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Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • HDV / DV Recording
  • miniDV Cassette
  • miniSD Card Slot
  • 2.96Mp 1/2.7" Full HD CMOS
  • Canon 10x HD Video Lens
  • 2.7" LCD
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • HDMI
  • Advanced Accessory Shoe

Canon's HV40 gives you the quality of HDV recording at an affordable price for the aspiring or indie film-maker. Capture true 1920 x 1080 video like a pro with the camera's 2.96Mp CMOS sensor, DIGIC DV II Image Processor and 10x HD Video Lens. If you feel like recording in standard definition the camera affords you that flexibility as well. And there's no need to carry a still camera around because the camcorder captures 3.1Mp still images to miniSD cards.

The HV40 boasts a range of film-like shooting rates, including 24p Native (60i) and Cinema Modes and 30p Progressive Mode. To make even higher quality videos there's the Advanced Accessory Shoe for attaching external Canon lights and microphones that run off the power of the camcorder. If you're looking for a tape-based camcorder to take your videos to the next level, the HV40 has what you need.

Record to MiniDV
By capturing video to MiniDV, you can take advantage of both its universal compatibility with existing technology while also benefiting from a level of reliability, which professionals have counted on for over a decade. The HV40 lets you record in both 1080 High Definition as well as standard definition for use with your non-HD equipment.
Image Sensor & DIGIC DV II
The 2.96Mp full HD CMOS sensor gives you 1920 x 1080 HD video while working in tandem with Canon's DIGIC DV II Image Processor to reduce image noise and customize the color and tonality of your video and still images.
Canon 10x HD Video Lens
The 10x HD Video Lens lets you capture landscapes and tight shots easily, with three fixed zoom speeds for fluid transitions. The super spectra coating keeps flare and ghosting at bay while the lens' aspheric design cuts down on aberration while boosting resolution.
2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
The multi-angle widescreen LCD gives you a generous display on which to compose and playback your shots, not to mention the ability to shoot from more angles. The hard coat AR surface reproduces color accurately with reduced glare and enhanced contrast.
3.1Mp Digital Photos
Capture 3.1Mp digital photos to miniSD memory cards and enjoy special functions that make shooting easier, like the Histogram Display, scene modes and auto focus. You can also simultaneously capture still images while shooting video or save stills to a miniSD card after the video has already been shot.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer corrects for hand shake, moving subjects and the inevitable slight bump. SuperRange Gyro and image sensors also correct for a wider range of incidents such as body sway and recording in a moving car as well as ensuring no loss in image quality.
Creative Control & Workflow Features
  • Built-in flash for stills indoors or in low light
  • HDMI for watching videos on HDTV with just one cable
  • Custom Key: let's you keep commonly used functions available at a touch
  • 24p Cinema Mode gives your videos a "film-look" - enhanced when used with the CINE setting
  • 30p Progressive Mode great for action or sports footage or video that will be uploaded to the Internet
  • Native 24p Mode for shooting 24 frames per second - the frame rate of film, used by professional filmmakers
  • Advanced Accessory Shoe for attaching external Canon lights or microphones that run off the camera's power
Camera
Sensor 1x 2.96 Megapixel 2.7"  CMOS Sensor
Optics
Lens 6.1 - 61 mm
f/1.8 - 3.0
Zoom Optical: 10x
Digital: 200x
Filter Size 43 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media MiniSD  
MiniDV Cassette  
Recording Time MiniDV Cassette GB
SP: 80 minutes (HDV, DV)
LP: 120 minutes (DV)
Video Format High Definition
MPEG2
1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 3.1 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7"
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux .2 (Night Mode)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - Yes
Accessory Shoe Hot
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
1x Analog A/V Input Composite
1x FireWire
Outputs 1x HDMI A (Full Size)
1x FireWire
1x USB 2.0
1x Component Video (out)
1x Composite Video (out)
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Battery 2x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Batteries, 7.4-7.4VDC, 1200mAh
Power Adapter 100-240VAC, 50/60HZ
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4" / 8.9 x 8.1 x 13.7 cm
Weight 1.4 lb / 635 g
Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder
  • VIXIA HV40 Camcorder
  • BP-2L13 Battery Pack
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Wireless Controller WL-D87
  • Component Cable CTC-100/S
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Video Solution Disk
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    CanonVIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder
     
    4.6

    (based on 335 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (217)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (106)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (286)
    • Great picture quality (213)
    • Zoom range/performance (179)
    • Image stabilization (157)
    • Large clear LCD (108)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (37)
    • Poor sound (33)
    • Limited zoom (30)
    • Complicated to operate (11)
    • Flimsy design (8)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (212)
    • Travel (186)
    • HD shooting (159)
    • Documentaries (118)
    • Movies/short films (115)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro (85), Enthusiast (81), Pro videographer (51), Aspiring film maker (48), Tech savvy (36)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (185), Yes (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A nice XHA1 Compliment

    I got this camera as a compliment to my XHA1. I had some debate about getting the HV30 or the HV40 since they are pretty much the same camera except that this camera runs...Read complete review

    I got this camera as a compliment to my XHA1. I had some debate about getting the HV30 or the HV40 since they are pretty much the same camera except that this camera runs 24f. This is the same 24f as the XHA1. Since this is my preferred frame-rate it was a no brainer.

    About the camera.
    Out of the box the camera shoots great video. The first thing I did was remove the shoe cover. It was put there to cover up the shoe mount and to get in my way. The camera's black finish looks sleek and the LED light was a surprise. Like the XHA1, with a sd card (microSD on this camera) you can take photos. The screen is a nice res and rotates in plenty of ways.

    The camera has a lot of the settings the XHA1 has... but like comparing the A1 to the XL-H1 you get a lot less controls at your disposal on the fly. From the menu you can set the white balance and choose between the typical Canon settings (Tv, Av and so on). You can adjust the shutter or aperture on the go depending on the settings… that's something a lot of consumer level cameras are missing. The best part for me (settings wise) is that I can set the camera to the exact settings I want and on the tape door there is a switch to flip back and forth from auto and manual settings.

    The good.
    The image looks great side by side with the XHA1 footage.... if you can match the colors. I found myself setting the A1 to the limitations of the HV40 and doing the touch ups in post. The camera has an actual HDMI port, not a converter. I plugged it into my HDTV and the image looks sweet. That's about the only time I use my remote.

    Tape wise….HDV for the win! I only use Canon HDVM-E63PR DigitalMaster tapes in all of my Canon HD cameras. I wrote a review for the tapes as well. Using the same tapes helps match the color and quality of the A1.

    The bad.
    Get an external shotgun mic. The built-in mic is great at capturing everything you don't want to hear. Tape motor, zoom motor, your hand moving, your breathing and anything else you can image. I got the Azden SMX-10 from the accessories list. Not bad for the price... but buy extra batteries.

    The focus does not work for me at all. I tend to just stay in auto.... zoom in... wait... zoom out and in and try to trick the sensor. Messing with the manual focus wheel usually just angers me. It has no friction so it just spins. Auto does what you want if you figure out what it wants. The inclusion of a LANC port would have made this camera a 5/5.

    Overall
    As a teen I would have killed for a cam like this. The camera has a mic input, pro-sumer video quality and enough customizable settings to get some specific looks. The 24f was the instant sell for me. It works great as a back up cam for the A1. Plenty of plugs and has the potential to be upgraded with mic converters and filters. The horrid built-in mic and poor focus implementation hurt the camera as a stand alone, but as a consumer priced camera it's great.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    a good little camera

    Now that the price has come down, this cam is a good buy. The low stars are for the miniSD card needed and to say Canon wake up! HV Camera line has a...Read complete review

    Now that the price has come down, this cam is a good buy. The low stars are for the miniSD card needed and to say Canon wake up! HV Camera line has a huge following why not deliver what they have been crying for from the HV20 days, gain control!

    I have two pro Sony cameras that use tape, so this will serve as a deck and trip camera.

    I was going to buy the HV30. Then the HV40 came out, and waited till this camera's price came down.
    The good about the camera is: size, HD image, HDMI, uses minidv tape, large HV series following/fan support/resale value, some manual controls, a button you can program with a few options and yes it has firewire in/out (an item not listed on Canons website). Image is not three chip quality but sort of close.

    The not so good: It needs a out dated, hard to find miniSD card that is not included with the camera.
    Focus and buttons are a joke. Must preset before you roll.
    Histogram is for picture mode only,and brief.
    Very hard to hold and navigate rear menu buttons with your thumb.
    Be careful, this camera can zoom in on an image in playing back mode. It will be recorded (on HDMI haven't tested firewire)

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    5.0

    very easy to use

    By viking

    from Lowndes County, Ga

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

      Man this camera is so easy to set up and use! The picture quality is great and would recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality product.

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      3.0

      Too much of a hassle

      By AMProductions

      from Glenwood Springs, Co

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

        I bought the camera after doing some research. I never liked the idea of it being tape but figured I would go out of my comfort zone because the camera seemed worth it. Come to find out, tapes where I live are hard to find, so are all the cables I needed. My computer couldn't even recognize the camera. I felt pretty let-down. Got the EOS 60D instead! So worth it!

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        5.0

        Still one of the best camcorders

        By Jerry

        from Novato, CA

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

            Still one of the best camcorders on the market. Great picture quality. Not the latest standard recording format, but the picture quality makes it worth it.
            Jerry

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            5.0

            "I recommend it easy to use"

            By Maria la chicana

            from Turlock, Ca

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

              It's not heavy and easy to use - records/takes pictures very clear.

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              5.0

              Great for home videos

              By RJ

              from Denver

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                Along with ease of carrying for videos of the kids, it makes a great background camera when I'm shooting with my 2 XHA1's professionaly.

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                4.0

                Great Camera

                By Library Assistant

                from Holland, PA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                    light weight, easy to use. DV tapes are easy to change and keep forever.

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By LuisAnzo

                    from Huntigton Park, CA

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies

                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                      I use it to film my family on those special moment or not so special, works great look great and it's easy to use. It could use a better way to transfer the videos, but other than that it's a Camera.

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                      5.0

                      I love this camera

                      By Crowning Moments

                      from Lake Stevens, WA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                        This camera has great quality. I am a professional Videographer and use cannon XLA1 and wanted a good quality small camera to film my daughter as well as a backup for my work....this camera is awesome. The downside I have found so far is it doesn't come with a shoulder strap.

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                        5.0

                        GREAT QUALITY FOR COST

                        By ZR PRODUCTIONS

                        from CENTREVILLE, VA

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                          I think this machine will reach the height of many more expensive cameras and if I think I am going to fill with more cameras as Estalo trouble is that when you see the client does not like much about the size but when they see the final product with amazing picture quality with the final work

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Camcorder for the price.

                          By KR Productions

                          from Decatur, AL

                          About Me Pro Videographer

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization

                          Cons

                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                          I needed a miniDV camcorder to convert a library of old miniDV tapes I had laying around. I'm a former Canon user (GL1 and XL1s) but moved to using a Sony NX5U for wedding and event videos a couple years back.Anyways, this little camera is pretty standard for a consumer cam. I've been impressed with its quality for its age. Sure newer solid state based models are better, but for this price, I couldn't pass this up.I wish there was a way to control the gain to lessen noise in low light, but I knew coming in it didn't have that. I plan to use this as a backup on my wedding video shoots.

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                          5.0

                          Great! HV40 Awesome Quality! Firewire

                          By roli816

                          from North Bergen,nj

                          About Me Video Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Home Movies
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                            Good Quality HV Camcorder for under $[$] firewire ready for live video thru your computer

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                            5.0

                            Nice miniHDV tape camcorder

                            By jreader

                            from San Jose

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                            • Poor In Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                            The industry is moving away from MiniDV tapes and this may be the last opportunity to get a MiniDV based camcorder. In my case, I have many years worth of miniDVD tapes. With this new camcorder I am able to move the contents of my miniDVD tapes to long term storage, continue to use my remaining tapes (I buy in bulk), and produce new high quality HDV footage that I can save on tape for a few years (before having to find a more permanent archive solution). Eventually, I believe that "cloud" storage will eventually become economical enough to move soley to flash media for recording.

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                            5.0

                            Canon VIXIA HV40 Best Deal DV TAPE cam!

                            By Xcorps TV

                            from San Diego CA

                            About Me Pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Firewire Ieee 1394 Port
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Mic Input Port
                            • Record Analog In
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Action Sports
                              • B Cam
                              • Documentaries
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Mini Dv Tape Playback
                              • Movies/Short Films
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                              We are Xcorps Action Sports based in San Diego California airing on broadcast, cable and web TV worldwide.

                              We have been shooting with the MINI DV tape format since it came out in the MID-90's and thus have a MASSIVE library of tapes we are encoding to our computers.

                              The CANON HV40 not only is a great lightweight B-ROLL shoot camera - which we attach a FISH EYE lens to for a true B CAM POV look - but since it has a FIREWIRE port we also use it as a PLAYBACK cam to feed our tape library to our Macs!
                              The FIREWIRE IEEE 1394 port seems to be history on the new generation of cameras out now so this Canon HV40 now has a lot of value simply because it can play all the old tapes!

                              Another important point is this camera also can record an ANALOG signal IN via the AV terminal so we can connect and capture VHS decks and other non-digital sources in the field. New cameras seems to dropping this capability.

                              All in all this is a fully capable B-CAM for us with a much better image than any "GOPRO" type camera for getting our B ROLL shots. If needed we can also plug our radio mics into it to use as an A-CAM. The MIC PORT is another option disappearing from the new cameras coming out.

                              So for about HALF the price of a camera like this a few years ago we get a killer HD B-CAM that acts as a mini-DV playback deck for us as well!

                              The only negative point was the camera does NOT come with a separate battery charger so you have to attach the camera to the AC adapter to charge the battery. Larger battery also recommended
                              J.S.Edmondson-executive producer Xcorps

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                              3.0

                              Vixia HV 40 - last of a generation

                              By LC

                              from New York

                              About Me Pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                              • Complicated To Operate
                              • Poor Sound

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                              The Director uses it to film with at times when a large camera would be inappropriate. With a wide angle and appropriate filters attached and using it in manual mode, it produces great work in normal light and distance situations. HOWEVER...The focus button is just ridiculous and one wonders how this would exist on a camera of this potential. On the whole the camera has tiny controls and may be uncomfortable for anyone with big hands to work with. and worst there is the focus control which has been mentioned here and in countless critiques. On the whole its a good camera that, with the right person in control, can create professional quality work.

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                              5.0

                              Again the acquired

                              By aecuervo

                              from Cali, Colombia

                              About Me Pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                              • Poor In Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Movies/Short Films
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                              It is the second time I purchase the Canon Vixia HV40. For two years I have been working, and I decided and have another. It is an excellent camcorder and actually not surpassed by larger camcorders. I've done a lot of work for several companies audiovisual television. And to have the ability to record in HD, is the best, with this camcorder small but very comfortable and easy to handle.

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                              1.0

                              Dont Buy!!

                              By Jared

                              from LaCrosse, WI

                              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Not Outdoor

                                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                                  Loud, and is broken after a year and 1/2. The DV casing is built poor and one of the internal parts has broke and now does not read tapes.
                                  the Video quality is OK but since day one it is loud when recording.

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                                  5.0

                                  Vixia HV40 One of the best (Indie Films)

                                  By Allpaiec

                                  from South America

                                  About Me Pro Videographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Great Picture Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentaries
                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                                    I have two of this cameras........Thanks "Canon"

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Camcorder

                                    By J

                                    from VA

                                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Great Zoom
                                    • Large Clear LCD

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                                      I have looked for hours and hours for a camcorder that has a DV port and this camcorder does. It also has all the other features that we need to campture live and this is the easiest way to campture live.

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                                      4.0

                                      Nice video performance

                                      By cadkins

                                      from Dothan, AL

                                      About Me Casual User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Great Picture Quality
                                      • Great Zoom
                                      • Large Clear LCD

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor In Low Light
                                      • Poor Sound

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                                        Needed a camera for shooting video and live feed. This camera was recommended by B&H and I have found it to work well for my needs. Audio is only issue as we are shooting training in larger rooms, but a lapel mic corrected this issue. No problems to this point.

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                                        5.0

                                        Easy to use!

                                        By Rich

                                        from Gainesville, FL

                                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Good in Low Light
                                        • Great Picture Quality

                                        Cons

                                        • No External Mic Input

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder:

                                          Great camera. Has nice White Balance settings.

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                                          Required item: Recording media is not included. A memory card is required to record your footage.

                                          Panasonic -  AY-DVM63HD HDV Cassette (63 Minutes)
                                          • Price: $5.29
                                           

                                          Batteries & Power

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                                          Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

                                          Canon -  BP-2L14 Battery Pack - 1450mAh
                                          • Price: $59.95
                                           
                                          Pearstone -  BP-2L14 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1400mAh)
                                          • Price: $17.95
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                                          Bags & Cases

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                                          Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                                          Pearstone -  Onyx 1040 Digital Camera/Camcorder Shoulder Bag
                                          • Price: $19.95
                                           

                                          Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect by adding a filter.

                                          Tiffen -  43mm UV Haze 1 Filter
                                          • Price: $7.99
                                           
                                          Tiffen -  43mm Circular Polarizing Filter
                                          • Price: $18.99
                                           

                                          Lenses & Adaptors

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                                          Capture the right view with a conversion lens.

                                          Canon -  WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens
                                          • Price: $199.00
                                           
                                          Raynox -  DCR-2025PRO 2.2x Telephoto Lens
                                          • Price: $259.95
                                           

                                          Wireless Tracking or Streaming

                                          Cerevo USA -  LiveShell Video Streaming Device
                                          • Price: $249.00
                                           
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