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Canon Vixia HF M40 Camcorder

2.37MP 1/3 350g CMOS Sep 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, Mac World and CNET.com.au the average expert rating of this video camera is 80 out of 100.

Excellent Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Canon camcorders and also specifically for Canon small total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases Canon had excellent reviews.

Good Product Quality

Several Canon Vixia HF M40 owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Pcworld.co.nz said five years ago “Superior HD image quality” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Pcworld.co.nz also wrote “Pleasing video quality”. Pcworld.co.nz also said “Quality Full HD video”.

Robust

Two Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewers concluded that it was well made.

Nice Design

Two people who purchased it considered that it was a good design. Pcworld.co.nz said in their review “Solid design”.

Good Technical Features

A number of Canon Vixia HF M40 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had good features. Pcworld.co.nz wrote “Nice set of features” in their review.

Good Support

One customer thought the product had good technical guidance. Pcworld.co.nz wrote in their Canon Vixia HF M40 review “Useful automatic and manual modes”.

Good Quality Lens

One Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewer who purchased it thought it had a good autofocus. Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Fast focusing 10x optical zoom” in their review and gave this camcorder a score of 80 out of 100.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Vixia HF M40 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF M40.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF M40 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) is also worth considering.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon 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.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF M40.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Vixia HF M40 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of this type and age. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this Canon video camera 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF M40.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Two Memory Slotss

The Vixia HF M40 has more memory slotss than most of the comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Most of the camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF M40 only have one memory slots, however this Canon video camera has two memory slotss.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. 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.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has Six Scene Modess

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has a greater number of scene modes than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF M40. The scene modess "Beach", "Night", "Portrait", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

When compared to other camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 that we have checked the closest focusing distance of, the Canon Vixia HF M40's closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters is one of the smallest. The smallest closest focusing distance of video cameras of this age and type is 0.01m, the biggest is 1m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.15m.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Vixia HF M40 has a greater number of audio formats than most comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Canon video camera. The audio formats supporteds AC3 are also supported by this video camera.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Vixia HF M40 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of this age and spec. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

Video cameras of this spec and age have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx. The minimum illumination of the Canon Vixia HF M40 of only 0.1 lux is one of the smallest amongst comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40.

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11 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Several Canon Vixia HF M40 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was not cheap. Cnet.com.au mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “The HF M40 uses the same CMOS Pro sensor found in the more expensive HF G10.” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF M40 but despite that they gave the Canon Vixia HF M40 a rating of 4 stars. Cnet.com.au also wrote “It's paired with a smaller, less expensive lens”.

Not Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M40, the Vixia HF M40 is not Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF M52, or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF M40 has one of the smallest optical zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 is 31x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

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

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF M40 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to look at including the Sony HVR-Z7.

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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.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might want to consider include the Panasonic HDC-TM900 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon Vixia HF M40 does not have a night mode. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF M52, or the Panasonic HC-V500 is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Vixia HF M40 is not 3D. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF M40 are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D then you might want to look at the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF M40 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF M40 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF M40 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF M40 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Vixia HF M40 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 230,000 pixels) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.07 megapixels, the Canon Vixia HF M40 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF M40 have effective megapixels (image)s of between 1.1MP and 10MP.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF M40

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Vixia HF M40 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

If this Canon camcorder display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (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

With a weight of 350 grams, the Vixia HF M40 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF M40.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Canon Vixia HF M40 has a pretty standard digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-CX405 (£199.00) (350x).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of this age and spec.

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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
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Display
Display Diagonal
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Battery
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Auto Exposure
Manual Exposure

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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Barcodes 00013803133554, 00989898685516, 00989898688715, 06947110941653

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