Canon Vixia HV40 Camcorder Review

One of a few new HDV models, but it only represents a minor upgrade over the HV30.

$599.99 MSRP


The tape-based HV40 ($999 MSRP) isn't exactly a flashy, cutting-edge camcorder from Canon. It is one of only a few HDV models—from any manufacturer—that's new for 2009, but it represents only a minor upgrade over last year's HV30. These improvements include a native-progressive 24p mode as well as some slight design alterations.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color Performance
  4. Low Light Performance
  5. Motion Performance
  6. Sharpness Performance
  7. Ease of Use
  8. Handling
  9. Controls
  10. Recording Options
  11. Hardware
  12. Other Features
  13. Canon Vixia HF S100 Comparison
  14. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  15. Sony HDR-XR520V Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Photo Gallery