Canon LEGRIA HF G40 High-Definition Camcorder, Superb Video Camera

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Really a tip top camera, i’m very impressed. Until now i’d been using my dslr to record, which does a superb job (as i would expect for what i got it for), but you do need that extra oomph when it comes to proper filming. The active device itself is well built, light yet sturdy. Buttons are ergonomically placed and easy to access, sits like a dream in the hand. The view screen has a 360 degree swivel mount and is clear. The remote is ok, not amazing and can suffer with some connectivity issues. You get two sd card ports so hours of filming is easy. There is a macro-usb and hdmi ports, so do make sure you have the right connectors here. Picture is fantastic, i’ve had it up on my 4k tv and it looks spot on.

Top notch – for those who want a decent hd camcorder. I see someone has complained about the external microphone capability, if he had read the full manual he would have realised that it is the microphone that is the problem, you need to set up the cams external mic before using one by setting up the audio recording level within the camcorders menu. The camcorder is a clone of the much loved xa 30 pro eng camcorder with exception of the handle. E the hf-g40 does not support xlr microphone inputs, this is a solid camcorder but not for the point and shoot brigade. Yes stick to your toy phones if that’s what you do. . This kit is for the video enthusiast and if that is you just buy one and see, but before you do download the manual from canon to see if it’s more than you need, the manual is 185 pages long but very comprehensive, you are supplied with a start up manual that just gives the basics -this is one of the most customisable consumer camcorders on todays market at the price. I use the hf-g40 along with the xa30 for multi cam shots and it performs very well indeed.

Canon LEGRIA HF G40 High-Definition Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 400x Digital Zoom, 3.5 inch OLED Touchscreen) – Black

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  • Capture HD video in any light thanks to superb optics, improved sensor and manual controls
  • Enjoy handheld versatility with 20x wide-angle zoom lens, tilting viewfinder and simultaneous AVCHD and MP4 recording
  • Shoot remotely via your smart device with Wi-Fi and enjoy a wide range of enhanced connections
  • Take control with an intuitive touchscreen, switchable zoom/focus ring plus customisable function buttons and dial
  • Get creative with manual or Cinema modes, selectable focus speed, slow and fast motion recording and audio

Really a tip top camera, i’m very impressed. Until now i’d been using my dslr to record, which does a superb job (as i would expect for what i got it for), but you do need that extra oomph when it comes to proper filming. The active device itself is well built, light yet sturdy. Buttons are ergonomically placed and easy to access, sits like a dream in the hand. The view screen has a 360 degree swivel mount and is clear. The remote is ok, not amazing and can suffer with some connectivity issues. You get two sd card ports so hours of filming is easy. There is a macro-usb and hdmi ports, so do make sure you have the right connectors here. Picture is fantastic, i’ve had it up on my 4k tv and it looks spot on.

Fantastic camera and still learning all the modes – like manual best.

On the plus side: easy to set up, touch screen, good build quality, holds well. On the down side: difficult to use in bright sunlight: the screen is invisible, the viewfinder is not that good. However, the camera is a doddle to set up and operate. And the resulting images are truly beautiful, and the sound is excellent. I needed a card reader (no problem). And then i had a problem: the video files played back on my pc with dreadful pixelation. Any movement resulted in image corruption. After emailing a file to work and trying it on my laptop there, i ofund it played fine. Must be the video card on my home pc.

Canon LEGRIA HF G40 High-Definition Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 400x Digital Zoom, 3.5 inch OLED Touchscreen) – Black : It’s been a good few years since we’ve used a dedicated video camera as,like most people nowadays,a smartphone has been the convenient choice. The spec of this camera is way in front of the best a smartphone can offer and i’m delighted to say that the quality of the videos produced is definitely worth the extra investment. Holding a real video camera instead of a smartphone instantly improves the end results and this camera fits the hand like the proverbial gloveall aspects of this cameras performance are impressive with the highlight being the oled touch screen which is a delight to use. This camera will now be the number 1 choice in our household whenever high quality filming is needed.

A great camera with a few niggles. . Despite a hardware fault that resulted in no oled screen the results have been very good. I have used it in very low light levels and its quite incredible how low noise the video is, particularly when using the manual agc. One really stupid annoying thing is the crappy charger.You have to use the on board charging method making the camera unusable until charging completes. Why canon did you not supply your off camera charger instead?. At lest with two batteries you can continue videoing. Canon do make a separate charger for the princely sum of £75. Buy a chinese rip off one for £5 and they work fine although take a few hours to charge.

This review is from : Canon LEGRIA HF G40 High-Definition Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 400x Digital Zoom, 3.5 inch OLED Touchscreen) – Black

A great camera with a few niggles. . Despite a hardware fault that resulted in no oled screen the results have been very good. I have used it in very low light levels and its quite incredible how low noise the video is, particularly when using the manual agc. One really stupid annoying thing is the crappy charger.You have to use the on board charging method making the camera unusable until charging completes. Why canon did you not supply your off camera charger instead?. At lest with two batteries you can continue videoing. Canon do make a separate charger for the princely sum of £75. Buy a chinese rip off one for £5 and they work fine although take a few hours to charge.

This review is from : Canon LEGRIA HF G40 High-Definition Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 400x Digital Zoom, 3.5 inch OLED Touchscreen) – Black

High-end camcorder offers great performance. At a price. . I bought a camcorder in the early 2000s when the first of my children was born – this was a panasonic that used a mini-dv tape-based system that worked fairly well but never seemed to get used given that the video capabilities of mobile phones and digital cameras had advanced so much that they rendered carrying a separate bulky video camera, which had limited battery life, pretty much obsolete. Fast forward 15 or so years to this canon legria model. The first thing to say is that the days of tapes are long gone, instead two sd card slots gives you all of the flexibility you need for storing your images. Second, lithium battery life has come on leaps and bounds and, better still, you don’t need to carry another charger with you for this as the camera simply plugs into the mains to charge up. Third, the image quality is just so much better – this model features image stabilisation, a high quality sensor and a really powerful zoom that combine to give a great picture, even in low light. Finally – and this is what really surprised me – this camera is actually bigger than the model that i bought 15 years ago. You expect the mad scientists to keep adding functionality whilst also reducing the size of their technology. And that’s the nub of this model – it offers an awful lot of tech but that comes at the cost of its relative bulk. If you are serious about making semi-professional videos, i am sure that the stellar features and performance will more than justify its price and its relative bulk.
High-end camcorder offers great performance. At a price. . I bought a camcorder in the early 2000s when the first of my children was born – this was a panasonic that used a mini-dv tape-based system that worked fairly well but never seemed to get used given that the video capabilities of mobile phones and digital cameras had advanced so much that they rendered carrying a separate bulky video camera, which had limited battery life, pretty much obsolete. Fast forward 15 or so years to this canon legria model. The first thing to say is that the days of tapes are long gone, instead two sd card slots gives you all of the flexibility you need for storing your images. Second, lithium battery life has come on leaps and bounds and, better still, you don’t need to carry another charger with you for this as the camera simply plugs into the mains to charge up. Third, the image quality is just so much better – this model features image stabilisation, a high quality sensor and a really powerful zoom that combine to give a great picture, even in low light. Finally – and this is what really surprised me – this camera is actually bigger than the model that i bought 15 years ago. You expect the mad scientists to keep adding functionality whilst also reducing the size of their technology. And that’s the nub of this model – it offers an awful lot of tech but that comes at the cost of its relative bulk. If you are serious about making semi-professional videos, i am sure that the stellar features and performance will more than justify its price and its relative bulk.
Impressed – a true canon device. Chances are that if you;re looking at this device you pretty much know what you’re after or don’t mind parting with a little more cash. Canon is a brand i have always preferred when it comes to slr’s and the good thing with this is that much ion the terminology is carry over for shutter and aperture priority which when you put your thinking hat on translates from a photo to video quite well for creative effects and the like. You can also put a standard 58mm filter between the lens and the fancy lens hood. If you have had a entry level slr in the past from canon you’ll no doubt have a few of these knocking around. Using the star 6 filter for shooting candles is pretty cool, again something that translates from slr to video with ease. The menu’s are simple to navigate and all the settings easy enough to figure out, you’ll get used to sliding the auto, manual and cinema slider to open up more menus and know what does what after a little playing around. First gripe: where is the print manual. You ship a quick start guide and wifi setup guide but at this price point the consumer would still like a paper manual. Using the device: it is substantially bigger than a lot of of cameras but on paper offers much more too.
Impressed – a true canon device. Chances are that if you;re looking at this device you pretty much know what you’re after or don’t mind parting with a little more cash. Canon is a brand i have always preferred when it comes to slr’s and the good thing with this is that much ion the terminology is carry over for shutter and aperture priority which when you put your thinking hat on translates from a photo to video quite well for creative effects and the like. You can also put a standard 58mm filter between the lens and the fancy lens hood. If you have had a entry level slr in the past from canon you’ll no doubt have a few of these knocking around. Using the star 6 filter for shooting candles is pretty cool, again something that translates from slr to video with ease. The menu’s are simple to navigate and all the settings easy enough to figure out, you’ll get used to sliding the auto, manual and cinema slider to open up more menus and know what does what after a little playing around. First gripe: where is the print manual. You ship a quick start guide and wifi setup guide but at this price point the consumer would still like a paper manual. Using the device: it is substantially bigger than a lot of of cameras but on paper offers much more too.
The quality of the video is as expected (very nice) camera looks awesome, you can attach external mic aswel although internal is good, i put sdhc card 32gb (4 hours) card in the slot thank you.
The quality of the video is as expected (very nice) camera looks awesome, you can attach external mic aswel although internal is good, i put sdhc card 32gb (4 hours) card in the slot thank you.
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