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Canon LEGRIA HV40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 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. Reviews about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the viewfinder. There are some mixed opinions about the durability.

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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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (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. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The portability and price also get good opinions. Views are divided on the durability. Many are less positive about the viewfinder.

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

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

Oct, 2016

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

Consumer review by: John (reevoo.com)

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

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: Owen Video (circuitcity.com)

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

Consumer review by: AWARNER (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 by: Sam Amulyoto (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 by: MaddyG (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 by: kalsriv (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

Consumer review by: kalsriv (reviewstream.com)

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

Consumer review by: (ciao.com)

Canon Vixia HV40

 

ease of use

NONE

Jun, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Battery

Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-2L13

Camera

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

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.7
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.96

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.6 - 436
Focal length range (f-f):6.1 - 61
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

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
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/2000

Still image

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

Storage

Camcorder tape type:HDV

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8
Height :8.2
Weight:535
Width:8.8