Originally Posted by hartlenb
If anyone else is struggling with the low light issue, a reviewer on amazon has posted some manual settings
that they believe solve most of the problems. I can't vouch for these as I haven't tried them but wanted to share what I've read.
I have had this camcorder, (Canon VIXIA HFM31) for about two months now.
Been shooting video just using the default settings. I've mostly used it in doors for my sons basketball games. In fact, I have shot all of my video indoors thus far. Some of the gyms had poor lighting which I was concerned about until I watched the video. I am not seeing any grain or video artifacting.
I have given it the ultimate test, recording to SD card, then playing thru my Panasonic BD30 BD player viewing it on my RS2 projector. (58X104 inch screen)
HD looks incredible.
Recording mode is set to FXP 17 Mbps.
60i (Standard) which is not even the highest setting.
I love it.
Under extreme low light conditions, I did notice grain, but I don't know how it would compare to other camcorders under the exact same conditions. When I say extreme, I mean no lights on in a room at night except a tv.
I was considering the TM700 but from reading several posts, it seemed a bit glitchy using the software but everyone pretty much agrees that it has better video than the 31.
I am a complete newbie when it comes to cameras and camcorders so I didn't want to deal with any issues should they be true.
Unless you are going to shoot under extream low light conditions, (almost no light) I don't see any issues with this camcorder.