The Canon Vixia HV-40 is an amazing camcorder for the buck.
4 July 2014
Summary: I'm delighted with the HV-40. The tape technology is a little harder to deal with than the flash/SD. However it's an amazing, versatile camcorder, with lots of options for lens accessories, and a dizzying array of menu options. The bottom line is: for not very much money, you can make gorgeous, hi-def movies. Learning curve is formidable, but every time I use this great little camcorder, I learn something new.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: The camera in itself seems to be a very good camera. The particular one that I had received had a problem with playback however. It randomly and intermittently would stop during playback, sometimes freezing the camera and preventing it from easily resuming, which necessitated removing the power source to restart, which made the camera unusable. This was a used camera and I don't think a new model would have exhibited this behavior.
Summary: I've had this camera for over a year now. It not only takes beautiful HD movies. It shoots well in low light (not perfect, but good) and as a bonus it takes great pictures. I thought for sure I'd need the eye piece, but don't ever use it. Even in bright light the display is fine by itself..
Summary: We use the Canon Vixia 40 and 30 in shooting different events, We at this point are not ready to swhich out to newer equipment, this camera I bought was used. The vixia will let you edit from the camera, and what we do is edit from camera to edit machine. The quality of the high definition is great.
Summary: best deal I have had on ebay. I like the vixia h40 so much that I bought it ued on ebay as a temporary fix. I bught a brand new canon vixia hf-m500 and yet find myself using the vixia h40 over and over again. It just looks great!! It even outdoes the hf-m500 for the most part, just simple excellent video every time!! no wierdness, good battery life, good resolution and all but the highest res (cant do 1080p), but HD is great for you tube and dvd's.