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Canon DC 40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews of Canon DC 40. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the color. Many are less positive about the connectivity.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC 40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 user reviews of Canon DC 40 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the durability and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the connectivity.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC40 4.3MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomCanon DC40 4.3MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : James Dickinson (

Canon DC40


Canon's DC40 is the company's top of the range DVD camcorder. As such it offers a good range of features and decent quality video to boot. The let dow...

Crisp images, better than most DVD camcorders, good stills

Over-exposed images, poor battery life

The DC40 is an excellent DVD video camera.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : David Field (

Canon DC40 8cm DVD camcorder


A high end DVD-based camcorder for quick and clean shooting.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (

Canon DC40


Brilliant Camcorder.

Great quality ; reliable ; fun and easy to use ; great stills ; the list goes on

poor auto image modes

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

"This is fantastic"

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:0.6
Photo effects:Art, Mirror, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Night mode / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Sunset / Super night mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:1/0.11 / 25.4 / 2.8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:4.29

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length range (f-f):44.5 - 445
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4.29Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.1 mm ( 1/2.8" ) / 9.1 mm ( 1/2.8 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Expansion slots:miniSD
I/O ports:USB\nAV\n
Lens system:200x/40x, Wide Attachment
Resolution:640 x 480

Ports & interfaces

DV port:N / No
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In:Y / Yes
S-Video Out:Y / Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 1/6 / 1/2000 ~ 1/6


Compatible memory cards:miniSD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.33 / 8.38
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.6 / 126
Height :8.7 / 87
Width:6 / 60