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VIXIA HF M500

High Definition Camcorder
You Pay: $499.99
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  • Overview
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  • What's in the Box

Overview

Pro Image Quality with Compact Convenience

Small and light with a sleek new design, the VIXIA HF M500 camcorder's image quality is unsurpassed, thanks to the camcorder's newly designed, professional-level Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. The high-sensitivity sensor provides outstanding resolution, better low-light performance, and beautiful, natural detail in both shadow and highlight areas. Intelligent IS and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization designed for the Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens make every scene clear and steady, and new built-in features make it easy to give your videos added creativity. Operation is fun and simple with a Flat Touch Panel LCD you'll control with your fingertips. This camcorder has the flexibility you crave: enjoy the convenience of recording video in either AVCHD or MP4 format or to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card.

 

Features

Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
Building on Canon's decades of optical excellence, the VIXIA HF M500's 10x HD Video Lens produces extraordinary images. The high-performance Canon HD Video Lens uses low-dispersion glass to suppress chromatic aberration, delivering crystal clear video with excellent resolution, even at the telephoto end of the zoom. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. Normally found only on professional-level camcorders, the VIXIA HF M50 features an iris diaphragm to produce highly expressive video with sharply focused subjects and beautifully blurred backgrounds

Newly Designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
The compact VIXIA HF M500 camcorder captures 1080p Full HD video with the rich, vivid quality of a much more upscale camcorder. The professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080, HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor has a large pixel size that captures more available light to deliver superb imaging. Technical refinements including a thinner on-chip microlens, improved color filter transmittance and deeper, wider photodiode allow 20% higher light transmittance*.

Record Full HD to Removable SD Memory Cards
The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder records Full HD Video directly to a removable SD memory card. Widely available in several capacities, SD memory cards let you share your videos quickly and easily. The VIXIA HF M500 also lets you use super-high capacity SDXC cards. The same size as a standard SD card, an SDXC card can hold up to 2048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer.

Record in AVCHD or MP4 Format
The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder gives you the flexibility of dual codec recording, allowing you to record in AVCHD or MP4 format, so you can pick the format that best suits your needs. AVCHD's higher bit-rate and finer resolution will yield the highest quality video for viewing on an HDTV or archiving to Blu-ray™. And for use with today's most typical video applications, the camcorder lets you record in MP4 format, too, for files you can share right away - no need for conversion. Video is immediately available to upload to social networking sites like Facebook™ or YouTube™, view on an iPhone™, iPad™ or iPod Touch™.

Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation.

Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easy to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.

3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD
Big and bright, the VIXIA HF M500's 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD provides super intuitive control. With a touch, you can shift focus immediately to any subject. Exposure for any area of the screen can be controlled with a touch as well. And with Touch & Track, you simply place your finger on a moving subject and the focus will follow that subject. A new Home button on the camcorder takes you to the main LCD screen, where clear explanations of shooting modes and recording settings help you make informed choices for an exceptionally simple and enjoyable shooting experience.

Microphone and Headphone Terminals
The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder offers exceptional audio flexibility with microphone and headphone terminals. The microphone terminal allows you to capture professional-quality sound with an external microphone and manual audio level control ensures proper volume for any situation.

Main Unit Specs

Standard Definition or High DefinitionHigh Definition
Television SystemNTSC
Video Recording systemAVCHD/MPEG-4
Image Sensor1/3-inch HD CMOS PRO, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total PixelsApprox. 2.37 Megapixels
Effective PixelsVideo: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Photo: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Maximum recording Time

Recording times are based on one 64 GB SDXC Memory Card (not supplied).

LP (5Mbps):
24 hours 30 minutes

SP (7Mbps):
19 hours 10 minutes

XP+ (12Mbps):
11 hours 30 minutes

FXP (17Mbps) - Allows 1920 x 1080 recording:
8 hours 20 minutes

MXP (24Mbps) - Allows 1920 x 1080 recording:
5 hours 55 minutes

MP4:
4Mbps: 33 hours 55 minutes

9Mbps: 15 hours 25 minutes
Lens

Zoom Ratio:
10 Optical/200x Digital*

Focal Length:
6.1-61mm

35mm Film Equivalent:
Optical Zoom: 43.4-436mm (in both movies and photos)

Zoom Speed:
Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0

* Movie mode only

Focusing SystemTTL (Through The Lens) + Instant AF
Manual ExposureYes
Programmed AE

Auto, Manual*1, Cinema Mode*2

*1 P, Tv, Av, SCN*3
*2 P, Tv, Av
*3 Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks, Underwater, Surface

Max Shutter SpeedMovie: 1/2000 sec.
Still Image: 1/500 sec.
Minimum Focusing DistanceWhen tele macro is in effect: 10 mm to ∞ (wide end), 1 m to ∞ (intermediate zooming range), 40 cm to ∞ (tele end) When tele macro is not in effect: 10 mm to ∞ (wide end), 1 m to ∞ (entire zooming range)

All figures given are for the distance from the lens front.
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent
Minimum IlluminationNTSC: 1.2 lx
0.1 lx in Low Light Mode (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
Image Stabilization

Optical System (Lens-shift system):

- Intelligent IS in Auto mode
- Dynamic IS (default)
- Powered IS
- Macro IS
- Tripod Mode

IS Modes other than Intelligent IS; Dynamic IS and Powered IS settings can be made manually in Manual/Cinema Mode:

- Standard IS
- IS Off

Filter Diameter43mm P0.75
ViewfinderNot Available
LCD Screen3.0-inch Widescreen Color Touch Panel LCD (Approx. 230,000 dots)
Recording Media1 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot*
USB Terminalmini-AB: Hi-Speed USB supported
Video TerminalComposite (output)
AudioAVCHD: Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel)
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2 Channel)

Sampling Frequency: 48 KHz
Accessory ShoeMini Advanced Accessory shoe available.

However, only the video light function is provided by the VFL-2 video light flash.
Supplied Video Editing SoftwareVideo Browser Editing Disc
ImageBrowser Disc
Transfer Utility Disc
HDMI TerminalAvailable; Mini connector, CEC, x.v. Color supported
Microphone Terminal3.5 mm dia. stereo mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal3.5 mm dia. 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
Operating Temperature range23° to 113° F, 60% relative humidity 32° to 104° F, 85% relative humidity (performance)
Dimensions(W x H x D) 2.7 x 2.5 x 4.8 in / 68 x 64 x 121 mm (Not including the grip belt)
WeightApprox. 10.9 oz. / 310g (Not including grip belt)
Approx. 12.9 oz. / 365g (Including BP-718, memory card and grip belt)
 
* Use of Class 4 or above (4, 6 or 10) memory cards is recommended for recording MXP or FXP (1920 x 1080 pixel recording) movies. For other recording formats, a Class 2 or higher card is recommended. Also, movie (AVCHD/MP4) recording requires cards with 128MB of memory or more.
VIXIA HF M500 Kit Contents
VIXIA HF M500 Kit Contents
  • VIXIA HF M500 Camcorder
  • Battery Pack BP-718
  • Stylus Pen
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-110
  • USB Cable IFC-300CU/S
  • HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
  • Bundled CD ROMS:
    • Pixela Transfer Utility Disc
    • ImageBrowser EX / Image Mixer / Music Data Disc

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Disclaimer
*20% improved low-light performance compared to the Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor used in Canon's 2011 VIXIA Camcorders.