If you are looking for a superior camcorder that can offer you a high quality image, then the Canon Vixia HF M40 is one of the best choices, according to the reviews. This camera features a 1/3-inch CMOS sensor that uses a 1920x1080 pixels for video capture. Even when used in a dim light, Vixia HF M40 will provide a high quality video image that will not overcrank consequent noise and grain.

it also doesn't sacrifice its pin point color accuracy. Also, in normal lighting conditions, this camcorder provides HD videos that display an excellent sharpness and color, a smooth motion and a very good exposure control. Due to its impressive dynamic range, this camera preserves all the detail in both highlights and shadows, rather than just clipping quickly to white or black.

The Canon Vixia HF M40 captures videos at 60i (interlaced fields per second). It may lack a true progressive mode, but instead, it records at 24p and 30p images displayed onto a stream of 60i. It basically produces the best video quality among most camcorders in its price range.

Having a Look at the Main Features

It will record videos as AVCHD files on a data rate of 24 Mbps which is the maximum format. Since it supports AVCHD, editing your captured material will no longer require much effort, since most video editing applications such as Final Cut Pro X, iMovie '11 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 support AVCHD.

The control options of this camera range from being fully automatic to almost manual. If you set it on auto mode, the camera will be in control of everything, except the lens zoom. There are 11 scene modes from which you can choose from that will give you extra control over your image.

The camera features a 24p Cinema Mode that will warm tonal settings and will emulate the frame rate of your theatrical films. You could also choose the manual mode that will provide more image control, but this will require some tweaking into the menu system.

Due to the various features of this camera, such as focus and exposure tracking, backlight correction and its image stabilization, the video capturing is very convenient under most conditions. The Canon Vixia HF M40 definitely offers a wide range of tools, therefore to avoid frustration, it may be a wise idea to go through the manual before you get started.

Another important feature of this camcorder is the 16GB internal flash memory that will provide a recording time period, lasting from 85 minutes to 6 hours, depending on the compression settings. It is also equipped with 2 card slots that will allow an additional recording in the case where extra SDXC memory cards are connected.

What Users are Saying

Its record mode can last for about two hours due to its 890mAh lithium-ion based battery. The average user is satisfied with this time period. However, you are also able to purchase a second 1780mAh battery from Canon, should you need an extended recording period. In addition, this camcorder features a 3.5mm jack that supports the use of an external microphone.

Users also enjoy the 3.0 inch LCD touch screen. You will have access to multiple of settings and various recording modes that can perform well in most conditions. The 10x zoom lens offers great close-up recordings, and it also has a 35mm equivalent focal range.

The microphone will capture a clear sound, and its headphone jack is designed to work in both manual and automatic modes, but unfortunately not in Cinema mode.


Overall, the Canon Vixia HF M40 camcorder is a very good camera that offers a high quality recording, and it also has all the required audio functions, including a manual volume control. Due to its Digic DV III processor it will provide a high quality motion performance at a default recording of 1920x1080 at 60i.

It also performs very well in a variety of lighting conditions. It is definitely a considerable option in terms of price range. With an average 4.2 rating on Amazon of over 100 votes, one really can't complain.