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Canon VIXIA HF R40 8GB Full HD Dual Flash Camcorder

February 21, 2013 by  
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Canon VIXIA HF R40 HD Dual Flash Memory 8GB Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF R40 HD Dual Flash Memory 8GB Camcorder with 32x Optical Zoom

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*New for 2013. The Canon HF-R40 is Canon’s low cost Dual Flash Memory Camcorder. Records in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video (1080p). The 32x Optical Zoom Lens (53x advanced zoom) delivers excellent image quality and has SuperRange optical image stabilization (to keep video sharp in low light, or when doing handheld shots without a tripod). External Microphone Terminal and Headphone Jack. Included is a 1/4.85 inch HD CMOS Image Sensor, AVCHD H.264, Cinema-Look Filters, 2 megapixel still images, and has a 24p, 30p and new 60p mode. The included External Microphone Jack will give you better sound options. The HF-R42 records at up to 24mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate) or 35mbps using MP4 compression. At maximum HD quality , you can record about 2 hours and 55 minutes to a 32GB SDHC/SDXC memory card (record more time to internal 8GB). Camcorder turns on/off instantly when you open the LCD panel. Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel)sound.

Full HD This model has an HDMI Mini Connector (output) for best quality when hooking this camcorder directly to an HDTV. Features a 3.0 inch LCD touch screen (with 230,000 pixels). Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3) stereo sound. Built-in Wi-Fi® technology on the VIXIA HF R40 lets you share your HD video with friends and family. Control your camcorders functions from a remote location, or upload your videos to your computer.

Canon HF-R40 Dimensions: 2.1″ x 2.2″ x 4.6″ (10.1 ounces).
Camcorder HD Recording Modes: 1080p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 24fps, 1080p @60fps, 30p, 24p, 60p
Camcorder 32x Lens: 35mm equivalent: 32.5-1723mm f/1.8-4.5

Smart-Review Commentary: For 2013, Canon’s HF R40 is one of Canon’s lowest cost HD camcorders, yet is packed with a lot of features. This model has a 32x optical zoom, and has an advanced mode to take it to 53x without loss of image quality. This model also has Canon’s SuperRange optical image stabilization to keep images steady, especially when you use the long zoom lens. Live Streaming is a new function of the VIXIA HF R40 camcorder’s built-in Wi-Fi®. It allows you to receive live video and sound that your camcorder is recording from a remote location on your iOS® or Android™ device*, using the free Canon CameraAccess app. You can even start/stop, zoom, and control other features remotely. You can monitor babies, pets, or wildlife through this feature. A surprising feature in a low cost camcorder is the inclusion of a External Microphone Jack which will give you more options for quality sound, and a headphone jack will allow you to monitor your audio. The camcorder can also record in .mp4 format for uploading to facebook, youtube, etc. Canon has added a faster frame rate 60p mode for 2013 which is great for sports. This model has the new Digic DV4 processor. New improved longer life battery included. The new Wifi feature allow you to copy video to your computer without wires. This is an excellent HD camcorder for the money and is a Smart-Review top pick for 2013.

Canon Vixia HF R40 Canon HF R40
8GB HD Camcorder
Canon HF R42
32GB HD Camcorder
    Camcorder Features

  • *New 2013 Model
  • Full HD Recording
  • 32x Optical Zoom
  • 53x Advanced Zoom
  • 8GB Flash Memory
  • Native 24p Mode
  • 30p Progressive Mode
  • 60p Progressive Mode
  • Built-in WiFi
  • HDMI Terminal for HDTV
  • Compact Size
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/4.85 inch imager
  • 3.0-inch LCD Touchscreen

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