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Hey everyone, this is my first thread.

I recently wanted to replace my MiniDV cameras with a new, smaller, digital camcorder. I started off looking at the Samsung HMX-H300 camera. Its low cost and high reviews intrigued me. However, as my searching went on, I noticed much better cameras could be had for a little bit more. I started to look at the Panasonic v700 and the Canon M500. These two cameras seem very comparable, but the Canon is currently much cheaper. I like that Canon offered the M500 version of the popular M50/M52 camera, as it trims the cost of the camera down when you take away things such a WiFi and internal storage (I have a card reader on my computer so lack of internal storage is ok for me).

What will I lose out on if I go with the Canon M500 over the Panasonic V700? I've read many reviews, but I am having trouble understanding exactly what all the specs mean. I'm hoping someone can compare the two in layman's terms rolleyes.gif. I've watched many "test videos" on YouTube, which is what made me rule out the H300, but have I overlooked any other/better cameras if I decide to go with the M500? There are so many models and brands. I want to make sure the M500 is the best choice for me.

I am not a professional, but video/picture quality is important to me. I want to record family memories, much of which will require low light/indoor shooting. I believe the the Canon M500 will be worth the higher cost of the Samsung H300. The indoor/low light footage on YouTube is impressive. It has me curious; Is there any other brand/model better than this Canon in the same price range?

Also, does anyone know if the M500 comes with a "starter" SD card? Meaning, can I start recording right out of the box, or will I need to purchase an SD card along with the camera? I was planning on getting a 32GB (Class 10) card in the future. However, if the M500 doesn't come with any storage, I might need that card sooner rather than later tongue.gif.

I've read that UV filters are necessary for film cameras, but simply provide lens protection for digital cameras. If that's the case, I was thinking about ordering a "Marumi 43mm 43 Super DHG MC Lens Protect Slim Filter" along with my camera purchase. I see that "43mm Hoya UV (HMC) lens filter" is a popular choice too, but in a YouTube video I watched, they can actually lower the image quality just a tad (see link below). So would going with a protecting lens be better than a UV lens?

Thanks so much! smile.gif


Marumi 43mm 43 Super DHG MC Lens Protect Slim Filter

43mm Hoya UV (HMC) lens filter

Tiffen 43HZE 43mm UV Haze-1 Filter (Clear)

Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card (TS32GSDHC10E)

Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD 10x Image Stabilized Camcorder with One SDXC Card Slot and 3.0 Touch LCD


UV Filter vs No UV Filter - DigitalRev TV Test

Originally Posted by Garret14 View Post

I use Canons M506 (M52,M56) and Panasonic HC-V700 at this point and it's a hard to choose which one is better. Both have excellent image quality in bright light but in low light Canon is much better. If you film most of the time outdoors than V700 is fine but if you're filming a lot indoors than choose Canons M56 or m506. Most of the time I film my kids and when it's a rainy day, Canon is the best choice.
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