Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 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
  • HD Video Lens with 10x Optical Zoom
  • LCD 3.0" Widescreen Touch Screen Display
  • Optical & Powered Image Stabilization
  • Cinematic Features & Touch Decoration
  • HDMI Output & AV Output
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Canon HF-M500 overview

  • 1Description

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
In the Box
Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder
  • Battery Pack BP-718
  • CA-110 Compact AC Power Adapter & Charger
  • 6' HDMI Male to Mini HDMI Male Cable (Ver. 1.3)
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Cable IFC-300PCU/S
  • CD-ROM Bundle
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Canon HF-M500 specs

    Sensor 1/3" CMOS
    Color Filter RGB
    Sensor Resolution 2.37 MP
    Effective Pixels 2.07 MP (16:9 Video)
    2.07 MP (16:9 Photo)
    Focal Length 6.1 to 61mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 43.4 to 436 
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/3
    Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Zoom Optical: 10x (in HD)
    Digital: 200x (in HD)
    Filter Size 43 mm
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x SD/SDHC/SDXC (64 GB Maximum)
    Recording Time SDXC 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 Ratio 16:9
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.07 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    Channels 2.0-ChannelStereo
    Audio Format AAC-LC
    Dolby Digital AC3
    Sampling Frequency : 48.0 kHz
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Screen Resolution 230,000 Dots
    Shutter Speed 1/500 - 1/2000 Second ()
    Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
    Lux 1.2 (Regular Mode)
    .1 (Low Light Mode)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Fluorescent H
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Accessory Shoe Mini Hot
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x Mini-USB 2.0
    1 x A/V
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Supported Languages Arabic
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1840 mAh
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Power Adapter 100 - 240 VAC, 50 / 60Hz
    Power Consumption In LCD Operation: 2.7 W
    Operating Temperature 32 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
    Weight 10.93 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) 7.0 x 6.5 x 4.8"

    Canon HF-M500 reviews

    VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 147.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camcorder! I use this camcorder to record my daughter's piano recitals and amusement park rides. I only use the auto setting and MPEG-4 format, the intelligent IS seems working very well. It gives crisp and clear video pictures indoor or outdoor,even at fast moving objects and superior sounds. Low light shooting is pretty good to my standard. Picture quality is not bad. The battery life is definitely 2-3 hours, unlike the other canon models which has a much smaller battery capacity. I am loving this camcorder. I have not used any manual setting so far. I do plan to explore other functionalities. Overall, this camcorder is easy to use and I am loving it.
    Date published: 2012-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Imaging I use the Canon VIXIA HF M500 for filming interviews and b-roll used in reporting. The image is top quality - it uses the same sensor as the Canon HF G10 and XA10. The controls are mostly intuitive, but touchscreen based so that could be a downside for some people. Easy access to exposure and focus point selection. The face tracking seems to work well and my footage is always sharp. I'm using an external mic - there is a level indicator on the touchscreen in addition to a headphone jack which is really convenient. It would be nice to have two memory card slots like the HF G10, but with a small form factor and at half the price it is still a bargain.
    Date published: 2012-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid choice on a budget I produce web and commercial videos. After my Vixia HF30 suddenly expired two weeks ago, I was forced to find a comparable substitute quickly for an upcoming field shoot.I found that it made sense to just get the M500 because the built in memory of the higher models didn't offer any benefit outside of it being built it. But by simply buying a $ SD card, I had 64G's of memory.My only objection so far are an insensitive touch screen which sometime requires you to pinch it (front and back) to get enough pressure to activate.It had all sorts of toys for people not using an editor.The navigation only takes a few minutes to get used to (white balance, focus, exposure, etc).I basically like it!
    Date published: 2012-06-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great video recorder for the money We bought this video camera as a replacement to a bulkier std def Panasonic DVD-RW recorder. This unit is half the size and weight which is a definite plus. The video quality in general is great, even in a low light (indoor) environment. The controls are easy to figure out and easy to access. Overall, a very nice video camera. This video recorder takes nice still shots as well. My favorite capability is being able to take still photos while filming video. The only drawback I notice is battery life. It only lasts a couple hours on a full charge. I think this is long enough for most day trips, but longer life would be a plus.
    Date published: 2013-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camcorder I use this camera to film guitar lessons in my studio. I've previous owned several Canon Vixia's that recorded to MiniDV tape. This is my first memory card camera. Having instant access to the raw data makes the workflow much more efficient. This camcorder produces excellent quality video in full 1920x1080 HD mode. The controls & settings are advanced enough to be flexible, but straight forward enough to learn quickly & start using! The audio is decent. But I don't use the built-in mic because I run a 3.5mm line in from my mixing board to capture audio from studio mics.
    Date published: 2013-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camcorder This is my third Canon cam and which I got as a back up for my HF G10. It is almost as good as my HF G10. The lens is very bright, the cam is light, the menu is well laid out and very easy to use. One of the main reason I got this cam is for its portability. Its small, light and the video quality is on par with the HF G10. the main difference between the two are the systems, the HF G10 has a more in depth system to make changes to almost everything where as the HF M500 has a less but more than adequate system for most people. I also got the WD-H43 wide angle lens which allows you be much closer to the subject and get more of the scene. This is hight quality lens and well worth the price, it is a bit heavy though. This cam is great for travel.
    Date published: 2012-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good things DO come in small packages. Turn this little camera on, put it in auto mode and let it do it's thing; that is, shoot great quality video. I've tested it in very low lit rooms and outside in bright sunshine with very satisfying results. Unless you have hands like a basketball player, this little baby should be very convenient. Put it in your spouse's poketbook, in a small camcorder case, or in the leg pocket of your carpenter jeans- it works. No need to get overly technical here; if you're the average Joe or Josephine who wants a simple camera to use, I highly recommend this one.
    Date published: 2012-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly What I Wanted 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.
    Date published: 2013-08-11
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