Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Canon DC 40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 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. Opinions about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the color. Some have doubts about the connectivity.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

See all Canon Camcorders

Review analysis

(Based on 211 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 184 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews

Disclaimer:

Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 166 of 184 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (27)

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon DC 40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 user reviews of Canon DC 40 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the durability and price. The image quality and portability also get good comments, but some have doubts about the connectivity.

usability, portability, image quality, price, durability

connectivity

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC40 4.3MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomCanon DC40 4.3MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

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: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

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 (camcorderinfo.com)

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 (businessweek.com)

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: David Field (pcauthority.com.au)

Canon DC40 8cm DVD camcorder

 

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

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Aaron (pricerunner.co.uk)

Canon's the way!

 

The Canon DC40 is a camcorder everyone should use atleast once. It is so great, that even if you have to borrow it from a friend and use it - DO IT!! You will be amazed by its simplicity. Its works wonderfully even in low light conditions - which make...

It works really well under any light condition including low light!! It is a really good looking cam - has an attractive design. It also offers user a wide range of controls for photos and videos. Also has a red eye reduction feature. It is reasonably...

No real weakness apart from a slightly small display screen.

The Canon DC40 is a camcorder everyone should use atleast once. It is so great, that even if you have to borrow it from a friend and use it - DO IT!! You will be amazed by its simplicity. Its works wonderfully even in low light conditions - which make...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: J.T (pricerunner.co.uk)

Shoot every shot

 

The design and style is very innovative and eye catching. It has an inbuilt flash so that amatuers or non professionals dont have bother themselves about it and also an red-eye reduction feature. A lot of little knick-knacks like that make it a very...

Red-eye reduction feature, built-in flash system and color vibrancy. gives good quality images

The zoom is very ordinary and the LCD is rather small. It also priced in a higher range than what it should be in.

The design and style is very innovative and eye catching. It has an inbuilt flash so that amatuers or non professionals dont have bother themselves about it and also an red-eye reduction feature. A lot of little knick-knacks like that make it a very...

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: Cassie (pricerunner.co.uk)

Canon blasts the market..

 

Its very affordable, Its canon and its satisfactory. Canon has come out with a product that can suit mass needs perfectly.

It has an in-built flash system, red-eye reduction function and lots of such thoughtful little extra functions. Its perfect for an amateur or a layman. The DC-40 has also been priced to attract the public.

Its not much of an expert camcorder. I believe its strictly for family men, and such, who do not require professional quality videos but have more need of home videos. All it's functions ie: zoom, digital zoom, LCD size, video nd audio quality are all...

Its very affordable, Its canon and its satisfactory. Canon has come out with a product that can suit mass needs perfectly.

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: Lino (pricerunner.co.uk)

smal canon!

 

If you want to cherish every moment of your life at the fullest then Canon's new Canon DC40 DVD camcorder is the perfect solution. It helps make recording precious memories simple, fun and convenient. As the model records directly to a DVD, one can...

The CCD, a massive 1/2.8 inches in size, offers 4,300,000 (4300K) gross pixels, 3500K effective pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio, The effective pixel count for still images is approximately 4000K. The lens features a 10x optical zoom, a focal length of 6.1 ...

i could not find anything major missing in this camera. it has everything i ever want in my camcorder.

If you want to cherish every moment of your life at the fullest then Canon's new Canon DC40 DVD camcorder is the perfect solution. It helps make recording precious memories simple, fun and convenient. As the model records directly to a DVD, one can...

May, 2006

Consumer review by: mophead740 (cnet.com.au)

Canon DC40

 

Brilliant Camcorder.

Great quality ; reliable ; fun and easy to use ; great stills ; the list goes on

poor auto image modes

Nov, 2006

Product Specifications

Like all of Canon's new camcorders, the DC40 is optimized for High Resolution true 16:9 widescreen recording, meaning the footage it records is suitable for playback on the very latest widescreen TV sets. The camcorder's High Resolution, wide color LCD screen and full color viewfinder ensure footage can be monitored during recording exactly as it would appear on a widescreen television. The Level Marker, provided on the LCD, is the best way to keep the horizon line perfectly in position, ensuring high impact panoramic shots every time. For playback on normal televisions, 4:3 shooting is available and easily selected with the push of a single button. Images recorded in widescreen can also be watched on a normal TV in letterbox format. The DC40's distinctive perpetual curve design reflects the natural ease-of-shooting that consumers have come to expect from DVD. To provide effortless handheld shooting, the body of the camcorder is conceived around a single, cylindrical shape. Ergonomically molded as a continuous and flowing curve, the DC40 is a natural fit in the hand, with controls clustered around the mode dial and positioned for intuitive and easy operation. The DIGIC DV image processor provides separate processing paths for video and still images, saved to ultra-compact MiniSD card. With DIGIC DV, the DC40 guarantees optimal color reproduction for each: together with a range of advanced digital photography functions, such as dedicated flash for stills and one-push direct printing, the camcorder is a high-capacity, multi-purpose digital imaging tool.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:0.6
Photo effects:Art, Mirror, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.6cm
Height:8.7cm
Weight:480g
Width:6cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:123000

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 / Foliage / Night mode / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Sunset / Super night mode

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:40
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:1/0.11 / 25.4 / 2.8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:4.29

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length range (f-f):44.5 - 445
Image stabilizer:Y / 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

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4.29Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.1 mm ( 1/2.8" ) / 9.1 mm ( 1/2.8 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Expansion slots:miniSD
I/O ports:USB\nAV\n
Lens system:200x/40x, Wide Attachment
Resolution:640 x 480

Ports & interfaces

DV port:N / No
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In:Y / Yes
S-Video Out:Y / Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 1/6 / 1/2000 ~ 1/6

Storage

Compatible memory cards:miniSD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:123000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.33 / 8.38
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.6 / 126
Height :8.7 / 87
Weight:480
Width:6 / 60