Canon has introduced the Vixia HF M32 Dual Flash Memory camcorder. Housed in a compact, lightweight body, this camcorder is designed as an easy-to-use movie-making tool for consumers……
Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced the new VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory camcorder. The VIXIA HF M32 is an easy-to-use, movie-making tool capable of hours upon hours of high-quality HD video recording, ideal for the aspiring family documentarian or social-networking fanatic. Equipped with 64GB of internal flash memory, the new camcorder can record up to 24 hours of HD video and also includes an SD memory card slot that is fully compatible with latest generation SDXC memory cards. The new SDXC memory card specification increases storage capacity from 32GB up to 2TB and enhances data transfer speeds.
Hot on the heels of Sony’s category-redefining NEX-VG10, Canon is coming out with a humble refresher of its VIXIA line of consumer shooters (known as Legria in Europe). It’s as incremental as upgrades get, with the HF M32 doubling its predecessor’s 32GB of internal storage and adding in SDXC memory card compatibility. Canon’s Relay Recording feature will allow you to transition from one storage cell to another without interrupting your video, but it’s something the M31 already offers.
Like its predecessors in the VIXIA HF M-series (VIXIA HF M31, HF M30, HF M300), the VIXIA HF M32 offers stunning HD video in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body. The VIXIA HF M32 retains Canon’s proprietary imaging technologies – a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor – and like other VIXIA HF M-series camcorders, features a Touch Panel LCD and a host of features that make capturing and sharing stunning HD video easier than ever before.
Aside from doubling the capacity of the internal flash memory from 32GB to 64GB, the new Vixia HF M32 is similar to Canon’s Vixia HF M31 model. It features a 2.7-inch touch panel LCD, a 3.3-megapixel still camera, 24p and 30p frame modes, 15X optical zoom, and 1080p AVCHD recording. It stands at 2.7 x 2.4 x 4.8 inches and weighs about 13.4 ounces (including battery pack and SD card).
The Vixia HF M32 features Canon’s proprietary imaging technologies–a Canon HD video lens, HD CMOS image sensor, and DIGIC DV III image processor. Like other models in the Vixia HF M-series, this new camcorder has an assortment of features designed to make capturing and sharing HD video easier, including Smart Auto, Touch & Track, Relay Recording, Powered IS, HD-to-SD Downconversion, and Advanced video snapshot.
Smart Auto uses Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor to detect and analyze brightness, color, distance, and movement to automatically select the best setting for a scene. The Touch & Track feature lets users select a subject on the Touch Panel LCD, which will be recognized and tracked so it will always be in focus and properly exposed. Relay Recording lets users capture video even when the primary recording media is full. The camcorder continues to record a scene by switching from one memory source to the other as it fills up, so that action will not be interrupted.
- Smart Auto: Makes shooting great video even easier by utilizing Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor to intelligently detect and analyze brightness, color, distance and movement and automatically select the best setting for the scene being recorded.
- Touch & Track: Enables users to select a subject on the Touch Panel LCD which will then be recognized and tracked. This sophisticated technology recognizes faces, objects, and even animals, ensuring the subject will always be in focus and properly exposed.
- Relay Recording: Allows users to capture uninterrupted video when the primary recording media is full. The camcorder will continue to record a scene by switching from one memory source to the other as it fills up, so that a moment of action will not be missed.
- Powered IS: In addition to Canon’s Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Powered IS provides an even higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. This new enhancement can be engaged by pressing the Powered IS button on the LCD panel.
- HD-to-SD Downconversion: Enables users to convert recorded HD video to standard-definition files while preserving the original HD video. These standard-definition files make it even more convenient to share video online or create a DVD.
- Advanced Video Snapshot: Provides the flexibility of capturing two, four, or eight second video clips while recording or during playback.
The rest of the specs are also familiar: a HD CMOS sensor capable of 3 megapixel stills, a 15x optical zoom lens with both optical and powered image stabilization, a 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD with Touch and Track functionality, and the same DIGIC DV III processor that’s been knocking about since last year. Still, you’ve gotta be pretty good to last that long in this industry, so maybe it’s worth giving this camera a look if you have $1,000 to spend and can wait for a September delivery.