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.
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...
Great Camcorder even if you aren't fully committed to HD
Rob H, Amazon
9 July 2009
Summary: There are several other reviews that go into detail about the pros and cons of the camera, so I will just simply say it is a great camera. The previous reviews were very helpful in my decision to purchase the HV40.
Summary: I have owned a HV30 for a year and have had very good videos with this camcorder. I now purchased the HV40 for our church and school. The new HV40 has a couple of features that the HV30 didn`t have. This is a very good camcorder and am very pleased with the video it produces.
Summary: I have had this camera for years and it produces utterly wonderful images stored on DV tape. Sometimes the established technology is better than the new stuff, and this is certainly the case when it comes to 720p HD video.
How to convert DV tape to hard drive stable storage.
Avid sci fi bookreader, Amazon
9 July 2009
Summary: How to convert DV tape to hard drive stable storage. Once converted, you can play back directly from external hard drive to PC to (via HDMI out from PC) HDTV. Quality of uncompressed data on hard drive is better than DVD medium.