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Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - HF M31

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32GB Internal Flash Drive/ SD Memory Card Slot/ 15x HD Video Lens/ 3.89 Megapixel/ DIGIC DV III Image Processor/ Dynamic SuperRange OIS/ Powered IS/ 24Mbps Recording/ 2.7" Touch Panel LCD/ Black Finish
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Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - HFM31

The Canon VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder features a 32GB internal flash drive and an SD memory card slot in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body - 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.

Features:

  • Record high definition video to a 32GB internal flash drive or directly to removable SD memory cards
  • Ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight design
  • Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens
  • Canon 3.89 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS
  • Powered IS
  • 24Mbps Recording
  • 2.7" Touch Panel LCD

Package Content:

  • VIXIA HF M31 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Wireless Controller WL-D89
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Battery Pack BP-808
  • Component Cable CTC-100/s
  • Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
  • Music CD
  • Digital Video Solution Disc

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: 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
    • 32GB internal flash drive: Recording time based on internal flash memory only. Greater capacity is possible when SD memory cards are used.
    • LP (5Mbps) 12 hours 15 minutes
    • SP (7Mbps) 9 hours 35 minutes
    • XP+ (12Mbps) 5 hours 45 minutes
    • FXP (17Mbps) 4 hours 10 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
    • MXP (24Mbps) 2 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
  • LCD Screen: 2.7-inch Touch Panel Widescreen color LCD (Approx. 211,000 dots)
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Recording Media: Internal flash drive (32GB) or SD 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)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2.4"
  • Width: 2.7"
  • Depth: 4.9"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.08 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.7"
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count3890000
Effective Pixel Count2,990,000/2,070,000
Manual FocusingNo
Optical Zoom15x
Digital Zoom300x
Night ModeNo
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Built In Video LightNo
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With BatteryLP (5Mbps) 12 hours 15 minutes, SP (7Mbps) 9 hours 35 minutes, XP+ (12Mbps) 5 hours 45 minutes, FXP (17Mbps) 4 hours 10 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording, MXP (24Mbps) 2 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still2,990,000/3,310,000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryYes
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.08 lbs
Width (inches)2.7"
Height (inches)2.4"
Depth (inches)4.9"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent image quality (6)
  • Compact design (5)
  • Great sound/audio (5)
  • Accurate, vivid colors (4)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best picture quality

      I don't usually write reviews on anything. Before I spent any money on a high dollar item, I do at least a three day research on the web for that product. I did...Read complete review

      I don't usually write reviews on anything. Before I spent any money on a high dollar item, I do at least a three day research on the web for that product. I did this for a new camcorder. I narrowed it down to two manufacturers, one of which was Canon. I work with someone who has a Canon digital camera and he says nothing but great things about it. So I leaned a little toward the Canon brand. I mostly look at reviews and comments from other people as a gauge to decide on purchasing. This was true in this case. I chose to go with the Canon Vixia HF-M31. I also discovered other people were so happy with the Vixia HF-M31 that they posted videos on YouTube, which was another factor. After comparing features with other Canon camcorders I chose this model. I am glad I did. Once I started to learn on how to use the camcorder and software, I found out it went beyond my expectations. My deciding factor was the size of hard drive and card slot. Once I got the camcorder, I had a small learning curve to use some of it's best features. The unexpected benefit of this camcorder for me was the picture quality. I highly recommend the Canon Vixia HF-M31 for those who want professional looking videos and photos for whatever the occasion.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Win 7 won't recognize

      Camera is not recognized by Win 7, did not have problem with XP. Sold the XP computer now I am out of luck and cannot transfer video to computer, Tried on someone elses...Read complete review

      Camera is not recognized by Win 7, did not have problem with XP. Sold the XP computer now I am out of luck and cannot transfer video to computer, Tried on someone elses Win 7 and it didn't work there either. Expensive camera but not worth a darn if I cannot offload video. Very very unhappy right now.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Value Added Product

      By V K

      from San Jose, CA

      Pros

      • Compact design
      • Durable
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Image Quality

      Cons

      • should have included that hdmi cable
      • the device feels like something is broken inside!
      • what is that noice when you slightly shake

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

        I still use Canon products as old as 10 years and no complains what so ever. Great product for a great price. I am hoping to be a Canon customer for years to come!

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Stepping away from tapes

        By Bo

        from West Tx

        Pros

        • Accurate, Vivid Colors
        • add on lens s work well with it
        • Compact design
        • Easy Computer Connectivity
        • Easy TV Connectivity
        • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
        • Excellent Image Quality
        • Good battery life
        • Good Software Compatibility
        • Great sound/audio

        Cons

        • hooded view finder would help.
        • screen can be difficult to see in bright light

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

          I,ve stepped up from a Canon ZR 600 to a VIVIA HV 30 and now to this VIVIA HF M31. I still use them all and enjoy my 3 Canon cameras too. My fovorite part of using the M31 is that it creates great video and I never miss a good picture. By using the high settings on video I shoot scenes instead of pictures. (ever try to get your grandkids to all smile at the same time) Then I go back and watch the footage and (with the camera settings set high) save my pictures from it. They come out crisp and beautiful and are not missed because of digital camera lag or lack of focus time ect. Guess if there is anything I miss on this camcorder it would be the viewfinder without having to open the viewing screen. I can honestly say I've never had a Canon product I didn't like.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid!

          By exe16

          from Amherst, OH

          Pros

          • Great sound/audio

          Cons

          • expensive to buy a better battery

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

            I'm happy with my purchase. Good quality and easy to use.

            Comment on this review

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            PLAIN AND SIMPLE

            By California Guy

            from California

            Pros

            • Accurate, Vivid Colors
            • Compact design
            • Durable
            • Easy Computer Connectivity
            • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
            • Excellent Image Quality
            • Good battery life
            • good low-light performance
            • Good Software Compatibility
            • Great sound/audio

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                I was going to purchase a less expensive camera but in comparing what you get with this camera it was an easy choice. I hate things where I have to read the manual all the time. I did have to refer to the manual a few times but simple stuff. I find the quality of videos so far very good. Ive shot live music in restaurants and misc things in general. Even had one restaurant pay me for doing a short clip of their place. The touch screen option is really nice. You can put a lot of time on the built in drive. I purchased an extra battery also. I have a new Mac Book and in a few clicks was downloading my shots and editing away. I'm sure anyone can find faults with any camera. But I am very happy with Cannon's thoughtfulness in making this user friendly camera.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Features

                By Wash Jr.

                from Long Beach, CA

                Pros

                • Accurate, Vivid Colors
                • Durable
                • Easy Computer Connectivity
                • Easy TV Connectivity
                • Excellent Image Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                    Need to play with the camcorder and work all the features before evaluating the camcorder. Once you get familiar with the features the camcorder operates very well

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Indie Filmmaker's Dream

                    By Indie Filmmaker

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                    This camera is a work of art. I use Super 16mm and Super 8 cameras, but this is perfect for other indie work. The quality is outstanding. The picture is 100% on the money not to mention the 24P mode alone with the cine mode. I shot hours of footage at the LA Convention Center hosting the 2011 Easy Riders Bike Show and the film looked great.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    What a disappointment !

                    By polaire

                    from Montreal

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • very bad quality for inside filming

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                        When filming inside, even with a reasonable amount of light,colors are dull, picture is hazy and dark. I've even got the VL-5 video light (outrageously expensive accessory) but it did'nt change anything. Unfortunately, it's too late to return it.

                        Comment on this review

                        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great if you use a good SD card

                        By jd

                        from Seattle, WA

                        Pros

                        • Compact design
                        • Easy to use
                        • Excellent Image Quality
                        • Great sound/audio

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                            This camera was the best investment! The problem with picture quality that people talk about I believe has to do with the fact that most don't realize you need a good quality SD card in order to get good quality footage. you can't just use any SD card. If you want a great camera for the money buy this one! Just remember your quality will also be dtermined by the amount of money you put in to the memory card.

                            Comment on this review

                            (19 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Win 7 won't recognize

                            By Rich P

                            from Raleigh, NC

                            Pros

                            • ok camera

                            Cons

                            • won't work on win 7

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                              Camera is not recognized by Win 7, did not have problem with XP. Sold the XP computer now I am out of luck and cannot transfer video to computer, Tried on someone elses Win 7 and it didn't work there either. Expensive camera but not worth a darn if I cannot offload video. Very very unhappy right now.

                              Comment on this review

                              (58 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Best picture quality

                              By Photo opportunity

                              from St. Louis, MO

                              Pros

                              • best picture and video quality
                              • canon's reputation
                              • Ease of Use
                              • Price Range

                              Cons

                              • none that I can find so far

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M31 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                                I don't usually write reviews on anything. Before I spent any money on a high dollar item, I do at least a three day research on the web for that product. I did this for a new camcorder. I narrowed it down to two manufacturers, one of which was Canon. I work with someone who has a Canon digital camera and he says nothing but great things about it. So I leaned a little toward the Canon brand. I mostly look at reviews and comments from other people as a gauge to decide on purchasing. This was true in this case. I chose to go with the Canon Vixia HF-M31. I also discovered other people were so happy with the Vixia HF-M31 that they posted videos on YouTube, which was another factor. After comparing features with other Canon camcorders I chose this model. I am glad I did. Once I started to learn on how to use the camcorder and software, I found out it went beyond my expectations. My deciding factor was the size of hard drive and card slot. Once I got the camcorder, I had a small learning curve to use some of it's best features. The unexpected benefit of this camcorder for me was the picture quality. I highly recommend the Canon Vixia HF-M31 for those who want professional looking videos and photos for whatever the occasion.

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