With cam­corder costs slid­ing and com­ing within reach of ev­ery­body, we were taken aback when we first es­pied the tag for Canon’s new video cam­era. Such pric­ing has to be jus­ti­fied by per­for­mance. Let’s see how it all turned out. The build of the HF M41 is solid. At 360 gm, it has just the right weight. It has a com­fort­able grip for right-hand op­er­a­tion, with the record­ing key and zoom but­ton con­ve­niently placed there. The 3-inch touch LCD dis­play too has a few con­trols and ports at the back, in­clud­ing USB, HDMI, com­po­nent out and AV out (an HDMI cable and USB are in­cluded in the box).

Like most high-end video cam­eras these days, the HF M41 is ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing videos at Full HD res­o­lu­tion of 1080p. Canon claims to have in­cor­po­rated the CMOS Pro sen­sor for high res­o­lu­tion videos in this cam­corder. What this new sen­sor does is to cap­ture amaz­ing videos, even from a dis­tance with the 10x op­ti­cal zoom full on.

The HF M41 also of­fers nu­mer­ous shoot­ing modes that in­clude smart- auto, por­trait, low light, night, sports, snow, beach, sun­set, spot­light, etc. The op­ti­cal sta­biliser ac­tu­ally worked well, en­sur­ing the videos were cap­tured with only a hint of blur even when our hands were shak­ing while on the move. The beauty of this cam­corder is that it comes with 32 GB on­board mem­ory. To sup­ple­ment this, it has two mem­ory card slots. It also comes with a re­mote that can also be used while shoot­ing. De­spite these qual­i­ties, we still feel the HF M14 is op­ti­misti­cally priced.

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