|canon camera camcorder vixia hfm40 hf m40 v2.06|
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|UPC||13803133554, 610563295289, 689466441666, 689466441673, 689466441703|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Flash Media, Flash card, Hard disk drive|
|Sensor Type||CMOS, HD CMOS Pro|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||6.1mm - 61mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||48 mm|
|Lens System Features||Built-in lens shield|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Illumination||0.1 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/2 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||16 GB|
|Recording Speed||FXP, LP, MXP, SP, XP+|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Video Recording Length||85 Minutes|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI output, 1 x Hi-Speed USB, 1 x component video output, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x headphones, 1 x microphone|
|Expansion Slot||2 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Canon BP-808|
|Max Operating Temperature||45 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||-5 °C|
|Effective Still Resolution||2.1 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||2.1 MP|
|Digital Video Format||AVCHD|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||24p Cinema Mode, 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Ready, Auto Backlight Compensation, Auto Gain Control, Brightness Control, Built-In Speaker, Contrast Control, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, HD-to-SD Downconversion, PictBridge Support, Pre-Rec Function, RGB Primary Color Filter, Relay Recording, Saturation Control, Sharpness Control, Still Shot Capability, Story Creator, Takes Photos While Movie Recording, Touch & Track Technology, Touch Decoration, Touch-Screen Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility, Video Snapshot Mode, accessories hot shoe, face detection, progressive scanning, x.v.Color technology|
|High Definition Video Support||1080p|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
With a nice set of features for home-movie-type shooters and pleasing video quality, the Canon Vixia HF M400 series has lots to like.
A small, coarse LCD that's hard to view in direct sunlight and touch-screen-impaired menu system hamper an otherwise solid design.
A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it's worth it to step up to the M41.
Average review score based on 5 user reviews
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There is one feature of the Canon Vixia HF M40 that sets it apart from and and above any other camera in its price class. That is the low light performance of the 1/3" HD CMOS Pro sensor. The videos and photos this camera takes under real life lighting conditions are wonderful, satisfying the most important requirement I had when selecting a camcorder.
Canon has stripped the camera of some features found in competitive models to make this performance possible. Most notably, the still photo resolution is only 2.1 megapixels. According to my research, the relatively low pixel count allows Canon to pack larger pixels onto the chip, resulting in the dramatically higher light gathering ability. Using the whole sensor for both HD video and still imaging gives the camera its excellent sharpness and image quality. I had a recent need to capture some available light stills for web publishing recently. I struggled with my Nikon SLR for several minutes before it occurred to me to snap the pictures handheld with the Canon. Voila! Beautiful, blur free photos, more than adequate at 1980x1080 for my purposes.
Presumably to keep the lens speed high, Canon has chosen to put only a 10x optical zoom on this camera. This tradeoff I find a little limiting, both at the wide and telephoto ends(the 40x or 200x digital zoom capability notwithstanding).
The camera is a little larger than most of its price peers, but still feels light and compact in your hand. The touch screen is best accessed with a fingernail or the included stylus; it does not respond well to my fingertip. There was a bit of a learning curve but, once I got the hang of touching and scrolling, navigating the menus was fairly easy.
The editing and effects capabilities are excellent. There's a nifty storyboarding function, green or blue screen image overlays, sketch, animations, icons and titles, all via the touch screen. There are several convenient ways to group and display scenes and photos. My particular camera, a refurbished model, did not come with the Pixela software so I can't speak to the ease of editing on your computer.
The multiple memory options and 5 recording modes allow for a lot of versatility when it comes to recording time and media. The default SP mode (7Mbps) lets you record up to 5 hours in the 16GB internal memory. With 2 32GB SDHC cards in relay recording mode I can get roughly 24 hours of continuous recording. The highest quality (24 Mbps) mode uses about 16GB per 90 minutes.
The included battery lasts the advertised 120 minutes of recording time, but is a little weird in that it doesn't fill the battery cavity of the camera. This is both aesthetically and ergonomically awkward. My first accessory purchase was the double life battery, which ends up flush with the camera back.
Overall, I am thrilled with this camcorder. It is better than anything else I have tried for my basic requirements and has some nice bells and whistles.
This is a nice camera even if it is a version older because of the HD CMOS Image Pro sensor inside (these chips are found in Canon's expensive line like the XA, Gxx series).
Low light shots are nice and not too grainy. Lightweight too. There are a few accessories you may want with it (wide angle lens, extra battery etc.). You do not have to get the ones with int. memory. Others without it will be just as good and a few bucks cheaper. The only concern is that these (and from other makers too) produce gigabytes and gigabytes of files; so you better have a big Network attached storage. To play in PS3 or your media server (if files don't play), be sure to rename the files from a ".mts" to a ".m2ts" extension. Oddly, the files on the SD cards are stored in a folder called "Private" (/AVCHD/BDMV/STREAM) or similar.
But, it is definitely worth getting this VIXIA M4xx, M5xx line of camcorders for the quality of the video and the camcorder. If you are a pro on a budget, I suspect you might be able to produce some really good videos from these units without the exorbitant cost of the pro cameras.
Be sure to check out the Canon M4xx owners thread at the avsforum.com for a whole lot of tech/operational info and support from current owners.
Canon is name you trust for quality images and video. The Vixia HF M40 is no exception. It records HD 1080i Video internally without moving tape or parts that can wear out or break. It is so light-weight and compact carrying it with you is a breeze. The threaded 43mm lens has threads to allow adding your own lenses and filters. The built in lcd screen has vibrant bright color and rotates 180 degrees if you are filming yourself and need to check the shot. Overall a very nice camera with fully automatic features. The only tricky thing is exporting the video to a computer. The included usb adapter did not work on my older Apple, so I had to use a third-party device to capture the video and import it for editing.
This is an excellent unit from an excellent vendor. I was a bit concerned because it was overhauled by the manufacturer rather than new, but you cannot tell in any way. It was packed perfectly with all accessories and has worked perfectly right out of the box. Picture quality is outstanding and it is a very capable unit with many features.
I purchased this as a backup camera. I began filming with a Nikon D7000 DSLR in a studio setting. I purchased a set of 5 filters for the M40. On the first shoot I wound up using the movie from the Canon M40 instead of the DSLR movie. The ability to set up the camcorder and use custom filters was important to me. The low light capabilities of the 'Pro" CMOS is another feature that was important to me. The Nikon will only record for 20 minutes per clip. Recording a training seminar with the Canon M40 does not have that restriction and until I get the DSLR movies figured out the Canon has the quality and versatility that I need. The built in microphone worked quite well indoors.Excellent quality, value priced.