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Canon Vixia HF M500
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Canon Vixia HF M500 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 310g CMOS Jun 2012
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18 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

Canon has excellent average reviews for its small total megapixels camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF M500 the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

There are a number of alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Vixia HF M500 has an HDMI, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M500.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M500, the Canon Vixia HF M500 has an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, the Legria HF R56, and the Vixia HF R40 all from Canon is also worth considering.

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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" video camera, 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 similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Across comparable types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age. 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 Canon Vixia HF M500 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most video cameras of this type and age support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this camcorder supports an SDHC 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 comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Across comparable types of video camera 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 Light Exposure Modes

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a greater number of exposure modes than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most frequently 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 the most commonly found battery technology on small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The scene modess "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

The Vixia HF M500 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M500 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 Legria HF R56, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras of this type and age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has Six White Balances

The Vixia HF M500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this age and type. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF M500. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The Vixia HF M500 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF M500 are also not Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF M52, the Panasonic HDC-TM900, or the Sony HDR-PJ620 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M500 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M500. The smallest optical zoom of small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M500 is 10x and the biggest is 78x.

We compared all the other 10x (optical) camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF M506 both from Canon is also worth considering.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (12x), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (12x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M500 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Vixia HF M500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF M500 do not have a night mode. The Vixia HF M500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M500, the Canon Vixia HF M500 does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ620, or the HDR-PJ410 (£257.99) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Vixia HF M500 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Vixia HF M500 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M500 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 22mm to 2,700mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 436 millimeters, the Vixia HF M500 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has one of the lower maximum aperture numbers (only 3) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The lowest maximum aperture number of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M500 is 1.8 and the highest is 11.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Vixia HF M500 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 230,000 pixels) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M500 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 340,000 pixels.

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Only Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the Vixia HF M500 is more than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. This Canon camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cables included "HDMI" is also found on this video camera.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Vixia HF M500 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (43.4 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF M500. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M500 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 44mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M500

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Canon released the Vixia HF M500.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Canon Vixia HF M500 has a relatively standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M500.

If you would prefer a larger maximum memory card size then you might also want to consider the XF305 (£3,594.00) (128GB), or the XF105 (£2,100.00) (128GB) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 310 grams, the Vixia HF M500 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF M500.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony DCR-SR21 (£40.94) (270g).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF M500 has a relatively typical digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 200x (digital) video cameras and we think the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF M506 both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ410 (£257.99) (350x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
External Flash Connector
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Capture Modes
Supported Video 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
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
USB Connector Type
Battery
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen

Brochures and Manuals

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