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: Excellent picture quality, actually a little too good. The custom button could be more customizable to actually be useful and it's a little cumbersome to lock exposure and set levels with the little joystick thumb control, but it works. The image stabilization could be a little better, some of the Sony cams I've used are much more steady, but I've got a very good tripod and fluid head, so it's only a problem when handheld.
Summary: This camera is a really great camera, for the money. I would recommend it to a novice filmmaker, because you can build upon this camera, and create pretty stunning video. The still camera is not that great, but that is something this camera wasn't made for. All around, great product!
Summary: I'm not a professional camera man, but I'm very happy with the performance of the cannon HD 40. However, I had difficulty getting accessories for it: The mini SD memory card and HDV/DV cable are not popular in stores. I have been told that these accessories are older technology which is not widely used anymore. Its disappointing, because I bought a brand new camera,and there is no way to know that it requires unpopular accessories.
Summary: This camera shoots amazing video. The battery that it comes with does not last to long on a charge, or maybe I just left it connected to the camera. In the manual it say's to remove the battery when not in use. Other than that I highly recommend the HV40. Good for prosumers or just your own personal recordings. I just also bought the wide angle lens for it and it looks great. In my opinion this camera shoots video quality than can be compared to $2,000 or $3,000 cameras.
Crème de la Crème of Prosumer Video Cameras but Overkill for an Average Joe
SanjeevP "Bottom Line", Amazon
20 February 2010
Summary: When it comes to picture quality, this is the Crème de la Crème of prosumer video cameras. In my experience, as of February 2010, no other brand or camcorder comes close to the video quality of HV40. Using a tape based video cassette recorder feels antiquated after giving up audio cassette tape recorder years ago for digital sound on MP3 player but I tried one hard drive AVCHD camcorder and I had to be return it because the grainy picture was way inferior to my previous...
Summary: The image quality is outstanding for a novice style camera and user. The features are easy to use and intuitive. The battery that comes with the camera is pretty much a joke as far a recording time. Buy yourself the best battery you can afford.