Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder

BH #CAHFM500 • MFR #6096B001
Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder
Key Features
  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Take 2.07 Megapixel Still Images
  • Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Slot Supports Up to 64GB
The Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder is a 1920 x 1080 high def cam with an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot that supports up to 64GB memory cards. With this much storage space it's possible to record for several hours. Plus, the camera's 1/3" HD CMOS Pro Sensor and image processor work together to provide stunningly detailed, life-like images that look great on your HDTV. Of course, these two don't work alone: the HF M500 also employs a genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, optical image stabilization, powered image stabilization and a 3.0" widescreen touch screen LCD display, among other great features.

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

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Canon HF-M500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 210x HD Video Lens
  • 3Professional-Level Sensor for Professional-Quality Images
  • 4Record Directly to SD Memory Card
  • 5Record in AVCHD or MP4 Format
  • 6Intelligent IS
  • 7Increased Clarity & Adjustability
  • 8Widescreen 3.0" Touch Panel LCD
  • 9Smart AUTO & Auto Tele Macro
  • 10Cinema-Look Filters
  • 11Story Creator
  • 1224p Cinema & 30p Progressive Modes
  • 13Microphone & Headphone Terminals

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

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

10x HD Video Lens

The HF M500's 10x HD video lens produces extraordinary images. The high-performance Canon HD Video Lens uses low-dispersion glass to suppress chromatic aberration, delivering crystal clear video with excellent resolution, even at the telephoto end of the zoom. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The lens also features an iris diaphragm, which produces highly expressive video with sharply focused subjects and beautifully blurred backgrounds

Professional-Level Sensor for Professional-Quality Images

Equipped with the same high-powered image sensor found in professional models, the compact HF M500 camcorder captures 1080p Full HD video. The professional-level 1/3" native 1920 x 1080 HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor has a large pixel size that captures more available light to deliver superb imaging. Technical refinements including a thinner on-chip microlens, improved color filter transmittance and deeper, wider photodiode allow 20% higher light transmittance. Additional light to the sensor means that video shot in low-light situations is brighter and clearer, with better noise suppression. The extended dynamic range is exceptionally wide, producing enhanced gradation and natural, lifelike realism in high-contrast scenes

Record Directly to SD Memory Card

Record directly to a removable SD memory card. The memory card slot makes it easy to share your video with friends and family. The camcorder supports up to 64GB card, which means 24 hours of recording

Record in AVCHD or MP4 Format

The HF M500 camcorder gives you the flexibility of dual codec recording, allowing you to record in AVCHD or MP4 format, so you can pick the format that best suits your needs. AVCHD's higher bit-rate and finer resolution will yield the highest quality video for viewing on an HDTV or archiving to Blu-ray. For use with today's most typical video applications, the camcorder lets you record in MP4 format, which produces files you can share right away with no need for conversion. Video is immediately available to upload to social networking sites like Facebook or YouTube

Intelligent IS

Intelligent IS makes it easy to shoot clear, sharply focused video, even in situations that typically cause camera shake. The Intelligent IS system analyzes the shooting situation for you, then automatically switches to the image stabilization method best able to produce sharp, steady video. Four IS systems cover the gamut of shooting situations. Dynamic IS corrects minor movement and the shaking caused by walking while shooting. Macro IS delivers perfectly steady close-up shots. Powered IS comes into play when you're using the camcorder's powerful zoom, correcting shake that can occur in telephoto shots. Tripod Mode stops IS when the camcorder is stationary

Increased Clarity & Adjustability

The HF M500 camcorder's audio is an excellent match for its pristine image quality. The microphone has updated elements that increase clarity at medium and low frequencies, so even faint sounds are recorded clearly. Three microphone positions let you adjust recording to suit the position of the zoom or your subjects: front for monaural recording; regular for normal stereo effect; and rear for a wider, more enhanced stereo effect. Frequency response characteristics can be adjusted for the scene with several options. You can balance all frequencies for normal recording, emphasize low frequencies for impactful live music recording, attenuate low frequencies to reduce ambient noise, emphasize mid frequencies to focus on voices, or emphasize low and high frequencies to record live music with balanced lows and highs

Widescreen 3.0" Touch Panel LCD

The HF M500's 3.0" Flat Touch Panel LCD provides super intuitive control that feels instantly familiar. With a touch, you can shift focus immediately to any subject. Exposure for any area of the screen can be controlled with a touch as well. And with Touch Track, you simply place your finger on a moving subject and the focus will follow that subject. Tactile buttons are also available for selecting settings and controlling camcorder operations on-screen. A Home button on the camcorder takes you to the main LCD screen, where clear explanations of shooting modes and recording settings help you make informed choices for an exceptionally simple and enjoyable shooting experience

Smart AUTO & Auto Tele Macro

Smart AUTO lets you capture clear, bright, well-focused video while the camcorder takes care of all the details. The system recognizes 38 shooting situations based on numerous factors, then automatically chooses the optimal settings for the situation. When you shoot a nearby subject in telephoto zoom mode, Auto Tele Macro gives your video the high-end artistic effect of a well-focused subject against a beautifully blurred background

Cinema-Look Filters

Giving your videos more creativity is easy with new Cinema-Look Filters. Cinema Standard subdues brights and enhances darks for the feel of film. Vivid accentuates primary colors for a cheerful effect and Cool adds a bluish tint for a futuristic feel. Nostalgic recreates the look of 1970s TV shows. Sepia adds a distinctive fade and antique tint. Old Movies imparts the aged look of early cinema. Dynamic creates dramatic high-contrast grayscale. Dream adds a magical look (soft-focus) for dream-like scenes. Memory produces a faded, misty look-great for flashback scenes

Story Creator

Creating a compelling video that truly documents an important event can be challenging, so the VIXIA HF M500 camcorder steps in to help with Story Creator. The feature is even easier to use than ever, so even beginning videographers can cover an event with confidence. Before shooting, you'll see a list of scenes you'll want to be sure to catch for several different types of occasions. And now each scene selection includes specific shooting tips that help with scene structure and composition, including suggestions for wide-shots, close-ups, even recommendations for length of shots. After shooting, you can watch your video in coherent story order based on each scene's theme, as opposed to the order in which each scene was shot

24p Cinema & 30p Progressive Modes

The HF M500 camcorder's sophisticated shooting mode options offer superior creativity and functionality. 24p Cinema Mode gives your video a film-like feel, making it look as if it were shot at the same frame rate as movie film, with a frame capture rate of 24p recorded at 60i. The camcorder also gives you the option of recording in 30p Progressive Mode, which is ideal for clips you intend to post online

Microphone & Headphone Terminals

The HF M500 camcorder offers exceptional audio flexibility with microphone and headphone terminals. The microphone terminal allows you to capture professional-quality sound with an external microphone and manual audio level control ensures proper volume for any situation. In addition, you'll find a dedicated headphone terminal, ideal for remote communication with the optional Wireless Microphone WM-V1 and other applications

Canon HF-M500 Specs

Camera
Sensor1/3" CMOS
Color FilterRGB
Sensor Resolution2.37 MP
Effective Pixels2.07 MP (16:9 Video)
2.07 MP (16:9 Photo)
Optics
Focal Length6.1 to 61mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length43.4 to 436mm 
Maximum Aperturef/1.8 - f/3
Minimum Focus Distance0.4" / 1.0 cm
ZoomOptical: 10x (in HD)
Digital: 200x (in HD)
Filter Size43 mm
Recording
SystemNTSC
Recording MediaSD/SDHC/SDXC (64 GB Maximum)
Recording TimeSDXC 64 GB
64GB LP (5Mbps): 24.5 hours
64GB SP (7Mbps): 19.2 hours
64GB XP+ (12Mbps): 11.5 hours
64GB FXP (17Mbps): 8.3 hours
64GB MXP (24Mbps): 5.9 hours
SDXC 64 GB
64GB MP4 (4Mbps): 33.9 hours
64GB MP4 (9Mbps): 15.4 hours
Aspect Ratio16:9
4:3
Still Image SupportJPEG
2.07 MP (1920 x 1080)
Channels2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio FormatAAC-LC
Dolby Digital AC3
Sampling Frequency: 48.0 kHz
Display
Display TypeLCD
TouchscreenYes
Screen Size3"
Screen Resolution230,000 Dots
Shutter Speed1/500 - 1/2000 Second ()
Features
Image StabilizationOptical & Digital
Lux1.2 (Regular Mode)
.1 (Low Light Mode)
White Balance ModesAuto
Cloudy
Custom
Daylight
Fluorescent
Fluorescent H
Shade
Tungsten
Built-In MicYes
Built-In SpeakerYes
Built-In Light/FlashLight - No
Flash - No
Accessory ShoeMini Hot
Tripod Mount1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
1 x Mini-USB 2.0
1 x A/V
Microphone InputYes
Headphone JackYes
General
Supported LanguagesArabic
Czech
Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Simplified Chinese
Spanish
Traditional Chinese
Turkish
BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1840 mAh
Charging MethodAC Adapter
Power Adapter100 - 240 VAC, 50 / 60Hz
Power ConsumptionIn LCD Operation: 2.7 W
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 85%
23 to 113°F / -5 to 45°C
Humidity: 60%
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.7 x 2.5 x 4.8" / 6.9 x 6.3 x 12.2 cm
Weight10.93 oz / 309.87 g camera only
12.88 oz / 365.15 g camera with battery, memory card and grip belt
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7 x 6.5 x 4.8"
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