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Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder

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Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL 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
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Canon's Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder gives you the quality of miniDV recording in high definition 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 its film-like 25p Native and Cinema Mode for true progressive recording. 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
  • 25p Cinema Mode gives your videos a "film-look" - enhanced when used with the CINE setting
  • Advanced Accessory Shoe for attaching external Canon lights or microphones that run off the camera's power
Camera
Sensor 2.96 Megapixel 1/2.7"  CMOS
Optics
Lens 6.1 - 61 mm
f/1.8 - 3.0
Zoom Optical: 10x
Digital: 200x
Filter Size 43 mm
Recording
System PAL
Recording Media MiniDV Cassette  
MiniSD  
Recording Time MiniDV Cassette GB
SP: 80 minutes (HDV, DV)
LP: 120 minutes (DV)
Video Format High Definition
MPEG2
1920 x 1080
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 3.1 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
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" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x HDMI A (Full Size)
1x FireWire
1x Composite Video (out)
1x Component Video (out)
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Power Adapter 100-240 VAC, 50/60HZ
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4" / 88.9 x 81.3 x 137.2 mm
Weight 1.4 lb / 635 g
Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder
  • Legria HV40 High Definition 'PAL' 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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    CanonLegria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Great picture quality (4)
    • Image stabilization (4)
    • Great sound (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (5)
    • Documentaries (3)
    • HD shooting (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    5.0

    Brilliant Video

    By Adam

    from Melbourne, Australia

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder:

      This camcorder is user friendly for those that still prefer the DV tape system and having the piece of mind of securing your video onto tape rather than hard drive. The picture quality is stunning and compared to Hard Drive cameras that I have seen in this price range, I think the picture quality is better with the Canon Legria HV40. The zoom is fast and the focus is super sharp even through glass hindered by rain drops and sun glare. The camera is easy to control and the screen is very clear. Playback is simple like most DV camcorders.I can't really find any thing that is not great about this wonderful camera.The gloss black colour makes the camera look stunning!Thanks,Adam

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      5.0

      A must buy before stocks run out!

      By Tom

      from Melbourne Australia

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder:

        This is an incerdible purchase at reduced prices for the best domestic hanycam on the market. I researched all the cameras and specs and tried to source one in Australia but there were none available. As soon as word got out that this model was the last of the tape cameras they got snapped up. Tape provides security in archiving and in this range there is more information on the tape than current hard drive models. It has the best quality as it has the most superior data rate in this class. I work as a producer who owns professional gear and this camera is ideal when you do not want to hulk a big camera around. Perfect for screen tests and at a stretch for quick insert shots. The other big bonus is you can use a wide angle and telephoto lens. Ideal for high end home video and for limited professional use.

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        4.0

        The best tape camcorder

        By Ko-an film

        from Bondi Beach

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder:

            I am using 2 of these cameras to produce a feature movie in South India.
            I chose it because of the great image quality, because it is tape format meaning the master is cheaper and safer in post production and because the sound levels can be set and monitored.
            Given that the image quality is better than current camcorders twice the price, it is disappointing that Canon has discontinued its tape format it in favour of solid state formats.
            The smallish LCD is a minus.

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            4.0

            Easy to use with good quality film

            By FUAT CAN

            from VASTERAS SWEDEN

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder:

            Ease to use, film recording on mini DV and pictures stored in miniSD card is a perfect solution for me.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Canon delivers what promised.

            By Ankman

            from Delhi, India

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Sound

            Cons

            • Expensive
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Capturing from hdv

            Comments about Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder:

            Very simple to use, basic hd camcorder.
            This is a camcorder but canon supplied software for still image transfer and editing but nothing for Video editing or basic video capture.... Shame!!

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            5.0

            Compact camcorder with great performance

            By Birdman

            from San Diego, California

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder:

              I'm a Canon user and recently upgraded to Legria HV40. Video recording is easy with excellent adaptation to various conditions. The 10x optical zooming function works well with amazing stability. Surprised by the high quality still image feature. Mini SD memory cards are hard to find but fortunately one can use micro SD with a mini card adapter. Suggest people buy the BP-2L24H battery package for extended recording/playback time.

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              King of kings

              By adammendry

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable to Operate
              • Durable
              • Great Features
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Nice Design
              • Simple Controls
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Poor Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Editing
              • HD Shooting
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Work alsmost everywhere

              Comments about Canon Legria HV40 High Definition PAL Camcorder:

              Im using this product to make a films and newscast stories. It works just amazing, colors and the quality is awesome. I used to work on PANASONIC NV MD 10000, so i was scared that this "tiny" camera will not satisfy my. But after i purchased it, i sold my Panasonic and now im saving money for accesories for my Canon. I didnt expect that much. Its like with VW Golf GTi, a tiny undestroyable and most sold car in europe, with hudge and powerfull engine inside. I give 100% warranty that this camcorder will improve everyones film abilities.

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