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Canon DC 40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 reviews of Canon DC 40. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good opinions, whereas many are critical about the connectivity and color.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

color, connectivity

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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 user reviews of Canon DC 40 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the durability and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity.

usability, portability, image quality, price, durability


82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

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.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (

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...

May, 2006

Expert review by : Sarah Lacy (

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...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : James Dickinson (

Canon DC40


Canon's DC40 is the company's top of the range DVD camcorder. As such it offers a good range of features and decent quality video to boot. The let dow...

Crisp images, better than most DVD camcorders, good stills

Over-exposed images, poor battery life

The DC40 is an excellent DVD video camera.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : David Field (

Canon DC40 8cm DVD camcorder


A high end DVD-based camcorder for quick and clean shooting.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (

Canon DC40


Great if you want it more for the video aspect and not still images. Somewhat time consuming trying to figure out all the options.

Great camera! Digital video quality is excellent

Still picture quality is ok, but for me, the color seems to bleed. For example I was on vacation last week and was taking some pictures where the wall was a pinkish color. When I took the pictures and reviewed them , everything had a pinkish tint to...

Jun, 2007

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Good Camcorder!


Great camera for the price. I was deciding between this one, sony, and a panasonic model. I was really bummed out about the night mode performance... it maked it almost useless unless you want "blurvision". I've always loved anything that feels nice...

Automatic lens cover is great. Build quality! it feels very solidly constructed. Nice LCD and menuing. Auto focus is fast. Zooming in and out is very smooth, couple different speed options. Very nice to watch the footage on the camera when you fold the...

Can't Finalize disc unless plugged into the wall. Night mode sucks pretty bad. Video quality could be better. A couple buttons are hard to reach w/ one hand

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

great product


great camera for special events. although it can be used for travel. i wouldnt recomend a camcorder of this size for travel abroad. this is a great quality camera canon's are very well built and designed.

Lightweight, Easy to Use, Good Value

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Nov, 2009

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Canon DC 40 review


And good video quality, the Canon DC40 cements a place among the best of the DVD camcorders. You have to shift your hand a bit to operate the camera/camcorder switch. Like all of its competitors, the camcorder can fit 20 minutes of the highest-quality...

Solid build quality

Blinding video light

Nov, 2008

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A good DVD camcorder to start with


The product. Now this camcorder, the Canon DC 40 is a DVD camcorder. It uses DVD to record the film. It also has a still-shot feature which is useful especially if you don't have a digital camera. When it comes to quality, Canon has proven that theirs...

Good quality of shots adn footage, cheap

No flashlight, problem with dim areas

Oct, 2008

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