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Canon Vixia HF M400
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Canon Vixia HF M400 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 350g CMOS Sep 2011
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The Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder features dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body, convenience and capability wrapped in one package.... More
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16 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Small sensor size camcorders produced by Canon have excellent reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Canon also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

Camcorders of this spec and age have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3". The Vixia HF M400 has a quite large screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M400.

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Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Canon Vixia HF M400 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Canon Vixia HF M400 has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M400, the Vixia HF M400 has an image stabiliser.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF M400 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.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M400.

An 1/8" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size amongst similar types of video camera.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon Vixia HF M400 has more memory card slots than most of the video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M400. Most of the comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M400 only have one memory card slot, however this video camera has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF M400 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras that were released more than two years ago. In addition, this Canon camcorder 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF M400.

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

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Vixia HF M400 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF M400. The scene modes "Beach", "Night", "Portrait", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the Vixia HF M400 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Video cameras of this age and spec have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 1m.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Vixia HF M400 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M400. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon Vixia HF M400 is more than most similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 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 camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.1 lux, the Vixia HF M400 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M400. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M400 the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Two experts from sites including CNET.com and parentesis.com have rated this Canon video camera on average 69%.

Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M400 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M400.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Vixia HF M400 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Vixia HF M400 does not have a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M400 do have a built-in display.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF M400 do not have a night mode. The Vixia HF M400 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vixia HF M400 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M400 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF M400 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M400 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF M400, the Vixia HF M400 is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF M400 is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Vixia HF M400 has a quite 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

The megapixel counts of camcorders that came out more than two years ago range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With a megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF M400 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M400

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this small sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Weight

At 350 grams, the Canon Vixia HF M400 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M400.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF M400 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
LED Indicator
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
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range
Auto Exposure
Manual Exposure

Expert Reviews

(2)
4 May 2011

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...

27 September 2012

Si buscas una cámara de uso sencillo, pero que tenga buena calidad de video, esta Vixia es una muy buena opción. No sólo vas a poder grabar en Full HD, también tiene funciones de...

With a nice set of features for home-movie-type shooters and pleasing video quality, the Canon Vixia HF 400 series has lots to like
Es compatible con tarjetas EyeFi, que permiten hacer transferencias inalmbricas va WiFi
Ofrece sonido envolvente 5.1, tiene una zapata avanzada para colocar un flash o una lmpara y salidas HDMI
A small, coarse LCD that's hard to view in direct sunlight and touch-screen-impaired menu system hamper an otherwise solid design
El zoom no es tan potente como el de otras cmaras, as que vas a tener que acercarte a lo que quieras grabar
La calidad de imagen fija no es del todo buena, apenas es de 2 megapixeles

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 28 June 2015 by Invicta

Complete garbage, you cannot see the viewing screen very clearly in daylight, you have to go through to many steps to find the transfer software. Also when I did actually download the software it... Read more…

Reviewed 2 January 2015 by JimD

Well, I just got this and only have had limited experience with it so far. But at this point I'm really impressed by how easy it is to use, adjust settings and the video quality is very very high.... Read more…

Reviewed 5 March 2012 by Mathview
Mathview would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF M400

We make short video productions and needed a compact portable easy to use 1080p camcorder. The HF M400 delivered what we needed, true 1080p 16:9 aspect video having very impressive quality. The HF... Read more…

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