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Canon Vixia HF M40
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Canon Vixia HF M40 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 350g Sep 2011
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VIXIA HF M40The Canon VIXIA HF M40 Flash Memory Camcorder features a 16GB internal flash drive and dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body,... More
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23 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

Five experts from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, Mac World and CNET.com.au have rated this small sensor size camcorder on average 80%.

Excellent Brand

On average Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all camcorders built by Canon.

Good Product Quality

A few Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewers wrote that the product was good quality. Four years ago Pcworld.co.nz said in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40 “Superior HD image quality”. Pcworld.co.nz also wrote “Pleasing video quality”. Pcworld.co.nz also mentioned “Quality Full HD video”.

Nice Design

Some customers agreed that the product was a good design.

Robust

Some customers who bought this camcorder considered that it was well made. Pcworld.co.nz said four years ago “Solid design” in their review.

Good Technical Features

A number of customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it had good features. Pcworld.co.nz rated the product 4 stars and said four years ago “Nice set of features”.

Good Support

One customer who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Four years ago Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Useful automatic and manual modes” in their review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One Canon Vixia HF M40 owner who purchased the product concluded that it had a good autofocus. Pcworld.co.nz wrote “Fast focusing 10x optical zoom” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of this type and age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M40 also have an HDMI port.

Alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF R40 ($399.00).

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the Vixia HF M40 is Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF M40, the Vixia HF M40 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Vixia HF M40 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF M40.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF M40 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon Vixia HF M40 is a two memory card slot video camera.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on camcorders of this type and age.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Vixia HF M40 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF M40. The scene modes "Beach", "Night", "Portrait", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this camcorder.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

This camcorder has a DIGIC DV III image processor, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years range from 0.01m to 1m. When compared to other camcorders that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the Vixia HF M40's closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters is one of the smallest.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Vixia HF M40 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF M40. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Vixia HF M40 has a greater number of audio formats than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AC3 are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.1 lux, the Vixia HF M40 has a very small minimum illumination compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M40. Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M40 have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx.

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9 Reasons Against

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF M40 range from 10x to 78x. With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M40 has one of the smallest optical zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If this Canon video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) (12x), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Canon Vixia HF M40 does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at include the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF M40 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF M40.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF M40 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M40 also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF M52, or the Panasonic HC-V500 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF M40, the Vixia HF M40 is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon XF105 ($2,268.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF M40 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 also do not have a built-in projector.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ320.

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF M40 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 have display resolutions of between 1.2 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Vixia HF M40 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF M40 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M40. Similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 10MP.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M40

Average Screen Size

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has a fairly standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Canon released the Vixia HF M40.

Average Weight

At 350 grams, the Vixia HF M40 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M40 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M40.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) (400x and higher rated).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of this type and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Camera
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range

Expert Reviews

(7)
15 March 2012

This mini-review appeared in our February 2012 Home Entertainment roundup.The Legria HF M40 is the entry point to Canon?s ?Powerful? range of Legria DV cameras ? the company?s top consumer... Read more…

Superior HD image quality
Great dynamic range and low-light sensitivity
Useful automatic and manual modes
Nice set of features
Pleasing video quality
LCD touch screen not as intuitive as iOS
Still images limited to two megapixels
Price when rated
Small, coarse LCD hard to view in direct sunlight
Touchscreen-impaired menu system
8 September 2011

Sometimes less is more. Take, for example, the Canon Vixia HF M40 camcorder. The camera tweaks some features found in Canon's 2010 M-series camcorders, but the most significant change is a... Read more…

6 September 2011

Throughout the past couple of months, Canon has been generous enough to lend us their high-end and entry-level consumer digital camcorders, starting with the VIXIA FS400 back in June, followed by... Read more…

It turns out that Canon's gamble to put all new sensors into the 2011 consumer lineup has really paid off. The flagship HF G10 put up impressive numbers in low light performance?without much of...

19 May 2011

The Canon Legria M40 should please most home movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need an electronic viewfinder, the M40 is a good buy...

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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 25 September 2014 by Football Dad

Overall, I'm pleased with the HF M40 Camcorder. I use it primarily to record my son's youth football games. And it does a good job in SP AUTO mode. Only plays are recorded therefore a two hour... Read more…

Reviewed 25 January 2014 by JonB
JonB would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF M40

I bought this primarily to get High Def shots of Christmas Lights since I do an animated display. Christmas Lights are tough on the Dynamic Range of any camera. If I go to Manual, set the focus to... Read more…

Reviewed 28 January 2013 by Bri1

Great Camera but bundled software from Pixela is terrible. I would not recommend this product because of the bundled software...

Reviewed 12 December 2011 by Alala
Alala would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF M40

Rich set of features yet simple to use. Fantastic Camcorder!

Reviewed 9 December 2011 by Seb
Seb would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF M40

I've used this camera for about a month. The picture quality is short of professional cameras. If you watch HD TV and then switch to this cam you will notice that it's actually better than the TV.... Read more…

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