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Canon Vixia HF R40
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Canon Vixia HF R40 Camcorder

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3.28MP 1/4.85 285g Apr 2013
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20 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both thought that this small sensor size camcorder was excellent and gave it their highest award. This camcorder received an "Editor's Choice" award from both Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including camcorderinfo.com and reviewed.com this Canon camcorder has an average expert rating of 77%.

Excellent Brand

Small sensor size camcorders built by Canon have excellent reviews on average compared to other brands. 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.

Good Product Quality

Some customers said in their reviews that the Canon Vixia HF R40 was good quality. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com mentioned three years ago “Improvements in all the right places Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer reckoned that the product had a good zoom. Expert website Reviewed.com rated the Canon Vixia HF R40 4 stars and wrote “People upgrading from smartphone-caliber HD video will appreciate the image stabilization and mighty 32x zoom” in their review.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF R40. The average screen size of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R40 is 2.9".

There are a number of alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R40 also have an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], and the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF R40 is Full HD, as are most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R40 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF R40 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras of this spec and age. 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R40.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder 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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Has One Exposure Mode

The Vixia HF R40 has a greater number of exposure modes than most camcorders of this spec and age. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this video camera. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF R40 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The optical sensor size of all video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R40 ranges from 1/8" to 1/3".

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a built-in display.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

At 4.5, the Vixia HF R40 has a quite high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF R40. Video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF R40 have maximum aperture values of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF R40 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF R40. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Manual" 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 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on camcorders of this age and type.

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Supports Four Audio Formats

The Vixia HF R40 has a greater number of audio formats than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AAC, AC3, LC-AAC and MP4 are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Small

The Canon Vixia HF R40 is one of the smaller camcorders of this age and spec (only 53 millimeters) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders that were released more than two years ago the widths range from 30mm to 570mm.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R40 have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx. At only 0.4 lux, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF R40.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the Canon Vixia HF R40 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF R40 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF R40 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon Vixia HF R40 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF R40 are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF R40 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R40 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF R40 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of camcorders of this spec and age range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.5MP. The Vixia HF R40 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 2.07 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R40

Released Over Three Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,060 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Alternative 1,060x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Canon Legria HF R48[plb_1488031_price] which has better reviews.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung SMX-C10[plb_2120460_price] (1,200x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R40.

There are a number of other 32x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the Canon Legria HF R48[plb_1488031_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

At 285 grams, the Vixia HF R40 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R40.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connectivity
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Type
Number of Batteries Supported
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

2 Awards

reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(3)
15 July 2013

After spending some time the Vixia HF R40. Using it to goof around, play with the effects, capture funny and special moments, and to observe what's around you, it is a good camcorder all in all....

Lightweight
Above average daylight performance
Exceptional OIS
Dualrecording mode
Mediocre lowlight performance
Short battery life

Improvements in all the right places Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life. People upgrading...

Camcorderinfo.com

1 May 2013

Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life. People upgrading from smartphone-caliber HD video will...

Reviewed.com

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon hfr40, canon 8153b001
Barcodes 00013803211788, 00138032117882

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