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Canon Legria/Vixia HF M31

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the memory and battery are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the build quality and value for money.

usability, portability, image quality, battery, memory

value for money, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Legria/Vixia HF M31 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Legria/Vixia HF M31

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Canon Legria/Vixia HF M31 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon VIXIA HF M31 Full HD Camcorder w/32GB Flash Memory

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Canon Vixia HF M31 Camcorder Review

 

The HF M31 ($799) is a new mid-range HD camcorder from Canon that is essentially last year's Canon HF20 with a few minor tweaks and updates-including a new touchscreen interface and a slick menu redesign. The camcorder captured some high-quality video...

If you're familiar with last year's HF20 from Canon, then you shouldn't have any problem recognizing most of the features and controls on the Canon HF M31. The two camcorders have the same lens and image sensors, which means their video performance was...

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Canon VIXIA HF M31 Review

 

The Canon Vixia HF M31 is a low priced HD camcorder with some interesting options. Does the camera offer good quality for it's low price? We look at the camera and let you know what to expect with this Vixia HF M31 review.

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Best budget HD camcorder

 

If you're looking for the best high-definition camcorder under $800, reviewers say the Canon Vixia HF M31 is your best bet. Your videos won't be quite as clear and colorful as with high-end camcorders like the top-rated Panasonic HDC-TM700 (*Est....

Reasonable price, hD video quality, good features for the price

Struggles in dim light, subpar battery life, touch screen gets mixed reviews

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Canon HF M31

 

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If you’re familiar with last year’s HF20 from Canon, then you shouldn’t have any problem recognizing most of the features and controls on the Canon HF M31. The two camcorders have the same lens and image sensors, which means their video performance was...

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Satisfied, Relieved, Ready to Film

 

I knew this thing was going to be small, but it still surprised me how little it was. But it's fully functional and I'm already getting used to it. I'm a lefty living in a righty world, but I found it very simple to operate this camera with my "dumb"...

Works as advertised. Very decent quality and manufacture. Smooth functionality. Very good jitter reduction (with 3 different settings). Touch screen that is responsive and works. Decent auto-settings that allow "point and shoot" operation for both...

A learning curve for amateurs (like me). High Def is just like any other video medium: you're gonna need proper lighting to get the best video. This is not a limitation of the camera, but merely a law of filming in general. If you want to film in low...

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Further clarification

 

No offense to the previous reviewer talking about the bit rates of high def video and sdhc card speeds, but there needs to be some further explanation on transfer speeds. It is correct in saying that full HD on this camera is 24Mbps. That is 24 Mega...

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BP-827 - Filling the Information Gap

 

Lack of knowledge can cause horrible frusterations with such purchases. Accessories for this can cost you. The proper SD card cost me half what the camcorder cost, the Waterproof housing is more expensive than the camcorder if I were to buy from Canon...

I usually like to wait to give my review, but I think it's important to help fill the information gap ; The BP-808 battery will only run 100 minutes. And if you have learned like I have, power isn't something you want to go cheap on so what battery can...

You can't just buy any SD card and expect it to work. There is only one SD card that will work *At the time I'm writing this* for this camcorder 100%, and it's the SanDisk Extreme that is rated 200x and will read and write 30Mbps ; If your getting a...

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Solid camcorder

 

Fantastic camcorder for someone who wants to capture their memories with great picture quality. Color is excellent, and the option to go straight to a TV from the camcorder via HDMI is nice for showing off your shots. The manual options combined with...

Takes a great picture without a lot of prep and can adapt well to a lot of different lighting conditions. It can track faces to get the best exposure on people in the scene and can achieve manual assisted focus via a touchscreen focusing option. Lots...

There's slight grain in medium-light conditions and it doesn't perform well in low-light conditions. The gain control can be changed, however, to eliminate noise in the picture at the cost of light sensitivity. The lens doesn't capture a very wide...

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Great mid-range camcorder

 

Great Camcorder

Be sure to get the extra battery. Buy a good quality HDMI Cable for playback. A cheap cable may not be enough. I learned this the hard way

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This Canon Vixia HF M31 Camcorder is exactly what I needed. ”

 

My husband and I have two grandson's aged 2 & 4 and wanted a camcorder to capture special events as well as every day events of their childhoods. I purchased my Canon Vixia HF M31 HD Camcorder from Amazon.com in July 2010 after doing A LOT of...

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Product Specifications

The Canon VIXIA HF M31 dual flash memory camcorder features an SD memory card slot in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body - it's a brilliant blend of capability and convenience. Canon's advanced imaging technologies, including a Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens and 3.89-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, help to deliver high definition video and 3.3-megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Sophisticated features such as smart auto "reads" the visual components of the scene you're shooting and choose the best settings. Touch and track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the 2.7" touch panel LCD. And to complete the entertainment picture, 5.1-channel surround sound ensures your audio is every bit as impressive as your video. The VIXIA HF M31 features Canon's proprietary dynamic SuperRange optical image Stabilization which provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted shaking which is common when walking. Together with the latest development, Powered IS, you'll find an even higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Powered IS can be engaged by pressing or holding the Powered IS button on the touch panel LCD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.8in
Height:2.4in
Weight:11.3oz
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Surface / Snow / Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Underwater / Low light / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF M31
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:61.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.31Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.89Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4 / 1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Sepia fader / Black & white fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Skin Detail / Vivid / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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