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Canon Vixia HF M40
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Canon Vixia HF M40 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 350g CMOS Sep 2011
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VIXIA HF M40The Canon VIXIA HF M40 Flash Memory Camcorder features a 16GB internal flash drive and dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body,... More
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22 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Canon camcorder is 80 out of 100 based on five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, Mac World and CNET.com.au.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Canon has excellent average reviews for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Product Quality

A few Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewers wrote that the product was good quality. Four years ago Pcworld.co.nz said in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40 “Superior HD image quality”. Pcworld.co.nz also wrote “Pleasing video quality”. Pcworld.co.nz also mentioned “Quality Full HD video”.

Nice Design

Some customers agreed that the product was a good design.

Robust

Some customers who bought this camcorder considered that it was well made. Pcworld.co.nz said four years ago “Solid design” in their review.

Good Technical Features

A number of customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it had good features. Pcworld.co.nz rated the product 4 stars and said four years ago “Nice set of features”.

Good Support

One customer who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Four years ago Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Useful automatic and manual modes” in their review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One Canon Vixia HF M40 owner who purchased the product concluded that it had a good autofocus. Pcworld.co.nz wrote “Fast focusing 10x optical zoom” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF M40 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M40 also are Full HD.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF M40.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF M40, the Canon Vixia HF M40 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF M40 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF M40.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF M40 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it support an SD memory card. This video camera also supports an SDHC 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).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Two Memory Card Slots

Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40 only have one memory card slot, however the Vixia HF M40 has two memory card slots.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Vixia HF M40 is more than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M40. The scene modes "Beach", "Night", "Portrait", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

Video cameras of this age and spec have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 1m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.16m. When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M40 that we have assessed, the Vixia HF M40's closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters is one of the smallest.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Vixia HF M40 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Vixia HF M40 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AC3 are also supported by this Canon camcorder.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of the Vixia HF M40 of only 0.1 lux is one of the smallest amongst camcorders of this age and spec. The minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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10 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Two Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewers who purchased it wrote that it was not cheap. Five years ago expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned in their Canon Vixia HF M40 review “The HF M40 uses the same CMOS Pro sensor found in the more expensive HF G10.”. Cnet.com.au also mentioned “It's paired with a smaller, less expensive lens”.

Quite Small Optical Zoom

When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40, the optical zoom of the Canon Vixia HF M40 of only 10 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M40 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (12x), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Vixia HF M40 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Vixia HF M40 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF M40 which have a built-in display.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago do not have a night mode. The Canon Vixia HF M40 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a night mode which you might want to look at including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Vixia HF M40 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon Vixia HF M40 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF M40 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF M40 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 360,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Vixia HF M40 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF M40.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M40 is 1.1MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.5MP. With a megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF M40 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M40

Average Screen Size

The Vixia HF M40 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M40.

If this camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (3.2" and higher rated).

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Released Over Five Years Ago

Canon released the Vixia HF M40 over five years ago.

Average Weight

At 350 grams, the Vixia HF M40 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF M40.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M40 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (400x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
Networking
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range
Auto Exposure
Manual Exposure
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(7)
15 March 2012

This mini-review appeared in our February 2012 Home Entertainment roundup.The Legria HF M40 is the entry point to Canon?s ?Powerful? range of Legria DV cameras ? the company?s top consumer... Read more…

Superior HD image quality
Great dynamic range and low-light sensitivity
Useful automatic and manual modes
Nice set of features
Pleasing video quality
LCD touch screen not as intuitive as iOS
Still images limited to two megapixels
Price when rated
Small, coarse LCD hard to view in direct sunlight
Touchscreen-impaired menu system
8 September 2011

Sometimes less is more. Take, for example, the Canon Vixia HF M40 camcorder. The camera tweaks some features found in Canon's 2010 M-series camcorders, but the most significant change is a... Read more…

6 September 2011

Throughout the past couple of months, Canon has been generous enough to lend us their high-end and entry-level consumer digital camcorders, starting with the VIXIA FS400 back in June, followed by... Read more…

It turns out that Canon's gamble to put all new sensors into the 2011 consumer lineup has really paid off. The flagship HF G10 put up impressive numbers in low light performance?without much of...

19 May 2011

The Canon Legria M40 should please most home movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need an electronic viewfinder, the M40 is a good buy...

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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 25 September 2014 by Football Dad

Overall, I'm pleased with the HF M40 Camcorder. I use it primarily to record my son's youth football games. And it does a good job in SP AUTO mode. Only plays are recorded therefore a two hour... Read more…

Reviewed 25 January 2014 by JonB
JonB would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF M40

I bought this primarily to get High Def shots of Christmas Lights since I do an animated display. Christmas Lights are tough on the Dynamic Range of any camera. If I go to Manual, set the focus to... Read more…

Reviewed 28 January 2013 by Bri1

Great Camera but bundled software from Pixela is terrible. I would not recommend this product because of the bundled software...

Reviewed 12 December 2011 by Alala
Alala would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF M40

Rich set of features yet simple to use. Fantastic Camcorder!

Reviewed 9 December 2011 by Seb
Seb would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF M40

I've used this camera for about a month. The picture quality is short of professional cameras. If you watch HD TV and then switch to this cam you will notice that it's actually better than the TV.... Read more…

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