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Canon Vixia HF M40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the memory and color are generally positive. There are some less positive opinions about the design and portability, and views are divided on the image quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Vixia HF M40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Vixia HF M40 (black)


With the Vixia HF M4xx series of HD camcorders, Canon maintains its reputation for delivering a solid midrange consumer camcorder, once again at slightly higher prices than those of the competition. The series consists of three nearly identical models....

With a nice set of features for home-movie-type shooters and pleasing video quality, the Canon Vixia HF M400 series has lots to like

A small, coarse LCD that's hard to view in direct sunlight and touch-screen-impaired menu system hamper an otherwise solid design

A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in...


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Canon Vixia HF M40


Quality Full HD video ; 16GB onboard flash ; Dual SDXC card slots ; Fast focusing 10x optical zoom

Inferior 2MP still quality ; Mic amplifies wind noise ; Doesn’t record 1080/60p

If you’re looking for a camcorder that takes excellent videos, give Canon's Vixia HF M40 consideration, but look elsewhere if still photos are important.

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Canon Vixia HF M40 Camcorder Review


The Canon HF M40 is the latest mid-range camcorder from Canon. With the same risky new sensor, this impressive bargain has great low light performance and a plethora of manual controls.


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Best budget HD camcorder


For about a third of the price of the elite Canon Vixia HF G10 (*Est. $1,400), experts say the Canon Vixia HF M40 delivers similarly spectacular HD video quality. Both camcorders use the same CMOS Pro image sensor -- lifted from Canon's pricey...

Video quality comparable to Canon's flagship camcorder, useful manual and automatic controls, 16 GB of built-in memory, dual memory-card slots

Touch screen isn't the most responsive, low-resolution still photos

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Canon Vixia HF M40


A camcorder that isn't afraid of the dark.

It turns out that Canon’s gamble to put all new sensors into the 2011 consumer lineup has really paid off.

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"Excellent low light camera, but there is always more!"


I have used a lot of different cameras over the years, and just wanted to get a basic review of 24 hours of trying out this camera, and comparing it to some recent cameras I have used. The cameras I will compare to are the Panasonic SD600, TM700 (both...

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Very Impressed!


Well, I have had this camcorder now for a week and tested it in many lighting situations and locations and I must say I'm very impressed. Outside filming my niece and dogs in the yard the videos are crisp viewed on my 40" Sony HD LCD TV. I would give...

Super sharp ; Menus are easier and much faster to work ; Nice color, and good sharpness ; Better low light performance ; Better dynamic range ; It comes with an HDMI cable, A/V and USB cables, and a remote control

No EVF ; No 1080p mode ; LCD is difficult to see in sunlight, even with the brightness setting on high (and draining the battery)

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Awesome video, but poor user interface


I have the HF M400 (with no built-in memory), which lacks the HD to SD option of the M40 and M41. The CNET review is quite accurate. The three modes of IS work OK for their intended purposes, but cause weirdness is misused - normal (stationary...

Great low light video ; Good recording and media options ; Excellent dynamic range

Poor menu structure ; Need to use stylus because of poor touchscreen sensitivity ; Touchscreen difficult to see in bright sunlight ; Lens has narrow view at wide angle

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Canon Can You Hear Me?!


The Canon Vixia HF M40 reminds me of a Caesar salad with with too many radishes and meat and not enough ranch dressing. In other words it needs to trim down on cost, reinvent the touchscreen interface, fine tune its bread and butter (image quality) in...

Accessory Port ; Good Grip for big hands ; Versatile feature set ; Low light is best in its class

Overpriced compare to competition like Panasonic TM90 ; A tad Bulky ; Touchscreen is sluggish and menu/setting bars are too small ; Battery ; Direct Sunlight quality recording isn't as crisp as compared to competition ; LCD can be difficult to see in...

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"Awesome video, but poor user interface"


I have the HF M400 (with no built-in memory), which lacks the HD to SD option of the M40 and M41. The CNET review is quite accurate. The three modes of IS work OK for their intended purposes, but cause weirdness is misused - normal (stationary...

Great low light video

Poor menu structure