Smart Auto makes shooting great video easier than ever before. Using the power of Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF M40 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene. Whether you are capturing a sunset, a day at the beach, or a fast-paced soccer game, Smart Auto delivers exceptional accuracy, raising your video to the next level.
Among the 38 scenes available in Smart Auto, a standout is Tele Macro. Tele Macro automatically zooms the lens of the camcorder to the telephoto end, setting the minimum object distance to approximately 1.3 feet (from 3.3 feet). This gives you the opportunity to shoot spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of a shallow depth of field.
Two years of use
I bought this primarily to get High Def shots of Christmas Lights since I do an animated display. Christmas Lights are tough on the Dynamic Range of any camera. If I go to Manual, set the focus to manual and set the exposure to -1.75 or -2.0 then I can get better than average shots.
Now, the format. Saves in AVCHD. I've heard that editing on a Mac is difficult - wouldn't know, but editing in Adobe Premiere Elements 12 is a snap and also in Adobe Premiere CS6 (wasn't in CS5).
January 25, 2014
good camera but dont buy
Great Camera but bundled software from Pixela is terrible. I would not recommend this product because of the bundled software.
January 27, 2013
Outstanding product for a fair price
I have owned this camera since Oct. 2011. I bought it in Tokyo at a shop in Akihabara at the Yodobashi camera store. This detail is important because it guarantees that this is a genuine Canon camera and that it was made in Japan. Being made in Japan is important because only the top quality Canon products are actually manufactured in Japan. Thus, if you do buy one, at least make sure that it is "MADE IN JAPAN".
That being said, I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. As another reviewer put it, the camera is outstanding in low light conditions to the point that it matches or exceed the quality of significantly more expensive professional-level cameras. However, one of the most notable features of this camera is the "Optical" image stabilization. The key element of optical stabilization is that any shaking of the camera is corrected by moving the lens (or sensor) before the sensor converts the image into digital information. In this manner, the resultant image is incredibly steady and clear.
March 25, 2012
Rich set of features yet simple to use. Fantastic Camcorder!
December 11, 2011