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Canon Optura 40 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Canon Optura 40 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the design and price are overall positive. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical opinions about the reliability. Comments are divided on the zoom.

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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 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon Optura 40 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Canon Optura 40 Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and price. The usability and image quality also get good views, whereas there are some critical opinions about the zoom and reliability.

portability, image quality, usability, price, design

reliability, zoom

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon Optura 40 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical ZoomCanon Optura 40 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Robert Ellis (pcworld.com)

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

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Optura 40 features many of the same features as the Optura 30. The imagers of these two camcorders are identical as are many of the manual features. With a slightly better zoom as well as the addition of manual audio control, the Optura 40 enjoys a...

Focus ring, - Ports, - Still resolution, - Hot shoe

Low light performance

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Alex Burack (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

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...

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Very Good Camcorder

 

I spent many hours searching the web and visiting stores to find a decent camcorder I would be happy with. I'm guessing the large size of the CCD in the Optura contributes the most to the high quality video. Shooting outdoors, the quality of video and ...

video quality, manual controls, feel

video light, night mode

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great camcorder with plenty of options.

 

I have been shooting professional video for several years and wanted to get a camera for my wife. This is an excellent consumer camera. Light weight, easy to use and takes an excellent quality shot. It comes with the basic battery and if you want more ...

Small, light weight, multiple settings, excellent zoom and quality shot

Tape got caught when I didn't rewind or roll the tape before ejecting

Feb, 2005

Consumer review (nextag.com)

Great camcorder for a good price

 
Jan, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Top Notch for It's Class

 

You cannot expect the world of a mini-DV for under $1,000. This is not my first camcorder, and I've learned there are really only a few things that really matter: COLOR, score: excellent I liked the color of the Optura 40 compared with some others I ...

Great color- Great resolution- Excellent all around features

Slows down in dim light- Buy another battery

Nov, 2004

Consumer review (nextag.com)

Excellent camcorder with room to grow

 
Aug, 2004

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Terrific video and digital photos with Optura 40

 

Normally I do a lot of research before purchasing a durable good but in this case I was rushed for time. We were vacationing in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and San Francisco. My brother-in-law said he had a video camera but it was an older model ...

Excellent day video and digital photo quality, colors are amazing

Grainy in low light, short battery life

Jul, 2004
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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