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. I used this camera for a while before giving it to her, and I found that the camera does produce quality that is nearly equivalent to what you would expect to get from a pro grade camera such as a DSLR. The effect was astonishing.
Summary: I read a ton of reviews from various sources before buying this camcorder, but I wish I had also gone to a store and held it in my hand. I agree with other reviewers that there is a lot to like about the unit, such as good picture quality, a viewfinder and good battery life. However, the ergonomics are surprisingly poor.
Summary: I ordered this camera to replace an aging Sony SD Mini DV unit. I returned it because the motor produces a distinct, pulsating whine that is clearly audible on the recorded audio. I have run into this issue before with cheaper Mini DV camcorders but believed an expensive and highly-rated unit like the HV40 should be better. The issue is important to me because I find the whining sound distracting as a backdrop to my family memories.
Summary: I have had the Canon HV 40 for approx 3.5 weeks. I am pleased with the picture in terms of quality and clarity. However on using Sony HDV tapes , purchased at the same time, the playback will sometimes feeze with a sound interuption. This according to the manual is symptons of a dirty video head. As it occured within 3 mins of usage, I discounted this. I contacted Canon and explained the problem.
Summary: We bought the HV40 as a replacement for our ageing Sony TRV330e, plumping for dv tape as we're hopeless at making time to edit captured video to disk. After much agonising and having already purchased a Canon digital camera we decided that the best option would be the HV40 rather than the HV30 on the basis that its a long term investment and better to get the "bells 'n whistles" now.
Summary: Снимал пару раз этой камерой. Скажу так: эта камера морально устарела. Картинка в помещении шумная и серая. Стабилизатор не держит картинку, вес камеры малый и все трясется. Да и звук - просто кошмарный.
Excerpt: Lo mejor de la reciente aparición de la Canon HV40 en el mercado es la considerable bajada de precio de su antecesora, la HV30 Realmente las funciones y configuración utilizadas por el nuevo dispositivo de Canon no difieren en nada sustancial y menos en el contexto del tipo de usuario que en mi opinión se hace con una cámara de esta tipología (usuario avanzado dentro de una gama no profesional) La calidad de imagen es muy buena, pero como la de su antecesora.
Pros: Muy pocas en relación con su antecesora, la HV30