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Canon Vixia HF M500 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 310g Jun 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Canon has good camcorder reviews
Full HD
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Canon Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 1,806 expert and user reviews (including 388 verified purchases), Canon has good ratings for its video cameras. Canon also has good ratings specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range compared to other manufacturers. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF M500 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also are Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40 is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Canon Vixia HF M500 supports HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also support HDMI.

We compared all the other video cameras which support HDMI to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Microphone in

The Vixia HF M500 has a microphone in. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also have a microphone in.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Vixia HF M500 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Vixia HF M500 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF M500 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99).

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera is 30x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x. When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera that we have assessed, the Vixia HF M500's optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 10x (optical) camcorders and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF M56 both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (12x), or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x. At only 200 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF M500 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 200x (digital) camcorders currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the JVC GZ-VX715SEU which has better reviews.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.5mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,000mm. At only 436 millimeters, the Canon Vixia HF M500 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 43.4 millimeters, the Vixia HF M500 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 2.3mm, the longest is 44mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 30mm.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a face detection, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Vixia HF M500 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Vixia HF M500 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R38 both from Canon.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution(s) on video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Canon Vixia HF M500 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the Vixia HF M500 does not have a built-in flash.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This Canon video camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

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

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger maximum memory card size then you might want to consider the Canon XF105 ($8,499.00) (128GB), or the Zoom Q4 ($149.00) (128GB) which is also higher rated.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 310 grams, the Canon Vixia HF M500 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803145786

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