Lake Success, N.Y. - Canon
introduced Wednesday a new HD camcorder offering dual flash-memory storage sources
and built-in HD-to-SD down-conversion.
The Vixia HF M32 dual flash-memory camcorder, which is scheduled
to ship in September at a $1,000 suggested retail, is billed as an easy-to-use
model with the ability to record many hours of high-quality HD video on the go.
Canon sees this capability as ideally suited to family documentarians
and social-networking fanatics.
The M34 is equipped with 64GB of internal flash memory, to record
up to 24 hours of HD video, and also includes an SD memory card slot that is
compatible with high-capacity SDXC memory cards.
SDXC memory cards increase storage capacity limits from 32GB up
to 2TB and enhance data-transfer speeds.
The Vixia HF M32 continues the M-series tradition of offering HD
video recording from a camcorder with an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight
It includes an HD CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III image processor
and Canon high-quality optics.
Like other Vixia HF M-series camcorders, the M32 also features a
touchpanel LCD and a host of features for capturing and sharing HD video.
Key features include:
Smart Auto: This system uses 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
Touch & Track: This enables users to select
a subject on the touchpanel LCD, which will then be recognized and tracked. It
includes facial recognition, as well as objects and animals, to ensure the
subject remains in focus as it moves around in the frame.
Relay Recording: This allows capturing 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: This image-stabilization system
joins with Canon's Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system to provides
a higher level of camera motion compensation
HD-to-SD Down-conversion: This enables users to
preserve HD recordings while making SD versions of the recordings for easier
sharing and transferring.
Advanced Video Snapshot: This will enable
capturing two-, four- or eight-second video clips while recording or during
The Vixia HF M32 is said to be compatible with Eye-Fi SD memory
cards for easy wireless transferring of video content and photos to a computer
or sharing site.
Canon said it will also supply an optional waterproof case (model
WP-V2, $599) for the M32, enabling it to be taken to a depth of 130 feet for
underwater video making.