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Canon VIXIA HF M32

HD camcorder with 64GB flash memory

7 Reviews

Item # 280HFM32

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A great blend of performance and convenience
The HF M32 camcorder boasts the power and quality of Canon optics with the convenience of a 64GB internal flash drive, all in a compact, lightweight body. Canon's advanced imaging technologies mean that you'll capture stunning high-def home movies and 3.3-megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. And dual flash memory makes sure you won't miss anything. The cam has enough built-in memory to shoot up to 24 hours of video, and will automatically switch to an inserted SDHC card when it runs out of space.


A great blend of performance and convenience
The HF M32 camcorder boasts the power and quality of Canon optics with the convenience of a 64GB internal flash drive, all in a compact, lightweight body. Canon's advanced imaging technologies mean that you'll capture stunning high-def home movies and 3.3-megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. And dual flash memory makes sure you won't miss anything. The cam has enough built-in memory to shoot up to 24 hours of video, and will automatically switch to an inserted SDHC card when it runs out of space.

An easy way to keep your subject in focus
The camcorder's smart auto feature ensures superb-looking high-definition home movies that you'll treasure for years to come. Plus, the "Touch & Track" feature keeps people, pets, and even vehicles in focus, with the exposure set correctly to match your shooting conditions. All you need to do is tap your subject on the 2-11/16" touchscreen, and the cam does the rest.

Quick video sharing
When you're ready to watch your footage, use the mini HDMI output to connect the HF M32 to your HDTV and enjoy your memories in all their high-def glory. A high-speed USB port let you hook it up to you computer, too, for downloading, saving, or sharing your video with friends and family.

    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video to 64GB internal memory or optional SDHC memory cards
    • built-in 64GB flash memory holds approximately 6 to 24 hours of footage, depending on the video setting
    • maximum video resolution: 1920 X 1080
    • 2-11/16" LCD touchscreen
    • 2.99-megapixel (effective) CMOS image sensor
    • 15X optical zoom (digital zoom to 300X)
    • genuine Canon HD video lens
    • advanced DIGIC DV III image processor
    • optical image stabilization corrects for camera movement across the full zoom range, without degrading the picture
    • Touch & Track keeps your subject in focus with the proper exposure
    • Instant Auto Focus and manual focus
    Technical Specs:
    • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
    • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
    • rechargeable lithium ion battery (BP-808)
    • also comes with a wireless remote, standard A/V cable, and component video cable
    • weight: 11.3 oz. without battery
    • 3-1/16"W x 2-3/8"H x 4-7/8"D
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Excellent Camara. Took it on a vacation to Europe and it took both excellent video and pictures. Easy to use and light to carry around. Would recommend to a friend.

    Joe, NJ

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camcorder
    • BP-808 Lithium-ion battery (7.4/850mAh)
    • CA-570 Power adapter with attached 65" DC output cord (DC Output: 8.4V/4.5A)
    • 5' AC power cord
    • WL-D89 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 battery for remote
    • 59" Component video cable with proprietary connector (mini-D) on camcorder end
    • 59" A/V cable with composite video and stereo audio RCAs on one end and 3.5mm mini-plug on other end
    • 47" USB cable with USB mini-B Ver.2.0 connector on one end and Type A USB connector on other end
    • Instruction Manual/Photo Application/Music Data CD-ROM
    • Pixela Application Disc Ver.3.5 Disc 1 (Transfer Utilities) on CD-ROM
    • Pixela Application Disc Ver.3.5 Disc 2 (Video Tools) on CD-ROM
    • Quick Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Pixela Applications Installation Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Online registration sheet
    • Warranty card
    • "Stop" software reminder sheet

    Canon VIXIA HF M32 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (7 Reviews)

    Canon VIXIA HF M32

    Joe from NJ on 7/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent Camara. Took it on a vacation to Europe and it took both excellent video and pictures. Easy to use and light to carry around. Would recommend to a friend.



    Canon VIXIA HF M32

    Michael from Rochester New York on 7/8/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice camera. I will need to use it more to get familiar with all this camera offers. Great picture quality. Touch screen is a little difficult to use.(Not worried since I have Crutchfield's tech support to help with anything I don't understand.)



    great value for the money

    Jon A from Wailuku, HI on 6/28/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great camcorder for the money. Great picture quality, features, internal 64 Gig memory, relatively easy to use. The free shipping and camera case were icing on the case. The touch screen menus can be a little bit of a pain to use, and battery life is really, really poor(which is a problem with all Canon camcorders I understand). Just need to get a spare battery. Overall for what you pay, you get an incredible value, so I give it 5 stars. I would give it 4 stars if I paid full or close to full retail price because of the poor battery life.



    Nice Camcorder

    SmallJob from Massachusetts on 5/22/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use right out of the box. Easy to switch from full automatic or manual where you have more control. That is nice so someone not as familiar with the camcorder can pick it up and use it. The only thing I am not thrilled with is the responsiveness of the touch screen to change settings. The touch is OK, but trying to slide to other screens by dragging is not as responsive as say a smart phone. Other than that this is a nice product. It took me awhile to decide to purchase a product with internal memory or not. I am very glad I did purchase this model with the internal 64gb. Setting the camcorder to high def eats up a lot of memory. I have used both the supplied software on a Windows PC and used iMovie on a Mac without issue.




    jimi from Erie, PA. on 5/20/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this camcorder,Fits in the hand very well and shoots great video and pictures.I couldn't ask for any thing better.



    Canon VIXIA HF M32

    Jose D from Norwalk, CA on 4/9/2011

    First I will start off by saying that I am in no way a pro video guru. I am an average Joe that just wants to capture my families moments. I steped up to this camcorder from a sony dcr-hc85 that I purchased from crutchfield many years ago. I LOVE IT!! It is superior almost in every way! The motion stablelizer is better, of course the picture is also, and it does not record an annoying humm in my videos sound like the sony. At first I was worried because of a reviewer who mentioned the screens dimm display. 80% of my recording is my childrens baseball games and although it is not the brightest screen in sunny days, it is perfectly visible. The auto focus is quick and accurate, specially through fences, it quickly focuses on my kids face, not the fence. The best thing is that it is very light and there is no more worrying about running out of tape! The screens touch screen does take some getting use to, but it is not a deal breaker. I highly recomend this camcorder.



    Nice features, but .....

    CTBert from Chester, CT on 3/18/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received this camera a few days ago and was really excited. Great features, flash drive, optional card, HDMI hookup possible, so I took it outside on the first really nice day this year. I went down to the river to try to catch some bald eagles in flight. What numbskull made the LCD screen so mirror-like that on a sunny day I can't see what I'm looking at? Canon should provide a matte cover for the screen, or have a viewfinder to look through. This unit is literally useless in the sunshine. All I see is the reflection of my face or the sky or the ground. And yes, I had the screen brightness at its max. setting.




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    General Features
    Video Camcorder Features
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Battery Information
    Inputs And Outputs
    Software Requirements

    General Features

    Overview: The Canon VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory camcorder shoots high definition video or digital photos that can be stored on its built-in 64 GB internal flash drive or on optional SD,  SDHC, or SDXC Memory Cards. You can store up to nearly 6 hours of HD Video at the highest resolution on the camcorder's built-in memory.

    2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen: The HF M32 features a 2.7" TFT, color widescreen LCD touch screen (211,000 dots) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV will display later. You can rotate the LCD screen 270° allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen. The LCD screen also features an adjustable brightness control. The LCD's touch screen contains zoom, playback and menu controls for added convenience.

    Note: This camcorder does not feature a separate viewfinder.

    Recording Media: The Canon HF M32 camcorder captures video and still-images onto its built-in 64 GB internal flash drive or on optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards (sold separately). Flash memory offers quick response time for recording and playback. By recording onto flash memory, the camcorder's power consumption rate is reduced, allowing the battery to last longer. In addition, by using flash memory, the camcorder is more shock resistant and is less likely to lose data because there are no moving parts. If the Relay Recording function is activated, the camcorder will automatically start recording on an inserted memory card if the built-in memory becomes full.

    Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) video compression format with Dolby Digital 2-channel audio. With the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone, the audio can be recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel. Still photos are recorded in JPEG in Super Fine, Fine, and Normal.

    Image Sensor: The HF M32 features a 1/4" CMOS image sensor with approximately 3,890,000 gross pixels for excellent detail and clarity when recording video and exceptional digital still photography performance. The effective pixel count is as follows:

    • Movies: approximately 2,990,000 pixels (2,070,000 Dynamic IS Mode-Wide Angle)
    • 4:3 Photos (L, M, S): approximately 3,310,000 pixels
    • 16:9 Photos (LW, MW, SW): approximately 2,990,000 pixels

    DIGIC DV III: DIGIC DV III, Canon's advanced HD image processor, delivers enhanced image quality, true color production for both video and photos, and a sophisticated noise reduction system for exceptional low-light performance. Its high-speed engine powers a variety of Canon technologies, such as the Genuine Canon Face Detection and Advanced Auto Exposure system. DIGIC DV III allows continuous shooting of digital photos, faster processing to the memory card, as well as lower power consumption for longer battery life.

    Genuine Canon Video Lens: The HF M32 comes with a Genuine Canon 15x HD video lens with a 15x Optical zoom and selectable 60x or 300x total digital zoom. Its Super Spectra Coating technology gives you images with minimal flare and ghosting.

    Zoom Speed: The zoom speed can be set to variable or one of three fixed speeds. In the variable position, the zoom speed depends on how far you push the lever. The purpose of the three fixed zoom speeds is a smoother zoom transition, at your choice of speeds.

    Optional Lens Attachments: The lens has a 37mm diameter thread for attaching optional converters and filters. The optional WD-H37II wide-converter lens decreases focal length by a factor of 0.7x, giving you a wide perspective for indoor shots or panoramic views. The optional TL-H37 tele-converter increases the focal length of the camcorder by a factor of 1.5x.

    Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer: Canon's innovative Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization combines gyro- and image-sensors to give image stabilization through a wider range of camera motions. Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects the fast vibration you'd experience from a moving car, the medium-speed motion of hand-held recording, or the slower motion of body sway. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted shaking which is common when walking. Powered IS provides a higher level of compensation at the telephoto end of the zoom range.

    x.v.Color: The camcorder can be set to x.v.Color to record video that uses a color space with an extended gamut to achieve deeper colors, closer to real life. Video recorded with x.v.Color can only be played back properly on HDTVs compatible with x.v.Color via an HDMI cable.

    Video Snapshot: The camcorder's Video Snapshot mode lets you shoot a series of short 4-second video clips, then combines them with a pre-recorded music track or your own favorite music track, to create an entertaining movie.

    Instant Auto Focus (AF): The HF M32 offers Instant Auto Focus, which uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to focus, even in low light situations. The Focus Assist feature provides a 2x magnification of your subject in the LCD monitor before you start recording. When recording begins, the Focus Assist is canceled.

    Face Detection: The camcorder can automatically detect people's faces and use this information to adjust the focus and set the best exposure and color control settings for beautiful videos and photos. When there are a number of people in the picture, one person will be determined to be the main subject. You can also select the main subject manually.

    Touch & Track: Touch & Track keeps the focus and exposure set on your subject as they move within the frame. After touching your point of interest on the Touch Panel LCD, the camcorder tracks your subject as you shoot. You can turn off Touch & Track to adjust focus and exposure independently.

    Auto Exposure: Similar to Canon's EOS DSLR cameras, the HF M32 features an Advanced Auto Exposure (AE) System. For those instances when backlit subjects appear too dark or strongly lit subjects appear too bright, you can adjust the exposure manually, or use automatic backlight correction. Programmed AE modes include:

    • Programmed AE: the camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.
    • Shutter-Priority AE: the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate aperture value while you set the shutter speed:
      • Video Mode: 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, and 1/2000
      • Photo Mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, and 1/500
    • Aperture-Priority AE: the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate shutter speed while you set the aperture value. You can choose from the following aperture values: F1.8, F2.0, F2.4, F2.8, F3.4, F4.0, F4.8, F5.6, F6.7 and F8.0.

    Special Scene Recording Modes: The HF M32 features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match special conditions:

    • Portrait: camcorder uses a large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while blurring other distracting details
    • Sports: use this mode to record sports scenes or fast moving events
    • Night Scene: use this mode to record in low-light conditions
    • Snow: use this mode to record in bright ski resorts, it prevents the subject from being underexposed
    • Beach: use this mode to record on a sunny beach, it prevent the subject from being underexposed
    • Sunset: use this mode to record sunsets in vibrant colors
    • Low Light: use this mode to record in low-light situations
    • Spotlight: use this mode to record spotlight scenes
    • Fireworks: use this mode to record fireworks
    • Underwater: to record underwater scenes in natural colors (requires optional WP-V2 Waterproof Case)
    • Surface: for recording after getting out of the water, such as on a boat after diving (requires optional WP-V2 Waterproof Case)

    White Balance: The camcorder's white balance system helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. You can choose from the following modes:

    • Automatic: the camcorder automatically sets the white balance for natural looking colors
    • Daylight: to record outdoors on a bright day
    • Shade: to record in shaded places
    • Cloudy: to record on a cloudy day
    • Tungsten: to recording under tungsten and tungsten-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
    • Fluorescent: to record under warm white, cool white, or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
    • Fluorescent H: to record under daylight or daylight-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
    • Custom WB: use the custom white balance setting to make white subjects appear white under colored lighting.

    Image Effects: The HF M32 allows you to record with the following saturation and contrast color effects:

    • Vivid: emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in crisp colors
    • Neutral: tones down the contrast and color saturation to record in neutral hues
    • Low Sharpening: records subjects with softened outlines
    • Soft Skin Detail: softens the details in the skin tone area for a more complimentary appearance
    • Custom Effect: allows you to adjust the color depth, brightness, contrast, and sharpness of the image
    • Image Effect Off: records with no image enhancing effects

    Mini Video Light: You can turn on the camcorder's built-in mini video light to shoot video or take photos in dark places.

    Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start recording after a 10-second countdown. When using the supplied remote control, the self timer is 2 seconds.

    Video Camcorder Features

    Compatible Media: The HF M32 captures high-definition AVCHD video with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio onto its built-in 64 GB internal memory or an SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory card. The camcorder supports SD cards up to 2GB, SDHC memory cards up to 32GB, and SDXC cards over 32 GB. A 128MB or larger SD card is required for recording video content.

    Recording Modes: The camcorder offers five video recording modes: MXP, FXP, XP+, SP and LP. You can capture the following video recording times using these modes:

    Memory Recording Mode
    1920 x 1080 (16:9) 1440 x 1080 (4:3)
    24 Mbps
    12 Mbps
    7 Mbps
    5 Mbps
    64 GB Built-in Memory
    or SDHC Card
    5 hrs 55 min 8 hrs 20 min 11 hrs 30 min 19 hrs 10 min 24 hrs 30 min
    16 GB SDHC Card 1 hr 25 min 2 hrs 5 min 2 hrs 50 min 4 hrs 45 min 6 hrs 5 min
    8 GB SDHC Card 40 min 1 hr 1 hr 25 min 2 hrs 20 min 3 hrs
    4 GB SDHC Card 20 min 30 min 40 min 1 hr 10 min 1 hr 30 min

    Pre-Recording: When Pre-Recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording video continuously into a temporary 3-second memory. When you press the Start/Stop button, the scene recorded will have started 3 seconds before you started shooting. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording.

    Cinema Mode: You can set the camcorder to record video with a 24 fps progressive frame rate to give your recordings a cinematic look.

    Digital Effects: Available digital effects include two monochrome options and two fader types:

    • Black & White: Records movies and photos in black & white.
    • Sepia: Records movies and photos in sepia tones for a "old" look.
    • Fade Trigger Once/Always: When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you stop recording, it gradually fades out.
    • Wipe: When you start recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the screen which gradually expands sideways until it fills the whole of the screen. When you end a scene, the image is wiped from both sides of the screen.

    Note: You can choose to activate a fader only once or every time you press Start/Stop to begin or end a scene.

    Wind Screen: The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording outdoors when Wind Screen is turned to "Automatic."

    Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so you can review the soundtrack as well as the picture when you're using the LCD screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.

    Playback Functions: The camera uses the following special playback modes: Fast Playback (5x, 15x or 60x) in either direction, Slow Playback (1/8x, 1/4x) in either direction, and Frame-by-Frame Playback (approx 0.5 sec). During these playback modes there is no sound.

    Playlists: You can create a playlist to play back only the scenes you prefer and in the order of your choice. Moving or deleting scenes in the playlist will not affect the original recordings.

    Photos From Recorded Movies: You can record a single still photo or a series of photos from a recorded movie. The size of the captured photos will be MW (1920 x 1080), however, you can select the photo quality (Super Fine, Fine, or Normal). If you hold down the Photo button while playing back a movie, a sequence of photos (up to 100) will be taken at intervals of 1/30 second (1/24 second if the scene was recorded at 24 fps).

    Dual Shot Mode: The camcorder can be set in the Dual Shot mode, allowing you to freely record video or still photos at any time.

    Digital Still Camera Features

    Still Image Recording: The HF M32 dual flash memory camcorder is also a high performance digital camera capable of capturing stunning photos in the built-in memory or an optional SD/SDHC Memory Card. You can record in the following still image sizes: Large Wide (LW) 2304 x 1296, Large (L) 2100 x 1575, Medium Wide (MW) 1920 x 1080, Medium (M) 1600 x 1200, Small Wide (SW) 848 x 480, or Small (S) 640 x 480. There are three Photo Quality (compression) settings for each image size: Super Fine, Fine, and Normal. The number of still images that can be recorded on a 1 GB SD memory card are as follows:

    Photo Size Compression
    SFine Fine Norm
    4:3 Large
    2100 x 1575
    420 630 1265
    1600 x 1200
    720 1075 2115
    640 x 480
    4395 6350 11430
    16:9 Large Wide
    2304 x 1296
    465 700 1390
    Medium Wide*
    1920 x 1080
    670 1000 1970
    Small Wide**
    848 x 480
    3360 4760 9525

      *  Medium Wide (1920 x 1080) photos are only available for capturing photos from a recorded movie.
    **  Small Wide (848 x 480) is only available for recording during simultaneous recording Movie mode or Dual Shot mode.   

    Simultaneous Recording: You can record still photos while the camcorder is set to movie mode or actually recording movies. The photos taken during simultaneous recording will be in the 16:9 aspect ratio, just like the movies.

    Automatic Focus Priority: When the focus priority is activated, the camcorder records a still image only after the focus has been adjusted automatically. You select from the following Auto-Focus Priority modes.

    • AiAF: depending on the shooting conditions, one or more AF frames out of the nine frames available are automatically selected and the focus is fixed on them
    • Center: a single focusing frame appears in the center of the screen and the focus is automatically fixed on it; this is convenient for making sure the focus is exactly where you want it
    • Off: select this option if you wish to record a still image as soon as you press Record without Auto-Focus

    Histogram Display: The HF M32 comes with a Histogram Display. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.

    Review: You can select the time to display a still image after it has been recorded to Off, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 6 seconds, 8 seconds or 10 seconds.

    Viewing Still Images: There are 3 ways to view still images: Single image, Slide show (one after the other automatically in order of recording), or Index screen showing 6 images or 15 images at once.

    Magnify Playback: During playback still images can be magnified up to 5 times. You can also select the area of the screen to be magnified.

    PictBridge Printing Capability: PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

    Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Canon HF M32 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos which can be even better than the originals.

    DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Settings: On the memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once on a Canon Direct Print function compliant printer or printing at participating photo labs. You can set print orders for up to 998 still images.

    Battery Information

    Li-ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF M32 comes supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-808). Optional batteries are available, such as the BP-809, BP-819, or BP-827. The camcorder also comes supplied with an AC power adapter and charger (CA-570). The battery recording and playback times are as follows:

    Battery Pack Usage Time Recording Mode
    (in minutes)
    890 mAh
    Maximum Rec 100 100 100 105 105
    Typical Rec 65 65 65 65 65
    Playback 160 160 165 165 165
    1780 mAh
    Maximum Rec 200 200 205 210 210
    Typical Rec 130 130 135 135 135
    Playback 325 325 325 335 335
    2670 mAh
    Maximum Rec 305 305 310 315 315
    Typical Rec 200 200 205 205 205
    Playback 495 500 505 515 515

    Charging Times: The BP-809/808 battery charges in 150 minutes when charging through the camcorder with the supplied AC adapter. The charging time for the optional BP-819 is 260 minutes, while the BP-827 charges is 385 minutes.

    Auto Power Off: After 5 minutes without any operation when powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message appears in the display.

    Quick Start: When you press the Quick Start button on the side of the camcorder, the camcorder powers up and gets ready to record within approximately 1 second. The Quick Start function helps prevent you from missing out on fleeting opportunities to take a video or picture.

    Inputs And Outputs

    HDMI Output: The HF M32 features a mini-HDMI (Type C) terminal that offers a high-quality digital connection that combines audio and video in a single convenient cable. The HDMI port is compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), allowing you in many cases to control the camcorder with the remote control of the connected TV. It is also compatible with x.v.color.

    Component Output: The camcorder has a proprietary terminal for plugging in the supplied component video cable. Since the component video cable outputs video only, the supplied AV cable should also be used for the audio output.

    AV Output: The camcorder features an AV output to playback audio and video on your television using the supplied composite video/stereo audio RCA cable. You can select between a 4:3 aspect ratio or a 16:9 aspect ratio for the video out based on your television's aspect ratio. The AV Output also doubles as a headphone output. The built-in speaker will be muted when headphones or the AV cable are plugged in.

    USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 High Speed terminal for fast transfer of photos and videos.

    SD Card Slot: The HF M32 records still images and video onto SD and SDHC memory cards.

    Mini Advanced Shoe: The camcorder features a mini advanced shoe for attaching a range of optional accessories, such as the DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, the VL-5 Video Light, or VFL-2 Video Flash light.

    Microphone Input: In addition to the camcorder's built-in microphone, the HF M32 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an external microphone (sold separately).

    Software Requirements

    Included Software: The Canon HF M32 camcorder comes supplied with three CD-ROM application discs: PIXELA Application Ver.3.5 Discs 1 and 2, and the VIXIA Disc with Photo Applications Ver.34.2, Music Data, and the full Instruction manual. The PIXELA Application Discs Ver.3.5 are only compatible with Windows. Macintosh-compatible software is available for download from Canon's website.

    PIXELA Application Disc Ver.3.5 (2 Discs):

    • Disc One: ImageMixer 3 SE Transfer Utility: Software for saving and transferring movies and music files you can use as background music
    • Disc Two: ImageMixer 3 SE Video Tools: Software for saving, managing, editing, and playing back movies

    PIXELA System Requirements: The minimum requirements differ depending upon the system configuration you choose. If you choose to only perform the tasks for Disc One, then you should use System Configuration A. If you choose to perform the tasks for Discs One and Two, you should use System Configuration B.

    System Configuration A for ImageMixer 3 SE Disc 1:

    Operating System Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7
    CPU Intel Pentium 4, 1.49 GHz
    Intel Celeron, 1.7 GHz
    Intel Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz
    Intel Celeron D, 3.0 GHz
    RAM 512 MB 1 GB 32-bit: 1 GB
    64-bit: 2 GB
    Available Hard Disc Space
    • Installation: 30 MB

    • Saving movies on computer: At least the same available space on the destination drive as the size of the movie files to be transferred

    • Transferring Music: At least the same available space on the C: drive as the size of the music files to be transferred.

    Display 1024 x 768 resolution, 16-bit color (High color)
    Sound Sound card compatible with DirectSound

    Pre-installed USB 2.0 (Hi-speed USB) port
    Card reader/writer
    System that can run DirectX 9.0c
    Log on as Administrator and active Internet connection (to install and activate software)

    System Configuration B for ImageMixer 3 SE Discs 1 and 2:

    Operating System Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7
    CPU Intel Pentium D, 3.0 GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.13 GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.33 GHz (for MXP mode)
    RAM 1 GB 2 GB
    Available Hard Disc Space
    • Installation: 200 MB

    • Saving movies on computer: At least the same available space on the destination drive as the size of the movie files to be transferred

    • Transferring Music: At least the same available space on the C: drive as the size of the music files to be transferred.

    • Disc Authoring: The available space required depends on the type of disc you want to create:

      • HD backup Discs (DataDisc list): At least the same size of data to be written on the disc.

      • Blu-ray Discs: At least twice the size of the data

      • AVCHD/DVD Discs: at least 3 times the size of the data

    Display 1280 x 1024 resolution, 32-bit color;
    Intel G965 Express Chipset on-board
    Sound Sound card compatible with DirectSound
    Disc Drive Pre-installed DVD drive (Blu-ray Disc drive if creating Blu-ray discs) with writing capabilities

    Pre-installed USB 2.0 (Hi-speed USB) port
    Card reader/writer
    System that can run DirectX 9.0c
    Log on as Administrator and active Internet connection (to install and activate software)

    VIXIA Instruction Manual/Photo Applications/Music Data Disc: The contents of the VIXIA disc includes:

    • Instruction Manual: The full 210-page PDF version of the Instruction Manual
    • Photo Applications Ver.34.2: Software for saving, managing, and printing photos
    • Music Data: Music files that can be used as background music during playback

    VIXIA System Requirements:

    Operating System Windows XP
    Service Pack 2 or 3
    Windows Vista
    Service Pack 1 or 2
    Windows 7
    CPU Intel Pentium 1.3 GHz or better
    RAM 512 MB or more 1 GB or more 32-bit: 1 GB or more
    64-bit: 2 GB or more
    Free Hard Disc Space Canon Utilities: ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more
    Display 1024 x 768 resolution, 16-bit color (High color)
    Interface Pre-installed USB port

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