Canon - VIXIA HF G40 HD Flash Memory Camcorder - Black

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The Canon Vixia HF G40 Full HD camcorder shoots 1920 x 1080p video with up to 60 fps. Two SDHX memory card slots provide ample storage space for all your video needs. Built-in Wi-Fi and FTP in this Canon Vixia HF G40 Full HD camcorder let you copy videos to your computer with ease.

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Overview

What's Included


  • AC power adapter
  • Audio / video cable
  • Canon BP-820 Battery
  • Canon VIXIA HF G40
  • HDMI cable
  • Lens hood
  • USB cable
  • Wired remote control

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (54 out of 57)

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Features


20x optical/400x digital zoom

Motorized drive zoom lens brings you up close to distant objects and scenes.

3.5" color touch-screen OLED display

With color viewfinder for ease of use and a clear view.

HD CMOS Pro sensor

Offers stunning detail and clarity with both video and still images.

Zoom lens

With instant autofocus to eliminate blurry images.

Optical image stabilizer

Minimizes shake and vibration distortion to keep footage steady.

Voice recording

Save commentary using the built-in stereo microphone.

Dual SD card slot

Supports SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card and SDHC Memory Card.

HDMI and USB 2.0 interfaces

For high-speed video transfer. USB streaming capability allows the camcorder to function as a webcam.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 57 reviews

95%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Camcorder Overall

    Posted
    JBoom
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've been researching entry to mid-level consumer cameras for months. Finally broke down and purchased the HF G40 and am very happy with it! Went down in price $200 recently. I will be using the camera for family videos and some weddings, paired with Final Cut Pro X. A couple of reasons why I chose the Vixia HF G40: -I needed better image stabilization than my mirrorless Lumix camera (however I do love the larger APS-C sensor size on the Lumix for shallower depth of field) -I don't need 4k resolution at this time, just 1080p HD -This camera has the same HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor with improved low-light performance, as the higher-end Canon xa30 ($1,599), but without the XLR inputs. I actually use a Zoom H4N Pro for my audio, which has 2 XLR inputs, along with a stereo mic pair, when I need something more professional -Nice, large focus ring, that can be switched between Focus/Zoom. I can't imagine trying to set manual focus via touch screen -Ability to assign manual controls to specific buttons based on the type of video shoot you are doing. You can manually control exposure, white balance, etc. -Nice OLED touch screen -Dual SD Card slots. You can record AVCHD to card slot A and mp4 to card slot B at the same time, giving you more flexibility later when editing and posting to website/youtube, etc., or use A for video and B for still shots -Has a number of other professional features like Zebra/color bars, test tone, etc. that you can activate and use. Overall I am very pleased with this camera for run and gun type shooting! Solid purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All the features most folks will need.

    Posted
    rustylizard
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I chose this camera for its 20X zoom, its OLED touch screen, and its tilting EVF viewfinder. I didn't want a 4K camera because 4K is a waste for things like computer & tv viewing (read CNET on 4K) and the file sizes are way too big. Why pay extra? I have given the camera a workout, recording a nesting pair of white crowned pigeons through a window for up to 10 hours a day. I used duel Lexar 1000x 128GB memory cards and shooting at high def 1920 x 1080p I was able to record everything on one card (shooting at 4K takes up 4 times as much space, and unless you're shooting a movie for the big screen, you gain nothing). Here's a tip: You can have the camera select still frame pictures for you (JPEGs), but if you have Adobe Premiere Elements or a similar program, you are better off downloading your video to your computer and grabbing a 'freeze-frame' from the software (in Premiere you get a BMP that is clearer, and in Photoshop Elements or other photo-editing software you can edit it into anything you want).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fuzzy HD Video Quality

    Posted
    Moviebluedog
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I make both short films and event videos. My six year-old Canon HD camcorder was getting long-in-the-tooth, so I needed to upgrade to a camcorder with similar but better specs. Sadly, this model simply does not hold up well with image quality. I've worked with much older Canon camcorders from the early days of prosumer HD and they had a much better picture. The video on this model is muddled and frankly un-HD. I've used 4K camcorders recently and they smoke this model's image quality by far. The one nice element I liked was the zoom ring. Many of today's camcorders don't have this element. Everything is mostly touchscreen which is difficult for me coming from the days of manual focus and zoom. This is not a terrible camcorder by any means, but with 4K at similar and lower pricing, that's the ticket.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camcorder good low light performance

    Posted
    Happyjack
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Great camcorder, easy to operate, great video, My biggest complaint is these big companies make the process of getting your video and pictures on to your computer so complicated . Seriously, we can push share on our phones and bam its done. However with this camera you have to first go to a web site get a canon cremera downloader before your computer even recognizes you have video to download. So come on smart guys at Canon make these easy to put on our desk tops and you will sell a lot more. Great Camcorder, just think it should be simpler to upload your pictures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The pictures are clear. Looks great.

    Posted
    len2tot777
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My dad and his friends are enjoying using this video cam whenever they had a party they use it to capture the moments that tbey are doing. Everyone one is happy ang enjoying watching themselves. Grandkids are borrowing it also if there is an affair in the school. The sounds and pictures are perfect. Canon is the best brand for all of us that u can trust.I highly recommend it. Again I buy memory card for this. They love capturing those precious moments to cherish.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First video camera

    Posted
    MNguy77
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've been looking for a HD camera for some time. I wanted a high end consumer camera for Pioneer power steam shows, Family events, racing , things that move and make sounds. The video and audio with the canon shotgun mic are great. the camera is easy to use and with a couple of 64 MB cards, will allow you to take a lot of video. The touch screen tells you a great deal and the viewfinder is handy. All in all it's a great camera for the price, and I've always had good luck with Canon

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Seems great so far

    Posted
    Howard
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've done two video shoots with this so far, and the video recorded was extraordinary. I've used other professional Canon equipment and this puppy seems to make video every bit as nice. The same shoot used some lower end Vixias that trouble with low light (grainy) but not this. I'm really happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Webcam feature - false

    Posted
    PastorHill
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is really a great camera for the money that you pay. However, you advertised that this camera will function as a webcam using a USB connection. This is not accurate. The USB only functions as a FTP for your recorded images and video on the SD card. I purchased the camera because of this feature and I am disappointed that it does not do what you have advertised.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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