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Canon Vixia HF M32
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Canon Vixia HF M32 Camcorder

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3.89MP 1/4 320g Sep 2011
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The Canon VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder features a 64GB internal flash drive and an SD memory card slot in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body it's a brilliant blend of... More
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This Canon video camera received a "Hot Buy" award from Stuff.tv.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Fourteen experts from sites including CNET.com, Digital Versus, Pocket Lint and Mac World have rated this Canon video camera on average 75 out of 100.

Good Size

A number of Canon Vixia HF M32 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was compact. Six years ago expert review site Infosyncworld.com gave it a rating of 74 out of 100 and mentioned “What we're seeing is a push for storage capacity and compact size”. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Compact styling” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M32 and scored the product 4 stars. Expert review site Best4reviews.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Will be its compact size and ease of use” .

One person concluded that it was lightweight. Pocket-Lint.com said on Pocket Lint six years ago “Tweet Canon’s latest addition to its Legria HF M series of camcorders is the compact, lightweight M32” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M32.

One Canon Vixia HF M32 reviewer said that it was a good body shape. Macworld.co.uk mentioned five years ago “This HDV camcorder has a durable exterior body” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M32.

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Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Medium sensor size camcorders manufactured by Canon have excellent ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just medium sensor size camcorders) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Good Product Quality

Several customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Expert review site Cnet.com said “Much of what was great about them remains--solid performance and very good video quality”. Cnet.com also wrote “M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features”. Macworld.co.uk wrote in their review “Very good video at highest quality setting” .

Nice Design

One person said that it was neat. Pocket-Lint.com said in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M32 on Pocket Lint “Superb aided by a neat 15x optical”.

One Canon Vixia HF M32 owner thought the Canon Vixia HF M32 was a good design. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their Canon Vixia HF M32 review six years ago “The compact design and touch screen are viewable in all” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

One Canon Vixia HF M32 owner who reviewed the product thought it was good looking.

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Good Quality Lens

One person concluded that the product had a good lens. Five years ago Macworld.co.uk said “Nice lens performance” in their review. One person wrote in their reviews that the Canon Vixia HF M32 had a good image stabiliser. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Excellent image stabilisation (even when zoom is at maximum” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M32.

One person considered that the product had a good zoom. Six years ago expert website Stuff.tv said “The stand-outs are the 15x optical zoom”.

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Robust

One Canon Vixia HF M32 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was strong and durable.

Good Battery Life

One Canon Vixia HF M32 reviewer who reviewed the Canon Vixia HF M32 reckoned that it had a good battery life.

Good Technical Features

One person who bought this camcorder wrote that it had good features. Macworld.co.uk said in their Canon Vixia HF M32 review “Healthy features list” .

Good Support

One customer considered that it had good technical guidance. Five years ago Macworld.co.uk said in their review “Good range of manual options” and scored this camcorder 4 stars.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M32, the Vixia HF M32 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF M32 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M32.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Vixia HF M32 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M32.

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF M32 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M32 is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF M32 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. Most medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this camcorder supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF M32.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has One Exposure Mode

The Canon Vixia HF M32 has a greater number of exposure modes than most similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this video camera. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

The maximum fash memory capacities of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 0.12GB to 160GB, and the average maximum fash memory capacity is 24GB. The Vixia HF M32 has a fairly big maximum fash memory capacity (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M32.

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Fairly Long Video Recording Time

The average video recording time of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF M32 is 12h, and the video recording times range from 0.016h to 94h. With a video recording time of 24.5 hours, the Vixia HF M32 has a fairly long video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF M32 is more than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF M32. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders of this spec and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Vixia HF M32 is more than most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M32. The cables included "AV" and "Component" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the camcorders of this type and age the minimum illumination range from 0.3lx to 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.7lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.4 lux, the Vixia HF M32 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF M32.

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12 Reasons Against

Difficult to Use

A number of people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was not easy to use. Six years ago Cnet.com wrote “Some people may find the touch-screen interface extremely frustrating to use” in their Canon Vixia HF M32 review. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “User interface is slow and frustrating to use” in their review of this camcorder. Macworld.co.uk also mentioned “Screen difficult to use in bright conditions”.

One Canon Vixia HF M32 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was not easy to use the menus. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Poorly designed touch-screen menu system” but despite that they rated it 80 out of 100.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF M32 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M32 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Panasonic HS900 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Heavy

The Vixia HF M32 is one of the heavier video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M32 (320 grams) amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. The lightest video camera that is a similar age to the Vixia HF M32 is 76g weight, the heaviest is 2.8kg, and the average weight is 320g.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other video cameras of this age and type have a built-in display, however the Vixia HF M32 does not have a built-in display.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The Vixia HF M32 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 211,000 pixels) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF M32 the display resolutions range from 96,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the Canon Vixia HF M32 is not 3D compatible.

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Only Has Five Capture Modes

The number of capture mode found on the Canon Vixia HF M32 is more than most video cameras of this age and spec. This video camera has an LP capture mode, which is the most commonly found capture mode found on video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M32. The capture modes "FXP", "MXP", "SP" and "XP" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M32, the Canon Vixia HF M32 does not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-PJ330.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M32 are not waterproof. The Canon Vixia HF M32 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF M32 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M32 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which also has a higher rating.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Vixia HF M32 is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 56% more maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The best maximum image resolution of all camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M32 is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Quite Big Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF M32 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.35m. The Canon Vixia HF M32 has a quite big closest focusing distance (1 meter) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M32

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this medium sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 300 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF M32 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M32.

If this Canon video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ240 (320x).

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Average Screen Size

The Canon Vixia HF M32 has a fairly standard screen size (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M32.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 15 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M32 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M32.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the GZ-V515 (18x), or the GZ-VX715 (18x) both from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Camera
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range

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Expert Reviews

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7 February 2011

A healthy meal should ideally supply nutrition and taste good enough to make eating a pleasure, not a chore. Similarly, a camcorder needs to capture high-quality video and make getting that video... Read more…

Very good video quality
Useful and accessible automatic and manual controls
Excellent image stabilisation (even when zoom is at maximum)
Line in for mic
Touchscreen menu
Merely adequate low-light performance
Mediocre image stabilization
64GB built-in memory adds minimal value for a relatively high price
Poor sensitivity
Handle hard to adjust
18 January 2011

With the HF M32, you get a fully-featured camcorder which can boast both a mic input and good battery life for a reasonable price. As long as you prefer stability over sensitivity, it could be the...

1 January 2011

The Canon Vixia HF M32 sits between two tempting alternatives in Canon?s line of consumer camcorders. The HF M31, which costs $300 less, offers essentially the same features as the HF M32, but...

26 November 2010

The ability to perform brilliantly both when you expect it to and when you don?t make the M32 stand out from the crowd...

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3 September 2010

The compact design and touch screen are viewable in all but the brightest conditions, although the menus and controls are not as intuitive as we believe they could be. The HD video (AVCHD format)...

27 August 2010

Key to this camera?s success however, will be its compact size and ease of use. I carried it around in my trouser pocket (insert smutty innuendo here, if you must) so it certainly is portable. The...

6 August 2010

At its best, the Canon Vixia HF M3x series--composed of the M300, M30, M31, and M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features, and performance for the money, but some people may find...

28 July 2010

While the camcorder industry seems to be dwindling, we're left with only a small circuit of big-time all-stars. Canon is one of our top picks in the camcorder world, and the Canon Vixia HF M32 is...

This Canon camcorder has powerful dual shot capabilities...

11 January 2011

Pour moins de 800 euros, on bénéficie d'un caméscope complet avec une prise micro et une bonne autonomie. À condition de privilégier la stabilité sur la sensibilité, le HF M32 est celui...

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