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Canon VIXIA HF M400 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and Dual SDXC Card Slots

Canon VIXIA HF M400 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and Dual SDXC Card Slots
Canon VIXIA HF M400 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and Dual SDXC Card Slots

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Canon VIXIA HF M400 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and Dual SDXC Card Slots

Canon VIXIA HF M400 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and Dual SDXC Card Slots

The Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder features dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body, convenience and capability wrapped in one package. Canon’s leading imaging technologies, including a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens and new HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor deliver high video resolution, outstanding low-light performance, and a wide dynamic range. Sophisticated features such as Smart Auto read the visual components of the scene you’re shooting and chooses the best settings. Touch & Track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the 3.0 Touch Panel LCD. New features such as Cinema-Look Filters, Story Creator, and Touch Decoration provide an easy and fun way to shoot great video and add creative flair. And a new high-quality internal microphone allows your audio to match the breathtaking realism of your video. Flash Memory The VIXIA HF M400 allows you to record clear high definition vide

  • 2 SDXC-compatible memory card slots
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens
  • Canon HD CMOS pro image sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III image processor
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects a full range of motion

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  1. 249 of 251 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Impressed, April 9, 2011

    Well, I have had this camcorder now for a week and tested it in many lighting situations and locations and I must say I’m very impressed. Outside filming my niece and dogs in the yard the videos are crisp viewed on my 40″ Sony HD LCD TV. I would give it a 5 out of 5. In my eyes, looks broadcast quality. Indoors with varying light was also impressive although I did notice a little graininess. I’d give low light a 4 star rating. Being as anal as I am, I did a little test. Take it for what it’s worth.

    Now I am the most anal person you will probably meet and maybe set my expectations too high at times, but I started flipping through some of the HD channels on t.v. to do a little comparison and noticed too a bit of graininess if I stood right up to the television. Now I know nobody watches t.v from three inches away, I just wanted to compare what was being broadcasted to what I was able to film with this camera. I must say, this camera’s footage is nearly spot on in many instances (TNT in HD, FOX in HD, USA in HD) I’d like to believe I have a good signal from my cable provider into my television, so in overall video quality, I’d give this camera 5 stars.

    So why not 5 stars overall for this camera? Well, maybe I’m used to my iphone’s touchscreen too much, but the touchscreen on the viewfinder drives me nuts. I might be old school (34 years old), but I really prefer actual buttons to navigate menus and such. I used to own a Canon Vixia HF100 and really enjoyed the navigation stick and buttons. I would say I have average sized hands, and find it a bit hard to get the right menu selection with my finger at times.

    Now I did go with the 16gb version and have no regrets though I can’t ever see myself opting for using its internal storage. I like to be able to pop out my sd card and just watch my videos on my PS3 or computer for editing instantly. Don’t like the hassle of transferring images via usb. Also, wanted a black body as opposed to the silver one. Yes, I’m that picky. LOL. I like the fact it has two sd card slots, so storage should never be an issue.

    I also like that canon took a chance on just making it lower megapixel for ideal HD recording. Let’s be honest, if you want to take pictures, use a real camera. I’d much rather have better video quality and sacrifice still photos. I know a lot of people complain about this, but it seems to make sense. You’re getting “larger” pixels for higher quality low light recording. It’s also nice that Canon included the HD CMOS Pro censor in this model. The same one found in the higher end G10, saving you quite a few bucks.

    Overall, I’m very pleased with my purchase and feel Canon has put out a very competitive product with great results. I’ve already bought a lens hood and extended battery to compliment the camera. (Stock battery is too small and leaves a noticeable gap at the edge. A BP819 should fit the bill nicely. I hope this review was helpful. I know a lot of reviewers commented on its other features, so that is why I omitted some of the other points. Thanks for reading.

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  2. 188 of 188 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Mid-Range Camcorder – Excellent for Low Light, November 4, 2011
    Scuba Steve (Reston, VA, USA) –

    Well, stating that this is the best mid-range camcorder is quite a claim, but to be fair, it’s not my assertion – that award was just bestowed on the M40 this week by CamcorderInfo.com …and by mid-range, they mean video cameras priced between $500 and $1000. What makes this camera an even better deal is that you can get all three versions (M400, M40, and M41) for under $500.

    Keep in mind that most reviewers of camcorders look at specs and then make a subjective judgment about the quality of the video. The CamcorderInfo.com folks (with whom I am not affiliated) do extensive lab-based testing to measure, for example, color accuracy, noise, and low-light performance in controlled and consistent conditions. The fact that they rate this camera so highly is high praise indeed. They also have a great 11 page review on the M40 if you are interested.

    So why did they like this camera so much? Put simply, its sensor. This camera’s sensor is larger and more optimized for HD video than the competition. Most of those other cameras use a quarter inch sensor, while this camera has one that is one-third of an inch size. When you calculate sensor area, that is a heck of a difference. Canon has also optimized the hardware and software to focus this sensor on HD resolution…so it does it well. Many other cameras not only have a smaller sensor, they integrate it so it can record HD *and* higher than HD resolution still pictures. Canon did not do so here. Yes, you can take still photos with the camera, but at full HD resolution only (1920×1080) – not larger. Canon appears to have decided to not sacrifice video quality to get a higher megapixel rating for still pictures. Hey, you are buying a *video* camera…right? :)

    So what are they then doing with such a large sensor? Grabbing more light, suppressing visual noise, and getting better color accuracy. Even more impressive is that this camera has the exact same sensor as CamcorderInfo’s “price be darned” consumer camcorder of the year – Canon Vixia HF G10 ($1499). Yes, buy an M400, M40, or M41 and you will get a sensor that is in the best consumer video camera of the year.

    So what do you sacrifice? Primarily, 60p. This camera shoots at 60i…with modes for 30p and 24p. Some other mid-range cameras shoot at 60p. Does that make them better? Well, that depends on your usage. If filming indoors is important to you (e.g., birthday parties, school plays, indoor sports), then 60p of dark video isn’t all that useful…and bright 60i video with accurate colors cannot be beat. Personally, I have filmed my daughter’s gymnastics in a moderately dark gym and even with the fast movement, the video was jaw-dropping.

    You also give up the aforementioned high-resolution still pictures, but frankly, I think that’s a gimmick. The zoom is also limited to 10x…which is another concession Canon made to otherwise bring you a top notch video camera at this price. For me, 10x is overkill even from the cheap seats at my daughter’s events, but your mileage my vary.

    Frankly, I think that this camera is getting discounted because many consumers purchase either based on price alone or by looking at specs. Specs like 60p jump off the page. The fact that this camera’s sensor is so superior to much of the competition is a far more subtle advantage…that perhaps may hurt the sales of this line. Well, hey, that’s good news for you. When I first started looking at the M41, it was $799. I just picked it up for $499…and an M40 for $449. Awesome stuff. Get a camera that beats the rest of the mid-range and its price is below the mid-range. :)

    So what’s not to like?

    1) The software. You get two packages – a video transfer utility and a video browser/editor that also includes a transfer capability. You can only choose to install one. I opted for the video browser/editor, which installed fine on Windows 7 Pro 64bit, but then would not work….and I am apparently not the lone ranger. Thus, I uninstalled and just installed the transfer utility…which just moves the files. It’s also not very configurable. Of course, you can also just connect the camera to your PC and drag the files off yourself, but that’s a bit more work…and the transfer utility does a good job of keeping track of what you have already copied off.

    This software issue really disappointed me, but to be frank, the software included with most cameras is pretty bad. Sony sells a fantastic video editor – Sony Vegas (multiple editions), but does not bundle it with the Sony cameras that I considered. In fact, the software that they do bundle is apparently also not compatible with 64 bit OSes…so factor in that you will probably need to buy editing software if you want to play around with the video. Actually, the M400/40/41 line allows you to cut videos, introduce fades, and add titles in the camera,…

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  3. 126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Low Light Consumer Camcorder, PERIOD!!!, June 1, 2011

    Don’t listen to the negative comments. People always have something to complain about and their own preferences. However, this Camcorder has the lowest lux rating I’ve seen. I have the Canon HF M41. A viewfinder is a must have for me. I looked at more expensive camcorders. They all have their strong points, but for me, getting good footage in low light is the first priority. All those nice features the other brands have are great but not a must have. The low light of this camcorder is nothing short of Amazing. It has the same sensor as the XF105, a $4300 professional camcorder, . If someone tells you the difference is small and not a big deal, don’t believe them. How many times have you been disappointed with low light grainy recordings ? I bought a $39 shoe mounted light and works beautifully. This is my 5th camcorder. My first was the original Hi8 from sony. That one and the 3 that followed gave me grainy low light video. We all hate grainy video. Now I don’t have to deal with that anymore.

    If you’re on a budget and the viewfinder isn’t a must have then consider the M400 or M41. The M400 has no built in memory. Personally, I would find myself ready to shoot and realize I have no SD card with me. Who took my SD card??? follow me…

    One bonus to having the M4xx series over the G10 is the M4xx camcorders have a lower resolution LCD but it’s brighter than the G10. I have no problem with viewing the LCD in direct sunlight. Go to the avsforum website. Camcorder section under “other interest”. Look for the “Canon HF M4xx Owner’s Thread” or the G10…Owner’s Thread. good info and links to uploaded videos made with these camcorders.

    Some of my video in low light situations actually looks brighter on screen then it did for real. and not grainy. I bought a $13 wide angle lens on amazon. It works well but don’t zoom with it.

    Another important issue for people new to SD cards and speed requirements, A class 4 card is fast enough. Many people confuse MB with Mb. 1MB = 8Mb. this camcorder records up to 24Mbps which equals only 3MBps. I’ve seen many posts with people using the wrong terms. B=byte / b=bit.

    I spent too much time researching this camcorder. Hopefully, My comments will help.


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