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Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS :
The short editorial description of Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS

LEGRIA HV40 - HDV, 1/6.858 cm (2.7") CMOS, 2.96 megapixel, RGB Primary Colour Filter, 10x zoom, DIGIC DV II, 0.2 lux, 0.6858 cm (0.27") LCD
Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS:
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The LEGRIA HV40 is a High Definition moviemaker’s camcorder, offering the flexibility to realise your creative vision. Take manual control of different settings using the customisable Control Dial.

Canon HD Camera System
The LEGRIA HV40 inherits all the benefits of the Canon HD Camera System from its award-winning predecessor, the HV30. The unique combination of a genuine Canon HD Video Lens, a Full HD CMOS sensor and the DIGIC DV II processor delivers superb HDV1080i (High Definition Video), recorded to tape.

Instant AF
Even slight focusing errors show up in HD footage. The LEGRIA HV40 employs Instant AF, Canon’s unique hybrid auto focus system, to achieve pin-sharp focus at speed.

10x zoom and Super Range OIS
A genuine Canon HD Video Lens with a 10x optical zoom is constructed to the most exacting standards – drawing on Canon’s expertise in broadcast lens manufacture. A Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for vibrations across the frequency range, combating camera shake.

Custom Key and assignable Control Dial
The LEGRIA HV40 gives moviemakers more manual control over shooting variables. A Custom Key lets you choose what function you’d like to assign to the manual Control Dial: choose to control features such as focus, exposure, or audio level.

Advanced Accessory Shoe
With an Advanced Accessory Shoe, adapt the camcorder to your specific needs – a range of optional peripherals, including a video light and a directional microphone, can be added. Manual audio level control gives you precise control over audio recording. Quickly connect to a compatible HD TV or computer via HDMI.

Cinematic 25p shooting
The LEGRIA HV40 gives you the option of true 25p (progressive) shooting. Combined with a special CINE image mode, shoot movies that have the look and feel of traditional film. 25p also provides improved low light performance.

Simultaneous photo shooting
Thanks to DIGIC DV II, shoot 2.07MP photos and video simultaneously, with photos stored to MiniSD card. A range of dedicated photo features is available, including a one-push histogram for monitoring brightness levels. It’s easy to print photos on any PictBridge compatible printer.

AV input
Via an AV input connection, transfer analogue footage (including your old home movies) to digital tape – ideal for archiving.

Short summary description Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS:
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Canon LEGRIA LEGRIA HV40, 2.96 MP, CMOS, 25.4 / 2.7 mm (1 / 2.7"), 10x, 200x, 6.1 - 61 mm

Long summary description Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS:
This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.

Canon LEGRIA HV40, LEGRIA. Total megapixels: 2.96 MP, Sensor type: CMOS, Optical sensor size: 25.4 / 2.7 mm (1 / 2.7"). Optical zoom: 10x, Digital zoom: 200x, Focal length range (f-f): 6.1 - 61 mm. Camcorder tape type: HDV. Camera shutter speed: 1 - 1/2000 s. Display diagonal: 6.86 cm (2.7"), Display: LCD

Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
2.96 MP
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Optical sensor size *
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
25.4 / 2.7 mm (1 / 2.7")
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Image stabilizer *
This camera function compensates for slight shaking movements caused by an unstable position and ensures smooth footage even in suboptimal conditions.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
6.1 - 61 mm
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
43.6 - 436 mm
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
4.3 cm
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
Built-in flash *
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
1 - 1/2000 s
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
6.86 cm (2.7")
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Viewfinder resolution
123000 pixels
Viewfinder screen size
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
0.2 lx
On Screen Display (OSD)
Photo mode
Device can take photos.
Still image
Still image resolution(s)
List of image resolutions that supported by device.
640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536
Built-in microphone *
Microphone that is found inside the product.
Built-in speaker(s)
The device contains speaker(s) to produce sound.
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed/uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant device ("the source device") to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for existing analog video standards.
USB 2.0 ports quantity *
Number of USB 2.0 ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. USB 2.0 was released in April 2000 (now called "Hi-Speed"), adding higher maximum signaling rate of 480 Mbit/s (effective throughput up to 35 MB/s or 280 Mbit/s), USB 2.0 ports are usually black.
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
Composite video out
The socket in the device for the composite video, which is an analog video transmission (no audio) that carries standard definition video typically at 480i or 576i resolution. The cables for composite video are normally yellow.
Microphone in
The socket where a microphone is connected to the device.
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)
The minimum and maximum temperatures at which the product can be safely operated.
0 - 40 °C
Weight & dimensions
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
535 g
Other features
Interface ports to connect pieces of equipment. USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the most popular wired interface to connect peripherals. USB 2.0 supports speeds up to 480 Mbit/s (USB 1: 12 Mbit/s). The interface FireWire is also known as the IEEE 1394 standard. Enhanced IDE (EIDE)is sometimes referred to as Fast ATA, Fast IDE or ATA-2.
Auto focus
Device focusing a camera or other piece of equipment automatically.
Video out
Manual focus
Night mode
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Uk has collected 4 expert reviews for Canon LEGRIA HV40 2.96 MP CMOS and the average expert rating is 88 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Uk to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Nl heeft 4 proffesionele recensies verzameld voor Canon LEGRIA HV40 2,96 MP CMOS. Het gemiddelde van deze proffesionele recensies is 88 van de 100. De gemiddelde score geeft aan hoe profesionals dit product waarderen. Klik hieronder om naar testseek te gaan en voor alle productbeoordelingen, -testen en -conclusies.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Fr a recueilli 4 avis d’experts pour Canon LEGRIA HV40 2,96 MP CMOS et la note moyenne est de 88 sur 100. Le score moyen reflète l’avis de la communauté des experts sur ce produit. Cliquez sur l’onglet ci-dessous et utilisez Testseek pour voir les notes, les prix de produits et les conclusions.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
De hat 4 Expertenmeinungen über Canon LEGRIA HV40 2,96 MP CMOS eingeholt. Das duchschnittliche Epertenrating ist 88 von 100. Die durchschnittlich erreichte Punktezahl gibt die Meinung der Expertencommunity über das Produkt wieder. Klicken Sie unten und nutzen Sie Testseek um alle Beurteilungen, Produktauszeichnungen und Schlussfolgerungen sehen zu können.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Testseek ha raccolto 4 recensioni da parte di esperti per Canon LEGRIA HV40 2,96 MP CMOS e la valutazione media da parte degli esperti è di 88 su 100. Tale media riflette l’opinione della comunità degli esperti circa questo prodotto. Fate clic qui sotto e usate Testseek per visualizzare tutte le valutazioni, i premi ricevuti dal prodotto e le conclusioni.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Es ha coleccionado 4 opiniones de expertos para Canon LEGRIA HV40 2,96 MP CMOS y la calificación media es 88 de 100. El promedio de la calificación refleja la opinión de la comuniudad de los expertos referente a este producto. Haga click abajo y use Testseek para poder ver todas las calificaciones, galardones y conclusiones del producto.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Dk har samlet 4 ekspertanmeldelser for Canon LEGRIA HV40 2,96 MP CMOS og den gennemsnitlige ekspertbedømmelse er 88 af 100. Den gennemsnitlige score reflekterer ekspertpanelets opfattelse af dette produkt. Klik nedenfor og brug Dk for at se alle bedømmelser, produkter og konklusioner.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Se har samlat in 4 experttester för Canon LEGRIA HV40 2,96 MP CMOS och det genomsnittliga betyget är 88 av 100. Det genomsnittliga betyget reflekterar experternas samlade syn på denna produkt. Klicka nedanför och använd Se för att se alla betyg, utmärkelser och kommentarer.
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2011-08-24 01:26:01
Product Code: 3687B001 The Canon Legria HV40 is a high-end HDV camcorder that records in the MiniDV format. In essence the Canon Legria HV40 is a tweaked version of last year's Canon HV30 with some minor extras thrown in, including native 24p record...
Bottom line The Canon Legria HV40 must surely be the HDV format’s last hurrah in the consumer sector - and what a send-off it is! If you’re keen to stick with MiniDV, you won’t find a better camcorder than this. Chris Jager...
2011-11-04 08:53:02
The Canon Legria HV40 is a high-end HDV camcorder that records in the MiniDV format. It’s essentially a tweaked version of last year’s Canon HV30 with some minor extras thrown in, including native 24p recording and a multipurpose Custom Key on the side of the lens barrel. As product refreshes go, it’s pretty nominal stuff — which makes the $250 markup more than a bit cheeky. Nevertheless, if you require a tape-based camcorder for serious videography, the Canon Legria HV40 is unquestionably t...
Good Superb 1080i video quality, good low-light performer, plenty of advanced features and controls...
Bad Slightly fiddly control scheme, limitations of MiniDV...
Bottom line The Canon Legria HV40 must surely be the HDV format’s last hurrah in the consumer sector -- and what a send-off it is! If you’re keen to stick with MiniDV, you won’t find a better camcorder than this...
2013-08-09 01:09:30
Видеочасть в «новой старой» видеокамере не изменилась со времен Canon HV10 — CMOS-матрица типоразмера 1/2,7’’ с 2,96 Мпикс на ней, при этом в формировании изображения в режиме HDV участвуют приблизительно 2,07 Мпикс (1920 х 1080, хотя не стоит забывать, ч...
2013-03-26 00:19:39
Since the HV40 is only a minor upgrade over last year's HV30, it seems that Canon isn't putting too much effort into its tape-based HDV models. The HV40's flash-memory counterparts have more sophisticated designs, better handling, and more useful featu...
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