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Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD

alaTest has collected and analyzed 232 reviews of Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, but many are negative about the control panel and viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

viewfinder, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 230 user reviews of Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the zoom and image quality are generally positive. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas the control panel and viewfinder get critical opinions.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

viewfinder, control panel

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD 10x Image Stabilized Camcorder with One SDXC Card Slot and 3.0 Touch LCDCanon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD 10x Image Stabilized Camcorder with One SDXC Card Slot and 3.0 Touch LCD

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (

Canon Vixia HF M50


The Canon Vixia HF M50 is a capable digital camcorder, offering a variety of useful features, built-in storage, and great looking video, but it's hard to justify the price when compared with some of the better digital cameras out there.

Comfortable to use. Solid video quality, even in low light. Effective image stabilization. Built-in flash memory. Wi-Fi connectivity.

Somewhat limited focal range. Cumbersome touch controls.

Conclusions The Canon Vixia HF M50 captures pleasantly crisp, fluid video in a variety of lighting situations, with an easy-to-use and accurate fully automatic mode. Extras like built-in flash memory and Wi-Fi connectivity sweeten the deal, but the...

May, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, AC3, MP4 / AC3, LC-AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
PCM digital audio:16-bit/48 kHz


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-718
Video recording time:3


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV III
Minimum illumination:0.1 / 1.2


Color of product:Black
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touch screen: Yes
Touch sensitive screen: Yes


Built-in flash: No
Built-in light: No
External flash connector: Yes


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.394 - ∞
Normal focusing range:39.4 - ∞

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.07
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor size:1/3
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:2.37

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.71 - 17.2
Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:1.69
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.71 - 17.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.24 - 2.4
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Maximum aperture number:3
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):17.2
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.71
Optical Zoom:10

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:Manual
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset, Underwater


Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 60
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 60
Operating temperature (T-T):-5 - 45 / 0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):-5 - 45 / 0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-5 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-5 - 45

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:HDMI, USB
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB A, Mini-USB B


Shutter speed (photo):0.002 / 1/500
Shutter speed (video):0.0005 / 1/2000

Still Image

Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card / Memory card, NAND
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash memory:8
Maximum memory card size:64
Memory slots:1


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Capture modes:FXP, LP, MXP, SP, XP+
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:AVCHD, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,MP4,MPEG4 / AVCHD,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:10.9 / 12.9

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten