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Canon Optura 40 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the color and value for money are on the whole positive. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive views about the features and battery.

portability, image quality, usability, value for money, color

battery, features

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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Review analysis

(Based on 48 reviews)

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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

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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...

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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...

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Consumer review by:

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

Consumer review by:

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

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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

Consumer review by:

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

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Canon Optura 40 Mini DV Camcorder

 

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DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA

 

DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA This camera has the following critical drawbacks. 1. The autofocus is very poor. It has trouble maintaining focus even when pointed at still images with constant lighting! 2. Do not expect to quickly switch from video camera...

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no manual white balance, poor auto-focus, poor color, many others

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:3in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:40
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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