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Canon Legria HF G40 Camcorder

3.09MP 1/2.84 900g CMOS Jan 2016
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Enjoy outstanding image quality and professional level control with the LEGRIA HF G40. Versatile and easy to use with outstanding optics, an HD CMOS PRO sensor and Wide Dynamic Range mode in a... More
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25 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this small sensor size camcorder rated it as 80 out of 100.

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

We checked 1,357 expert and user reviews for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Easy to Use

Several Canon Legria HF G40 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use. A few weeks ago A Keen Reader said on Amazon “Impossible to use in bright sunlight” in their review. Lumpy said “It's a joy to use - I am a big fan of Canon gear” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF G40 was easy to use the menus. In October this year Contributor77 wrote in their Canon Legria HF G40 review on Amazon “The menu's are simple to navigate and all the settings easy enough to figure out, you'll get used to sliding the Auto, Manual”.

One Canon Legria HF G40 reviewer reckoned that the product was easy to setup.

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Good Product Quality

Four Canon Legria HF G40 owners who reviewed it thought it was good quality. In October this year A Keen Reader mentioned on Amazon “Easy to set up, touch screen, good build quality, holds well”. Happyfamily gave the Canon Legria HF G40 a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder in October “This camera will now be the number 1 choice in our household whenever high quality filming is needed!”. Lumpy wrote a few weeks ago “A high quality sensor and a really powerful zoom that combine to give a great picture, even in low light” in their review of this camcorder and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Nice Design

One person thought it was neat. Funk wrote in their review this year “The bundled hood includes a flip up/down lens cover, which is a really neat addition when you're doing a bit more ad-hoc filming”. One person who reviewed the product considered that it was ergonomic. Funk wrote in their review a few weeks ago “Buttons are ergonomically placed and easy to access, sits like a dream in the hand” .

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking. Contributor77 gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G40 review on Amazon this year “Using the Star 6 filter for shooting candles is pretty cool, again something that translates from SLR to video with ease”.

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Good Support

A number of Canon Legria HF G40 reviewers who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G40 concluded that it had good technical guidance. A few weeks ago Mr. Dean Wilson wrote in his review of the Canon Legria HF G40 “Fantastic camera and still learning all the modes - like MANUAL best!”.

Robust

Several Canon Legria HF G40 owners agreed that the product was well made. Funk said “The active device itself is well built, light yet sturdy” in their review.

Good Technical Features

Some people who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G40 wrote that it had good features. A few weeks ago Lumpy gave it a rating of 4 stars and said in their review of this camcorder “The image quality is just so much better - this model features image stabilisation”. Lumpy also wrote “If you are serious about making semi-professional videos, I am sure that the stellar features and performance will more than justify its price”.

Good Quality Lens

Several Canon Legria HF G40 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom. Contributor77 mentioned “Allows you lots of configurations of how fast you want the zoom to be and how progressive / analog the rate of movement too” in their Canon Legria HF G40 review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Canon Legria HF G40 owners said in their reviews that it had a good screen.

Good Connectivity

One Canon Legria HF G40 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was wifi compatible. Contributor77 rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote a few weeks ago “You ship a quick start guide and Wifi setup guide” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Size

One Canon Legria HF G40 reviewer thought it was compact. Lumpy mentioned on Amazon “Price premium) for a smaller camcorder that will end up getting used much more simply because it is more compact” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months, the Canon Legria HF G40 has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF G40 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other recently released camcorders also have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 4.35 hours, the Legria HF G40 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G40 have battery lifes of between 1.2h and 7.2h, and the average battery life is 3.3h.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Legria HF G40 is 1/2.84". That's over two times the optical sensor size of the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The best optical sensor size of all camcorders that were launched in the last year is 1/2" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF G40 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camcorder also supports an SD 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 across all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF G40.

Across comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is SD.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF G40, the Legria HF G40 has a built-in display.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Legria HF G40 is more than most camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera has a Sunset scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Spotlight" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1080p Video Mode

The Legria HF G40 has a 1080p video mode which is better than most latest small sensor size camcorders. Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it have a 720p video mode.

A 1080p video mode is in fact the best video mode across all similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G40.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst video mode is 720p.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Legria HF G40 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for the last year. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF G40. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Legria HF G40 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than most new similar spec video cameras. Most newly released comparable spec video cameras support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this Canon video camera supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels.

This video camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF G40.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The movie megapixel counts of small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months range from 2MP to 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 2.3MP. When compared to other latest comparable spec video cameras that we have checked, the movie megapixel count of the Legria HF G40 of 2.91 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

Across all the new video cameras the minimum focal lengths range from 26mm to 33mm. The Legria HF G40 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (only 26.8 millimeters) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.1 lux, the Canon Legria HF G40 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G40. The minimum illumination of latest small sensor size camcorders range from 0.1lx to 4lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.3lx.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person who purchased this camcorder concluded that it did not have a good battery life. Lumpy mentioned “Digital cameras had advanced so much that they rendered carrying a separate bulky video camera, which had limited battery life, pretty much obsolete”.

A Bit Expensive

One Canon Legria HF G40 reviewer said in their reviews that the product was not good value for money. This year Funk mentioned on Amazon “Yes it is a pricey camera”.

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of recently released small sensor size camcorders is 35fps and the fastest is 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 35 frames per second, the Legria HF G40 has a quite slow maximum frame rate compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that were released in the last 12 months, the Legria HF G40 is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most new small sensor size camcorders do not have an interchangeable lens. The Legria HF G40 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.7 inches, the Canon Legria HF G40 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders. Similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40 have screen sizes of between 2" and 8.8".

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year the optical zooms range from 20x to 50x. The Legria HF G40 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 20 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most latest video cameras are not 3D compatible. The Legria HF G40 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF G40 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that were released in the last year also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G40, the Legria HF G40 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF G40 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G40 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

At only 0.24 inches, the Canon Legria HF G40 has a fairly small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40. Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40 the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.24" to 0.45".

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Not Cheap

Small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year range in price from £178 to £2,995. We think that this video camera looks expensive compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year.

5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF G40

Released Eleven Months Ago

This Canon camcorder was released eleven months ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Average Weight

At 900 grams, the Legria HF G40 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G40.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 400 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF G40 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G40.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many recently released small sensor size camcorders.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
GPS Function
Direct Printing
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card

Expert Reviews

16 August 2016

La Canon Legria HF G40 es actualmente la videocámara de uso semiprofesional con mayor calidad del mercado gracias a unos ajustes manuales completos y a un se nsor de gama alta en la línea de lo... Read more…

User Reviews

(9)
Reviewed 8 June 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic camera well worth the money...

Reviewed 4 June 2016 by S. W. Jones
(Verified Purchase)

The Camera has a major fault, when you zoom into something especially when out doors you get dark edges, as I use the camera for airshows you can imagine that dark edges in a blue or white sky are... Read more…

Reviewed 31 May 2016 by Funk

Really a tip top camera, I'm very impressed. Until now I'd been using my DSLR to record, which does a superb job (as I would expect for what I got it for), but you do need that extra oomph when it... Read more…

I bought a camcorder in the early 2000s when the first of my children was born - this was a Panasonic that used a mini-DV tape-based system that worked fairly well but never seemed to get used... Read more…

Reviewed 13 May 2016 by Happyfamily

It's been a good few years since we've used a dedicated video camera as,like most people nowadays,a smartphone has been the convenient choice. The spec of this camera is way in front of the best a... Read more…

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