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Canon Vixia HF M40 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 350g Sep 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good expert reviews
Not easy to use the menus
Unacceptable noise level
12 Reviews

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Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

Based on five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, pcworld.co.nz, CNET.com.au and Mac World the average expert rating of this video camera is 80%.

Canon Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 1,806 expert and owner reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has good ratings. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Other Features

Features Auto Exposure

The Vixia HF M40 features auto exposure, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Canon released the Vixia HF M40.


Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF M40 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder the effective megapixels (image) range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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Camera

Quite Small Minimum Illumination

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has a very small minimum illumination (only 0.1 lux) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago the minimum illuminations range from 0.05lx to 7lx.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Vixia HF M40 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the display resolutions (numeric) range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels. The Vixia HF M40 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Vixia HF M40 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

If you want a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has a face detection, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder the closest focusing distances range from 0.0005m to 20m. At only 0.01 meters, the Vixia HF M40 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Storage

Two Memory Slots

The Vixia HF M40 is a two memory slots video camera. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera have between one and two memory slots.

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Good Zoom

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Fast focusing 10x optical zoom”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Two Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewers who reviewed the Canon Vixia HF M40 reckoned that it was expensive. Cnet.com.au said in their review of this camcorder on expert website CNET.com.au “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” in their review.

One Canon Vixia HF M40 owner considered that it was cheap. Camcorderinfo.com rated it 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “With the same risky new sensor, this impressive bargain has great low light performance”.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including the Panasonic HDC-TM900 which has better reviews.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of video cameras of this type and age is 30x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x. When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the Vixia HF M40's optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

If this small total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7 (12x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF M40 has a pretty average digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Vixia HF M40 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera also support HDMI.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews.

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Has a Microphone in

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has a microphone in, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Vixia HF M40 has a composite video out, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Vixia HF M40 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF M40 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Design

Nice Design

Two customers concluded that it was well designed. Seb said in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40 six years ago “Put all this together with a very cool design and attention to detail make this a great product” and gave this camcorder a rating of 8 stars.

Well Made

One Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewer who reviewed the Canon Vixia HF M40 mentioned that it was well made. Pcworld.co.nz said five years ago “Solid design” in their review of this camcorder. One Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was strong and durable. Jonb mentioned “Christmas Lights are tough on the Dynamic Range of any camera” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40.

Good Quality

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Superior HD image quality” in their review of this camcorder. Pcworld.co.nz also mentioned “Quality Full HD video” in their review. Pcworld.co.nz also mentioned “With a nice set of features for home-movie-type shooters and pleasing video quality” in their review.

Not Easy to Use the Menus

Two Canon Vixia HF M40 owners wrote in their reviews that it was not easy to use the menus. Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Touchscreen-impaired menu system”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Canon Vixia HF M40 was not easy to use. Pcworld.co.nz mentioned in their review of this camcorder “LCD touch screen not as intuitive as iOS”.


Audio

Noisy

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Pcworld.co.nz mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Mic amplifies wind noise” .

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Pcworld.co.nz mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Mic amplifies wind noise” .


Features

Good Technical Features

Three Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it had good features. Six years ago Alala rated the product 7 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40 “Rich set of features yet simple to use”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

One Canon Vixia HF M40 owner who bought the Canon Vixia HF M40 considered that it had good technical guidance. Pcworld.co.nz said five years ago “Useful automatic and manual modes” in their Canon Vixia HF M40 review but even so they rated the product 18.8 out of 100.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 350 grams, the Vixia HF M40 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803133554

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