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Canon Legria/Vixia HF M31

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and design. The usability and image quality are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the value for money and battery. There are some mixed reviews about the memory.

portability, image quality, usability, design, color

battery, value for money

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Vixia HF M31

 

I was a big fan of last year's mainstream Canon flash HD camcorders, the HF200 series, and much of what was great about them remains--solid performance and very good video quality. That's probably why I'm doubly frustrated by Canon's attempt to...

Very good video at highest quality setting; nice lens performance

Poorly designed touch-screen menu system; short battery life; defaults to low-quality video mode

At its best, the Canon Vixia HF M3x series--composed of the M300, M30, M31, and M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features, and performance for the money, but some people may find the touch-screen interface extremely frustrating to use...

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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

 

A scientific, in-depth analysis with side-by-side comparisons

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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"Awesome Camcorder! Would recommend to friends!"

 

Have had nothing but good experience with this camera. Compact, amazing quality of picture. Records in low light better than I've seen for a consumer video camera. When people see video played back on HDTV they always ask me about the camera.

A faster way to transfer video from camera to computer would be nice. USB just takes a while sometimes. I mainly use the 32GB flash drive. I don't use the software to transfer the video...I prefer to do it manually and organized the files myself.

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"Good camera but get it on sale."

 

I bought this camera and the "you break it, we replace it" warranty from Crutchfield for $499. I got it to make web videos for my lawyer website. I didn't bother with the editing software because Cyberlink Powerdirector 64 blows it away.

Works well in all light. It's very light and easy to put on tripods

The onscreen menu is so bad that it's useless, however, just use the remote control.

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"Bad Camera"

 

Bad product misleading advertising "State of the art CMOS Technology" my 10 year old products work better and canon won't do anything to take care of me.

Cannot think of any positive comments about this product.

I purchased this camera a couple months ago with the thought of taking HD video and good photos and I am very disappointed. The video is about as good as my 10 year old Sony 8mm tape camcorder and my 10 year old Samsung digital camera takes better photos

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"EXCELLENT CAMCORDER FOR THE $$$"

 

Disclaimer: I bought mine as an 'open box' special and then haggled it down even further (just under $400 w/ tax) so for the money I don't think there is a better deal.

Excellent image, sounds, and options

BATTERY LIFE - But I haven't looked into larger capacity batteries and how that would effect the ergonomics of using the camcorder.

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EXCELLENT CAMCORDER FOR THE $$$

 

Disclaimer: I bought mine as an 'open box' special and then haggled it down even further (just under $400 w/ tax) so for the money I don't think there is a better deal.

Excellent image, sounds, and options

BATTERY LIFE - But I haven't looked into larger capacity batteries and how that would effect the ergonomics of using the camcorder

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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