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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. People are impressed by the design and price. The usability and image quality also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the zoom. Some have doubts about the reliability.

portability, image quality, usability, price, design


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 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon Optura 40 Camcorder


alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Canon Optura 40 Camcorder from 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 People really like the design and price. The usability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative opinions about the zoom and reliability.

portability, image quality, usability, price, design

reliability, zoom

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

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Robert Ellis (

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 (

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 (

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

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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...

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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

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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

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Great camcorder for a good price

Jan, 2005

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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

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Excellent camcorder with room to grow

Aug, 2004

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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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