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Canon VIXIA HF M300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder
- Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects a full range of motion
- Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides the ultimate in color and imaging performance
- Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens delivers unsurpassed image quality
- Records crisp high definition video directly to removable SD memory cards
- Canon 3.89-Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Records crisp high definition video directly to removable SD memory cards
- Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens delivers unsurpassed image quality
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|Included Components||Canon VIXIA HF M300 Flash Memory Camcorder -|
|Item Dimensions||4.9 x 2.7 x 2.4 inches|
|Item Weight||0.84 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.89 MP|
|Shipping Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080|
From the Manufacturer
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.
The VIXIA HF M300 allows you to record crisp high definition video directly to removable SD memory cards.
The advantages of flash memory go beyond added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts. Press the record button and your VIXIA HF M300 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage.
Another plus is the VIXIA HF M300'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 "I do."
While we certainly hope you keep your VIXIA HF M300 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 there is damage to your recording media or to the moving parts found in other camcorders.
Stunning Image Quality
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 M300 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.
Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS
The VIXIA HF M300 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.
A critical objective when shooting in high definition is achieving the sharpest focus possible. The VIXIA HF M300 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 "hunting." 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.
To further enhance focusing capability the VIXIA HF M300 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.
2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen
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’ll also have Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject - whether it’s people, vehicles, etc. by selecting your choice right on the touch panel LCD.
Smart Auto makes shooting great video easier than ever before. Using the power of Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF M300 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.
Touch & Track
Touch and Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any subject- 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 – 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.
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 can target a subject anywhere in the frame.
Touch Exposure – enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by the user.
Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in the VIXIA HF M300 high definition 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.
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.
Advanced Video Snapshot
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 – or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode – and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone’s attention. This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 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.
Easy Web Sharing
HD-to-SD Downconversion allows you to convert recorded high definition video to standard definition files while safely preserving the original HD video. These standard definition files make it even more convenient to edit, share video online, or create a DVD. The downconverted video can be transferred to your computer via traditional methods – i.e. USB connection, card slot – or wirelessly to sharing sites with an Eye-Fi SD memory card.
The VIXIA HF M300 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD Memory Card. It’s possible to wirelessly transfer your down-converted 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 (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) site and you’re ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world!
Canon camcorders are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (including wireless transfer). In case of an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please check with Eye-Fi, Inc. Outside of the United States and Canada, government approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries or regions. Without approval, use of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear whether the card has been approved for use in the area, please check with Eye-Fi, Inc.
Since Canon is acknowledged as a world leading maker of still image cameras, it’s not surprising that the VIXIA HF M300, 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. The VIXIA HF M300’s Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. You’ll even be able to shoot 3.0 megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording.
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 M300's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.
You can also choose from a range of exposure modes including: Auto, AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), CINE and P (program).
For optimal exposure, the VIXIA HF M300 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF M300 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in ½ exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you.
The VIXIA HF M300 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.
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF M300 comes with a Histogram Display – 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.
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. The VIXIA HF M300'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.
The versatile VIXIA HF M300 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 an SD card. Additionally, the VIXIA HF M300 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video.
Your VIXIA HF M300's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions.
You can also easily burn DVDs of your photos taken with your VIXIA HF M300 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.
24p & 30p Frame Modes
24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." 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 M300'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.
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 M300 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.
To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the VIXIA HF M300, 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 M300’s HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color. The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility.
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.
* Optional SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone is required
Compatible with Optional WP-V2 Waterproof Case
Take full advantage of the brilliant clarity and drama of HD video in the beauty of the underwater world with your VIXIA HF M300 thanks to the optional Canon WP-V2 Waterproof Case. Compact, light and custom designed especially for the VIXIA HF M300; it's 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 M300's capability.
Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery which accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute.
Built-in Video Light enhances your ability to shoot in difficult, low light conditions
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 M300. 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 M300 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.
Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software is bundled with the VIXIA HF M300.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 also 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.
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 M300's Advanced Video Snapshot feature, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided.
* The bundled application is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista.
DVD Burner Compatible
You can also easily burn DVDs of the video shot with your VIXIA HF M300 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.
AVCHD discs containing scenes recorded in MXP mode cannot be created with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner.
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Top Customer Reviews
Image stabilization - fantastic stabilization! Every video turns out smooth as silk with canon's stability feature
Color - It seems to be very true to life with natural colors
HD video - with today's HD tvs, it would be a shame to have anything else
Zoom - large enough to get close from a moderate distance and the variable speed is nice too. Better than some, not as good as others.
Mini hot shoe - great for adding accessories such as a flash, though I don't have one yet
light weight - I can't believe this is only 11oz!
Lens ring threads - Filters/protective lenses can be added
No internal memory - Kind of pricey for not having anything, but I knew that getting into it.
Low light performance - It gets pretty grainy fast when the light disappears...even the light that comes with it doesn't help much
Touch panel sensitivity - I have been having a difficult time navigating through the menu by the touch screen. It would have been nice to have some physical navigation buttons to assist for this.
Overall, this is a very nice video recorder that turns out quality videos each time. My only problem real problem is with the graininess of low light videos. This is something I believe is better handled by Sony, which I may get if I decide not to keep this one.
I have used this for a week and my feedback.
1. Size - Its smaller for mid-priced consumer camcorders.
2. Looks stylish(I got a silver color)
3. 15x zoom is enough for most consumer use/purpose.
4. Takes good still photos.
5. Touch screen
1. Video looks grainy in low-level lighting. You may need a bigger sensor but then most camcorder(s) have this issue.
2. Camcorder gets HOT and sometimes its a bit unbearable - the underneath of the camera(right below the battery) gets hot and you can feel it.
My 4star rating since this behaviour is odd for canon camcorder and this could be a deal-breaker for me.
I may have a defective unit but I'll come back and make an update in the next few weeks(if needed)
3. I can't seem to transfer files using the USB cable. You'll have to use the CD software that came along with the camcorder.
Things to shop for prior to purchasing this camcorder:
1. The camcorder does NOT come with any internal memory, so its best to shop for a 16GB or 32GB SDHC card.
2. Canon does not provide a camcorder bag so buy one.
3. Its touch screen, so buy a screen protector.
I've had pana and sony cameras before, but after reading reviews here and at Camcorderinfo.com, and checking out the cameras in the stores, I went for the Canon HF M300. My original upgrade choice had been the pana TM700, but at around twice the price of the Canon it didn't seem to me that it was going to be the best value.
I'm a family guy with 3 kids and a dog. My camcorder use tends to be indoor kids sports, indoor parties, outdoor vacations, outdoor kids playing etc. I've used the canon just a few times so far - to record some samples outdoors and to record a gymnastics competition indoors. I recorded some samples at all of the various frame rates / quality levels and then this morning put the video on DVD (using Cyberlink PowerDirector trial version). I have to say, after looking at the DVD today, the image quality and sharpness is fantastic. Color reproduction I'd say is perhaps not quite as good as a panasonic (reds a bit rich..), but I suspect I can fix that with some settings. But the sharpness of the HD video is a giant step forward from the panasonic, which is a relief because the pana was no slouch.Read more ›
It takes great 1080i videos. Many people have uploaded their videos taken by this cam on youtube, but note that those videos are only at around 6000kbps rates, since maybe youtube compressed the original files when users post their videos on their site. So the really videos we get from this cam is better than those posted (this little cam can go as high as about 24000kbps in MXP mode). It also takes good photos. I am quite happy with both of them.
I am quite satisfied with this cam, except for its touch screen menu designs. It is kind of uneasy to use since this kind of design is new to me(for example, we need to use finger to drag menus up or down to move the one we want to the highlighted column so that we can change the setting). And I find that using the wireless controller works better for me than the touch panel (But I think I should get used to the touch screen after some use in the future). Oh, by the way, opposite to some reviews, I find the wireless controller easy and good to use, just remember to point it to the touch panel, otherwise its signal may not be received by the cam. For example, when taking a photo of oneself, remember to rotate the screen towards oneself before using the wireless controller, and it will work great.
The original battery, when fully charged, showing about 90min time for mine, but since when we use the camcorder, we leave its on without shooting videos for a lot of times, so I would recommend extra battery for this. I ordered the non-oem Canon BP-827 from Amazon market place (...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have used so much since I bought it, still gives great video and one awesome camcorder.Published 12 months ago by just me
I have had and used this camera for a couple of years now and am very satisfied with its video quality. Black levels are what they are with digital vs. older analog technology. Read morePublished 15 months ago by The REAL Deal
Awesome camera. I'm not a huge fan of the touch screen but all of the other features are solid and live up to the Canon quality reputation. Excellent resolution. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Before I got a DSLR capable of shooting video, I got one of these for shooting video for social media and content marketing projects. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark David Zahn
Have had this camera for less than one year. Wish I had bought a camera with a viewfinder because it is very difficult to see the glass screen in any kind of sunny or well-lighted... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Diane M. Seidel
I got this camera for a gift in 2010, and it's taken me almost a year to figure out how to connect to my mac and share videos. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by pinschers
Got a good deal on this, found it to be well worth it. Not many gripes, but here they are: Not so good in low light. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Lenny
This is a great camcorder. I am glad I was able to get this while they were still selling new on Amazon. For $329 you cant even come close with any other manufactures. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Brophy