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Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder Kit KlT SAVlNGS

Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder Kit KlT SAVlNGS
alaScore 81

129 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed views on the features and finish.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder Kit KlT SAVlNGS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder Kit KlT SAVlNGS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 user reviews of Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder Kit KlT SAVlNGS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition CamcorderCanon VIXIA HV40 HD HDV Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomCanon Vixia HV40 HD HDV 10X Optical 200X Digital Zoom 2.7 inch Widescreen LCD Camcorder + Accessory Bundle

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Canon Vixia HV40 Camcorder Review

 

The tape-based HV40 ($999 MSRP) isn't exactly a flashy, cutting-edge camcorder from Canon. It is one of only a few HDV models-from any manufacturer-that's new for 2009, but it represents only a minor upgrade over last year's HV30. These improvements...

Since the HV40 is only a minor upgrade over last year's HV30, it seems that Canon isn't putting too much effort into its tape-based HDV models. The HV40's flash-memory counterparts have more sophisticated designs, better handling, and more useful...

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Canon HV40

 

One of only a few HDV camcorders this year, and a minor upgrade from last year's model

Low noise levels; Decent low light performance

Less sharp than others in its class; Very little manual control

Since the HV40 is only a minor upgrade over last year’s HV30, it seems that Canon isn’t putting too much effort into its tape-based HDV models. The HV40’s flash-memory counterparts have more sophisticated designs, better handling, and more useful...

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A feature-packed high-definition camcorder that records to (gasp!) MiniDV tape

 

The Canon Legria HV40 must surely be the HDV format's last hurrah in the consumer sector -- and what a send-off it is! If you're keen to stick with MiniDV, you won't find a better camcorder than this.

Superb 1080i video quality, good low-light performer, plenty of advanced features and controls

Slightly fiddly control scheme, limitations of MiniDV

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Good quality video, nice stills, Good for the price.

 

If you don't need the speed of flash memory when transferring your footage to a PC and can put up with the slightly shoddy build quality, but still want a cheap camcorder that records quality HD video, then just go out and buy this camcorder. I own...

Mini DV tapes are cheap and reliable, produces good quality HD recordings, on board mic is not bad, menu setting are ok and work well, Good still pictures, small and easy to carry around but still gives very good results. Will record from external devices

Mini DV tape takes as long to put onto a computer before editing as it does to record (flash memory like SD cards import to a PC much more quickly). Build quality is not the best but it is a low price for the video quality. Slightly more bulky than a flas

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AWESOME CAMERA but......

 

This is a great camcorder for what i use it for. (youtube videos, weddings, plays, school) but...... i hate the dumb focus knob!!!! why couldent they put a real focus RING on there!!!! Anyways the video qaulity is good, exept in low light. I like the...

good video qaulity, small, portable, low price

low light situations, the glossy finish, manual focus wheel

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DV Tape Codec STILL better than compressed HD or Flash

 

I prefer 'removable media', ie tape. Using a Hard Drive camcorder is putting all you eggs in one basket - if it crashes, you're screwed. Tape has a proven life span of at least 20 years (if taken care of properly) and can be burned to DVD or Computer...

Reasonably priced for DV tape based Hi-Def. The other format (Hard Drive & Flash ) camcorders still haven't worked out the bugs in the compression which creates annoying artifacts when panning. DV tape codec is LESS compression, better picture

In Low Light situations, the auto gains up Too Much, resulting in very grainy picture. The covers protecting the various in/out plugs are flilmsy. The built in mic is terrible for live music, probably OK for kids, dogs etc

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This inexpensive HD camcorder is a dream come true.

 

My experience with this camera (so far) has been very nice. I did my research prior to making any purchases, and it seemed that this HV40 was the most economical and visually satisfying camera. At only $699, the owner of this camera will get picture...

The newest and most admirable feature of the VIXIA HV40 is its ability to record 24 frames per second natively. The camera also has a nice body design, and the fact that it's coated with a sleek black finish only adds to its professionalism

My only gripes about this HDV camera are its size and lack of manual controls. Some people like a compact camera, and I do too, but I wish this one was just a bit larger, just to get that prosumer look. This would also make room for more controls

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Best Compact Minidv Camcorder in this price range

 

Being most cameras these days record to a hard drive or flash memory,i needed a minidv format hd camera.I was in mammoth ca snowboarding and i hit a mogel and when i got back to my room i found all my video from the past 3 days somehow got deleted due...

I specificly needed a portable minidv camcorder for my snowboarding videos but i still needed great video quality.I googled the hv40 and found this site hv40.net and readsome reviews and i found it for $200 less than msrp great camera & great price

its minidv (if thats con)

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Best Compact Minidv Camcorder in this price range

 

Being most cameras these days record to a hard drive or flash memory,i needed a minidv format hd camera.I was in mammoth ca snowboarding and i hit a mogel and when i got back to my room i found all my video from the past 3 days somehow got deleted due...

I specificly needed a portable minidv camcorder for my snowboarding videos but i still needed great video quality.I googled the hv40 and found this site hv40.net and readsome reviews and i found it for $200 less than msrp great camera & great price

its minidv (if thats con)

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Canon VIXIA HV40

 

Product Specifications

The Canon VIXIA HV40 is one of the latest additions to Canon's large family of HD camcorders. For those seeking the ultimate in HD video quality, Canon bring a host of Canon Exclusive features you won't find anywhere else - from Canon's own 2.96 full HD CMOS image sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor, delivering breathtaking detail and the best in color reproduction, to SuperRange optical image stabilization and instant auto focus to give you the ultimate control demanded by high definition. With the genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the VIXIA HV40 is sure to be your choice in high definition camcorders. If you wish to continue to use your existing standard definition equipment, the VIXIA HV40 has both SD and HD recording modes. The VIXIA HV40 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. Canon's vast experience with photographic and broadcast television cameras brings you the optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements you expect. The VIXIA HV40 is the premium quality high definition video tape camcorder for sophisticated and discerning videographers.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.4in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.2lbs/18.9oz
Width:3.5in

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 / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HV40
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

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

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SuperRange)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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