Canon Exclusive: Canon 2.96 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
The VIXIA HV40 features a Canon designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. The CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series Digital SLR cameras result in outstanding digital photographs. In the VIXIA HV40, the 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 also features 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.
The VIXIA HV40 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter with Bayer Placement Pattern 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. In addition, it is the Bayer pattern that delivers sharp, high definition images without creating false colors. As an added benefit, the CMOS sensor provides outstanding image capture in low light conditions.