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Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder

B&H # CAFS40 Mfr # 5025B001
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Product Highlights
  • 8GB Internal Flash Drive Memory
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 1/6" CCD Sensor
  • 2.7" Widescreen LCD
  • 41x Advanced Zoom
  • Dynamic Image Stabilizer
  • User-Friendly Shooting Controls

The Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder is a budget-friendly way to record your memories, especially when your needs go beyond point-and-shoot. A host of user-friendly shooting controls assist you while you record, while an 8GB internal flash memory and the option to record to SD/SDHC/SDXC cards ensures hours of non-interrupted capture. Both the flash memory media options and the camera's features make for a simple, entry-level experience.

The FS40 has the standard 2.7" LCD screen for record and review of your footage, along with other basic features that have become the norm: a variety of zoom options, including 41x Advanced zoom, and image stabilization. You videos will be in focus and easy to watch thanks to these handy features.

When it comes to the previously mentioned shooting controls, a whole host of options are at your fingertips. Use Advanced Video Snapshot to shoot short movie clips of 2, 4, or 8 seconds. By adding background music you can create a quick, fun snippet that's ideal for Internet sharing. Another feature called Program AE takes the guesswork out of shooting in a variety of settings. Just set the camera for your specific situation and let it do all the work. Other helpful features that let you focus on recording while the camera does the heavy lifting include Pre-Record, flicker reduction, and Quick Start, among others.

Flash Memory
The ultra-sleek and compact FS40 allows you to capture video to an 8GB internal flash drive as well as onto an SD memory card. Video stored on the internal memory can be copied onto the memory card which can then be inserted into your computer's or television's card reader slot for immediate viewing. Additionally, you can use higher capacity SD memory cards to further increase the video storage of your FS40. And with SDXC memory card compatibility, you'll have card storage capacity from more than 32GB up to 2TB

In addition to the advantage of added recording time, flash memory offers more to you as well. You'll appreciate its quick response time, because it doesn't have to wait for moving parts. Press the record button and your FS40 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review your footage, it will start playing more quickly as well. Another plus is the FS40's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. It's just what you need so you don't miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say "I do"

Shock Resistant
While we certainly hope you keep your FS40 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss due to damage to your recording media or the moving parts found in other camcorders
Sleek, Ultra-Compact, and Lightweight Design
The sleek, ultra-compact and lightweight FS40 measures only 2.1" wide, 2.3" high and 4.8" deep. This small, easy to carry camcorder will go with you everywhere you go, as it weighs only 7.8 oz
Superb Image Quality
Great looking video starts with the images your camcorder sees, processes and records. Canon's legendary technology works together in the FS40 to deliver the best at every step. Canon delivers the best in standard definition video in the FS40. A Genuine Canon 41x Advanced zoom delivers unsurpassed image quality. The 680,000 pixel CCD Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC DV II Image Processor captures video with vivid, intense, lifelike detail
Dynamic Image Stabilizer
With the Canon FS40, you can be sure that even on the move your video will be smooth, steady and professional looking. Dynamic IS provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broader range of motion. In comparison to conventional electronic image stabilization systems, extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted vibration that is common when walking
2.7" Widescreen LCD
The 2.7" widescreen LCD on the FS40 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. The 112,000 dot screen delivers bright, clear detail and the widescreen format means there's no need to imagine what your final image will look like on your widescreen television because it's not squeezed into a small space while you're shooting. What you see will be what you get
Advanced Video Snapshot
Enhanced Advanced Video Snapshot will let you shoot short movie clips with the FS40 in the same way you've shot snapshots with your still camera. You can create 2, 4 or 8 second video clips which can be played back in the FS40 with background music. You'll also be able to capture clips in Playback, making it more convenient than ever to use this feature. It's the perfect way to document your vacation in a quick, easy, entertaining series of clips, perfect for Internet sharing
Quick Start
With Quick Start you'll never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the FS40's LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode
Widescreen HR
The FS40 captures and records true 16:9 high resolution widescreen for picture perfect video. It comes from Canon's sophisticated image processing system, which uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing true 16:9 widescreen. The additional pixels captured deliver better image quality
Quick Charge
When you've got a lot to shoot but not a lot of time to recharge your batteries, the Quick Charge feature comes to the rescue. In 20 minutes, you can charge up to approximately 60 minutes of recording time! It's ultra-fast battery charging when you need it most
Pre-Record
The Pre-Record feature places your FS40 in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too. It will be easier than ever to capture the moment when the bat hits the ball at the start of that home run
Program AE
You'll take the compact, lightweight FS40 wherever you go, so to give you the best exposure settings for different conditions and subjects, automatically, you'll have Program AE. Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. A new Night Scene mode is designed to give you more accurate and natural shots in very low light conditions by reducing noise and preventing the overexposure of building and street lighting. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture. In Low light mode, it's possible to shoot in situations where you have as little as 1.3 lux of available illumination when you don't want to add additional light. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight - literally - and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject: the holiday fireworks display
Level Marker Feature
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camcorder level for more professional-looking results. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level
Grid Marker
The FS40's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is
Flicker Reduction
Flicker reduction is also a feature of the FS40, with a setting available to minimize the pulsing of light sources, such as fluorescent bulbs which can spoil your footage, especially when shooting at night or in other low light situations
Connectivity
To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the FS40, you'll find an A/V mini-terminal to easily view the recorded video on your television. The FS40 is also equipped with a USB port for direct transfer of your video and photos to your computer for editing or online sharing

The FS40 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD memory card. It's possible to wirelessly transfer your video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD memory card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and you're ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world!

It's a breeze to upload video from your FS40 to sites such as YouTube, using the supplied simple wizard Pixela Video Browser software. It's another way to easily bring your FS40 shot footage to the Internet

Built-In Mini Video Light
The built-in mini video light greatly improves the quality of your video shot in low light conditions
Pixela Video Browser Software
The FS40 camcorder is bundled with a powerful software suite. Pixela Video Browser lets you play back your recorded video on your computer. You can also easily perform editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. With the Pixela Video Browser software, you can easily upload video to the Internet. And to perfectly complement the Video Snapshot feature found on Canon flash memory camcorders, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided
Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery
The Intelligent lithium-ion battery not only accurately tracks remaining battery life, it also gives a display in minutes remaining. It will allow you to better plan your shooting, so you won't be caught out with a battery that suddenly goes from "half" to "empty"
Built-In Electronic Lens Cover
The built-in electronic lens cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Turn your camcorder on and the lens cover automatically opens. Turn it off, and the cover closes
Camera
Sensor 1/6"  CCD
Optics
Lens 2.6 - 96.2 mm
f/2.0 - 5.2
Zoom Advanced (Optical): 41x
Optical: 37x
Digital: 2000x
Filter Size None
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 8GB 
SD/SDHC, SDXC  
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory GB
8GB: XP: 1 hour, 50 minutes; SP: 2 hours, 45 minutes; LP: 5 hours, 10 minutes
SD GB
1GB: XP: 10 minutes; SP: 20 minutes; LP: 35 minutes
8GB: XP: 1 hour, 50 minutes; SP: 2 hours, 45 minutes; LP: 5 hours, 10 minutes
16GB: XP: 3 hours, 40 minutes; SP: 5 hours, 30 minutes; LP: 10 hours, 25 minutes
32GB: XP: 7 hours, 20 minutes; SP: 11 hours; LP: 20 minutes, 50 minutes
64GB: XP: 14 hours, 50 minutes; SP: 22 hours, 5 minutes; LP: 41 hours, 40 minutes
Video Format Standard Definition
MPEG2
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7"
2nd Display
Projector
Features
Image Stabilization Digital
Lux 1.3 (Low Light mode)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x Composite Video (out)
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP2)
    XP (SP3)
    Vista
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.3 x 4.8" / 5.3 x 5.8 x 12.2 cm
Weight 7.8 oz / 221 g

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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CanonFS40 Flash Memory Camcorder
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Zoom range/performance (10)
  • Great picture quality (6)
  • Image stabilization (5)
  • Large clear LCD (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (7)
    • Travel (4)
    • Movies/short films (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Easy to Use, Very Compact

    By The Pacman

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No External Mic Input
    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Home Movies
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

    Very Good stabilization on the camera. Sounds was not very good when there was a lot of wind.

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    • No

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    4.0

    First camcorder

    By FLambert5

    from Rustburg, va.

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • Poor Still Image

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

    This is my first camcorder, and not to sure what to expect. I have enjoyed the replays. The sound is awesome, and the recording is simple. taking pictures takes a steady hand though. I am really looking to taking it to the upcoming airshow, the real test for me.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Lightweight - Easy to Use

    By Granma

    from Point Pleasant, NJ

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

      Easy access to all buttons (on/off, zoom)

      Did not have a chance to utilize all the different modes or take any still photos yet.

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      4.0

      So far so good

      By CA

      from VA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

        So far we have only played with our camera. Easy to use and figure out. I read the manual but everything was pretty self explanatory.
        Snap shots aren't the greatest, I'm still playing with the settings. We didn't buy the camera for the snap shot capability so this doesn't really bother me.

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        5.0

        fs 40 camcorder

        By holler honey

        from virginia

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

            my daughter will use this to tape our grand daughter figure skating.

            seemed to work great right out of the box, put it on auto and used it around the house in low light and outdoors and it was fine. easy to transfer to the pc and view, did not try using it directly into a tv. seems great for the money and features it provides.

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            4.0

            So far happy with this

            By Ema

            from New York, NY

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

              I just got this camcorder and I am so far very pleased with it. I haven't had a chance to explore all it's features yet though. The size is perfect. Small and compact, which makes it so much easier to transport. I love that it comes with two different programs for use on the computer. I definitely recommend this for anyone who needs a camcorder for home use.

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              4.0

              I'm really satisfied with this product

              By RD

              from NY

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

              • No External Mic Input

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Home Movies
              • Movies/Short Films

              Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

              If you are looking for a camera to shoot your first projects on filmmaking or just for having fun, the Canon FS40 is one of the best option. The zoom of this camcorder is amazing though you would probably need a trypod to keep the image steady when your using the zoom. Also this camcorder has nine different scene settings that adjust to the amount of light of certain enviroments and subjects (the cam's light is also perfect for night shootings). It also gives you the option to save/record all the data in the cam's memory or in a separate sd card. Unfortunately, lens ,such as eye-fish lens or other kind of lens, cant be attached to this cammera. Overall, this is an excellent buy for those who just got interested on filmmaking or love to shoot fun videos.

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              4.0

              So Far, So Good

              By Bob

              from Chesterfield, NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

                This review is from the standpoint of enabling my wife to handle this easy to use camera. It's easy for her to use in all-automatic mode. It will no doubt do much more than she finds the need for. I saw a Sony that had a hard drive in it and though it might have been a better choice with more storage, but after she used the FS40 for a time on a recent trip, I'm sure it's adequate for her purpose.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Works as expected

                By video kid

                from Florence, SC

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

                    Only flaw is having to convert files when you import into Final Cut

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                    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great camcorder

                    By coach

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder:

                      Easy to use and great instructions!

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