Canon 8GB VIXIA HF R40 Full HD Camcorder (Refurbished)

Canon 8GB VIXIA HF R40 Full HD Camcorder (Refurbished)

Canon 8GB VIXIA HF R40 Full HD Camcorder (Refurbished)

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Product Highlights

  • HD Video up to 1080p60 / Stills
  • 1/4.85", 3.28 MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC DV 4 Processor
  • 53x Advanced / 1060x Digital Zoom
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3" Touchscreen LCD
  • 8GB Memory & SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot
  • Record in AVCHD or MP4 Formats
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
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Canon HF R40 overview

  • 1Description

The Canon 8GB VIXIA HF R40 HD Camcorder (Refurbished) captures Full HD 1920 x 1080p video to an internal 8GB flash drive, or to an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. It also supports Full HD still image capture, and is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi for remote operation and live streaming. The HF R40 features a 3.28 megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor, and a DIGIC DV 4 image processor. The Canon HD video lens features a 53x Advanced Zoom ratio, and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic Image Stabilization. Control, recording, and playback functions are easily accessed through the 3" touchscreen LCD panel.

Designed with all levels of users in mind, the VIXIA HF R40's features include MP4 and AVCHD independent or dual simultaneous recording, an innovative Baby mode, Intelligent IS, Smart Auto, a higher-capacity battery for longer shooting sessions, and more. For connectivity to your HDTV, the camcorder is equipped with a mini-HDMI output. Improved audio recording functions include both headphone and microphone mini jacks. The integrated Cinema-Look filters produce a variety of cinematic effects.

Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom
The camcorder features a Canon HD video lens with an expanded 38.5mm (35mm equivalent) wide-angle area. It uses aspherical lens technology to achieve low chromatic aberration with high resolution while maintaining compact dimensions. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The VIXIA HF R40 also features a 53x Advanced Zoom that takes the camcorder's telephoto power all the way to 1723mm (35mm equivalent) in manual mode. The camcorder offers continually variable Zoom Speed settings as well, with 15 levels available.
SuperRange OIS with Improved Dynamic Image Stabilization
Canon's SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake instantly, even when shooting handheld video at long focal lengths. The VIXIA HF R40's DIGIC DV 4 image processor allows for an improved Dynamic Image Stabilization mode. In addition to providing continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion, with extra compensation applied at wide-angle focal lengths, the system also stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling rotational camera shake—horizontal, vertical, and roll axes— promotes distortion-free video, even when you're walking and shooting.
3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
The VIXIA HF R40 is equipped with a 3.28 megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor for true 1920 x 1080 resolution. Canon's high-resolution HD CMOS image sensor features extra sensitivity for lifelike Full HD video with natural color, even in low light. Original on-chip noise reduction helps bring bright clarity to every frame as well, so your video is clear and detailed, even when played back on a large HDTV.
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
Canon's DIGIC DV 4 image processor captures more light for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Increased processing power lets you record in both AVCHD and easy-to-share MP4 formats simultaneously.
Record to Internal Flash Drive or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
The VIXIA HF R40 camcorder records Full HD video to a built-in 8GB internal flash drive, or to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. Widely available SD memory cards enable you to share your videos quickly and easily.
MP4 (35 Mb/s) or AVCHD Progressive (28 Mb/s) Recording
The VIXIA HF R40 records in both AVCHD and MP4 files. The 1080p60 recording captures twice the amount of information as 1080i60, and with images captured at a rate of 60 frames per second, diagonal noise is minimized so even fast moving subjects are clearly recorded. With 1080p60 recording the still images you extract are high-quality as well. The camera supports an improved bit rate of 28 Mb/s for AVCHD recording, and MP4 files are captured at a bit rate of up to 35 Mb/s.
Built-In Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi technology on the VIXIA HF R40 lets you share your HD video with friends and family anytime, anywhere. Connect with compatible home networks, wireless hot spots, and iOS 5 or iOS 6 mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app. Videos and photos can be easily shared over the Internet with a free registration on Canon Image Gateway, an online photo storage service that lets you upload to social networking sites. And, you can use your PC to browse remotely through the previously shot videos stored on your camcorder, without connecting a cable. The Remote Browse function uses a standard web browser and does not require a special app.
The Right Format for Any Use
Dual Recording and built-in transcoding ensure that no matter how you decide to use the video you've recorded, you'll have the right format available. Using the power of the DIGIC DV 4 image processor, the VIXIA HF R40 camcorder can simultaneously record video to internal memory in AVCHD format, and to an SD card in MP4 format. The widely used MP4 format provides quick, conversion-free playback on tablets and smartphones, and lets you upload videos directly to social networking sites for easy sharing with friends, family, and the world. The camcorder also has a built-in transcoding function that converts AVCHD files to MP4s, or from MP4 to MP4 across memory media, making them easy to upload to the web or save to an SD card.
Live Streaming
Live Streaming is an available function of the VIXIA HF R40 camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi. It enables you to receive the live video and sound from a remote location on your iOS 5 or later device, or most Android 2.3/4.0 devices, using the free Canon CameraAccess app. You can also remotely control camcorder functions including start/stop and zoom, and even access information about remaining battery charge, recording time, zoom position, and more. Applications include monitoring babies and pets, capturing wildlife videos remotely without disturbing the scene, creating perfect self-videos, and more.
3" Touchscreen LCD
The VIXIA HF R40 features a 3" capacitive touchscreen LCD for easy control of shooting and other operations. Opening the panel turns the power on, and a gentle touch activates intuitive functions. Choose a focal point, track moving subjects, control exposure for selected areas, and operate camcorder controls from the screen. Clear explanations appear when selecting shooting modes and recording formats.
Baby Mode
The VIXIA HF R40 features Canon's Baby mode, a complete solution for capturing, tracking, organizing, and sharing every moment of your baby's development. A custom control button on the shooting screen activates the mode, and optimal settings for the shooting conditions, including Intelligent IS and more, are automatically selected. Videos shot in Baby mode are automatically saved into a dedicated Baby Album so they won't get lost among your other videos. You can view the Baby Album chronologically as well.

When shooting in Baby mode, the camcorder's Pre-Record (Pre-REC) function is always on. This places the camcorder in a standby "pre-roll" mode, where it continuously records three seconds to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too, so you won't miss your baby's first moments.

Touch Decoration in Baby mode includes stamps to mark each video with your baby's current height and weight. And with a single registration of the baby's birth date, the camcorder will automatically calculate the number of days old and stamp videos accordingly, creating an exact diary of developmental milestones for years to come. Other Touch Decoration options allow you to add your own drawings, captions, animations, and more. All options can be appended to previously shot video as well.
Higher-Capacity Battery
The VIXIA HF R40 is powered by a higher-capacity BP-718 battery pack. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery not only lets you shoot longer, but features intelligent technology that accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute.
Focus Assist
To enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF R40 features Focus Assist. Normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras, this feature helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording.
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS makes it easier to shoot clear, sharply focused video, even in situations that typically cause camera shake. The Intelligent IS system analyzes the shooting situation for you, then automatically switches to the image stabilization method best able to produce sharp, steady video. Four IS systems cover the gamut of shooting situations:

  • Dynamic IS corrects minor movement and the shaking caused by walking while shooting.
  • Macro IS delivers perfectly steady close-up shots.
  • Powered IS comes into play when you're using the camcorder's zoom, helping to correct camera shake that occurs in telephoto
  • Tripod Mode IS for when the camcorder is stationary.
Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easier to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.
Connect Directly to External Drives
In addition to traditional file storage methods, you can connect the camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive by using the optional UA-100 USB Adapter. This enables you to back up data directly to an external hard disk, and even play video on a TV through your camcorder. Plus, an external hard disk is more economical than multiple SD cards, and connects simply to the camcorder via the optional USB cable.
Smart Auto and Auto Tele Macro
Smart Auto takes care of all the details so you can focus on shooting. The system recognizes 38 shooting situations based on numerous factors, then automatically chooses the optimal settings for the situation. When you shoot a nearby subject in telephoto zoom mode, Auto Tele Macro gives your video the high-end artistic effect of a well-focused subject against a beautifully blurred background.
Cinema-Look Filters
This feature offers a choice of seven varied built-in adjustable filters which give the look of a variety of cinematic styles by compensating for the color, gamma, and other aspects of the image quality. The looks can be previewed in the LCD display while shooting, and applied post-capture for additional convenience and versatility. Choose from Cinema Standard, Old Movies, Vivid, Cool, Nostalgic, Dramatic Black-and-White, or Sepia. The brightness of each filter can be adjusted for even greater control. When Cinema Standard is selected, color depth, softening, and contrast can also be adjusted.
Open and Shoot
Advanced Quick Start allows you to start shooting immediately whenever the action starts. Just open the LCD screen and the power is on. Shut down is just as easy; simply close the screen.
Canon Face Detection
The same high-quality face detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in the VIXIA HF R40. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring sharp focus and accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, nine detection frames can be displayed at one time.
Ultra-Clear Viewing
The display quality of the camcorder's LCD screen has been boosted with innovative technology. Vivid Clear View affords a sharp, bright, detailed display that helps you create your best videos.
24p Cinema & 30p Progressive Shooting Modes
The VIXIA HF R40 camcorder offers a 24p Cinema mode that gives your video a filmlike feel, making it look as if it were shot at the same frame rate as movie film. It does this by capturing a frame rate of 24p recorded at 60i. The camcorder also gives you the option of recording in 30p Progressive mode, which is great for clips you intend to post online.
Video SnapShot
Video SnapShot allows you record a series of short video clips—or select your favorite clips while in Playback mode—and blend in your favorite background music to create a movie that will grab everyone's attention. Video SnapShot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source, such as an MP3 player, can be played along with the SnapShot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.

Other Features

Programmed AE features Smart Auto, Manual (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks), Cinema, and Baby modes
TTL (through-the-lens) focusing system
Auto, daylight, tungsten, and manual white balance options
Manual exposure available
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Canon HF R40 specs

Sensor 1-Chip 1/4.85" CMOS
Color Filter RGB
Sensor Resolution 3.28 MP
Effective Pixels 2.07 MP (Video)
2.07 MP (Photo)
Focal Length 2.8 - 89.6mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 38.5 - 1232 Advanced Zoom off
32.5 - 1723 Advanced Zoom on
Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/4.5
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 10.0 mm

Wide end, Auto Focus mode.

Fixed Focus No
Zoom Optical: 53x
Optical: 32x
Digital: 1060x

53x Optical in Manual mode 32x Optical in Cinema mode

Built-In ND Filters None
System NTSC
Recording Media x Internal Flash Memory (8 GB Maximum)

Class 4 or above required for 1080 recording 128GB required for AVCHD/MP-4 recording

Recording Time Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
1920 x 1080 35 minutes (NTSC 60p)
1920 x 1080 40 minutes (AVCHD, MXP)
1920 x 1080 1 h, (AVCHD, FXP)
1440 x 1080 3 h (AVCHD, LP)
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
1920 x 1080 30 minutes (MP4, 35 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080 40 minutes (MP4, 24 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080 1 h (MP4, 17 Mb/s)
1280 x 720 4 h (MP4, 4 Mb/s)

Variable bit rate.

Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24/30/60 fps (MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (AVCHD)
1920 x 1080 at 30 fps (AVCHD)


Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC-LC
Dolby Digital AC3
Sampling Frequency Dolby 2-Channel: 48.0 kHz
AAC: 48.0 kHz
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0"
Screen Resolution 230,000 Dots
Exposure Control
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Manual
Shooting Modes Baby
Low Light
Remote Control WL-D87 (Included)
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Lux 5 (NTSC minimum)
.4 (Low Light Mode minimum)
White Balance Modes Auto
Creative Effects Yes
Built-In Mic Yes
Built-In Speaker Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Accessory Shoe None
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack Mic In
Outputs 1 x Mini-USB
1 x Composite Video
1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
1 x A/V Multi AV Out / Headphone
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack


Charging Method AC Adapter
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.1 x 2.2 x 4.6" / 53.3 x 55.9 x 116.8 mm
Weight 8.29 oz / 235 g Body only
10.05 oz / 285 g With battery, card & grip
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 9.2 x 5.8"

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