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Canon VIXIA HF M300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and image quality. The portability and usability also get good reviews. There are some negative comments about the features and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon VIXIA HF M300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon VIXIA HF M300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Canon VIXIA HF M300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HF M300 Full HD Flash Memory CamcorderCanon VIXIA HF M40 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and 16GB Internal Flash Memory + Extra 32GB SDHC Memory + Extended Life Battery + Ac/Dc Charger Canon Vixia HF M301 Flash Memory Full HD Digital Video Camcorder (Black Version of HF M300)

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Canon Vixia HF M300 (silver)

 

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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Excellent Value for money with loads of features

 

I was looking for the cheapest full HD camcorder and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the cheapest was also better than other brands - although there are plenty of cheeper cameras that claim to be full HD their sensors are not full HD so the...

Full HD video sensor unlike similar price Sonys which upscale to 1080p ; Mini hotshoe and jack so you can connect external microphone and video lights ; Easy to use once you learn how to use the menu system ; Powerful zoom that is quite usable thanks...

Touchscreen is a bit unresponsive compared to Apple IPhone - copy that user experience please Canon ; The wide angle end of the zoom is not very wide at all. Really needs a wide angle lens adapter if you ; youre planning to use this indoors for family...

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Discontinued model!

 

Don't buy it. Old tech.

Nice review, but the reviews on these websites seem to hang around like stale cheese on the shelves. What's up with that

I expect current models to be displayed when I click on a major catgeory here, not discontinued ones

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Terrible screen in broad daylight. Impossible to see

 

Huge disappointment. And not the easiest to use with a Mac, but that was well documented in the comments I read online. However, the lack of viewfinder/overly reflective screen is a ridiculous design flaw on the part of Canon. I cannot imagine how this...

Easy to use, lightweight, good indoors

Bought this camera for a family trip to Africa, was crazed when I was out in the fields and couldn't see the images because the screen acts like a mirror. It needs a viewfinder. I also have a Canon G9 (still camera) that has a screen that was less reflect

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Very Good Video Quality, Ulta Sub-Par Audio

 

A very good choice and beating out Sony's entray-level models 100% over. I'd suggest extra batteries and a travel charger and a ext. MIC to improve upon the sound. The M400 by Canon is now out for 2011.

Picture, 24 rated, size

Audio is horrible in any kind of a 'BREEZE'. Last years model. Worth just the $300 Costco is clearing it out for

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CANON VIXIA HFM301 KIT for 300 dollars? I like it!

 

In summary I wouldn't have bought another camera because it was much cheaper than usual because I have found a good deal. I'm so happy because I have exchanged from the Canon Vixia HF R100 which was a lot worse. A new camera for $300 which includes an...

I am very surprised by the image quality on this camcorder. The image you can get is amazing on almost any situation. Plus is 1080p 24mbps, has great lens, instant auto focus, an amazing stabilizer with extra stabilization button. Very easy and light

The only thing is not very good is the indoor quality. It can be grainy and have not the best image but with some editing you can reduce the grainy video or use a different configuration such as cine-mode which comes to be better on that situation

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CANON VIXIA HFM301 KIT for 300 dollars? I like it!

 

In summary I wouldn't have bought another camera because it was much cheaper than usual because I have found a good deal.

I am very surprised by the image quality on this camcorder. The image you can get is amazing on almost any situation. Plus is 1080p 24mbps, has great lens, instant auto focus, an amazing stabilizer with extra stabilization button. Very easy and light

The only thing is not very good is the indoor quality. It can be grainy and have not the best image but with some editing you can reduce the grainy video or use a different configuration such as cine-mode which comes to be better on that situation

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A+ HD Camcorder!

 

After months of research and price comparisons, I finally went with the Canon M300. So far, this camera is a champ! The quality (video and audio) is amazing. I opted for the 300 over the 30 and 31 because the are the same camera except for the BUILT...

Quality is amazing ; Great features ; Image stabilization ; Light weight

No built in memory ; Low light performance

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A+ HD Camcorder!

 

After months of research and price comparisons, I finally went with the Canon M300. So far, this camera is a champ! The quality (video and audio) is amazing. I opted for the 300 over the 30 and 31 because the are the same camera except for the BUILT...

Quality is amazing ; Great features ; Image stabilization ; Light weight

No built in memory ; Low light performance

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A+ HD Camcorder!

 

After months of research and price comparisons, I finally went with the Canon M300. So far, this camera is a champ! The quality (video and audio) is amazing.

Quality is amazing ; Great features ; Image stabilization ; Light weight

No built in memory ; Low light performance

Product Specifications

The Canon VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder records directly to an SD memory card slot and is ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight - 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 chooses the best settings. Touch & 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.

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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF M300
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 Video Format:AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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