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 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.
"Good quality video, nice stills, Good for the price."
1 September 2011
Pros: Mini DV tapes are cheap and reliable, produces good quality HD recordings, on board mic is not bad, menu setting are ok and work well, Good still pictures, small and easy to carry around but still gives very good results. Will record from external devices
Cons: Mini DV tape takes as long to put onto a computer before editing as it does to record (flash memory like SD cards import to a PC much more quickly). Build quality is not the best but it is a low price for the video quality. Slightly more bulky than a flas
Summary: Image and sound quality are excellent - especially for the price. It is good in the hand and has a decent LCD screen. I am still learning the advanced features, but I find the menu system a bit cumbersome. Also, the lens just isn't wide enough for me, but I am definitely a wide angle shooter.
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: Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program ( What's this? ) I recently used the Canon VIXIA HV40 as a second camera alongside the Sony HDR-HC7 (as well as a Sony HVR-Z5U) in a documentary and ended up being a little disappointed with the image quality when compared to the HC7. I had originally used this camera for some test footage and thought the picture quality pretty good, but once I used it side-by-side with the HDR-HC7 the differences were readily apparent in the...