To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the VIXIA HF M40, you’ll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. A supplied HDMI cable offers easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV. The HDMI Terminal also supports CEC and x.v.Color*.
Through a menu selection, 1080i video is converted to 1080p and can be output through the camcorder’s HDMI terminal. 1080p output** offers smooth reproduction of fast action, such as sports.
The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter, or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone.
The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and the Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility.
Canon’s new optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone allows you to record high-quality audio without a hard connection from up to 164 feet away (50m). This feature is ideal for wedding or graduation ceremonies, documenting meetings and recitals.
* x.v.Color is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
** 1080i video will output if the TV does not support 1080p.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High Definition Multimedia Interface are registered trademarks or trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC in the United States and/or other countries
Two years of use
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 manual and set the exposure to -1.75 or -2.0 then I can get better than average shots.
Now, the format. Saves in AVCHD. I've heard that editing on a Mac is difficult - wouldn't know, but editing in Adobe Premiere Elements 12 is a snap and also in Adobe Premiere CS6 (wasn't in CS5).
January 25, 2014
good camera but dont buy
Great Camera but bundled software from Pixela is terrible. I would not recommend this product because of the bundled software.
January 27, 2013
Outstanding product for a fair price
I have owned this camera since Oct. 2011. I bought it in Tokyo at a shop in Akihabara at the Yodobashi camera store. This detail is important because it guarantees that this is a genuine Canon camera and that it was made in Japan. Being made in Japan is important because only the top quality Canon products are actually manufactured in Japan. Thus, if you do buy one, at least make sure that it is "MADE IN JAPAN".
That being said, I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. As another reviewer put it, the camera is outstanding in low light conditions to the point that it matches or exceed the quality of significantly more expensive professional-level cameras. However, one of the most notable features of this camera is the "Optical" image stabilization. The key element of optical stabilization is that any shaking of the camera is corrected by moving the lens (or sensor) before the sensor converts the image into digital information. In this manner, the resultant image is incredibly steady and clear.
March 25, 2012
Rich set of features yet simple to use. Fantastic Camcorder!
December 11, 2011