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VIXIA HF M301

Support High Definition Camcorders

Features

<br/> <br/>The VIXIA HF M301 allows you to record crisp high definition video to an SDXC-compatible memory card slot. With SDXC memory card compatibility, you&rsquo;ll have card storage capacity from more than 32GB up to 2TB and ultra-fast data transfer speeds.<br/> Memory capacity MXP <br/> (app. 24Mbps) FXP <br/> (app. 17Mbps) XP+ <br/> (app. 12Mbps) SP <br/> (app. 7Mbps) LP <br/> (app. 5Mbps) 2GB 10 min. 15 min. 20 min. 35 min. 45 min. 4GB 20 min. 30 min. 40 min. 1 hour <br/> 10 min. 1 hour <br/> 30 min. 8GB 40 min. 1 hour 1 hour <br/> 25 min. 2 hours <br/> 20 min. 3 hours 16GB 1 hour <br/> 25 min. 2 hours <br/> 5 min. 2 hours <br/> 50 min. 4 hours <br/> 45 min. 6 hours <br/> 5 min. 32GB 2 hours <br/> 55 min. 4 hours <br/> 10 min. 5 hours <br/> 45 min. 9 hours <br/> 35 min. 12 hours <br/> 15 min. 64GB 5 hours <br/> 55 min. 8 hours <br/> 20 min. 11 hours <br/> 30 min. 19 hours <br/> 10 min. 24 hours <br/> 30 min. MXP and FXP modes record in 1920 x 1080 and require a Class 4 or higher SDHC or SDXC Card <br/> <br/> The advantages of flash memory go beyond added recording time. You'll appreciate its quick response time, because it doesn&rsquo;t have to wait for moving parts. Press the record button and your VIXIA HF M301 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage.<br/><br/> Another plus is the VIXIA HF M301's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. It's just what you need so you don't miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say &quot;I do.&quot;<br/><br/> While we certainly hope you keep your VIXIA HF M301 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if you accidentally jolt or drop your camcorder. <br/>
<br/> <br/><br/> A Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens delivers unsurpassed image quality. The Canon Exclusive 3.89-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution and photos with astonishing detail, while the Canon Exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides the ultimate in color and imaging performance, with enhanced reproduction of difficult to capture purple and blue tones. Exceptionally lifelike tone and detail are captured thanks to 24Mbps Recording, which offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD. The VIXIA HF M301 not only captures images in Full HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen.<br/> <br/>
<br/> &nbsp;<br/> &nbsp;<br/> The VIXIA HF M301 features Canon&rsquo;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&nbsp; Powered IS, it offers you 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.<br/> <br/><br/> <br/>
<br/> <br/> Another critical objective when shooting in high definition is achieving the sharpest focus possible. The VIXIA HF M301 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary Instant AF focusing system which offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus &quot;hunting.&quot; This is especially beneficial in high brightness or night shooting situations. In addition, with Instant AF, it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.<br/><br/> To further enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF M301 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. This is a feature normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras. <br/>
<br/> See exceptional detail with a sharp 211,000 dot screen delivering brilliant color together with touch panel control for faster and easier menu navigation. You also have Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s people, vehicles, or another, by selecting your choice right on the Touch Panel LCD.<br/> <br/> <br/>
<br/> Smart Auto makes shooting great video easier than ever before. Using the power of Canon&rsquo;s DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF M301 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene. Whether you are capturing a sunset, a day at the beach, or a fast-paced soccer game, Smart Auto delivers exceptional accuracy, raising your video to the next level.<br/> <br/>
<br/> Touch and Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any subject &ndash; people, pets, vehicles and more. Simply select your point of interest on the Touch Panel LCD, and you will have your subject in sharp focus, regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot &ndash; and the exposure will be perfectly adjusted for subject and conditions. Touch & Track is the default setting. You can also choose to adjust focus or exposure independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch Focus or Touch Exposure.<br/> <br/> Touch Focus allows the user to pinpoint a specific area to focus on. This function is similar to the Push AF feature found in professional camcorders, but it can target a subject anywhere in the frame.<br/><br/> Touch Exposure enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by the user.<br/> <br/>
<br/> The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in the VIXIA HF M301 Flash Memory Camcorder. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time.<br/><br/> The system is in fact so smart that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature can be used to search for clips featuring that specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. The selected face can be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing that subject.<br/><br/> <br/><br/> <br/>
<br/> Advanced Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of a once in a lifetime trip or a family milestone with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips &ndash; or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode &ndash; and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone&rsquo;s attention. This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time (2,&nbsp;4,&nbsp;or&nbsp;8&nbsp;seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source, such as an MP3 player, can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.<br/><br/> <br/> <br/>
<br/> The VIXIA&nbsp;HF&nbsp;M301 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD Memory Card. It&rsquo;s possible to wirelessly transfer your video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and you&rsquo;re ready to share your files with family, friends, and the world!<br/><br/> Canon camcorders are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another; please contact the card manufacturer for status of approval in the country/region of use.<br/><br/> Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party accessory or product mentioned herein. <br/>
<br/> Since Canon is acknowledged as a world leading maker of still image cameras, it&rsquo;s not surprising that the VIXIA HF M301, in addition to being a brilliant camcorder, is also a superb 3.3-megapixel digital camera. Once again, Canon delivers features and technology that advance convenience and capability.<br/><br/> The VIXIA HF M301&rsquo;s Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. You&rsquo;ll even be able to shoot 3.0-megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording.<br/><br/> Auto Intelligent Auto Focus, AiAF, ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF M301's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.<br/><br/> You can also choose from a range of exposure modes including: Auto, AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), CINE and P (program).<br/><br/> For optimal exposure, the VIXIA HF M301 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF M301 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in &frac12; exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you.<br/><br/> The VIXIA HF M301 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a digital camera. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode.<br/><br/> For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF M301 comes with a Histogram Display &ndash; a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.<br/> With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. The VIXIA HF M301's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. Choose from two different colors for the grid to ensure that you see it, no matter what the background color of your shot is.<br/><br/> The versatile VIXIA HF M301 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto the SD card. Additionally, the VIXIA HF M301 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video.<br/><br/> Your VIXIA HF M301's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions. <br/>
<br/> 24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional &quot;film-look.&quot; You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF M301's CINE setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.<br/> <br/><br/> Simulated Images <br/> You would normally have to look to professional video cameras in order to have a sophisticated tool like 30p Progressive Mode at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF M301 to capture video in 30p (30 progressive frames, recorded at 60i), which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. Excellent for action and sports shots, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording.<br/> <br/><br/> Simulated Images <br/>
To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the VIXIA HF M301, you'll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter, or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone. Easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV is yours through the VIXIA HF M301's HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color*. The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and the Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility.

* x.v.Color and x.v.Color logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
<br/> For the ultimate home theater experience, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound* allows you to capture audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your high definition video. The sound is captured from all directions (five different pickup sensors) so your home movies will look and sound more lifelike than ever before. The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal also provide exceptional audio flexibility.<br/><br/> * Optional SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone is required<br/><br/> <br/>
<br/> Take full advantage of the brilliant clarity and drama of HD video in the beauty of the underwater world with your VIXIA HF M301 thanks to the optional Canon WP-V2 Waterproof Case. Compact, light and custom designed especially for the VIXIA HF M301, the case is waterproof to 130ft (40m). It has direct control buttons for record start/stop, telephoto and wide zoom, photo capture and preview, to let you make the most of the VIXIA HF M301's capability.<br/><br/> <br/>
<br/> Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute.<br/><br/> Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the image sensor's sensitivity. With this function, brightness and noise can be balanced as required, and image quality can be maximized in low light situations.<br/><br/> Built-in Video Light enhances your ability to shoot in difficult, low light conditions.<br/><br/> Print/Share allows you to connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and, with a touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your VIXIA HF M301. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer. You can also easily burn DVDs of your photos taken with your VIXIA HF M301 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all.<br/><br/> Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software is bundled with the VIXIA HF M301.You can easily perform a variety of functions, including AVCHD Editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. This software also allows you to play your AVCHD movies on your computer and will let you share copies of your movie with friends and family through flash memory to hard drive copying. Transfer and store your movie onto your computer's hard drive with the software and easily convert your high definition video to standard definition video as well. Pixela ImageMixer 3SE will also assist you in converting video to the optimum resolution for transmission over the Internet.<br/><br/> With the Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Disc, you can burn your edited video onto Blu-ray disc, AVCHD DVDs, (which play in AVCHD compatible Blu-ray disc players), or onto Standard Definition DVDs. And to complement the VIXIA HF M301's Advanced Video Snapshot feature, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided.<br/><br/> * The bundled application is compatible with Windows XP (Service Pack 2 and 3), Windows Vista, and Windows&nbsp;7.<br/><br/> DVD Burner Compatible<br/><br/> You can also easily burn DVDs of the video shot with your VIXIA HF M301 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your videos will be burned to an AVCHD disc for play in a compatible DVD player.<br/><br/> AVCHD discs containing scenes recorded in MXP mode cannot be created with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner. <br/>

Specifications

Standard Definition or High Definition

High Definition

Power Consumption

3.5W (LP Mode, LCD set to normal brightness)

Television System

NTSC

Video Recording system

MPEG4-AVC / H.264

Image Sensor

1/4-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter

Total Pixels

Approx. 3.89 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Video: Advanced Zoom OFF: Approx. 2.99 Megapixels (2304 x 1296)
Advanced Zoom ON: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Photo: 16:9 Approx. 2.99 Megapixels (2304 x 1296)
4:3 Approx. 3.31 Megapixels (2100 x 1575)

Maximum recording Time

64GB 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) 8 hours 20 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
MXP (24Mbps) 5 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording

Lens

Zoom Ratio 15x Optical/18x Advanced Zoom/300x Digital
Focal Length f-4.1 - 61.5mm (35mm equivalent 39.5 - 592.5mm)
Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.2

Focusing System

Instant AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)

Manual Exposure

Yes

Programmed AE

Smart Auto, P, Av, Tv, Cine*, Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks, Underwater, Surface

Max Shutter Speed

Movie: 1/2000, Still image: 1/500

Minimum Focusing Distance

10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent, Manual

Frame Rate

60i, 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)

Minimum Illumination

0.4 lx (Low Light mode)

Image Stabilization

Dynamic SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Standard SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Powered IS

Filter Diameter

37mm

Viewfinder

None

LCD Screen

2.7-inch Touch Panel Widescreen color LCD (Approx. 211,000 dots)

Flash

Built-in

Recording Media

SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card**

USB Terminal

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Video Terminal

Component (output), composite (output)

Audio

Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3), 5.1-channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)

Accessory Shoe

mini Advanced

Supplied Video Editing Software

Pixela ImageMixer 3SE

HDMI Terminal

HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC and x.v.Color supported

Microphone Terminal

3.5 mm stereo mini-jack

AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal

3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)

Dimensions

(W x H x D) Approx. 2.7 x 2.4 x 4.8in. (68 x 60 x 123mm)

Weight (not including battery pack and memory card)

Approx. 11.3 oz. (320g)

Weight

Approx. 13.4 oz. (380g) (including BP-808, memory card and grip belt)

VIXIA HF M301

VIXIA HF M301 VIXIA HF M301 Camcorder Battery Pack BP-808 Compact Power Adapter CA-570 Wireless Controller WL-D89 USB Cable IFC-400PCU Stereo Video Cable STV-250N Component Cable CTC-100/S Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software Music CD Digital Video Solutions Disc

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