Summary: Got excellent results using this camera for a 2-hour Veteran's History Project session. The only caveat is that it picked up a hum from my headphones plugged into the AV/headphone jack (yes, I had switched it from AV to headphone). I would recommend unplugging headphones after a sound test, but I consider this user headspace-and-timing, and the issue may be with the headphones themselves.
Great little camcorder, but I hope you didn't buy it for the smartphone control.
11 February 2014
Summary: The camera works as advertised, has all the specs I needed.... but unfortunately the smartphone app leaves a lot to be desired (at least on Android). You won't be able to install it directly from the play store for a lot of devices (no support for the Galaxy S4, nexus line of devices, the HTC One and OneX, etc.), so just installing it will be a pain. (Apparently, it's only compatible with iOS 5, too, so it's not like you'll have much luck with an iPhone, either).
Summary: Was looking to upgrade a Canon FS100 but was disappointed with brightness of lens and the lack of a separate remote control. Had difficulty using the iPhone App to serve as a remote. Decided to return camera.
Summary: I was looking for a good camcorder for my project, then I did many researches online. For me, I have to use a manual fouce camcorder, and this camcorder does it. It has auto fouce and manual fouce(but only with some modes), and its menu options is good for me. The only thing I complain is the menu size is pretty small, but other things are nice. I am happy to purchase it!
Summary: I wanted to use this new camera on a cruse the wife and I take. I did some test videos and was pleased with the outside pictures. Inside with good light from windows I thought were good and clear. I down loaded the software onto my Dell laptop. Fortunately I had just bought a new Dell laptop that had the newer HDMI connection. The instruction book says it is a "standard HDMI" which it is NOT.
Summary: The canon vixia hf r40 hd is the best camcorder i've had so far! It came with plenty of features built in the camcorder like picture filters and video filters. The video quality was above par (compared to my sony handycam) and overall i was very impressed when i downloaded videos into my computer. If you're looking for a reliable flexible camcorder spend the extra dough and buy the canon vixia.
Summary: Bought to replace a Sony Digital 8 for compatibility reasons. Although it takes great video, easy to use, it would have been 5 stars if it had a light and night vision. Paid the same for the Sony several years ago and it was equipped with the light and night vision. Unable to find one for less than $500 with those features. However, it is a great little unit and recommended for nearly any kind of shoots.
Summary: Soccer dad needs to video kids games. Perfect - light, small, good picture quality, easy to use. For about $350, can't complain. Buy a couple of extra memory cards and an extra battery to last all day.