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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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28 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

Based on 9 user reviews the average user rating of this video camera is 80 out of 100.

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

Canon has excellent average reviews for its small total megapixels video cameras as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other brands.

Easy to Use

A number of Canon Legria HF G40 owners agreed that this camcorder was easy to use. A Keen Reader wrote on Amazon “Impossible to use in bright sunlight” in their review however despite that they only scored this camcorder 2 stars. Lumpy wrote in January last year “It's a joy to use - I am a big fan of Canon gear” in their review of this camcorder.

One Canon Legria HF G40 owner reckoned that it was easy to setup. In January last year A Keen Reader said on Amazon “Easy to set up, touch screen, good build quality, holds well” in their Canon Legria HF G40 review.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Contributor77 mentioned 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” in their Canon Legria HF G40 review.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. In January last year Happyfamily mentioned “This camera will now be the number 1 choice in our household whenever high quality filming is needed!” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. Lumpy mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G40 review on Amazon “A high quality sensor and a really powerful zoom that combine to give a great picture, even in low light”. Lumpy also mentioned “Found this camcorder to be easy to use, intuitive and it gives a real feel of quality to the user”.

A Top Selling Camcorder

The Legria HF G40 is a popular choice of video camera.

Nice Design

One person who bought it wrote that it was good looking. Contributor77 mentioned in their review “Using the Star 6 filter for shooting candles is pretty cool, again something that translates from SLR to video with ease” and rated the product 4 stars.

One Canon Legria HF G40 owner reckoned that it was ergonomic. Funk gave the Canon Legria HF G40 a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF G40 on Amazon “Buttons are ergonomically placed and easy to access, sits like a dream in the hand”.

One person wrote that it was neat. Funk said “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” in their review and scored it 5 stars.

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Good Support

Some Canon Legria HF G40 owners agreed that it had good technical guidance. Mr. Dean Wilson wrote on Amazon “Fantastic camera and still learning all the modes - like MANUAL best!” in his review of the Canon Legria HF G40.

Robust

A few Canon Legria HF G40 reviewers said in their reviews that it was well made. Funk said in January last year “The active device itself is well built, light yet sturdy” in their review and gave it a very good review.

Good Technical Features

Two Canon Legria HF G40 owners concluded that this camcorder had good features. Lumpy said “The image quality is just so much better - this model features image stabilisation”. Lumpy also mentioned “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

Two people said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good zoom. Contributor77 wrote “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 review of the Canon Legria HF G40.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF G40 had a good screen.

Good Connectivity

One customer who bought it thought it was wifi compatible. Contributor77 wrote in their Canon Legria HF G40 review “You ship a quick start guide and Wifi setup guide”.

Good Size

One Canon Legria HF G40 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF G40 was compact. Lumpy mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon last year “Price premium) for a smaller camcorder that will end up getting used much more simply because it is more compact”.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF G40 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF G40 also have an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Legria HF G40 has an HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF G40 is 1/2.84". That's over two times the optical sensor size of the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40 the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/2".

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Has One Light Exposure Modes

The Canon Legria HF G40 has a greater number of exposure modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this video camera. The light exposure modess Manual are also found on this Canon video camera.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Canon Legria HF G40 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Canon camcorder also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 amongst all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than a year.

An SD compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

The Canon Legria HF G40 has a better image stabiliser type than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has an Optical image stabilizer type, whereas most small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it have a Hybrid image stabilizer type. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

This camcorder's image stabiliser type (Optical) is in fact the best image stabiliser type amongst all video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G40.

A Hybrid image stabilizer type is the worst image stabiliser type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for 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 Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Legria HF G40 is more than most camcorders of this spec and age. This Canon camcorder has a Sunset scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G40. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Spotlight" are also found on this video camera.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 720p|1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The average effective megapixels (movie) of similar spec video cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 2.2MP, and the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 2MP to 3MP. At 2.91 megapixels, the Legria HF G40 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon Legria HF G40 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 26.8 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age. Video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF G40 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 26mm and 33mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 29mm.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Legria HF G40 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40. The white balances "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF G40 have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 4lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.7lx. At only 0.1 lux, the Legria HF G40 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Canon Legria HF G40 owner considered that the Canon Legria HF G40 did not have a good battery life. Lumpy mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Digital cameras had advanced so much that they rendered carrying a separate bulky video camera, which had limited battery life, pretty much obsolete” however they rated this camcorder 80 out of 100.

A Bit Expensive

One Canon Legria HF G40 reviewer mentioned that this camcorder was not good value for money. Funk mentioned “Yes it is a pricey camera”.

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The Canon Legria HF G40 has one of the slower maximum frame rates (only 35 frames per second) amongst camcorders of this age. The average maximum frame rate of video cameras of this spec and age is 53fps, and the maximum frame rates range from 35fps to 60fps.

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Not Full HD

The Legria HF G40 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G40 are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF G40 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G40 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than a year have display diagonals of between 2.7" and 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 3.1". The Legria HF G40 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released one year ago.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 20 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF G40 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than a year have optical zooms of between 10x and 50x.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Legria HF G40 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40 do not have a night mode. The Legria HF G40 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Legria HF G40 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF G40 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF G40 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than a year ago also do not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

With a weight of 900 grams, the Legria HF G40 is one of the heavier similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Legria HF G40 amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average weight of comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G40 is 510g.

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Not Cheap

The price range of video cameras of a similar spec and age is from £92 to £2,850. We think that this video camera looks expensive compared to other video cameras of a similar spec and age.

4 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF G40

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this video camera was released.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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Average Battery Life (max)

The Legria HF G40 has a pretty typical battery life (max) (4.35 hours) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G40.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Legria HF G40 has a relatively average digital zoom (400 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF G40.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
GPS (satellite)
Direct Printing
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
PictBridge
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
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

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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 1005c002, canon 1005c003, canon 1005c002i, canon 1005c002iv, canon vixiahfg40, canon can1005c002, canon 1005c002001
Barcodes 00013803267150, 00635492500655, 00650726490748, 00795545350603, 04549292053500

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