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Canon Vixia HF M32

Jim Feeley | March 5, 2011
The Canon Vixia HF M32 is a very good camcorder and a pleasure to use, but it comes with a big, expensive sprig of parsley.

The Canon Vixia HF M32 sits between two tempting alternatives in Canon's line of consumer camcorders. The HF M31, which costs $300 less, offers essentially the same features as the HF M32, but includes 32GB of built-in memory rather than 64GB, and drops SDXC card support (though it maintains SDHC support).

The Vixia HF S20 carries the same $1000 price as the HF M32, has a bigger sensor, includes 32GB built-in memory and two SDHC card slots, takes eight-megapixel stills, offers a native 24p recording mode, sports a bigger 3.5-inch LCD screen, and adds a useful custom control dial. But if you want extra-roomy built-in memory and don't need the extra features in the HF S20, then the Vixia HF M32 makes a very good choice for a mid-level HD camcorder.


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