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alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HV40. 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 really like the image quality and size. The durability and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability. The battery and portability get negative opinions.

price, usability, durability, size, image quality

portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA HV40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HV40 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and durability. The size and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the battery and portability, and comments are divided on the reliability.

price, usability, size, durability, image quality

portability, battery

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon LEGRIA HV40 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon LEGRIA HV40 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Canon Legria HV40 HDV camcorder


A feature-packed high-definition camcorder that records to (gasp!) MiniDV tape

Superb 1080i video quality, good low-light performer, plenty of advanced features and controls

Slightly fiddly control scheme, limitations of MiniDV

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.

Oct, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


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 / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon LEGRIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor