Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder, Black - 6096B001

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Canon VIXIA HF M500

on 6/18/2012

I have only had the camera for a few days, but it seems great so far. It is replacing the Canon VIXIA HF 100 which is now over four years old. It has performed fantastically over the past four years, under often adverse conditions. It take great quality video, and from what I can tell and what I read in other reviews, the M500 is even better!

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by Yuri Andrei on 3/7/2013

Love Canon and the quality was superb love it and woudl recommend it

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Product 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.

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.


Manufacturer Canon
Mfg Part# 6096B001
SKU 228266980
UPC 013803145786
UPC 14 00013803145786
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
Stylus Pen
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
Tech Specs
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).
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
4Mbps: 33 hours 55 minutes
9Mbps: 15 hours 25 minutes
Lens Zoom Ratio:
10 Optical/200x Digital*
Focal Length:
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 System TTL (Through The Lens) + Instant AF
Manual Exposure Yes
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 Speed Movie: 1/2000 sec.
Still Image: 1/500 sec.
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)
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 Diameter 43mm P0.75
Viewfinder Not Available
LCD Screen 3.0-inch Widescreen Color Touch Panel LCD (Approx. 230,000 dots)
Recording Media 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot*
USB Terminal mini-AB: Hi-Speed USB supported
Video Terminal Component (output), Composite (output)
Audio AVCHD: Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel)
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2 Channel)
Sampling Frequency: 48 KHz
Accessory Shoe Mini Advanced Accessory shoe available.
However, only the video light function is provided by the VFL-2 video light flash.
Supplied Video Editing Software Video Browser Editing Disc
ImageBrowser Disc
Transfer Utility Disc
HDMI Terminal Available; Mini connector, CEC, x.v. Color supported
Microphone Terminal 3.5 mm dia. stereo mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5 mm dia. 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
Operating Temperature range 23° 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)
Weight Approx. 10.9 oz. / 310g (Not including grip belt)
Approx. 12.9 oz. / 365g (Including BP-718, memory card and grip belt)
Product Attributes
Image Stabilization Type Optical
LCD Size (in) 3
LCD Size Range 3.0 - 3.4"
Optical Zoom (x) 10
Optical Zoom Range (x) 8.0 - 10.9
Product Line VIXIA
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Sensor Type CMOS
Video Resolution High Definition
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