07 Jul

Canon Vixia HF M41

With the Vixia HF M4xx series of HD camcorders, Canon maintains its reputation for delivering a solid midrange consumer camcorder, once again at vaguely higher prices than those of the struggle. The series consists of three near like peas in a pod models. The cheapest, the M400, has no built-in memory, the M40 adds 16GB, and the M41 adds a additional 16GB plus an electronic viewfinder. All use the same HD CMOS Pro sensor found in the HF G10, but paired with a smaller, less high-pricedlens. This assess is based on the Vixia HF M41.

M41Overall, the camcorder’s video looks moderately sharp–and like most looks even better played frankly on a TV. There is some aliasing on edges, commonly a consequence of the interlaced video format; one difference between the M4xx series and its step-up sibling is the lack of a native 1080 progressive encoding format instead of the AVCHD standard of encoding 24fps and 30fps video as 60i.

Exposure and color rendering look very excellent, with a broad tonal range–there’s no unnecessary clipping in the highlights or darkness. Even if the M4xx series uses the same sensor as the more high-priced HF G10, the lenses are very different, and it shows in a diversity of ways. In this case, the more pentagonal gap renders less pleasing out-of-focus highlights. That doubtless won’t matter to most the makings users of this model, but will change those in quest of a more artistic look.

The camcorder’s low-light video (about 17 lux) looks quite excellent; a modest soft, but with a nice weigh between sharpness and color infiltration and suitability in its noise reduction. Lower light–dim living-room feature–displays more softness and color noise, but I reckon most public would premeditated it square.

For shooting stills, the low-pledge sensor may not suit some folks’ need for large still photos. Like the G10, the stills look sharp and fall just small of looking too digital; they look fine onscreen and in black and white, but I wouldn’t urge printing them better than 4.5×8 inches.

M41As for audio, the stereo microphone is quite insightful with a sharp sound, but the involuntary wind filter doesn’t work as well as I’d like. It has a decent set of audio tools, counting the ability to mix domestic and open-air levels, set directionality (mono, habitual, wide, zoom), equalize (boost LF, low cut, boost MF), boost HF+LF), and attenuate

It meters and exposes accurately and consistently most of the time, but like many camcorders tends to underexpose in situations where there’s not automatically backlighting, but a large theme surrounded by a lot of ambient light (reckon of a flag waving against a blue sky). The image stabilization is solid; the Dynamic setting works well up to about 75 percent of the way through the focal range, and Powered IS is rock-steady at most telephoto. It focuses quickly, even if you can somewhat change how increasingly that happens (Following and Habitual). The autofocus works well, but not much better than we’ve seen in previous models, and like all camcorders can inappropriately lock on the background instead of the theme. Zooming feels charming, and it’s simple to keep it at a consistent rate.

M41I’m not crazy about the LCD; even if it’s vaguely better and higher pledge than that of the preceding M3xx series, it still feels too small and coarse and frustrating for navigating the menus; even if, since of the moderately large virtual buttons, it’s not terrible for accessing the often used shooting settings. I had a tough time viewing it in supervise over sunlight even if, so if you shoot outdoors a lot you should sincerely premeditated the M41 for its EVF. While small, it’s pragmatic and comes in very handy when you can’t see the LCD.

It’s not a very compact camcorder, but it has a nice heft and feels comfortable to grip and shoot single-handed. A mic input sits on the right side of the lens, and a flip-up cover beneath the strap hides the dual SDXC slots.

Like the higher-end HF G10 and HF S30, the HF M4xx series has three in commission modes: auto, blue-collar, and Cinema. Even if, the Cinema mode in this camcorder doesn’t help a 24p-encoded format, just 24p capture that’s encoded as 60i. The mode is just a quick way to invoke 24F plus a choice of filters.

A crust button in the LCD bay invokes Canon’s Tale Creator, a guided shooting mode intended to help you capture a diversity of content on a given topic. Basically, you point out a theme, such as Party or Journey, and the camcorder provides a list of scene options, like “Preparation for the trip” and “Taking off!” They’re methodical in-camcorder, and you can rate party scenes for playback filtering. There’s also a generic, themeless tale if you just want to use it for organizing a shoot. The files reside in the habitual AVCHD index tree, even if; the establishment is exactingly for camcorder-based playback.

Also in the bay you’ll find crust buttons for playback, Video Snap (to take 2-, 4-, or 8-following clips) and in rank, as well as learned mini HDMI, constituent, USB, and earphone connectors.

A fine follow-up to last year’s M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its moderately high price. If you don’t need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you’ll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it’s worth it to step up to the M41.

The Canon Vixia HF M41 excellent:

With a nice set of facial appearance for home-movie-type shooters and pleasing video feature, the Canon Vixia HF M400 series has lots to like.

The Canon Vixia HF M41 terrible:

A small, coarse LCD that’s hard to view in supervise over sunlight and touch-cover-impaired menu logic picnic basket an otherwise solid point.

The Canon Vixia HF M41 underside line:

A fine follow-up to last year’s M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its moderately high price. If you don’t need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you’ll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it’s worth it to step up to the M41.

The Canon Vixia HF M41 Price:$799.99

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in cameras


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