The Canon Vixia HF M31 is a low priced high definition video camcorder. When those two items are combined, it might cause fear that the performance of the camera will suffer based on the low price range. In my Canon Vixia HF M31 review, the camera held its own against more expensive products and produced a picture quality that was surprising for the low price.
When shopping for a new video camera, I was looking at replacing my Canon XL-1s. I had reached a point where I needed HD video to progress in my vocation and I shopped around trying to find the right option for an affordable price. I finally decided on the Canon Vixia HF M31.
The first thing I discovered when working with the new camera was the amazing quality of video it presented when working at the highest quality setting. Even at night, with only one light, the camera produced a clear, concise image that surprised me when editing it.
This camcorder is also very small in size which means it takes work to keep it steady while shooting. After working almost exclusively with the Canon XL-1s, using the shoulder brace for stability, it is a task to get used to holding the camera in the palm of the hand and keeping it steady. That brings up another area that the Canon Vixia HF M31 is decent, the stabilization mode. I know I don’t have the steadiest hands in the world, but the video I have shot with it remains decently static and moving shots have never appeared that jerky.
It is important to understand that the video quality mode must be changed prior to starting. Shooting the highest quality video will take up the most memory on the camcorder but it is necessary to get the best looking picture. The default mode is low quality video and the results are far from satisfactory. Always use the highest video modes to ensure the best possible results.