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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 CMOS 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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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digital Versus, Pocket Lint and Mac World the average expert rating of this video camera is 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 Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 1,422 owner and expert reviews for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels video cameras.

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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Reasonably Priced

A number of people reckoned that it was good value for money. Digitalversus.com said “Good battery life for a reasonable price” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M32 nonetheless they scored it 3 stars. Macworld.co.uk said “64GB built-in memory adds minimal value for a relatively high price” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M32.

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 camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF M32 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Vixia HF M32 has an HDMI.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ530.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Video cameras that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M32 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,500x. With a digital zoom of 300 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M32 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M32.

If this Canon camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ240 (320x).

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF M32 is 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M32 the optical sensor size ranges from 2/3" (worst) to 1/2" (best).

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time 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 Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Vixia HF M32 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most medium total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC compatible memory cards. This Canon camcorder also supports an SD compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M32.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Has One Light Exposure Modes

The Vixia HF M32 has a greater number of exposure modes than most similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this Canon camcorder. The light exposure modess Manual are also found on this video camera.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Big Flash Memory

The average flash memory of comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 24GB. The Canon Vixia HF M32 has a quite big flash memory (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M32.

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Fairly Long Video Recording Time

The video recording times of medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 0.016h to 94h, and the average video recording time is 10h. At 24.5 hours, the Vixia HF M32 has a quite long video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The Vixia HF M32 has a greater number of included cables than most medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Canon camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M32. The cables includeds "AV" and "Component" are also found on this camcorder.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This video camera has a H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is the most frequently found video formats supported on camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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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 typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Vixia HF M32 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M32. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Video cameras of this age and spec have minimum illuminations of between 0.3lx and 15lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.4 lux, the Vixia HF M32 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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13 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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Not Full HD

The Vixia HF M32 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M32 are also not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-GX1 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF M32 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M32 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Panasonic HS900, or the Canon EOS C300.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera that has been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M32 is 76g weight, the heaviest is 3.3kg, and the average weight is 390g. The Canon Vixia HF M32 is one of the heavier similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M32 (320 grams) amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF M32 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M32.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Canon EOS C300, or the JVC GZ-R15 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of this spec and age is 410,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 211,000 pixels, the Vixia HF M32 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M32, the Vixia HF M32 is not 3D.

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Only Has Five Capture Modess

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

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF M32 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the Vixia HF M32 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ530, or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£197.17).

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF M32 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

Camcorders which are waterproof that might be worth considering include the JVC GZ-R15.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.99 megapixels, the Vixia HF M32 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image)s amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.3MP to 16MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 7MP.

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Fairly Big Closest Focusing Distance

The Vixia HF M32 has one of the bigger closest focusing distances (1 meter) amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age. Medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 1.5m.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M32

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Canon Vixia HF M32 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-PJ530 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 15 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M32 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M32.

If this Canon video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-VX715 (£145.99) (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Flash Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
3D
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
PictBridge
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Focus
Aperture Range (F-F)
Manual Exposure

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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...

Stuff.tv

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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