Haven't received the camera yet so can't say much except share what I found in my research prior to buying it.
It has the Canon HD CMS PRO sensor that is found on the $1,000 Canon Vixia G10. The Canon HD CMOS PRO seems to operate better in low light/indoors than higher megapixel sensors. the M500 also has a half-decent battery, about 1hr+ of use time, versus the Canon Vixia R300 w/ like 30 min of battery time.
Downsides are from that same HD CMOS PRO sensor. 2.17 megapixel stills, if you planned on using a video camera for stills. And only 10x zoom.
Other cons are poor image stabilization and a not very wide angle lens. Other pros are excellent color accuracy, 24fps cinema mode, and decent amount of manual controls. Good value at $300.
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so this deal for just the camera is $280, still 30 more than the 250 deal.
Sadly I did but I read that it was a price mistake that amazon was nice enough to honor. I just tried to get Amazon to price adjust but was a no go due to their stance on not matching external retailers. Hopefully they lower there price so I can get 30 back.
Amazon lowered their price also to 309. I called and got the difference.
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