advanced Zoom all help to capture your videos with ease.

Other beneficial features include 24Mbps AVCHD recording, 24p and 30p frame modes, and microphone and headphone terminals. Features like Touch & Track, Face Detection, Advanced Video Snapshot, and Instant AF all take the guesswork out of getting just the shot you want. And last but not least, the HF M300 provides you with a video light and built-in flash for low-light shooting of both video and stills.

Flash Memory Recording
The VIXIA HF M300 allows you to record up to 12 hours of video to a removable SD memory cards. 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 M300's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. And if your HF M300 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
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 M300 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 M300, in addition to being a camcorder, is also a 3.3MP digital camera. The VIXIA HF M300'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 M300 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 M300 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. And in addition to all that your VIXIA HF M300's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions
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 M300'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 M300 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot
AE Bracketing Feature
The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF M300 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 M300 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 M300 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 M300 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 M300 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 M300 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 M300 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
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 M300'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 M300 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 M300, 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 M300'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 1
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 M300 thanks to the optional Canon WP-V2 Waterproof Case. Compact, light and custom designed especially for the VIXIA HF M300; 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 M300'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 M300. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer and easily burn DVDs of your photos, as the HF M300 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 payback 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. This program is designed to work on computers running Windows operating systems only.
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
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Canon 4357B002AA Specs

Sensor 1/4" CMOS
Zoom Optical: 15x
Advanced (Optical): 18x
Digital: 300x
Filter Size 37 mm
System NTSC
Recording Media x SD/SDHC (32 GB Maximum)

not included

Recording Time SD/SDHC 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 SM-V1 5.5 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
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Power Adapter 100 - 240 VAC, 50 / 60Hz
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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 9.2 x 6.0"

Canon 4357B002AA Reviews

VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 149.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but better at previous price Was looking for low price camcorder with mic input and remote control. Saw great price on this and went into store on May 13 to buy and was bummed to hear that the price went up overnight. Surprising since it is a 2010 model. Still bought it and can see why there are complaints about the touch screen which requires a very firm touch to respond so the remote comes in handy. Low light isn't great and the Cinema Mode isn't very convincing. I like how compact it is and the quality is excellent in normal light. The battery lasts barely an hour. It was a slam dunk at the previous price so still debating whether this or the Panasonic SD90.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Good Stuff After shooting a few of my boys' ballgames, I'm certainly glad I bought this camera. I do recommend buying the extended battery and the external battery charger. The camera is easy to shoot with and easy to get smooth shots at a distance with the image stabilization. It also plug and played with my MacBook Pro and worked great with iMovie. The only reason this camera didn't get a 5 star was because it doesn't have any built in memory. I haven't had an opportunity arise where I would've need it yet, but having built in memory for a back up seems like a plus. Operation with the long life battery wasn't bad either, even with the extension beyond the back of the camera.
Date published: 2010-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camcorder Easy to use, compact, perfect for capturing those special family moments, childrens sporting events, etc. Takes home movies to a whole new level. This is the 3rd camcorder I have owned, but the first digital camcorder. The small size, and good quality optics are very impressive. If you are an enthusiastic photo/video hobbiest as I am, it's very user friendly. Also, on the plus side, it does take photos - but they are of marginal quality. The only downside so far, (I've only had the camcorder for 2 weeks), is the short (1 hr), battery life, but I read about that ahead of time and simply ordered an extra battery. Outstanding value for the price.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VIXIA HF M300 Camcorder I purchased this camcorder to replace a very old Canon ZR200. I selected the VIXIA HF M300 because it has a remote control and 15x zoom. The first week I recorded over 30 hours. I love the simplicity of the controls, the touch screen menu, the ability for the camera to self adjust to varying light conditions, and most of all that I am not longer toting around a million little tapes. The camera is light and fits comfortably in my hand. Transferring the recordings from the SD card is incredibly simple. I have a Mac and I just plug the card into my computer and import into iMovie. Voila!...
Date published: 2010-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera! Canon has created an avchd camcorder that has all the right features: external mic input, headphone out, composite and component out, on-screen vu meter, ability to adjust audio levels, and loads of easy to get to settings in the touch screen menu. And unlike many camcorders that record in mpeg4, this camera is completly compatible with Final Cut Pro using the log and transfer feature. Well done Canon! You've done something that Sony, Panasonic, and JVC have not done at this price level.
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great performance We bought the Canon Vixia HF M300 camcorder after talking to a B&H expert. We needed a HD camcorder with an audio input jack and this camera it's exactly what we needed. And the price at B&H was a great deal! Some things you should consider: the camera has a touchscreen where you have all the menu items, etc. If you don't like touchscreens, then this camera is not for you. Another thing to bear in mind is that the output video format is MTS (a high definition digital video camera recorder format), so if you want to upload the video to the internet, so would probably need to convert it (which is not a major issue). In addition to the camera, you need to buy a SD memory card (we got a 16 GB also at B&H). Finally, you can charge the camera in different countries as the power input is 100-240V.
Date published: 2010-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vixia HF M300 -Excellent small HD Camera I am a professional videographer who chose this camera to give my client to take around the world to shoot people asking questions for the Q&A section of their website. It is incredibly compact, and they needed an input for an external dynamic mic, which this unit has. It is easy for them to send me SD cards from anywhere in the world, and I can ingest the footage quickly for editing, without the hassle of capturing from tape, or having to have the camera with me to transfer from an internal hard drive. So far, it is very reliable, easy for them to use, and has provided good image quality. Overall, a great little camera for the reasonable price. If there is a down side, if you do need to use the menus, they are slightly confusing and not all that logical.
Date published: 2011-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rough & tumble work I ordered this camera looking for something that could handle some rough outside work, and didn't want to destroy a camera that is more expensive - but still needed HD quality. This camera delivered! It was used to document flooding in South Dakota this spring, we have used it in studio work as an extra camera and it worked fine for this as well. This camera does not like to record in low light, all my scenes were outside or well lit tv stage, it does alot VERY well, but low light is not one of them. I spent the extra money on filters- another worthwhile investment. I'd buy one again if I destroyed this one!
Date published: 2011-06-03
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