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Canon Vixia HF R40 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4 285g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Two industry awards
Good product quality
Quite large display diagonal
reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This small total megapixels video camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both review websites Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com, both of which concluded that this video camera was marvellous.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this small total megapixels video camera is 77 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including reviewed.com and camcorderinfo.com.

Good Brand

We checked 1,849 owner and expert reviews (including 392 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 video cameras. 96% of those that bought a Canon camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Product Quality

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Four years ago expert review site Camcorderinfo.com wrote in their Canon Vixia HF R40 review “Improvements in all the right places Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Tripod Mountable

The Canon Vixia HF R40 is tripod mountable. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also are tripod mountable.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Canon released the Vixia HF R40 in April 2013.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF R40 has a fairly typical digital zoom (1,060 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF R40 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Legria HF M52, and the XM2 both from Canon which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R40 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon 800 (£1,100) (35x) which also has a higher rating.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 285 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R40 is Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to look at including the Legria HF M52, the XM2, or the Legria HF R406 all from Canon which all of have better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera is 2.9". At 3 inches, the Vixia HF R40 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF M56 both from Canon.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon XF105 (£1,999) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Vixia HF R40 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Vixia HF R40 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera. The display resolutions (numeric) of small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Canon Vixia HF R40 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also support HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders which support HDMI and we think the Legria HF M52, and the Legria HF G10 both from Canon which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Vixia HF R40 has a composite video out, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Microphone in

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a microphone in, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Vixia HF R40 does not support PictBridge, although it is worth noting that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.85" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

Similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have effective megapixels (image) of between 1.1MP and 16MP. The Vixia HF R40 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) (only 2.07 megapixels) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The average effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera is 2MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 2.07 megapixels, the Vixia HF R40 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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3.28 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3.28 megapixels sensor camcorder.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Vixia HF R40 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Canon Vixia HF R40 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Vixia HF R40 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Storage

Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of only 8 gigabytes, the Vixia HF R40 has a fairly small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Camcorders of this age and type have internal storage capacities of between 2GB and 120GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 25GB.

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Camera

Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Vixia HF R40 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations (only 0.4 lux) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder the minimum illuminations range from 0.05lx to 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 17lx.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers polaroid xha1s, polaroid xhg1s
Barcodes 00013803211788, 00138032117882, 00989898608300

Canon Vixia HF R40 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon Vixia HF R40 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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