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Canon HF-M46 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 350g Nov 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Canon has good reviews for its camcorders
Full HD
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Reviews

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 1,849 owner and expert reviews (including 392 verified purchases) for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Canon camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

This small total megapixels video camera was released in November 2011.


Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Canon HF-M46 has a fairly standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

If this Canon camcorder maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon XF105 (£1,999) (128GB and higher rated), or the Zoom Q4 (£199.99) (128GB and higher rated).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Canon HF-M46 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen size camcorders currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

If this Canon camcorder display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon HF-M46 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a touchscreen.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Canon HF-M46 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder is 10x and the biggest is 78x. With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon HF-M46 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 10x (optical) camcorders to this video camera and we think because of its better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40 is also worth considering.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7 (12x and higher rated), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (12x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon HF-M46 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Sony HVR-Z7 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Canon HF-M46 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 200x (digital) camcorders currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.5mm to 2,700mm. The Canon HF-M46 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 436 millimeters) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera range from 2.3mm to 110mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 32mm. When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder that we have checked the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of, the Canon HF-M46's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 43.6 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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2.37 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 2.37 megapixels sensor camcorder.

We compared all the other 2.37MP sensor camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of its better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40 is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to consider the HXR-NX3 (£3,086.34) (2.41MP), or the HXR-NX3-VG1 (2.41MP) both from Sony.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Canon HF-M46 supports HDMI. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also support HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders which support HDMI and we think because of its better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40 is also worth considering.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Canon HF-M46 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Canon HF-M46 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

Video cameras of this age and type have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 450g. The Canon HF-M46 is quite heavy (350 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 350g weight camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Other Features

Has an Spotlight

The Canon HF-M46 has an spotlight. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera also have an spotlight.

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Features Manual Focus

The Canon HF-M46 features manual focus. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also feature manual focus.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The Canon HF-M46 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Canon HF-M46 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Canon HF-M46 features back light compensation. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera also feature back light compensation.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Canon HF-M46 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Canon HF-M46 has a face detection. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera also have a face detection.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Canon HF-M46 does not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon HF-M46 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The Canon HF-M46 has a continuous shooting mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also have a continuous shooting mode.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Battery

Very Short Video Recording Time

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder the video recording times range from 1h to 95h. At only 2.16 hours, the Canon HF-M46 has a fairly short video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might be worth considering include the Legria HF R406 (3h and higher rated), or the Legria HF G30 (£757.34) (3.1h and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 5117b008aa
Barcodes 05053676809427, 08714574567877, 08714574568065

Canon HF-M46 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon HF-M46 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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