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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I purchased the HV20 a few years back when it first came out, and it was a fantastic camera, with a few small shortcomings mostly to do with the HDV format falling behind technological advancements, i.e.