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Canon Vixia HF R40
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Canon Vixia HF R40 Camcorder

reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice
3.28MP 1/4.85 285g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Canon Vixia HF R40 HD Camcorder Overview

20 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This small total megapixels video camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com, both of which wrote that this Canon video camera was brilliant.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including camcorderinfo.com and reviewed.com the average expert rating of this small total megapixels video camera is 77%.

Canon Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

Canon is one of the leading camcorder brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Canon also has excellent ratings for its small total megapixels video cameras.

Good Product Quality

Three people who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. 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”.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who bought the Canon Vixia HF R40 wrote that it was a bargain for the price. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com mentioned “Devoid of professional pretense, this HD camcorder delivers quality on the cheap” in their review and gave the product a rating of 78 out of 100.

One Canon Vixia HF R40 reviewer who bought it concluded that it was cheap. Reviewed.com wrote “While we've been impressed with their budget offerings” in their review of the Canon Vixia HF R40.

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Good Quality Lens

One person reckoned that the Canon Vixia HF R40 had a good zoom. Expert website Reviewed.com rated it 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon Vixia HF R40 “People upgrading from smartphone-caliber HD video will appreciate the image stabilization and mighty 32x zoom”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R40 is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R40.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF R40 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are not Full HD.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Vixia HF R40 has an HDMI. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF R40 also have an HDMI.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF R40, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], and the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Vixia HF R40 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most camcorders that have been around for more than two years. 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of this age and spec.

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

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

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Has One Light Exposure Modes

The number of exposure modes found on the Canon Vixia HF R40 is more than most video cameras of this type and age. The most frequently 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 camcorder.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Vixia HF R40 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all video cameras of this spec and age is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Vixia HF R40 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Supports Four Audio Formats Supporteds

The Vixia HF R40 has a greater number of audio formats than most similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC, AC3, LC-AAC and MP4 are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF R40 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R40. The white balances "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Vixia HF R40 has a quite small minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years. Similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R40 have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have an interchangeable lens. The Vixia HF R40 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the Vixia HF R40 does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Vixia HF R40 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R40 are also not 3D.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this spec and age are not waterproof. The Canon Vixia HF R40 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R40 do not have a built-in projector. The Vixia HF R40 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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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 one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF R40 is 330,000 pixels.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The Vixia HF R40 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) (only 2.07 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF R40. Small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago have effective megapixels (image)s of between 1.1MP and 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The average effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R40 is 19,000MP. The Canon Vixia HF R40 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie)s (only 2.07 megapixels) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R40

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,060 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R40 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF R40.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 32 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

If this small total megapixels video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] (35x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 285 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R40 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R40.

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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 came out more than two years ago.

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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
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connectivity
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Type
Number of Batteries Supported
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

2 Awards

reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(3)
15 July 2013

After spending some time the Vixia HF R40. Using it to goof around, play with the effects, capture funny and special moments, and to observe what's around you, it is a good camcorder all in all....

Lightweight
Above average daylight performance
Exceptional OIS
Dualrecording mode
Mediocre lowlight performance
Short battery life

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. People upgrading...

Camcorderinfo.com

1 May 2013

Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life. People upgrading from smartphone-caliber HD video will...

Reviewed.com

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon hfr40, canon 8153b001
Barcodes 00013803211788, 00138032117882

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