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Canon Vixia HF R40 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 285g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Two industry awards
Good product quality
Short battery life
reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This Canon camcorder was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both websites Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com, both of which said that this small total megapixels camcorder was marvellous.

Expert Reviews Are Average

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

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 1,806 expert and owner reviews (including 388 verified purchases), Canon has good reviews for its video cameras. Canon also has good reviews specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Canon camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Product Quality

Three customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com said “Devoid of professional pretense, this HD camcorder delivers quality on the cheap” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote in their review of this camcorder four years ago “Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Tripod Mountable

The Vixia HF R40 is tripod mountable. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also are tripod mountable.

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Good Quality Lens

One owner concluded that it had a good zoom. Four years ago Reviewed.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of the Canon Vixia HF R40 “People upgrading from smartphone-caliber HD video will appreciate the image stabilization and mighty 32x zoom”.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

Alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF M56 both from Canon.

If this Canon video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon XF105 ($8,499) (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Vixia HF R40 has a touchscreen. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also have a touchscreen.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 230,000 pixels, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder. Camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder have display resolutions (numeric) of between 23,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R40 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also are Full HD.

Alternative Full HD video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52, the XM2, or the XF105 ($8,499) all from Canon.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Canon Vixia HF R40 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF G10 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a composite video out, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Microphone in

The Vixia HF R40 has a microphone in, as do most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have a DC-in jack.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Vixia HF R40 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have a headphone outputs.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Canon Vixia HF R40 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52, or the XM2 both from Canon.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,060 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R40 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R40 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon 800 (35x) which also has a higher rating.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Vixia HF R40 features wi-Fi. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also feature wi-Fi.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Vixia HF R40 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in microphone.

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder the minimum illuminations range from 0.05lx to 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 this age and spec.

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Power

Short Battery Life

One person who reviewed it considered that it did not have a good battery life. Yugatech.com mentioned “Short battery life”.


Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The Vixia HF R40 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) (only 2.07 megapixels) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The effective megapixels (image) of camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 0.41MP, the highest is 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. At only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF R40 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera was released in April 2017.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 285 grams, the Vixia HF R40 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Product Identifiers

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

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