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Canon FS40
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Canon FS40 Camcorder

1/6 270g CCD 37x Aug 2011
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
The compact, lightweight, user-friendly and affordable Canon FS40 Flash Memory camcorder records brilliant video. The numerous benefits of flash memory have been proven in its use in advanced... More
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16 Reasons For

Canon Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

Camcorders produced by Canon are some of the best camcorders according to average reviews from owners and experts.

Robust

One Canon FS40 owner who bought this camcorder concluded that it was well made.

Good Product Quality

One Canon FS40 reviewer who bought this camcorder said that it was good quality. Consumersearch.com mentioned “Solid video quality for its class”.

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Canon FS40 has a fairly big digital zoom (2,000 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the FS40. The average digital zoom of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 390x.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon FS40 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the FS40 do not have an image stabiliser.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Video cameras that are a comparable age to the FS40 have optical zooms of between 1x and 65x. The Canon FS40 has a quite big optical zoom (37 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon FS40 supports a better memory card type than most comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. This Canon video camera also 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the FS40.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

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

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Has Two Capture Modes

The Canon FS40 has a greater number of capture mode than most camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most frequently found capture mode is HQ, but this capture mode is not found on this camcorder. The capture modes LP and XP are also found on this video camera.

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Has Two Exposure Modes

The Canon FS40 has a greater number of exposure modes than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly found exposure mode is aperture priority, but this exposure mode is not found on this Canon camcorder. The exposure modes Auto and Manual are also found on this 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 a similar type and age to it.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The Canon FS40 has a greater number of scene modes than most video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found scene mode is Underwater, but this scene mode is not found on this video camera. The scene modes Beach, Fireworks, Night, Night landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight and Sunset are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Canon FS40 has a DIGIC DV II image processor which is better than most video cameras of this age and type. Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago have a BIONZ image processor. The worst image processor of all similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years is DIGIC 5+ and the best is DIGIC DV IV.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the FS40 have closest focusing distances of between 0.0005m and 20m. With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the Canon FS40 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the FS40.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon FS40 is more than most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FS40. The white balance modes "Daylight" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Has Two Cables Included

The Canon FS40 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Canon video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the FS40. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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12 Reasons Against

Only 1/6" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/6" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of this spec and age. $.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the FS40, the Canon FS40 is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Canon FS40 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the FS40 also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the FS40 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Canon FS40 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 112,000 pixels, the Canon FS40 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the FS40. The display resolutions of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 150 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 490,000 pixels.

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Only 1024 X 768 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Canon FS40 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. That's 59% less maximum image resolution than a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The best maximum image resolution of all camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the FS40 is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the FS40 have a built-in display, however the Canon FS40 does not have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Canon FS40 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon FS40 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the FS40 are not 3D compatible. The Canon FS40 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon FS40 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the FS40 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

At only 8 gigabytes, the Canon FS40 has a quite small maximum fash memory capacity compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the FS40. The maximum fash memory capacities of video cameras that were launched around the same time as the FS40 range from 8GB to 130GB.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon FS40

Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera was released over five years ago.

Average Weight

The Canon FS40 has a relatively standard weight (270 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the FS40.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Canon FS40 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Pre-Record
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Manual Exposure

Expert Reviews

1 January 2012

If you don't want to spring for a high-definition (HD) camcorder, but you want the best possible standard-definition (SD) video quality, reviewers recommend the Canon FS40. Your footage won't be... Read more…

Solid video quality for its class
8 GB builtin flash memory
Long 37x optical zoom
Long battery life
Expensive for an SD camcorder
Video quality can't match HD

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