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.
Newly Designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
Equipped with the same high-powered image sensor found in professional models, 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*. Additional light to the sensor means that video shot in low-light situations is brighter and clearer, with better noise suppression. The newly extended dynamic range is exceptionally wide, producing enhanced gradation and natural, lifelike realism in high-contrast scenes.
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.
Record Full HD video directly to a removable SD memory card (SDHC/SDXC compatible) for fast and easy sharing of your memories.
Choose to record in AVCHD for the highest quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications.
Intelligent IS automatically chooses from four different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
Audio Scene Select enables easy operation and setup for outstanding audio that matches the pristine image quality.
3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new graphical user interface (GUI) offers fast and easy control right at your fingertips.
Smart AUTO makes shooting great videos easy by intelligently selecting the best settings from 38 predefined situations including Auto Tele Macro that provides spectacular close-ups and the dramatic look of a video shot with shallow depth-of-field.
Cinema-Look Filter offers nine different built-in filters to create video with a variety of professional cinematic looks, and Touch Decoration allows you to superimpose and record a variety of fun and exciting images for a creative flair.
Story Creator provides a list of suggested scenes that have improved shooting tips to help you produce your own masterpiece.
24p Cinema Mode provides the look and feel of a Hollywood movie and 30p Progressive is ideal for clips intended to be posted on the web.
Microphone terminal with manual audio level control, and headphone terminal provide exceptional flexibility.
What's in the Box
VIXIA HF M500 Camcorder
Battery Pack BP-718
Compact Power Adapter CA-110
USB Cable IFC-300PCU/S
HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
Bundled CD ROMs:
Pixela Transfer Utility Disk
ImageBrowser EX / Image Mix / Music Data Disc
Standard Definition or High Definition High Definition
Television System NTSC
Video Recording system AVCHD/MPEG-4
Image Sensor 1/3-inch HD CMOS PRO, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels Approx. 2.37 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Video: 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).
24 hours 30 minutes
19 hours 10 minutes
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
4Mbps: 33 hours 55 minutes
9Mbps: 15 hours 25 minutes
Lens Zoom Ratio:
10 Optical/200x Digital*
35mm Film Equivalent:
Optical Zoom: 43.4-436mm (in both movies and photos)
Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0
* Movie mode only
Focusing System TTL (Through The Lens) + Instant AF
Minimum Focusing Distance When tele macro is in effect: 10 mm to 8 (wide end), 1 m to 8 (intermediate zooming range), 40 cm to 8 (tele end) When tele macro is not in effect: 10 mm to 8 (wide end), 1 m to 8 (entire zooming range)
All figures given are for the distance from the lens front.
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent
Minimum Illumination NTSC: 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)
IS Modes other than Intelligent IS; Dynamic IS and Powered IS settings can be made manually in Manual/Cinema Mode: