Summary: I am very impressed with this camcorder. Although I haven't got to use it a lot I feel you get a lot of bang for your buck. The high def quality is outstanding. I have had no issues with any of the functions.
Summary: Camcorders are tough to review. The wide skill sets of consumers who purchase them as well as their diverse needs make for a ton of different approaches, though none that are necessarily one-size-fits-all.
Summary: As the cameras get smaller, they seem much less durable. I'm not having any problems with it, but it seems that snap-on covers and such flap a little. Since the choices for HDV cameras is getting smaller, it's good to see Canon is supporting the format.
Pros: Smaller than a prosumer high end camera and 1/3rd the price. HDV format works well. Very light and small enough to put in a waist-bag while on vacation. It takes decent still shots as well. Focus is extremely fast on this camera. Not a bad pick-up camera as well in a studio environment.
Cons: Coming from a prosumer 11+ lb. camera, I can see the differences. In low light, the image gets very blocky. I had trouble importing High-Def into Premier Pro, but DV was fine. Mini-SD memory card? I would have thought a micro-SD card would be what I would find on a newer camera.
Surprise yourself: consider an HDV camcorder! No surprise: choose the Canon HV40 if you choose HDV
Snap, Crackle and Pop, Amazon
9 August 2009
Summary: THE QUICK TAKE: Surprise, surprise - tape based DV still has a lot of life in it. Many people will find it easier to manage recordings on tape, rather than in files. And HD video offers a *big* jump in quality, so the usual answer - wait until they get the next thing a little more figured out, then...
Quality and performance yet again with the latest model in Canon's exceptional HV series
16 July 2009
Summary: I write this review as a prosumer (someone above an average consumer, but below a professional) who has shot, edited, and encoded about a dozen videos for web and DVD. I'm by no means a video expert, but also not a newbie. If you're a (semi-)professional video producer, you're on the wrong page.
Summary: The Canon VIXIA HV40 is a feature rich prosumer grade miniDV camcorder that should appeal to the advance home user, hobbyist, or business owner. This is likely more camera than the casual user will need and some less expensive HD cameras are available for those not needing all of the features this...
Summary: I am writing this review from the standpoint of an amateur that uses video mostly to capture family moments. I am nowhere near an expert and have no use for heavy duty video editing and/or movie making.
Summary: #-#-#-[ Why this rating? ]-#-#-# I can be described as an enthusiastic, or even compulsive, photographer and videographer. I always travel with a camera and a camcorder in tow, and run through multiple cassettes and GBs of photographs (I shoot in RAW mode) each month.
The HV40 Continues Canon's Dominance of the Consumer HDV Market
Army Dad, Amazon
27 June 2009
Summary: The Canon HV40 is basically a slightly improved Canon HV30 (which itself was a slightly improved HV20), with a few extra features. The HV line has been very popular the past few years and has a devoted following of fans and enthusiasts. There are even web sites devoted to the HV line.
Summary: Wow. The first time you see your own movies in High Def, there's nothing to say but wow. The Canon Vixia HV40 is easy to use and delivers great video quality. If you're serious about capturing video that will last, this camera is a great choice.