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Canon Vixia HF M500
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Canon Vixia HF M500 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 310g Jun 2012
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Small and light with a sleek new design, the VIXIA HF M500 camcorder's image quality is unsurpassed, thanks to the camcorder's newly designed, professional-level Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor.... More
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17 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

Based on 1,357 expert and user reviews, Canon has excellent ratings for its camcorders. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF M500 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M500 also have an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF M500 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF G20 ($899.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Vixia HF M500 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M500.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF M500 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common 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 were released more than two years ago.

The worst optical sensor size amongst similar types of video camera is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF M500 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it support an SD memory card. This Canon video camera also 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M500.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type 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 M500 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this Canon camcorder. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this camcorder.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The Vixia HF M500 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF M500. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports", "Sunset" and "Underwater" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

This camcorder has a DIGIC DV III image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have a built-in display.

Alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF G20 ($899.00).

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF M500 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M500. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports Three Audio Formats

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Canon video camera. The audio formats AAC, AC3 and MP4 are also supported by this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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9 Reasons Against

Quite Small Optical Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M500 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF M500.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the Vixia HF M500 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have a night mode. The Vixia HF M500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon Vixia HF M500 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF M500 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M500 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF M500 is not waterproof. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M500 are also not waterproof.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M500 have maximum focal lengths of between 22mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm. The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a quite short maximum focal length (only 436 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M500 is 1.2 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Vixia HF M500 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF M500.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of 43.4 millimeters, the Vixia HF M500 has a quite long minimum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M500. The minimum focal lengths of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M500

Released Over Four Years Ago

Canon released the Vixia HF M500 over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Vixia HF M500 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Canon Vixia HF G20 ($899.00) (3.5" and higher rated).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Vixia HF M500 has a fairly typical maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF M500.

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Average Weight

The Vixia HF M500 has a relatively typical weight (310 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M500.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M500 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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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
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
USB Connector Type
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803145786, 04894128077596

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