Canon Vixia HV40 Camcorder - Black
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Canon Vixia HV40 Camcorder - Black

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  • Media Format: Mini DV (HDV) Mini DV DV
  • Resolution: 3.0 MP
  • Recording System: NTSC
  • Digital Zoom: 200x
  • Type: Standard
  • Optical Zoom: 10x
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Canon Vixia HV40 Camcorder - Black

The Canon VIXIA HV40 is one of the latest additions to Canon's large family of HD camcorders. For those seeking the ultimate in HD video quality, Canon bring a host of Canon Exclusive features you won't find anywhere else - from Canon's own 2.96 full HD CMOS image sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor, delivering breathtaking detail and the best in color reproduction, to SuperRange optical image stabilization and instant auto focus to give you the ultimate control demanded by high definition. With the genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the VIXIA HV40 is sure to be your choice in high definition camcorders. If you wish to continue to use your existing standard definition equipment, the VIXIA HV40 has both SD and HD recording modes.The VIXIA HV40 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. Canon's vast experience with photographic and broadcast television cameras brings you the optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements you expect. The VIXIA HV40 is the premium quality high definition video tape camcorder for sophisticated and discerning videographers.

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Canon HV40 Review

byusmaniqbal Jun 3, 2013
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Pros Amazing 1080i video quality.<br>Good in low-light.<br>A lot of advanced...
Cons MiniDV limitations.<br>Hard to reach controls
Recommended it? Yes

I bought this specific camcorder about a year ago for a birthday party which was needed to be recorded. I have used it quite often on trips, parties and special occasions and I can honestly say it has lived up to its expectations.

I haven't had any major issues with it as of yet. It does... Read full review »


amazing camcorder!

bysuperdawg Oct 9, 2010
Helpful? 1 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Recommended it? Yes

I had a camera, 9 mega-pixels, but didn't do that good of video. I was okay with it, but after I saw the quality of HD, I saw that I hadn't seen anything! This camcorder is great, shoots in stunning HD, has 10x zoom, and weighs an extremely light 1.8 pounds. Read full review »

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Product Details and Features


Night Mode Yes
Color Black
Shooting Modes Digital Photo Mode

Other Features

High Definition Video Support 1080p
Additional Features Still Shot Capability • Color Viewfinder • progressive scanning • accessories hot shoe • USB 2.0 Compatibility • Histogram Display • Direct Print • Sharpness Control • Saturation Control • PictBridge Support • Auto Power Save • 24p Cinema Mode • DV Input • Brightness Control • Takes Photos While Movie Recording • 25p Cinema Mode • Contrast Control • RGB Primary Color Filter
Widescreen Video Capture Yes

File Format

Still Image Format JPEG
Digital Video Format MPEG-2


Effective Still Resolution 2.8 MP
Effective Video Resolution 2.1 MP


Battery Description 1 x Canon BP-2L13 ( included )
Battery Manufacturer Canon BP-2L13
Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Supported MS Windows 2000 SP4 • MS Windows 98 SE • MS Windows XP SP2 • Apple Mac OS X 10.2 - 10.4 • MS Windows ME


Expansion Slot 1 x miniSD
Connector Types 1 x HDMI
HDMI Output Yes


Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
Microphone Type Microphone - built-in - stereo


Display Type LCD
Display Rotation Rotating
Screen Details LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Screen Size 2.7"


Depth 5.43 in.
Width 3.46 in.
Height 3.23 in.


Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.27"
Viewfinder Type LCD

Memory / Storage

Recording Speed LP
Supported Flash Memory SDHC Memory Card • miniSD Card • SD Memory Card

Camera Flash

Flash Modes Auto Mode • OFF mode • Fill-in Mode • Slow Synchro • Red-eye Reduction
Flash Type Built-in flash


Exposure Metering Center-Weighted • Evaluative • Spot
Min Illumination 0.2 lux
Exposure Modes Automatic • Manual • Shutter-Priority • Program • Aperture-Priority
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 1/2 sec

Lens System

Lens Type Zoom lens
Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Lens Filter Size 43 mm
Focal Length Range 6.1mm - 61mm
Lens System Features Built-in lens shield • Aspherical Lens
Focus Adjustment Automatic

Optical Sensor

Sensor Type CMOS
Optical Sensor Qty 1
Sensor Size 1/2.7"

Key Features

Media Format Mini DV (HDV) • Mini DV • DV
Resolution 3.0 MP
Recording System NTSC
Digital Zoom 200x
Type Standard
Optical Zoom 10x
Storage Type Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)
Weight 18.09 Oz.

Product Identifiers

UPC 4960999637181
Model HV40

Expanded Product Features

Expanded Product Features
  • Canon HD camera system
    The LEGRIA HV40 inherits all the benefits of the Canon HD camera system from its award-winning predecessor, the HV30. The unique combination of a genuine Canon HD video lens, a Full HD CMOS sensor and the DIGIC DV II processor delivers superb HDV1080i (High Definition Video), recorded to tape.
  • Instant AF
    Even slight focusing errors show up in HD footage. The LEGRIA HV40 employs instant AF, Canon's unique hybrid auto focus system, to achieve pin-sharp focus at speed.
  • 10x zoom and super range OIS
    A genuine Canon HD video lens with a 10x optical zoom is constructed to the most exacting standards - drawing on Canon's expertise in broadcast lens manufacture. A super range optical image stabilizer compensates for vibrations across the frequency range, combating camera shake.
  • Custom key and assignable control dial
    The LEGRIA HV40 gives moviemakers more manual control over shooting variables. A custom key lets you choose what function you'd like to assign to the manual control dial: choose to control features such as focus, exposure, or audio level.
  • Cinematic 25p shooting
    The LEGRIA HV40 gives you the option of true 25p (progressive) shooting. It is combined with a special CINE image mode, shoot movies that have the look and feel of traditional film. 25p also provides improved low light performance.
  • Simultaneous photo shooting
    Thanks to DIGIC DV II, shoot 2.07-megapixel photos and video simultaneously, with photos stored to MiniSD card. A range of dedicated photo features is available, including a one-push histogram for monitoring brightness levels. It's easy to print photos on any PictBridge compatible printer.

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