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Canon Optura 40 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews of Canon Optura 40 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the design and price are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and battery.

portability, usability, image quality, price, design

battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Optura 40 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Canon Optura 40 Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The usability and image quality also get good reviews, but there are some negative opinions about the zoom and reliability.

portability, image quality, usability, price, design

reliability, zoom

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon Optura 40 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Robert Ellis (

Canon Optura 40


Hot-shoe ; Manual audio control ; True 16:9 mode ; Good still quality ; Focus ring on lens ; Menus are easy to navigate ; Best video quality ; Color night mode ; Headphone and mike jacks

None significant

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Optura 40 features many of the same features as the Optura 30. The imagers of these two camcorders are identical as are many of the manual features. With a slightly better zoom as well as the addition of manual audio control, the Optura 40 enjoys a...

Focus ring, - Ports, - Still resolution, - Hot shoe

Low light performance

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Alex Burack (

Canon Optura 40 Camcorder Review - Canon MiniDV Camcorders


The Canon Optura 40 is equipped with just over 1.2 effective megapixels for video and 2 effective megapixels for still images. On the surface, there are only minimal differences between Canon's Optura 30 and the new Canon Optura 40, which has an...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: (

Canon Optura 40


The Canon Optura 40 is a Mini DV camcorder with a 14x Optical Zoom.

Enjoy stunning video and photosThe secret behind the Optura 30 and Canon Optura 40 camcorders' incredible video and photos is Canon's DIGIC DV technology. Since videos and photos have different color requirements, DIGIC DV uses special color...

Consumer review by: keithincal (

Canon Optura 40


After nearly six months of reading reviews and ratings on a dozen web sites, I bought this camera and a number of accessories (lenses, fire wire, batteries and charger). The video quality, OVERALL ease of use and features of this camera make me very...

Excellent video quality, very compact, top loading tape

Could have easier to navigate menus/access to effects and features

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: stburns519 (

Canon Optura 40


It is a great digital camera/camcorder. It produces near 3CCD picture quality in a compact body. If you are still in doubt check other reviews of the product, and then find the cheapest price with Pricegrabber.

high quality pictures and video;same Digic technology as in Canon's popular Digital Elph's;you can disable the digital zoom, so that only the optical is used

electronic stabilization, not optical;not a 3CCD

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: bm98 (

Canon Optura 40


I'm very happy with this camcorder.It has a lot of settings(manual and automatic)and is able to shoot in very low light.I will highly recommend this product to anyone looking to shoot indoor and outdoor.

Small enough to carry around.Great video and ability to shoot decent photos,even in very low light

battery supplied is very weak.It only lasts 40 minutes

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: scannerdude (

Canon Optura 40


I purchased both this and a Panasonic PV-GS200 because I couldn't decide which to get! On its own the Optura 40 is an excellent video camera. I've shot indoors, outdoors, low light, no light, and am VERY impressed. You would think a 1-chip CCD would...

Very good video (side-by-side tests with PV-GS200 surprisingly not much different), good digital photos, great audio, lots of ports, hot shoe, focus ring, placement of buttons

Wide angle could be wider, zooming up close can't be focused (however, macro is excellent), LCD is muddy, battery too small, night mode is useless for video

Oct, 2004

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Canon Optura 40 Mini DV Camcorder


Product Specifications

Canon's new OPTURA 40 Megapixel camcorders unite the world of video and photography like never before. Featuring DV Photo Plus, Canon's one-of-a-kind system for achieving premium image quality, and fueled by a 2.2 Megapixel CCD image sensor, they capture video and photos with stunning clarity. An RGB Primary Color Filter adds dynamic realism, making colors come alive. Experience the ultimate in picture quality, while still enjoying unbeatable style and performance. Imagine a camcorder, digital camera, and webcam seamlessly combined, and fitting in the palm of your hand. Compromise is a thing of the past; the OPTURA 40 delivers the best of both worlds, giving you the freedom to capture exceptional quality video and breathtaking photos.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Night mode / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Super night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Optura

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:67.2mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:14
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.23Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.5 mm ( 1/3.4 ) / 7.5 mm ( 1/3.4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag/Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Fade trigger / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:280
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Color Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD