Until quite recently, you'd have to look to professional video cameras in order to have this sophisticated tool at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HV40 to record 30p Progressive Frame Rate. This is particularly useful for footage you plan to upload to the Internet for sharing. In addition, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording. 30p Progressive Mode is also excellent for capturing quick action shots and sporting events.
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