Excerpt: These days it is easy to find HD camcorders anywhere with prices ranging roughly from $160- $1,000 or even more. There are different reasons why people buy video cameras, the main reasons surrounding recording memories or filming out of the love for it. If you are a person who loves to film and edit your videos and do not have the budget for an expensive professional camera the canon vixia hv40 is an excellent choice.
Summary: I've had this camera for over a year now. It not only takes beautiful HD movies. It shoots well in low light (not perfect, but good) and as a bonus it takes great pictures. I thought for sure I'd need the eye piece, but don't ever use it. Even in bright light the display is fine by itself..
Summary: best deal I have had on ebay. I like the vixia h40 so much that I bought it ued on ebay as a temporary fix. I bught a brand new canon vixia hf-m500 and yet find myself using the vixia h40 over and over again. It just looks great!! It even outdoes the hf-m500 for the most part, just simple excellent video every time!! no wierdness, good battery life, good resolution and all but the highest res (cant do 1080p), but HD is great for you tube and dvd's.
Great quality, easy to use, compact, great for traveling.
4 September 2012
Summary: It's a great affordable pease of recording equipment, it's my 2nd camcorder. (I have both HV30 & 40) they'er easy to use light wt. and compact able to pack and record without carrying hevy camcorders.
Don't know why they discontinued this line up. It's an amazing HD Camcorder
24 December 2011
Summary: I bought this product to use for an independent movie I wanted to make. I did a lot of research and found that the HV40 was going to fit best within my budget and needs. It came through for me. Still using this but so far, everything I wanted was within this camera, and more importantly (for an amateur such as myself) what needed to be achieved was done so with ease. I don't know why they discontinued this series of camcorders because it was a great camcorder.
Summary: I am very pleased with this camera. I have a high end Canon HD video camera, but it is large and needs idealy to be used with a quality tripod . I bought this for movies where I am not concerned with max quality. However I found that this little guy really takes quality video. If you shoot outside you will have little trouble with its color quality or clarity. Inside I have used it with with my portable lighting system with good results.