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Canon VIXIA HF M500 Flash Memory HD Camcorder

March 12, 2012 by  
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Canon VIXIA HF M500 HD Dual Flash Memory 32GB Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M500 HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

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*New for 2012. The Canon HF-M500 is Canon’s newest low cost fully featured Flash Memory Camcorder. It is the least expensive Canon Camcorder with a large 1/3-inch imager. Records in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video (1080p). Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has one memory card slot). The 10x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and has SuperRange optical image stabilization (to keep video sharp in low light, or when doing handheld shots without a tripod). External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control and Headphone Jack. Included are advanced features such a newly developed large 1/3 inch HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor (better for low light), AVCHD H.264, Cinema-Look Filters, 2 megapixel still images, and has a true 24p Cinema mode. (native 24p) and a 30p mode. The External Microphone Jack will give you better sound options. The HF-M500 records at up to 24mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate). At maximum quality , you can record about 2 hours and 55 minutes to a 32GB SDHC/SDXC Memory Card. This camcorder can also record in .MP4 format. Canon’s Instant AF focusing system greatly enhances auto focus speed and accuracy and decreases the time to lock in focus (even in low light).

Full HD This model has both Component and an HDMI Mini Connector (output) for best quality when hooking this camcorder directly to an HDTV. Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe to add an external light or microphone. Built in Flash for snapshot mode. Built-in video light. Features a 3.0 inch LCD touch screen (with 230,000 pixels). Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3) stereo sound.

Canon HF-M500 Dimensions: 2.7″ x 2.5″ x 4.8″ (10.9 ounces).
Camcorder HD Recording Modes: 1080p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 24fps
Camcorder 10x Lens: 35mm equivalent: 43.4-436mm f/1.8-3.0

Smart-Review Commentary: For 2012, Canon’s lowest cost camcorder with a big imaging sensor. The Canon HF M500 uses SDHC/SDXC memory cards to record full HD. The newly developed HD CMOS Pro Imager provides 20% higher light transmittance for better low light shooting and better dynamic range. This is the lowest cost camcorder with the CMOS Pro Imager. The camcorder has three microphone settings for different situations. A really useful feature for moving subjects is Canon’s Touch & Track feature. You place your finger on the subject on the LCD screen, and the camcorder will follow the subject and keep it in proper focus and exposure. Canon’s new imager is designed to be at a native resolution of 1920×1080, the same size as Full HD video. This makes each pixel larger and able to collect more light. The M500′s External Microphone Jack gives you more options for quality sound, and a headphone jack will allow you to monitor your audio. The camcorder can also record in .mp4 format for uploading to facebook, youtube, etc. Great for sports. The low cost Canon HF M500 has received outstanding consumer reviews. It is an excellent HD camcorder choice for 2012 and is a Smart-Review top pick.

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    Camcorder Features

  • *New 2012 Model
  • Full HD Recording
  • 10x Optical Zoom
  • Flash Memory
  • Native 24p Mode
  • 30p Progressive Mode
  • HDMI Terminal for HDTV
  • Compact Size
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Large 1/3 inch imager
  • 3.0-inch LCD Touchscreen

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