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Canon DC 40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 228 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and value for money also get good comments. Some have doubts about the features and reliability. Opinions are divided on the color.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC 40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Canon DC40

 

Very good video quality. Decent 4-megapixel stills. Variety of special modes and features for both stills and video.

Significant shutter lag in auto mode. Video has a slight color cast. Reviewing still images is slow.

Although performance needs to improve, the Canon DC40 is one of the first miniDVD camcorders to let you shoot decent stills.

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Canon DC40

 

For starters, its brushed-plastic chassis, in two-tone metallic champagne and brown, provides a nicely upscale look and feel. Despite the plastic, the DC40 also feels quite solidly made, in part due to its 1-pound, 3-ounce heft. A rubberized strip atop...

Attractive, functional design; solid build quality; very decent daytime and surprisingly solid low-light video quality; broad set of semimanual photo and video controls.

Small LCD; uses Mini SD cards rather than standard SD; blinding video light; no S-Video input for converting analog video to DVDs.

The Canon DC40 definitely deserves a spot on your short list of DVD camcorders.

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Canon DC40 Camcorder Review - Canon DVD Camcorders

 

The Canon DC40 is the new top-of-the-line model in the company's DVD line. Its specs are impressive - a 1/2.8 inch CCD, a relatively large lens, and just as many manual controls as the Optura line. But major differences between MiniDV and DVD...

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Canon's Clever Camcorder

 

Finally, a camcorder that's compact, attractive, and easy to use—but the picture is a bit fuzzy.

By the time I got my hot little hands on the Canon DC40 I was ready for my adventure through camcorder-land to be over. Without kids running around, I have few must-record events in my life. After all, I can only have so much footage of my husband...

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"Disappointed and stuck"

 

I bought this camera when I moved to Africa. I thought I'd spend more than I usually would in order to get something that would work well and last. And, I wanted a DVD camcorder. Oops. The video capability worked less than a year. After that, it...

The digital stills are very good. It still works great as a still camera.

Aside from the stills, I've had nothing but problems - with recording, with the software, and with durability

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Disappointed and stuck

 

I bought this camera when I moved to Africa. I thought I'd spend more than I usually would in order to get something that would work well and last. And, I wanted a DVD camcorder. Oops. The video capability worked less than a year. After that, it...

The digital stills are very good. It still works great as a still camera

Aside from the stills, I've had nothing but problems - with recording, with the software, and with durability

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"great camcorder nice features and good clarity"

 

excellent and stunning clarity in photos and aswell as videos and lots of features on the hand very compact in size

low battery time and analog inputs not a touchscreen controls

Consumer review by:

great camcorder nice features and good clarity

 

excellent and stunning clarity in photos and aswell as videos and lots of features on the hand very compact in size

low battery time and analog inputs not a touchscreen controls

Consumer review by:

ok, not great

 

This is a nice camera. The video quality is pretty good. Even when displayed on a large screen TV the video is good. Where you need to be careful is when you are trying to catch action that starts and stops. What I need to do is turn on the camera and...

fits well in my medium sized hands. The common buttons are easily reached

slow to start recording . slow to stop. You can't do frame by frame review of the video

Consumer review by:

"ok, not great"

 

This is a nice camera. The video quality is pretty good. Even when displayed on a large screen TV the video is good. Where you need to be careful is when you are trying to catch action that starts and stops. What I need to do is turn on the camera and...

fits well in my medium sized hands. The common buttons are easily reached.

slow to start recording . slow to stop. You can't do frame by frame review of the video.

Product Specifications

Like all of Canon's new camcorders, the DC40 is optimized for High Resolution true 16:9 widescreen recording, meaning the footage it records is suitable for playback on the very latest widescreen TV sets. The camcorder's High Resolution, wide color LCD screen and full color viewfinder ensure footage can be monitored during recording exactly as it would appear on a widescreen television. The Level Marker, provided on the LCD, is the best way to keep the horizon line perfectly in position, ensuring high impact panoramic shots every time. For playback on normal televisions, 4:3 shooting is available and easily selected with the push of a single button. Images recorded in widescreen can also be watched on a normal TV in letterbox format. The DC40's distinctive perpetual curve design reflects the natural ease-of-shooting that consumers have come to expect from DVD. To provide effortless handheld shooting, the body of the camcorder is conceived around a single, cylindrical shape. Ergonomically molded as a continuous and flowing curve, the DC40 is a natural fit in the hand, with controls clustered around the mode dial and positioned for intuitive and easy operation. The DIGIC DV image processor provides separate processing paths for video and still images, saved to ultra-compact MiniSD card. With DIGIC DV, the DC40 guarantees optimal color reproduction for each: together with a range of advanced digital photography functions, such as dedicated flash for stills and one-push direct printing, the camcorder is a high-capacity, multi-purpose digital imaging tool.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:3.4in
Weight:16.9oz
Width:2.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Night mode / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Sunset / Super night mode

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:40
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4.29Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.1 mm ( 1/2.8 ) / 9.1 mm ( 1/2.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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