Summary: A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it's worth it to step up to the M41.
Pros: With a nice set of features for home-movie-type shooters and pleasing video quality, the Canon Vixia HF M400 series has lots to like.
Cons: A small, coarse LCD that's hard to view in direct sunlight and touch-screen-impaired menu system hamper an otherwise solid design.
Excerpt: The first wave of 2011 camcorders has arrived and Canon took a page from its digicam playbook by *reducing* the megapixel count while ostensibly increasing quality. Yes, it’s counterintuitive to the perennial more-is-better theory but let’s see if it works for video as it did for stills. Canon’s Vixia HF M40 is a decided improvement over last year’s blockier-styled models.
Pros: Quality Full HD video, 16GB onboard flash, Dual SDXC card slots, Fast focusing 10x optical zoom
Cons: Inferior 2MP still quality, Mic amplifies wind noise, Doesn’t record 1080/60p