Canon Vixia HV40 Camcorder Review

$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 & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Canon HF S100 Comparison
  13. Sony HDR-XR520V Comparison
  14. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings