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Canon HV40

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TECNICA - VIDEOCAMERE


Registrando immagini HDV 1080i su nastro, LEGRIA HV40 succede a HV30, nominata “videocamera europea HD dell’anno 2008” dalla prestigiosa European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)

Ultima evoluzione della popolare serie HV Canon, LEGRIA HV40 offre agli utenti un maggiore controllo creativo sui propri filmati. Un nuovo comando personalizzato consente di assegnare alla ghiera di controllo manuale, che si trova nella parte anteriore della videocamera, una gamma di differenti funzioni. Per i moviemaker appassionati, così come per coloro che passano al sistema HD per la prima volta, il formato HDV si integra perfettamente con i pre-esistenti apparati, offrendo la compatibilità con quasi tutti i software di editing.

La nuova LEGRIA HV40 spinge più in avanti i limiti del moviemaker ambizioso, offrendo anche un maggiore controllo", ha detto Massimiliano Ceravolo, Country Director di Canon Consumer Imaging Italia. "Con questa nuova videocamera, dimostriamo il nostro impegno verso i creativi e gli appassionati di video di tutta Europa”.

Progettata per moviemaker

Basata sulle caratteristiche vincenti del suo predecessore HV30, LEGRIA HV40 offre ai moviemaker maggiori possibilità creative. Novità di HV40 il comando personalizzato che consente agli utenti di assegnare una tra una serie di funzionalità alla ghiera di controllo manuale, in modo tale che funzioni come la messa a fuoco, l’esposizione e il livello audio siano a portata di mano. Tra la vasta gamma di opzioni per la personalizzazione delle immagini, la modalità 25p Cinema replica il look e il feeling dei tradizionali film, catturando video a 25 fotogrammi al secondo.

Sistema video Canon HD

Canon progetta e produce tutte le parti del sistema video Canon HD, garantendo immagini di qualità superlativa. Obiettivo, sensore CMOS e processore d’immagine sono costruiti per funzionare insieme al meglio, dando luogo a immagini HDV1080i caratterizzate da dettagli e riproduzione del colore superbi.

Obiettivo originale Canon HD Video

La nuova LEGRIA HV40 nasce dall’esperienza Canon, uno tra i più grandi e prestigiosi produttori al mondo di obiettivi video ad alta definizione per le emittenti televisive. Specificamente progettato per ottenere la migliore risoluzione nel formato HD, l’obiettivo zoom ottico 10x in dotazione a LEGRIA HV40 utilizza elementi asferici per contrastare possibili aberrazioni cromatiche, mentre uno speciale rivestimento delle lenti riduce sia le immagini fantasma sia i bagliori.

Stabilizzatore ottico Super Range

Lo stabilizzatore ottico d’immagine Canon Super Range combina due diverse tecnologie di riduzione delle vibrazioni permettendo a LEGRIA HV40 di compensare al meglio  anche le più piccole oscillazioni che gli altri sistemi non sarebbero in grado di registrare, come ad esempio i lievi movimenti corporei associati alla respirazione. Lo stabilizzatore ottico d’immagine Canon Super Range è efficace sia per le riprese video sia per gli scatti fotografici.

Sensore CMOS Canon Full HD

Oggi, dopo anni di sviluppi e perfezionamenti, Canon possiede un’esperienza ineguagliabile nella progettazione e produzione di sensori d’immagine CMOS. Paragonato ai tradizionali sensori CCD, il CMOS offre numerosi vantaggi: rende possibile la lettura multicanale dei pixel consentendo una più rapida elaborazione dei dati ad alta definizione, incorpora un circuito di riduzione di rumore e di amplificazione dei pixel, inoltre consuma meno energia riducendo il calore, il rumore di uscita ed estendendo la durata della batteria.

Instant AF

I video catturati da LEGRIA HV 40 hanno una risoluzione molto elevata e anche il minimo errore di messa a fuoco diviene visibile e fastidioso; è essenziale quindi offrire una messa a fuoco estremamente accurata. I sistemi di messa a fuoco convenzionali sono lenti nel reagire ai cambi di distanza del soggetto e possono essere spesso ingannati da pattern di sfondo ad alta frequenza. Canon Instant AF, combinando un sensore AF (infrarossi) esterno ad alta sensibilità e un accurato sensore AF a contrasto, garantisce una messa a fuoco automatica precisa e rapida.

Modalità Cinema 25p

Per un vero tocco cinematografico, LEGRIA HV40 offre un’esclusiva modalità Cinema 25p che combina immagini a 25p (progressive) con l’innovativa modalità CINE che si basa sulle impostazioni normalmente presenti nelle serie professionali. La modalità 25p consente di girare video in tutto e per tutto simili ai tradizionali film cinematografici. Inoltre, la possibilità di effettuare riprese progressive migliora notevolmente la resa in ambienti poco illuminati: la soluzione perfetta per catturare l’atmosfera di una serata con gli amici o i dettagli di un ambiente al chiuso.

Massimo controllo e creatività

Maggiore controllo e flessibilità sono forniti dal già citato comando personalizzato che consente di assegnare una vasta gamma di funzioni alla ghiera di controllo manuale. A questo aspetto si aggiungono altre caratteristiche che espandono le potenzialità: microfoni esterni, illuminatori e altri aggiuntivi possono essere facilmente collegati alla videocamera tramite la slitta avanzata per gli accessori, controlli audio manuali e prese per microfono esterno e cuffie per una migliore cattura dell’audio e presenza di flash e luce video a LED incorporati che consentono di ottenere immagini video molto più nitide.

Per quanto concerne la riproduzione dei filmati, la porta HDMI ed i dispositivi di output permettono di collegare la videocamera direttamente a qualsiasi apparecchio TV ad alta definizione. La funzione DV in e out (Firewire) permette il trasferimento dei filmati al PC per l’editing e di registrare di nuovo il “montato” su cassetta. Alcuni PC permettono inoltre la connessione via HDMI per il trasferimento dei dati o la registrazione diretta.

HV40 è dotata di uno schermo orientabile Vivid LCD da 2,7" e 211.000 pixel che offre un incredibile angolo di visione, perfetto per condividere subito i filmati con gli amici. Lo schermo vanta un’ampia gamma di colori e include il trattamento superficiale antiriflesso, che permette di ottenere immagini nitide, colori vibranti e riflessi ridotti al minimo. Infine, HV40 garantisce riprese di maggiore durata grazie alla compatibilità con le batterie ad alta capacità di tipo BP-2L24H (accessorio opzionale).

Canon propone una versione ottimizzata della HV30 : la videocamera Legria HV40. Stesso peso, stesse dimensioni : ma la Legria HV40 possiede delle entrate DV e AV e un convertitore analogico/digitale per trasferire facilmente i vecchi video su supporto digitale. Intelligente e moderna, la HV40 offre la possibilità di salvaguardare e di conservare i video a lungo. Integra tutte le grandi funzionalità che hanno fatto il successo della HV30, come un sensore CMOS Full HD di 2.96 megapixel e un modo di registrazione HDV 1080i che permette di registrare le immagini in qualità Full HD su semplice cassetta MiniDV. La Legria HV40 di Canon è inoltre dotata di un'uscita HDMI per una resa eccezionalmente nitida su televisore LCD. Questa videocamera è inoltre munita di uno stabilizzatore d'immagine ottico a largo campo di frequenza per una maneggevolezza ottimale. La Legria HV40 di Canon include anche una torcia video e una sensibilità di 0.2 lux per l'inquadratura notturna. I videasti in erba e gli appassionati di belle immagini saranno sedotti dalla Legria HV40, una videocamera di alta qualità. 

Sensore CCD (in pixel) Sensore CMOS 1/2,7" 2,96 milioni di pixel di cui 2,07 effettivi EN HDV e DV 16/9 Filtro colori primari RGB
Supporto Cassetta MiniDV Supporto di registrazione HDV
Mirino display colore LCD 16/9 0,27" 123 000 pixel Display LCD display LCD 16/9 2,7" (6,85 cm) orientabile 211 000 pixel Display Vivid Sensibilità (lux) 0,2 Zoom ottico (valore esatto) 10x Zoom digitale (valore esatto) 200 x / 40x (selezionabile) Stabilizzatore d'immagine Super stabilizzatore ottico (a largo campo di frequenze) Messa a fuoco Auto/manuale Funzione foto Funzione foto su schede memoria Modo foto su scheda memoria Modo di registrazione continua (normale e alta velocità) Bracketing d'esposizione automatica Risoluzione massima su schede memoria (in pixel) 1920 x 1080 Schede memoria compatibili MiniSD HC Supporto in dotazione - Audio Modo DV : registrazione digitale PCM (48 kHz, 16 bits o 32 kHz, 12 bits selezionabili) Modo HDV : strato audio MPEG1 II (frequenza di campionatura 48 kHz) (debito binario : 384 kbps) Comando del livello di registrazione manuale Funzione Webcam / mini film No Connessioni Uscite Audio Sì Ingressi Audio Presa micro Uscite Video Uscita AV Uscita componente Uscita HDMI Ingressi Video Entrata AV DV in (IEEE1394, FireWire) Sì DV out (IEEE1394, FireWire) Sì Interfaccia informatico USB 2.0 e PictBridge Funzione Wireless Telecomando senza fili Compatibile PC e Mac Software in dotazione Software dedicato Informazioni supplementari Possibilità alimentazione Batteria lithium BP-2L12 Batteria lithium BP-2L14 Batteria lithium NP-2LH Batteria lithium BP-2L24H Accessori in dotazione Pila lithium CR2025, telecomando WL-87, adattatore corrente CA-590, cavo d'alimentazione, cavo AV stereo, cavo componente CTC-100/S, cavo USB, batteria BP-2L13, CD Peso (in grammi) 535 Dimensioni 88 x 82 x 138 mm
Altre funzioni Apertura massima video : da f/1,8 a f/3 Apertura massima foto : da f/2,8 a f/3 Lunghezza focale : 6,1 - 61 mm Distanza della messa a fuoco : 1 cm Diametro del filtro : 43 mm Velocità d'otturazione massima : 1/2000e s Velocità d'otturazione minima : 1/2 s Ritardatore di 10 o 2 s Processore d'immagine Digic DV II 13 programmi AE : Auto, Programma P, Av, TV, Cinema, Ritratto, Sport, Notte, Neve, Spiaggia, Tramonto, Proiettore, Fuochi d'artificio Equilibrio dei bianchi : luce di giorno, ombra, nuvoloso, tungsteno, fluorescente, fluorescente intenso Sfondo automatico, pulizia Effetti : bianco e nero, seppia, arte Graffa porta-accessori Flash integrato e torcia video integrata al display LCD


Caratteristiche

Valore

Formato del video

MiniDV 

Risoluzione

Full HD 

Pixel massimi (megapixel)

2.96 

Posizione dell'impugnatura

Orizzontale 

Zoom ottico

10 x

Zoom digitale

200 x

Lunghezza focale minima (mm)

53 

Lunghezza focale massima (mm)

530 

Apertura massima wide

1.8 

Apertura massima tele

Velocità minima otturatore

'1/2000 

Velocità massima otturatore

'1/2 

Registrazione in formato 16:9

Sì 

Registrazione HD

HDV 

Risoluzione orizzontale foto (pixel)

1920 

Risoluzione verticale foto (pixel)

1080 

Dimensioni dello schermo LCD (pollici)

2.7 

Risoluzione display (pixel)

211000 

Stabilizzatore di immagine

Stabilizzatore di immagine ottico 

Tipo di chip

CMOS 

Tecnologia 3-Chip

No 

Dimensione sensore

1/2.7'' 

Interfaccia senza fili

No 

Interfaccia HDMI

Sì 

Interfaccia USB

Sì 

Digital input

No 

Firewire

No 

Tipo di Memory Stick

No 

Tipo di Secure Digital Card

miniSD Card 

Larghezza (mm)

88 

Altezza (mm)

82 

Profondità (mm)

138 

Peso (g)

535 


Features


    The Image Quality of HD Video
    Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
    Canon Exclusive: Canon 2.96 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
    Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DV II Image Processor
    Canon Exclusive: SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
    Canon Exclusive: Instant AF (Auto Focus)
    Native 24p Mode
    24p Cinema Mode
    30p Progessive Mode
    Built-in 3.1 Megapixel Digital Camera
    Custom Key
    Canon Exclusive: 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
    Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal
    HDMI Terminal
    Brilliant Video
    Edit and Share Your Video
    Share Your Photos
    Additional Features
  
 The Image Quality of HD Video

The VIXIA HV40 is the HD camcorder to go along with everything else in your HD world. It captures true 1080 High Definition resolution video in 16:9 format, using MiniDV cassette tapes. The VIXIA HV40's true 16:9 widescreen HD image is made for your HD widescreen TV. High Definition and widescreen are the future. Be sure you invest in that future with Canon's VIXIA HV40.

At the same time, the VIXIA HV40 gives you the flexibility to record in SD (standard definition) mode, too. That means you can enjoy the ultimate in HD video and photo quality, and still shoot SD video for viewing on your non-HD equipment.

 Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens

Since 1934, Canon has been producing exceptional photographic lenses that are synonymous with unsurpassed optical performance. Because of Genuine Canon Optics, every Canon broadcast lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder assures brilliant optical quality - and the VIXIA HV40 is no exception.

The VIXIA HV40 comes with an outstanding High Definition video lens - a 10x HD Genuine Canon Optical zoom. It's the lens you need to record long shots of your child on the soccer field, wide shots of beautiful landscapes, and everything in-between. And because it comes with three pre-set zoom speeds, you always get smooth, steady, professional-looking zoom shots.

Super spectra coating technology results in images with minimal flare and ghosting. Plus, the lens' aspheric design reduces aberration and increases resolution, ensuring crisp, sharp video and enhancing the HD image quality. As well, a new gradation ND system gives you better exposures in bright shooting situations.

 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.

 

 Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DV II Image Processor

DIGIC DV II is the second generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for HD, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality. It also ensures optimal image quality for still images, even though video and still images have different color requirements. DIGIC DV II is just another one of Canon's advanced technologies that make the VIXIA HV40 an exceptional performer.

Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the VIXIA HV40 produces video with improved color reproduction - especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction - for high definition images that are crystal clear.

Plus, DIGIC DV II enables improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the VIXIA HV40. You can shoot five (3.1 Megapixel) still images per second, and enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi Speed card). It also helps lower power consumption for longer battery life.

 Canon Exclusive: SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization

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.

 Canon Exclusive: Instant AF (Auto Focus)

Since it is critical to achieve very sharp focus when shooting in High Definition, the VIXIA HV40 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary Instant AF focusing system. It offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional autofocus systems).

The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's autofocus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." The benefits of Instant AF are especially seen in high brightness and night shooting situations. With Instant AF, it's possible to get fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.

 

 Native 24p Mode

This is a feature previously found only on Canon's professional camcorders. Native 24p Mode allows 24 frames per second, instead of the standard 60i, to be captured and recorded. It is a must for serious filmmaking work, as 24 frames per second is the frame rate of film.

 24p Cinema Mode

As an alternative, 24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to have another way to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HV40's CINE setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.

 30p Progessive Mode

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.

 Built-in 3.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

Canon's advanced image processing technology means your HD camcorder is also a high performance digital camera capable of capturing stunning 3.1 Megapixel photos to a miniSD™ card. It's like having an HD camcorder and digital still camera - all rolled into one. What's more, the VIXIA HV40's many advanced photo features make it a camera that rivals other state-of-the-art digital cameras. With Canon technology, it's not just video and photos - it's the best of both.
2.96 Megapixel Full HD CMOS

The same Canon Exclusive 2.96 Megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor that ensures sharp, vivid HD video also gives you brilliant digital photographs. Like the CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series digital SLR cameras, the VIXIA HV40's image sensor results in outstanding digital photographs. It gives an impressive resolution of 1920 x 1440 for sharp, crisp still images.

Canon DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The DIGIC DV II Image Processor, a Canon Exclusive, enables improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the VIXIA HV40. You can shoot five (3.1 Megapixel) still images per second, and enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi Speed card).
Focus Features

Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HV40's AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.

Since it is critical to achieve very sharp focus when shooting in High Definition, the VIXIA HV40 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary and exclusive Instant AF focusing system. It offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." The benefits of Instant AF are especially seen in high brightness, and night shooting situations. It's even possible to achieve fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject. And because a properly focused subject is more critical than ever with HD, the VIXIA HV40 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor sharp focus (when you start recording, this assistance is automatically cancelled).



Auto Exposure Modes

Like any good digital still camera, the VIXIA HV40 lets you choose from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure, letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) mode lets you control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority) mode lets you select the shutter speed for sharp action shots. In P (program) mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.

Program AE Mode

Your life happens everywhere, so the VIXIA HV40 gives you settings that automatically result in the best exposure settings for different conditions and different subjects.

Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Night mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight - literally - and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. And, Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject - the holiday fireworks display.

Simultaneous Photo Recording

With the VIXIA HV40, you can record HD video and capture a 2 Megapixel photo to a memory card - simultaneously. Simply press the photo button while recording and you've got an e-mail ready digital photo to share with friends and family.

Histogram Display

For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HV40 comes with a Histogram Display - a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.

Level and Grid Markers

Simulated Image
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.

The VIXIA HV40's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot.
Still Capture from Tape

The versatile VIXIA HV40 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 still frame on a miniSD™ card. It's another way the VIXIA HV40 lets you enjoy and share your precious memories.

Built-in Flash

Your VIXIA HV40's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions.

 Custom Key

Have the same kind of creative input as the pros do! You can assign commonly used functions to one button on the camcorder for quick and easy access. Functions available to choose from include Exposure Lock (On/Off), Auto/Manual Focus, and Auto/Manual Microphone Level Control.

 Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal

Another pro-level feature of the VIXIA HV40 is the Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal on the camcorder. Attach available extras such as a Canon VFL-1 video light or a Canon DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone without additional wires or batteries. It's a sure way to help raise the production values of all your videos.

 HDMI Terminal

With the VIXIA HV40, sharing your High Definition video on your HD television is easier than ever. Only a single cable connects your camcorder to your TV for the highest quality playback (video and audio). You, your friends and family will truly experience home theater excellence, straight from your VIXIA HV40 - with no noticeable loss in image quality.


 Canon Exclusive - 2.96 Megapixel Full HD CMOS

Canon's own 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 is also unique in featuring 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.

In addition, the VIXIA HV40 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter 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.

Canon Exclusive - Canon DIGIC DV II Image Processor

Thanks to the DIGIC DV II image processor, a Canon Exclusive, the VIXIA HV40 produces video with improved color reproduction - especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that uses two types of noise reduction, for high definition images that are crystal clear.
Variable Zoom Speed Control

Another sure sign of amateur video is the unsteady zoom shot. But with the VIXIA HV40's zoom control, you simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds for smooth, steady, professional-looking zooms.

Level and Grid Markers

Simulated Image
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking video. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.

The VIXIA HV40's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot.
Low Light Performance

Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set. You won't miss any of them, thanks to the VIXIA HV40's bright Mini Video Light. The light lets you shoot subjects in color in low light up to 4.9 feet away. So, whether it's a shot of a sleeping baby, or a group of friends on a candle-lit terrace at night, the VIXIA HV40 captures all the moments you want to record.

 Additional Features

The Built-in Electronic Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Turn your camcorder on and the lens cover automatically opens. Turn it off, and the cover closes.

Playback of 60i/30p/24p Video.

USB 2.0 Full Speed Terminal for fast transfer of photos.

Analog-Digital Converter lets you share the precious video memories you have stored on analog videotapes. Simply feed the analog signal from your TV, VCR or analog camcorder to your VIXIA HV40 to convert the signal to digital for recording on DV tape. Or use your VIXIA HV40 as a signal converter by connecting it between an analog device and another digital device.

Wireless Remote Control lets you operate your VIXIA HV40 from a distance, so you won't be left out of the picture.

 Specifications

Digital Video
Standard Definition or High Definition    High Definition
Power Consumption    4.3 W
Video Recording system    MPEG2
Image Sensor    1/2.7-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels    Approx. 2.96 Megapixels
Effective Pixels    Tape: HD/DV (16:9) mode: Approx 2.07 Megapixels (1920x1080)
DV (4:3) mode: Approx 1.55 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
Card: (16:9) mode: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080), (4:3) mode: Approx. 2.76 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
Tape Format    HDV / DV
Maximum recording time    SP: 80 minutes, HDV, DV
LP: 120 minutes DV
Lens    Zoom Ratio 10x Optical / 200x Digital
Focal Length f=6.1-61mm (35mm equivalent: 43.6 - 436mm)
Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.0mm (when tapes are used)
Focusing System    Instant AF, TTL (through the lens)
Manual Exposure    Yes
Programmed AE    Auto, Program, Av, Tv, CINE, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
Max Shutter Speed    Movie: 1/2000, Still image: 1/500
Auto Date/Time    Yes
Record Search/Review    Yes
Minimum Focusing Distance    10 mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
White Balance    Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Frame Rate    60i, Native 24p Progressive (records at 24p), 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
Minimum Illumination    0.2 lx (Night Mode)
Image Stabilization    SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
Filter Diameter    43mm
Viewfinder    Widescreen 0.27-inch Color Viewfinder / (Approx. 123,000 dots)
LCD Screen    2.7-inch Widescreen LCD (Approx. 211,000 dots)
Recording Media    High Definition Mini DV (recommended) (63 min) or MiniDV cassette
USB Terminal    USB 2.0 Full Speed
Video Terminal    component (output), composite (output)
Audio    DV: 16 bit (2ch) 48 kHz 12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz 4ch synchronous recording not possible HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2 ch) (4-channel playback of tapes containing 4-channel recordings possible)
Accessory Shoe    Advanced
Supplied Video Editing Software    None
HDMI Terminal    HDMI Type A (19 pins) Connector (output)
Microphone Terminal    3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal    3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio input and output)
Dimensions    (W X H X D) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4 in. (88 x 82 x 138mm)
Weight (not including lens and battery pack)    1.2 lbs. (535g)
Weight (fully loaded)    1.4 lbs. (615g)

 

 The Canon VIXIA HV40 is one of the latest additions to our large family of HD camcorders. For those seeking the ultimate in HD video quality, we bring a host of Canon Exclusive features you won't find anywhere else - from our own 2.96 Full HD CMOS image sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor, delivering breathtaking detail and the best in color reproduction, to SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Instant Auto Focus to give you the ultimate control demanded by High Definition. With the Genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the VIXIA HV40 is sure to be your choice in High Definition camcorders. If you wish to continue to use your existing Standard Definition equipment, the VIXIA HV40 has both SD and HD recording modes.

The VIXIA HV40 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. Our vast experience with photographic and broadcast television cameras brings you the optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements you expect. The VIXIA HV40 is the premium quality High Definition video tape camcorder for sophisticated and discerning videographers.