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Canon VIXIA HF M500 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder - Bundle - with 16GB SD Memory Card, Camcorder Case, Digital Lens Cleaning Kit, Class On Demand Training DVD

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About Canon HF M500

Small and light with a sleek new design, the Canon 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.

Canon HF M500 Features

  • A Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization provides unsurpassed, professional-looking image quality
  • Newly designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 image sensor which delivers outstanding video resolution, improved low-light performance and a wide dynamic range
  • 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

Canon HF M500 Specifications

Standard Definition or High Definition
High Definition
Television System
Video Recording system
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
MP4: 4Mbps: 33 hours 55 minutes
9Mbps: 15 hours 25 minutes
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
Focusing System
TTL (Through The Lens) + Instant AF
Manual Exposure
Programmed AE
Auto, Manual, Cinema Mode
Max Shutter Speed
Movie: 1/2000 sec.
Still Image: 1/500 sec.
Minimum Focusing Distance
When tele macro is in effect: 10 mm to infinity (wide end), 1 m to infinity (intermediate zooming range), 40 cm to infinity (tele end) When tele macro is not in effect: 10 mm to infinity (wide end), 1 m to infinity (entire zooming range)
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
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)
AVCHD: Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel)
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2 Channel)
Sampling Frequency: 48 KHz
Accessory Shoe
Mini Advanced Accessory shoe
HDMI Terminal
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
23deg. to 113deg. F, 60% relative humidity
32deg. to 104deg. 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)
Approx. 10.9 oz. / 310g (Not including grip belt)
Approx. 12.9 oz. / 365g (Including BP-718, memory card and grip belt)
Mfr #
6096B001 K

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canon vixia hf m500


I was looking for a mid priced camcorder with good low light capabilitiy and after reading dozens of reviews decided to go with the canon vixia hf m500. I have been extremely pleased with the performance of this camera and I would highly recommend it for anyone shopping for a mid priced camcorder.This camcorder was my second purchase from Adorama and I have been very satisfied with all aspects of my purchases from them.Check the reviews out for yourself and I believe you will find this camcorder to be worthy of your consideration.


Great Camcorder


Super impressed with the clarity of this camcorder. Great price. Easy to use.


Great Camcorder!


Clarity and definition fantastic. Great price. Once again Canon has made a great product and pleased this customer. See a sample:


Awesome product!


So far we love this camcorder. Very easy to use, great hd videos, great low level lighting. Captures fine detail. Good battery life for home videos.




This is a good camcorder, loaded of good features, but unfortunately for a camcorder of such level, it's a shame not coming with an onboard memory.


Canon VIXIA HF M500


I have used this camcorder to record rugby matches, and I was so impressed that I bought one for myself,for video while I work as a nature photographer with a large format still camera. I'm impressed by the image quality, and I've only used it in the MP4 range--we need to down-load it for use by referee coaches. I'm sure I'm going to enjoy using my own Vixia for nature videos in HD.


Canon continues to excel


Used to record church events. Great lens and great HD picture quality. Limited zoom, but still good. HDMI output is great as is the onboard preview. Touch screen is much better than prior versions.

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