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: I just bought this to replace my dead Canon HV 20, which I got many years of use from. The HV 40 is a very similar camera. It has great build quality, and feels very solid, yet it is compact, and has an easy to learn touch menu system. It has many creative recording and menu options; most that an average user probably will never find, yet alone use. But even if you just turn it on and just hit the "record" button, you will get a great image.
Summary: I have been purchasing Canon camcorders for my HS digital filmmaking class for over 10 years. I liked the HV30 for their durability and ease of use for my students. I thought the quality of the footage was great and they had some nice features. Last year I purchased 8 of the HV40's and have been very disappointed. Six of the 8 camcorders have had something go wrong with them.
Summary: While I love the image and the ease of functionality of this camera, the one thing I must warn you about is the BUZZ from the motor when recording. I'm just about to go shoot behind the scenes of a rehearsal of an opera. This is a huge professional production and I need to be discreet and quiet. I'm now having to look around for other cameras to shoot with because I'm afraid the camera noise will be audible to those around me. I can't take that chance.
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.
Summary: I bought this when it first came out a couple years ago. Seems to me the price has not dropped much in all this time which must certainly tell you something about the demand for this camera! I bought it to record my dogs' retrieving competitions, but -long story short - there have not been any more since injury and illness. SO, I took only one video and that was in 2010.
Summary: It records in 1080i, not 1080p, and the packaging and literature make it a bit confusing. Sound recording is its weakest point, and you'd best spring for an external microphone. I like the fact that it records at 24P for a more "filmic" look. Right, now, however, it would be a better investment getting a DSLR, like the Canon t2i.