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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 reviews for its video cameras
Quite large display diagonal
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 1,849 owner and expert reviews (including 392 verified purchases), Canon has good ratings for its video cameras. Canon also has good ratings specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was June 2012 when Canon released the Vixia HF M500.


Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Vixia HF M500 has a pretty average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

If you want a larger maximum memory card size 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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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

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

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF M500 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF R38 both from Canon are also worth considering.

If you want a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2" and higher rated), or the Canon XA10 (3.5" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The Vixia HF M500 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have a touchscreen.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF M500 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera also are Full HD.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews 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 frequently supported video resolutions on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF M500 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of this age and type the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

There are a number of other 10x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF M56 both from Canon.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (12x and higher rated), or the Sony HVR-Z7 (12x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M500 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 200x (digital) camcorders currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the JVC GZ-VX715SEU which both of have better reviews.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-PJ620 (350x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Vixia HF M500 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 436 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera. Camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.5mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,000mm.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.3mm and 110mm. At 43.4 millimeters, the Vixia HF M500 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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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 video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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2.37 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 2.37 megapixels sensor camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.37MP sensor video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF M56 both from Canon.

If this video camera total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony HXR-NX3 (£3,086.34) (2.41MP).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Vixia HF M500 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders which support HDMI and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40 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 video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder 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 similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Canon Vixia HF M500 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Vixia HF M500 has a face detection. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera, the Vixia HF M500 does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Vixia HF M500 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a built-in flash.

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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 video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Vixia HF M500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803145786

Canon Vixia HF M500 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon Vixia HF M500 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 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 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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