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.
After 15 months of very light use, my vixia HV40 is dead
Amazon Customer "mbbookers", Amazon
7 June 2011
Summary: This is a sad story... Last week, my Vixia HV40 died. Let me preface by stating that the unit is only 15 months old, the unit was never mishandled or jarred, or subjected to extreme conditions. I purchased it new from Amazon last march. When it worked, it was wonderful. I purchased three other $1,000 units prior -- to test -- and settled on the HV40 as picture quality couldn't be matched.
Summary: I do video editing work and wanted to jump from SD to HD. I did a lot of research, and although I had never purchased a canon product before I read and heard enough good things that I thought I would give the Vixia HV40 a try. I have had the camcorder for 2 months, and it had worked fine. This past weekend for my sons birthday party, half way through I tried to turn the camcorder back on and the lens cover only opened 1/4 of the way, and it made a winding sound.
Summary: I have been provided with a Canon Legria CV40 as an insurance claim replacement for a Sony HDR HC3. This is not an adequate replacement as there is no comparison between the 2. The Sony software worked and interfaced with Windows products. The Legria does not on the automatic settings and it took hours to work out how to overcome this. The camera claims to have a still photo facility.