Canon's innovative SuperRange OIS combines gyro and image sensors to give image stabilization through a wider range of camera motions. Some image stabilization systems correct one type of camera motion or vibration better than another. But Canon's SuperRange OIS corrects for a wide range of camcorder motion: the fast vibration you'd experience while recording from a moving car; the medium-speed motion of hand-held recording; and the slower motion of body sway. No matter what you're recording and how you're recording it, the VIXIA HV40's stabilization design corrects camcorder shake instantly. SuperRange OIS also delivers steady images when shooting at long focal lengths.
In addition, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization keeps your shot steady without a loss in image quality - something that can't be said for electronic image stabilization. And image stabilization isn't just for video; you can even use it for taking sharper, clearer digital photographs with your VIXIA HV40. Thanks to Canon's expertise, it's easy to eliminate one of the telltale signs of amateur video and photography.
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
Getting used to this product. Every time I use it I learn more about how it works and what I missed before.
August 17, 2012