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A Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization provides unsurpassed, professional-looking image quality.
Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens <br/> Building on Canon's decades of optical excellence, the VIXIA HF M500's 10x HD Video Lens produces extraordinary images. The high-performance Canon HD Video Lens uses low-dispersion glass to suppress chromatic aberration, delivering crystal clear video with excellent resolution, even at the telephoto end of the zoom. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The lens also features an iris diaphragm. Normally found only on professional-level camcorders, the iris diaphragm produces highly expressive video with sharply focused subjects and beautifully blurred backgrounds. <br/> <br/>
Newly designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 image sensor which delivers outstanding video resolution, improved low-light performance*, and a wide dynamic range. *20% improved low-light performance compared to the Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor used in Canon's 2011 VIXIA Camcorders.
Newly Designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor <br/> Equipped with the same high-powered image sensor found in professional models, the compact <br/>VIXIA HF M500 camcorder captures 1080p Full HD video with the rich, vivid quality of a much more upscale camcorder. The professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080, HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor has a large pixel size that captures more available light to deliver superb imaging. Technical refinements including a thinner on-chip microlens, improved color filter transmittance and deeper, wider photodiode allow 20% higher light transmittance*. Additional light to the sensor means that video shot in low-light situations is brighter and clearer, with better noise suppression. The newly extended dynamic range is exceptionally wide, producing enhanced gradation and natural, lifelike realism in high-contrast scenes. *20% improved low-light performance compared to the Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor used in Canon's 2011 VIXIA Camcorders. <br/> <br/>
Record Full HD video directly to a removable SD memory card (SDHC/SDXC compatible) for fast and easy sharing of your memories.
Record to Removable SD Memory Cards <br/> The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder records Full HD Video directly to a removable SD memory card. Widely available in several capacities, SD memory cards let you share your videos quickly and easily; simply remove the card and insert it into a PC's SD memory card slot. In addition to SD memory cards, the VIXIA HF M500 lets you use super-high capacity SDXC cards. The same size as a standard SD card, an SDXC card can hold up to 2048 GB, and provides ultra-fast data transfer. <br/> VIXIA RECORDING TIME CHART AVCHD Recording Mode 1920 x 1080 Recording 1440 x 1080 Recording Memory Capacity MXP Approx. 24 Mbps&#42; FXP Approx. 17 Mbps&#42; XP&#43; Approx. 12 Mbps&#42; SP Approx. 7 Mbps&#42; LP Approx. 5 Mbps&#42; 4 GB 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 1 hour 10 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 6 GB 30 minutes 45 minutes 1 hour 5 minutes 1 hour 45 minutes 2 hour 15 minutes 8GB 40 minutes 1 hour 1 hour 25 minutes 2 hours 20 minutes 3 hours 12 GB 1 hour 5 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 2 hours 10 minutes 3 hours 35 minutes 4 hours 35 minutes 16 GB 1 hour 25 minutes 2 hours 5 minutes 2 hours 50 minutes 4 hours 45 minutes 6 hours 5 minutes 32 GB 2 hours 55 minutes 4 hours 10 minutes 5 hours 45 minutes 9 hours 35 minutes 12 hours 15 minutes 64 GB 5 hours 55 minutes 8 hours 20 minutes 11 hours 30 minutes 19 hours 10 minutes 24 hours 30 minutes &#42; When recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop and then start automatically. MP4 1280 x 720 Recording &#42;&#42;The maximum video recording time with the MP4 format is 30 minutes, and the maximum file size is 4GB, and when either of these conditions is met, recording will stop automatically. 9 Mbps&#42;&#42; 4 Mbps&#42;&#42; 4 GB 55 minutes 2 hours 5 minutes 6 GB 1 hour 25 minutes 3 hour 10 minutes 8 GB 1 hours 55 minutes 4 hours 10 minutes 12 GB 2 hours 50 minutes 6 hours 20 minutes 16 GB 3 hours 50 minutes 8 hours 25 minutes 32 GB 7 hours 40 minutes 16 hours 55 minutes 64 GB 15 hours 25 minutes 33 hours 55 minutes <br/>
Choose to record in AVCHD for the highest quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications.
Record in AVCHD or MP4 Format <br/> The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder gives you the flexibility of dual codec recording, allowing you to record in AVCHD or MP4 format, so you can pick the format that best suits your needs. AVCHD's higher bit-rate and finer resolution will yield the highest quality video for viewing on an HDTV or archiving to Blu-ray&trade;. And for use with today's most typical video applications, the camcorder lets you record in MP4 format, too. MP4 format produces files you can share right away - with no need for conversion. Video is immediately available to upload to social networking sites like Facebook&trade; or YouTube&trade;, view on an iPhone&trade;, iPad&trade; or iPod Touch&trade;. <br/> <br/>
Intelligent IS automatically chooses from four different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
Intelligent IS <br/> Intelligent IS makes it easy to shoot clear, sharply focused video, even in situations that typically cause camera shake. The Intelligent IS system analyzes the shooting situation for you, then automatically switches to the image stabilization method best able to produce sharp, steady video. Four IS systems cover the gamut of shooting situations. Dynamic IS corrects minor movement and the shaking caused by walking while shooting. Macro IS delivers perfectly steady close-up shots. Powered IS comes into play when you're using the camcorder's powerful zoom, correcting shake that can occur in telephoto shots. Tripod Mode stops IS when the camcorder is stationary. <br/> <br/>
Audio Scene Select enables easy operation and setup for outstanding audio that matches the pristine image quality.
Increased Clarity, Adjustability <br/> The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder's audio is an excellent match for its pristine image quality. The microphone has updated elements that increase clarity at medium and low frequencies, so even faint sounds are recorded clearly. Three microphone positions let you adjust recording to suit the position of the zoom or your subjects: front for monaural recording; regular for normal stereo effect; and rear for a wider, more enhanced stereo effect. Frequency response characteristics can be adjusted for the scene with several options. You can balance all frequencies for normal recording, emphasize low frequencies for impactful live music recording, attenuate low frequencies to reduce ambient noise, emphasize mid frequencies to focus on voices, or emphasize low and high frequencies to record live music with balanced lows and highs. <br/> Normal Records with a balance throughout all frequencies. Emphasize Low Frequencies Record scenes of live music or the like with impact. Attenuate Low Frequencies Reduce ambient noise and sound of traffic outdoors (wind, cars, etc.) Emphasize mid frequencies Record focusing on people's voices Emphasize Low and High Frequencies Record live music with balanced lows and highs <br/> Audio Scene Select <br/> Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easy to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations. <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Optional Audio Accessories <br/> Canon's optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone allows you to record high-quality audio without wires from up to 164 feet away (50m), making it ideal for ceremonies and recitals. For the ultimate home theater experience, the optional 5.1-channel Surround Sound Microphone SM-V1 captures audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your HD video. Five distinct pickup sensors capture sound from all directions, making your home movies look and sound more lifelike than ever before. <br/>
3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new graphical user interface (GUI) offers fast and easy control right at your fingertips.
3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD <br/> Big and bright, the VIXIA HF M500's 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD provides super intuitive control that feels instantly familiar. With a touch, you can shift focus immediately to any subject. Exposure for any area of the screen can be controlled with a touch as well. And with Touch & Track, you simply place your finger on a moving subject and the focus will follow that subject. "Pressable" buttons are also available for selecting settings and controlling camcorder operations on-screen. A new Home button on the camcorder takes you to the main LCD screen, where clear explanations of shooting modes and recording settings help you make informed choices for an exceptionally simple and enjoyable shooting experience. <br/> <br/>
Smart AUTO makes shooting great videos easy by intelligently selecting the best settings from 38 predefined situations including Auto Tele Macro that provides spectacular close-ups and the dramatic look of a video shot with shallow depth-of-field.
Smart AUTO and Auto Tele Macro Smart AUTO lets you capture clear, bright, well-focused video while the camcorder takes care of all the details. The system recognizes 38 shooting situations based on numerous factors, then automatically chooses the optimal settings for the situation. When you shoot a nearby subject in telephoto zoom mode, Auto Tele Macro gives your video the high-end artistic effect of a well-focused subject against a beautifully blurred background.

Cinema-Look Filter offers nine different built-in filters to create video with a variety of professional cinematic looks, and Touch Decoration allows you to superimpose and record a variety of fun and exciting images for a creative flair.
Cinema-Look Filters <br/> Giving your videos more creativity is easy with new Cinema-Look Filters. Cinema Standard subdues brights and enhances darks for the feel of film. Vivid accentuates primary colors for a cheerful effect that's perfect for kids' birthday parties. Cool adds a bluish tint for a futuristic feel. Nostalgic recreates the look of 1970s TV shows. Sepia adds a distinctive fade and antique tint. Old Movies imparts the aged look of early cinema. Dynamic B&W creates dramatic high-contrast grayscale. Dream adds a magical look (soft-focus) for dream-like scenes. Memory produces a faded, misty look-great for flashback scenes. <br/> &nbsp; Cinema Standard Recreates the warm tones and muted highlights of classic film. &nbsp; Vivid Accentuates primary colors for a bright, cheerful look. &nbsp; Cool Adds a bluish tint for cool, futuristic-looking scenes. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Nostalgic Recreates the look of old '70s TV programs. &nbsp; Sepia Applies a sepia tint for an antique, faded look. &nbsp; Old Movie Gives video the aged look of old cinema. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Dramatic B&#38;W Creates bold black-and-white movies with high contrast and grain. &nbsp; Dream Adds a magic soft-focus effect for dream-like scenes. &nbsp; Memory Produces a faded, misty look-great for flashback scenes. &nbsp; <br/> Touch Decoration Using the camcorder's LCD screen and an included stylus, you can embellish your recorded video freehand: draw graphics, write words, it's completely up to you! With a choice of 27 different frame graphics, clip art and animated effects, you can give your video a whole new dimension. New, easy-to-understand icons have been incorporated that make options for animated effects clear at a glance. <br/> <br/>
Story Creator provides a list of suggested scenes that have improved shooting tips to help you produce your own masterpiece.
Story Creator <br/> Creating a compelling video that truly documents an important event can be challenging, so the <br/>VIXIA HF M500 camcorder steps in to help with Story Creator. The feature is even easier to use than ever, so now even beginning videographers can cover an event with confidence. Before shooting, you'll see a list of scenes you'll want to be sure to catch for several different types of occasions. And now each scene selection includes specific shooting tips that help with scene structure and composition, including suggestions for wide-shots, close-ups, even recommendations for length of shots. After shooting, you can watch your video in coherent story order based on each scene's theme, as opposed to the order in which each scene was shot. <br/> <br/>
24p Cinema Mode provides the look and feel of a Hollywood movie and 30p Progressive is ideal for clips intended to be posted on the web.
24p Cinema and 30p Progressive Modes <br/> The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder's sophisticated shooting mode options offer superior creativity and functionality. 24p Cinema Mode gives your video a film-like feel, making it look as if it were shot at the same frame rate as movie film, with a frame capture rate of 24p recorded at 60i. The camcorder also gives you the option of recording in 30p Progressive Mode, which is ideal for clips you intend to post online. <br/> <br/>
Microphone terminal with manual audio level control, and headphone terminal provide exceptional flexibility.
Microphone and Headphone Terminals <br/> The VIXIA HF M500 camcorder offers exceptional audio flexibility with microphone and headphone terminals. The microphone terminal allows you to capture professional-quality sound with an external microphone and manual audio level control ensures proper volume for any situation. In addition, you'll find a dedicated headphone terminal, ideal for remote communication with the optional <br/>Wireless Microphone WM-V1 and other applications. <br/>


VIXIA HF M500 VIXIA HF M500 Camcorder Battery Pack BP-718 Stylus Pen Compact Power Adapter CA-110 USB Cable IFC-300PCU/S HDMI Cable HTC-100/S Bundled CD ROMs: - Pixela Transfer Utility Disk - ImageBrowser EX / Image Mix / Music Data Disc


Standard Definition or High Definition

High Definition

Television System


Video Recording system


Image Sensor

1/3-inch HD CMOS PRO, RGB Primary Color Filter

Total Pixels

Approx. 2.37 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Video: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Photo: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)

Maximum recording Time

Recording times are based on one 64 GB 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) - Allows 1920 x 1080 recording:
8 hours 20 minutes MXP (24Mbps) - Allows 1920 x 1080 recording:
5 hours 55 minutes MP4:
4Mbps: 33 hours 55 minutes 9Mbps: 15 hours 25 minutes


Zoom Ratio:
10 Optical/200x Digital* Focal Length:
6.1-61mm 35mm Film Equivalent:
Optical Zoom: 43.4-436mm (in both movies and photos) Zoom Speed:
Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0 * Movie mode only

Focusing System

TTL (Through The Lens) + Instant AF

Manual Exposure


Programmed AE

Auto, Manual*1, Cinema Mode*2 *1 P, Tv, Av, SCN*3
*2 P, Tv, Av
*3 Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks, Underwater, Surface

Max Shutter Speed

Movie: 1/2000 sec.
Still Image: 1/500 sec.

Minimum Focusing Distance

When tele macro is in effect: 10 mm to ∞ (wide end), 1 m to ∞ (intermediate zooming range), 40 cm to ∞ (tele end) When tele macro is not in effect: 10 mm to ∞ (wide end), 1 m to ∞ (entire zooming range)

All figures given are for the distance from the lens front.

White Balance

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

Minimum Illumination

NTSC: 1.2 lx
0.1 lx in Low Light Mode (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)

Image Stabilization

Optical System (Lens-shift system): - Intelligent IS in Auto mode
- Dynamic IS (default)
- Powered IS
- Macro IS
- Tripod Mode IS Modes other than Intelligent IS; Dynamic IS and Powered IS settings can be made manually in Manual/Cinema Mode: - Standard IS
- IS Off

Filter Diameter

43mm P0.75


Not Available

LCD Screen

3.0-inch Widescreen Color Touch Panel LCD (Approx. 230,000 dots)

Recording Media

1 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot*

USB Terminal

mini-AB: Hi-Speed USB supported

Video Terminal

Composite (output)


AVCHD: Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel)
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2 Channel)

Sampling Frequency: 48 KHz

Accessory Shoe

Mini Advanced Accessory shoe available.

However, only the video light function is provided by the VFL-2 video light flash.

Supplied Video Editing Software

Video Browser Editing Disc
ImageBrowser Disc
Transfer Utility Disc

HDMI Terminal

Available; Mini connector, CEC, x.v. Color supported

Microphone Terminal

3.5 mm dia. stereo mini-jack

AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal

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

Operating Temperature range

23° to 113° F, 60% relative humidity 32° to 104° F, 85% relative humidity (performance)


(W x H x D) 2.7 x 2.5 x 4.8 in / 68 x 64 x 121 mm (Not including the grip belt)


Approx. 10.9 oz. / 310g (Not including grip belt)
Approx. 12.9 oz. / 365g (Including BP-718, memory card and grip belt)

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