updated 07:55 am EDT, Wed July 14, 2010
Canon Vixia HF M32 doubles storage, adds tricks
Canon upgraded one of its higher-end home camcorders today in the form of the Vixia HF M32. The design closely follows that of the M31 but doubles the built-in flash to 64GB and upgrades the card slot to support SDXC. With a lower bitrate, Canon believes the camera could hold a full day of video in built-in memory alone and another day again with a 64GB SDXC card.
The camera still brandishes the familiar features of its predecessor, including its 15X optically stabilized lens, a three-megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture stills, and a tap-to-focus system that will optionally follow the subject, even if it isn't a living creature. After the video session, owners can produce standard definition versions of videos without losing the HD original and can share video over Wi-Fi if they have fast Eye-Fi cards.
Shipments of the HF M32 start in September, when Canon will ship it for $1,000.