Canon HV40 reviews: MiniDV storage HD camcorder

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Canon HV40: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using miniSD card. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Professional videographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent HD and SD tape-based HDV camera for low end professional work.
Bad points:
Focus wheel is too small, a ring would be better so that focus transitions are smoother.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality and video resolution
Good still image capabilities
Low weight
Compact size (causes its own issues)
Controls easy to use (see below for exception)
Good options for manual control
Bad points:
Tape door does not close tightly
Viewfinder eypeice is not cushioned or prominant enough
Lens protector does not always close on power down
Some tape noise
DV output covers flimsy
Viewer panel is flimsy
No neckstrap
Video record button not ideally placed for easy thumb action
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Jun 2009

John, Newcastle-under- Lyme Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Superb quality video, tape based HDV camcorders head the field in this and the Canon HV40 is the leader in this price
range. Great product .
Bad points:
Short life battery power and a fidelly off and on switch.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Apr 2010

This Canon HV40 is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card miniSD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 200
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 535
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 53
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 530
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-04-28

Also known as: Legria HV40, HV40, Canon

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Manufacturer's Description

Canon HD Camera System
The LEGRIA HV40 inherits all the benefits of the Canon HD Camera System from its award-winning predecessor, the HV30. The unique combination of a genuine Canon HD Video Lens, a Full HD CMOS sensor and the DIGIC DV II processor delivers superb HDV1080i (High Definition Video), recorded to tape.

Instant AF
Even slight focusing errors show up in HD footage. The LEGRIA HV40 employs Instant AF, Canon’s unique hybrid auto focus system, to achieve pin-sharp focus at speed.

10x zoom and Super Range OIS
A genuine Canon HD Video Lens with a 10x optical zoom is constructed to the most exacting standards – drawing on Canon’s expertise in broadcast lens manufacture. A Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for vibrations across the frequency range, combating camera shake.

Custom Key and assignable Control Dial
The LEGRIA HV40 gives moviemakers more manual control over shooting variables. A Custom Key lets you choose what function you’d like to assign to the manual Control Dial: choose to control features such as focus, exposure, or audio level.

Advanced Accessory Shoe
With an Advanced Accessory Shoe, adapt the camcorder to your specific needs – a range of optional peripherals, including a video light and a directional microphone, can be added. Manual audio level control gives you precise control over audio recording. Quickly connect to a compatible HD TV or computer via HDMI.

Cinematic 25p shooting
The LEGRIA HV40 gives you the option of true 25p (progressive) shooting. Combined with a special CINE image mode, shoot movies that have the look and feel of traditional film. 25p also provides improved low light performance.

Simultaneous photo shooting
Thanks to DIGIC DV II, shoot 2.07MP photos and video simultaneously, with photos stored to MiniSD card. A range of dedicated photo features is available, including a one-push histogram for monitoring brightness levels. It’s easy to print photos on any PictBridge compatible printer.

AV input
Via an AV input connection, transfer analogue footage (including your old home movies) to digital tape – ideal for archiving.

Optional long life battery
If you’re planning a long shooting day, the LEGRIA HV40 is compatible with Canon’s optional high capacity battery (BP-2L24H) – cutting down the need to carry spares.


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