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Canon Legria HV40 High Definition Mini DV Digital Video Camera

Canon Legria HV40 High Definition Mini DV Digital Video Camera

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The Canon HV40 builds on the success of the most awarded High Definition video camera, the HV30. The HV40 is a fully specified HD video camera, featuring native progressive HD CMOS sensor (1920 x 1080),genuine Canon HD video lens, DiG!C DV II, 10x Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer and Instant AF. It also has 13 programmed AE modes, including 25P Cine mode; enhanced low-light performance and breathtaking imagery.



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Optical Image Stabilisation – compensates for vibration and hand-held movement for smoother, less jumpy images.

True Progressive HD CMOS Sensor – image sensor that provides fast capture and processing plus low power consumption. Works exceptionally well in low-light conditions.

HD Video Lens - High precision 43mm diameter aspheric video lens with 10x zoom

Movie Quality - 13 programmed AE modes, including 25P Cine Mode for a cinematic look and feel to your video.

Dual Shot – shoots still photos whilst recording video (3.1mp)

Face Detection – up to 35 faces detected in a single frame for automatic optimal focus and exposure.

LED Video Light – built-in light that can be used when shooting in low-light situations – also doubles as a flash (with red-eye reduction) for taking still pictures.

Microphone Input and Headphone Terminal – allows use of optional external microphones for better sound recording. Headphone output allows you to monitor your sound recording whilst filming so you can ensure the quality of your recorded audio.

Instant AF – fast auto focus ensures quick, crisp focusing necessary for optimum HD footage.

DiG!c DV II Image Processor – high-speed image processor that produces high quality HD images.

Professional Quality HDV - Proven archival quality, using a format that professionals use


What's in the box?

Canon Legria HV40 Digital Video Camera

Battery Pack BP-2L13

Stereo Video Cable STV250N

Component CTC100

Compact Power Adapter CA-570

USB Cable

Digital Solutions Disk

Remote Controller WL-D87 (Remote battery CR2025)

Instruction Manual

12 Month Warranty from Canon Australia


To get started, DCW recommends....


 DCW recommends extra media for videos

... extra
for video


 DCW recommends a spare battery

... a spare


 DCW recommends a cleaning kit

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 DCW recommends a carry case

... a carry


Take your videography to the next level with these optional accessories


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Chargers & Cables
Data Transfer
Flashes & Lights
Lenses & Filters





Video System:


HDV 1080i / DV


1/2.7 inch Canon progressive HD CMOS sensor

Filter Array:

Primary Colour Filter (RGB Bayer)

Image Processor:


  Image Pixels:


2,9600,000 (1994 H x 1484 V)


2.07MP (HD/DV 16:9)

Still Image:

2.76MP (4:3)

Widescreen Capability:

High Resolution Real Widescreen 16:9



Canon High Definition Video Lens

Focal Length:

6.1 - 61mm

Maximum Aperture:

f/1.8-3.0 (tape)

Minimum Focusing Distance:


Shutter Speed:

Tape: 1/6 - 1/2000 sec / Card: 1/2 - 1/500 sec

Optical Zoom / Digital Zoom:

10x / 40x/200x (tape)

Image Stabilizer:

Super Range Optical Image Stabilization

  Focusing :

AF System:

Hi-Speed Instant Auto Focus (Instant AF) / Normal AF

Focusing Range:

Auto / Manual / Forced Infinity / Dedicated switch and focus dial


Light Metering Method:

Evaluative / Centre-weighted average / Spot metering

Exposure Compensation:

11 Levels

White Balance Mode:

Auto, TTL, 6 Presets (Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Tungsten / Fluorescent / Fluorescent H)

Back Light Correction:

Dedicated BLC button


Minimum Illumination:

0.2 lux (Night Mode)


Built in (Auto / On / Off / Slow-synchro / Red eye reduction is available)/Other flash supported via accessory shoe

Video Light:

Built in low luminance AF auxiliary video LED light with manual switch / Other video light supported via accessory shoe

Further Support:

Accessory shoe supports attachable flash (VFL-1) & video light (VL-3)

  LCD Monitor/Viewfinder:


Multi-angle vivid 2.7" LCD display for wider viewing

Viewfinder :

0.27 inch Real Widescreen & colour / 123,000 pixel / Filming Modes & Controls

AE Modes / Scene Modes (SCN):

13 modes. AUTO, [P], (P / Av / Tv / SCN / CINE (progressive HDV 25PF)) / Portrait / Sports / Night / Snow / Beach / Sunset / Spotlight / Fireworks

Image Quality Adjustment:

8 adjustments. Vivid / Neutral / Low Sharpening / Soft Skin Detail / Brightness / Contrast / Sharpness / Colour Depth


Tape: Black & White, Sepia, Art / Card: Black & White, Sepia


Auto Fade, Wipe Fade

  Recording Formats:

Video Data:

HDV 1080/50i, 1080/25P, DV (PAL)

Recording Modes:

SP / LP (DV only)


Audio Data:

HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II (16 - bit) / DV: PCM 16 bit 2 channels (48 kHz) or 12-bit 4 channels (32 kHz)

Audio Level Metering:

Manual audio level VR metering and control with adjustment via LCD / Four channel audio playback

Wind Screen:


  Still Image Recording:

Capture Sizes:

3.15 megapixel (2048 x 1536 4:3) / 2.07 megapixel (1920 x 1080 16:9)

Memory Card:

Mini SD (photo recording only)

Still Shooting Functions :

Simultaneous Photo Recording to Mini SD / Auto Exposure Bracketing / High Speed Continuous Shooting (x frames/sec) / 9-point AiAF

Still image file transfer:


Direct Printing:

PictBridge and dedicated Direct Print/Print Share button


Accessory Shoe:

Advanced Accessory Shoe for flash and guide light /


HDV/DV in/out / AV out / Component out / HDMI output / Headphone and Microphone terminals / USB Full Speed


IEEE1394 (MPEG2-TS/DV) / Analogue to Digital Converter

Down Converting:

Yes. Both analogue and digital

  Included Accessories:

Wireless controller :

WL-D87 (Remote battery CR2025)

Battery Pack:


Compact Power Adaptor :


Stereo Video Cable :


Component Cable :



Digital Video Solutions Disk / USB Cable & AC Cable

  Optional Accessories:

Battery Pack :

NB-2L / NB-2LH / BP-2L13 / BP-2L14

Compact Power Adapter :


Battery Charger :


Component Cable :

CTC-100/S / CTC-100

Tele Converter Lens:


Wide Converter Lens:


Filter set :

FS-H43U / FS-43U II

Video Light :


Video Flash Light :


Battery video light :

VL-10L (with battery pack from BP-9** series)

Soft Carrying Case :

SC-1000 / SC-2000

DV Cable :

CV-150F / CV-250F

Wrist Strap :


Shoulder Strap :


Digital Video cassette :

HDVM-E63PR / DVM-E60 / DVM-E80

Car Battery Adapter :


Interface Cable :


SCART Adapter :



Self Timer:

10 sec/Remote Controller: 2 sec.


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Power Supply:

7.4V DC (battery pack), 8.4V (DC IN)

Power Save:

Power shutoff after recording continuously paused for 5 minutes


88 x 80 x 138 mm (W x H x D)


535 g (body only)

Operating Platforms:

PC: Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP1 & SP2) / Mac: OS X (v10.2 - v10.4)

  *All data based on Canon's Standard Test Method:

  *Subject to change without notice:


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice



Canon Australia says:

Complete High Definition Video Camera

?  True progressive HD CMOS (1920 x 1080) utilising Canon's 20 years of EOS technology and development.

?  Fully specified HD video camera with progressive HD CMOS, HD video lens and DiG!C DV II processor with exceptional processing capabilities enabling high speed processing of progressive HD, a specification for digital HDTV broadcasting.

?  HDMI output for connection to HDTV and HDV output for HD streaming.

?  High definition images deserve complementary audio of Stereo Sound. With manual audio control and four channel audio playback.

Canon High Definition Image Quality

?  Canon is a world-renowned leader in lens technology, the basis of all great image capture. The genuine Canon HD lens of the HV40 is a testament to this brilliant image quality.

?  The HD CMOS sensor incorporates several advanced technologies supporting high quality video including On-Chip Noise Reduction and an RGB Bayer filter to achieve realistic and brilliant colour reproduction.

?  Exceptional sensitivity for low light conditions with gapless micro lens technology on CMOS sensor.

?  43mm diameter HD video lens, compatible with teleconverter & wide angle lens

?  3.1 Megapixel photographic functions include high speed instant AF, selectable metering modes, white balance and Auto Exposure Bracketing.

?  Built in video LED light and built in flash with red eye reduction.

Superior Technology to Ensure Optimum HD Footage
Super Range OIS, a feature of professional video cameras, has all the benefits of OIS but also compensates for rhythmic movement such as hand held sway and breathing.
Increased resolution of HD demands higher focus accuracy. Instant AF, is a triangulation metering method for fast and sharp focusing on demand.

Additional Features for Creative Control

?  13 AE Modes from simple auto filming to Cinematic 25P for cinematic filming or shutter priority (Tv) shutter mode for motion filming

?  Simultaneous photo shooting to Mini SD while movie recording

?  Focus dial for creative control and ability to create preset zoom effects

?  Back Light Correction button to minimise underexposure issues such as silhouetting

?  Advanced accessory shoe to support video light, flash unit

?  Microphone and headphone jacks

?  HDV/DV in/out, HDMI output, Full Speed USB, component output, AV in/out

?  Joystick to control focus, exposure, auto exposure and white balance

?  Zebra function to highlight on display the overexposed areas of footage while filming

?  Multi-angle vivid 2.7" LCD display for wider viewing