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Canon LEGRIA HV40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 234 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HV40. 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. Reviewers really like the image quality and durability. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the battery, while views about the reliability and portability are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA HV40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon LEGRIA HV40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HV40 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The durability and size are also appreciated. There are some critical opinions about the battery and portability. Comments about the reliability and usability are mixed.

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon LEGRIA HV40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HV40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2020

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

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...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon Legria HV40 HDV camcorder

 

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

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

Slightly fiddly control scheme, limitations of MiniDV

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.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (techadvisor.co.uk)

Canon Legria HV40 review

 

In essence the Canon Legria HV40 is a tweaked version of last year's Canon HV30 with some minor extras thrown in, including native 24p recording and a multipurpose Custom Key on the side of the lens barrel. As product refreshes go, it's pretty nominal...

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.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Canon LEGRIA HV40 Camcorder

 

While many camcorders will be much cheaper than the Canon HV40 but many won't include all of the features that this camcorder includes. Just one of the features that the Canon HV40 includes can transform the quality of your video from standard quality...

May, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Nice Small HD Tape Camera

 

As the cameras get smaller, they seem much less durable. I'm not having any problems with it, but it seems that snap-on covers and such flap a little. Since the choices for HDV cameras is getting smaller, it's good to see Canon is supporting the...

Smaller than a prosumer high end camera and 1/3rd the price. HDV format works well. Very light and small enough to put in a waist-bag while on vacation. It takes decent still shots as well. Focus is extremely fast on this camera. Not a bad pick-up...

Coming from a prosumer 11+ lb. camera, I can see the differences. In low light, the image gets very blocky. I had trouble importing High-Def into Premier Pro, but DV was fine. Mini-SD memory card? I would have thought a micro-SD card would be what I...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (reviewstream.com)

Canon VIXIA HV40 HD Camcorder

 

I recently bought my daughter a camera, a 2009 model Canon Vixia HV40 HD Camcorder at $700. This is a reasonably recent-generation camera, so the image quality in terms of still photos was excellent. I used this camera for a while before giving it to...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review (reviewstream.com)

Canon Vixia Hv40 HD Camcorder

 

These days it is easy to find HD camcorders anywhere with prices ranging roughly from $160- $1,000 or even more. There are different reasons why people buy video cameras, the main reasons surrounding recording memories or filming out of the love for it.

Jan, 2011

Consumer review (shopping.com)

amazing camcorder!

 

I had a camera, 9 mega-pixels, but didn't do that good of video. I was okay with it, but after I saw the quality of HD, I saw that I hadn't seen anything! This camcorder is great, shoots in stunning HD, has 10x zoom, and weighs an extremely light 1.8...

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Oct, 2010

Consumer review (reviewstream.com)

Canon vixia HV40 camcorder

 

Therefore, I needed to buy a new PC (will review it later). Also their tech support is very inconsistent and rude, which is very unusual for the canon. However, the powerful playback facility in this camcorder calls for exoneration for any such...

Jul, 2010
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