Canon's own CMOS sensor reproduces high-resolution images at 1920 x 1080 resolution with full HD information in video images. Compared to a CCD, the VIXIA HV40's CMOS's high color resolution and advanced color reproduction gives brilliant results. It is also unique in featuring Canon's proprietary noise reduction technologies for crisp, sharp images. Low noise technology also means that even in dimly lit scenes, the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible, with minimal noise or other aberrations. It's the ideal sensor for HD.
In addition, the VIXIA HV40 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter that separates light into red, green and blue color components. This results in vibrant images with deep, rich, accurate color and natural-looking tones similar to what you'd obtain from 3CCD camcorders.
Canon Exclusive - Canon DIGIC DV II Image Processor
Thanks to the DIGIC DV II image processor, a Canon Exclusive, the VIXIA HV40 produces video with improved color reproduction - especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that uses two types of noise reduction, for high definition images that are crystal clear. Variable Zoom Speed Control
Another sure sign of amateur video is the unsteady zoom shot. But with the VIXIA HV40's zoom control, you simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds for smooth, steady, professional-looking zooms.
Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking video. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.
The VIXIA HV40's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot. Low Light Performance
Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set. You won't miss any of them, thanks to the VIXIA HV40's bright Mini Video Light. The light lets you shoot subjects in color in low light up to 4.9 feet away. So, whether it's a shot of a sleeping baby, or a group of friends on a candle-lit terrace at night, the VIXIA HV40 captures all the moments you want to record.
Nice little work horse
I like this little camera. wish it had a usb for video. but there are a lot of accesories for it that make it almost professional looking
June 8, 2013
Can not download to laptop
Pretty good camera, easy to use, CAN'T download to laptop without firewire. Computer does not have firewire input. Now I have to pay to put cassett video on to a DVD. Should have been told this when purchased. Would like to trade this in for one I can transfer to my laptop
May 8, 2013
I heard that the camera is hard to connect to a TV and hard to get into a computer. That's the way I felt about every camcorder I've gotten over the years. It was my own fault because I didn't know what to do in the computer. I didn't know that in editing programs that you need to go into settings and tell what kind of video codecs you want such as AVI, MPEG and the like. The editing program that comes with computers are not all that great for what I do, so I spent a little on a better one.
April 7, 2013
Excellent still and video picture quality.
I bought a new cassette camera because my old unit died.
I had years of old cassettes and no way to save or view them.. To my surprise the HV40 was much more the than a cassette recorder. The HD video and still shots are great.
The HDMI out is easy to use and connect to our HD TV. The cameras remote allows me easily review old and new video cassetts and stills. I've used the camera for 2 yrs, it takes beautiful pictures and worked without any problems
November 6, 2012