Summary: Excellent camcorder. One of the few that still has a built in remote control which was critical for my use. But even for ordinary use, I found it easy and simple. The sophistication is there if you want to control things, but you can also just choose to point and shoot.
Top quality without paying top $ --- Nice HD camcorder from Canon
24 June 2013
Summary: This is a nice camera even if it is a version older because of the HD CMOS Image Pro sensor inside (these chips are found in Canon's expensive line like the XA, Gxx series). Low light shots are nice and not too grainy. Lightweight too. There are a few accessories you may want with it (wide angle lens, extra battery etc.). You do not have to get the ones with int. memory. Others without it will be just as good and a few bucks cheaper.
Summary: Canon is name you trust for quality images and video. The Vixia HF M40 is no exception. It records HD 1080i Video internally without moving tape or parts that can wear out or break. It is so light-weight and compact carrying it with you is a breeze. The threaded 43mm lens has threads to allow adding your own lenses and filters. The built in lcd screen has vibrant bright color and rotates 180 degrees if you are filming yourself and need to check the shot.
Canon VIXIA HF M40 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and 16GB
1 January 2013
Summary: I bought this camcorder last year and I am happy with the video quality. It does very good low light video and great day light video. It is very small so keep it close or put it in a camcorder carry bag. The touch screen is a pain, since you have to have tiny fingers to touch the right buttons. It does have that vignetting effect, it is noticeable when I zoomed in and out fast inside with the room light on.
Excellent camcorder (especially its lens), but battery rip-off
Rufus Fuscus, Amazon
20 July 2012
Summary: This is an excellent camcorder. As with all Canon cameras and camcorders, the optics are the best in the market. Panasonic may have a better image stabilizer in many models, but the quality of the Canon image goes unrivaled. However, Canon sells this camera (and all Vixia HF Mx models) with a tiny battery that doesn't even fill the nest in which it docks.
Good camera, decent results but wonky touch screen
Marlo Stanfield, Amazon
13 July 2012
Summary: I'm generally very happy with this camera. My only complaint would be that the touch menus on the flip-out screen are difficult to use due to the quality of the screen. Sometimes you have to tap it several times to get a response. The good part is that most people aren't going to need to use the menus very often to shoot basic video. For the more advanced users, understand that this camera shoots "60i", which appears to be code for 59.94 fields per second.