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.