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alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HV40. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the control panel and viewfinder.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HV40 from 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 Reviews about the design and image quality are generally positive. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder. There are some mixed opinions about the durability.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HV40 HD HDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODELCanon VIXIA HV40 HD HDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODEL

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

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 (

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

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EXCELLENT camera!!


I had to give the HV40 all five stars even though it's not a PERFECT shooter for professionals. If you're looking for a low-cost, HIGH quality alternative, this camera is POWERFUL. It's native 24p combined with Cinemode give you quality that can't be...

Nov, 2009

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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

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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

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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

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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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Canon Vixia HV40


The 3 megapixle still photography option make carrying your still camera needless. In general, I am proud to have bought this camcorder.

Jul, 2010

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Canon Vixia HV40


ease of use


Jun, 2009

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Canon HV40


Superb quality video, tape based HDV camcorders head the field in this and the Canon HV40 is the leader in this price range. Great product .

Short life battery power and a fidelly off and on switch.

May, 2010

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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-2L13
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:0.2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7

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


Built-in flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.7
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:2.96

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.72 - 17.2
Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:1.69
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.72 - 17.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.24 - 2.4
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


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

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

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)

Other Features

Art: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video out:1

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/2000

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536


Camcorder tape type:HDV

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


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions