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Canon Vixia HF M50
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Canon Vixia HF M50 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 365g CMOS May 2012
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Small and light with a sleek new design, the VIXIA HF M50 camcorder has 8GB of internal memory to record up to 3 hours of stunning HD video. Image quality is unsurpassed, thanks to the camcorder's... More
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TEST of AVCHD vs MPEG4 footage from Canon Vixia HF M50 / Final Cut Pro 7
Canon Vixia HF M50 Low Light Test
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Unboxing of the Canon Vixia Hf M50 HD Camcorder with Commentary

15 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and parentesis.com this video camera has an average expert rating of 70%.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Small sensor size camcorders built by Canon have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Good Technical Features

One person wrote that it had good features. Expert review site Pcmag.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “The Canon Vixia HF M50 is a capable digital camcorder, offering a variety of useful features, built-in storage”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Full HD

The Vixia HF M50 is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M50 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF M50 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M50 also have an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Vixia HF M50 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF M50 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size across all camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

The worst optical sensor size across comparable types of camcorder is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF M50 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. Most similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Canon camcorder supports an SDHC 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of this age and spec.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has One Exposure Mode

The number of exposure modes found on the Vixia HF M50 is more than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this camcorder. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The Vixia HF M50 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of this type and age. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M50. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports", "Sunset" and "Underwater" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Vixia HF M50 has a built-in display.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Vixia HF M50 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M50. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon Vixia HF M50 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AC3 and LC-AAC are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux, the Canon Vixia HF M50 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M50. The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF M50 is 0.1lx, the biggest is 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx.

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8 Reasons Against

Quite Small Optical Zoom

Video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF M50 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M50 has a very small optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M50.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF M50 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M50 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

At 365 grams, the Vixia HF M50 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. The average weight of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M50 is 500g, and the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF M50 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vixia HF M50 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M50 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF M50 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M50 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Vixia HF M50 is not waterproof. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M50 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M50 the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Vixia HF M50 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF M50.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M50

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Canon released the Vixia HF M50.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF M50 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF M50.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF M50 has a fairly average digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M50.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 3 hours, the Vixia HF M50 has a pretty average video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF M50.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen

Expert Reviews

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25 May 2012

The Canon Vixia HF M50 is a capable digital camcorder, offering a variety of useful features, built-in storage, and great looking video, but it's hard to justify the price when compared with some...

28 May 2012

Dirigido a quienes buscan una videocámara para capturar videos en alta definición y muy buenas fotos, además de tener lo último en conectividad inalámbrica. Esta videocámara es ideal para...

Comfortable to use
Solid video quality, even in low light
Effective image stabilization
Built-in flash memory
Wi-Fi connectivity
Somewhat limited focal range
Cumbersome touch controls
Tiene muy pocos megapixeles, aunque te de la posibilidad de Full HD, hay celulares que superan la cantidad de megapixeles
No tiene un diseo elegante ni moderno

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803145762, 00989898608867, 00989898610297, 00989898685516, 00989898688821, 00989898688937, 06947110941653
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