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Canon DC 40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 reviews of Canon DC 40. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and color.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

color, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC 40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 user reviews of Canon DC 40 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the durability and price. The image quality and portability also get good views. There are some negative comments about the connectivity.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon DC40 4.3MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomCanon DC40 4.3MP DVD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : James Dickinson (

Canon DC40


Canon's DC40 is the company's top of the range DVD camcorder. As such it offers a good range of features and decent quality video to boot. The let dow...

Crisp images, better than most DVD camcorders, good stills

Over-exposed images, poor battery life

The DC40 is an excellent DVD video camera.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Canon DC40


Very good video quality. Decent 4-megapixel stills. Variety of special modes and features for both stills and video.

Significant shutter lag in auto mode. Video has a slight color cast. Reviewing still images is slow.

Although performance needs to improve, the Canon DC40 is one of the first miniDVD camcorders to let you shoot decent stills.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (

Canon DC40 Camcorder Review - Canon DVD Camcorders


The Canon DC40 is the new top-of-the-line model in the company's DVD line. Its specs are impressive - a 1/2.8 inch CCD, a relatively large lens, and just as many manual controls as the Optura line. But major differences between MiniDV and DVD...

May, 2006

Expert review by : Sarah Lacy (

Canon's Clever Camcorder


Finally, a camcorder that's compact, attractive, and easy to use—but the picture is a bit fuzzy.

By the time I got my hot little hands on the Canon DC40 I was ready for my adventure through camcorder-land to be over. Without kids running around, I have few must-record events in my life. After all, I can only have so much footage of my husband...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : David Field (

Canon DC40 8cm DVD camcorder


A high end DVD-based camcorder for quick and clean shooting.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (

Canon DC40


Brilliant Camcorder.

Great quality ; reliable ; fun and easy to use ; great stills ; the list goes on

poor auto image modes

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

"This is fantastic"

Sep, 2006

Consumer review (

Canon DC40


Great if you want it more for the video aspect and not still images. Somewhat time consuming trying to figure out all the options.

Great camera! Digital video quality is excellent

Still picture quality is ok, but for me, the color seems to bleed. For example I was on vacation last week and was taking some pictures where the wall was a pinkish color. When I took the pictures and reviewed them , everything had a pinkish tint to...

Jun, 2007

Consumer review (

Good Camcorder!


Great camera for the price. I was deciding between this one, sony, and a panasonic model. I was really bummed out about the night mode performance... it maked it almost useless unless you want "blurvision". I've always loved anything that feels nice...

Automatic lens cover is great. Build quality! it feels very solidly constructed. Nice LCD and menuing. Auto focus is fast. Zooming in and out is very smooth, couple different speed options. Very nice to watch the footage on the camera when you fold the...

Can't Finalize disc unless plugged into the wall. Night mode sucks pretty bad. Video quality could be better. A couple buttons are hard to reach w/ one hand

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

great product


great camera for special events. although it can be used for travel. i wouldnt recomend a camcorder of this size for travel abroad. this is a great quality camera canon's are very well built and designed.

Lightweight, Easy to Use, Good Value

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Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

Like all of Canon's new camcorders, the DC40 is optimized for High Resolution true 16:9 widescreen recording, meaning the footage it records is suitable for playback on the very latest widescreen TV sets. The camcorder's High Resolution, wide color LCD screen and full color viewfinder ensure footage can be monitored during recording exactly as it would appear on a widescreen television. The Level Marker, provided on the LCD, is the best way to keep the horizon line perfectly in position, ensuring high impact panoramic shots every time. For playback on normal televisions, 4:3 shooting is available and easily selected with the push of a single button. Images recorded in widescreen can also be watched on a normal TV in letterbox format. The DC40's distinctive perpetual curve design reflects the natural ease-of-shooting that consumers have come to expect from DVD. To provide effortless handheld shooting, the body of the camcorder is conceived around a single, cylindrical shape. Ergonomically molded as a continuous and flowing curve, the DC40 is a natural fit in the hand, with controls clustered around the mode dial and positioned for intuitive and easy operation. The DIGIC DV image processor provides separate processing paths for video and still images, saved to ultra-compact MiniSD card. With DIGIC DV, the DC40 guarantees optimal color reproduction for each: together with a range of advanced digital photography functions, such as dedicated flash for stills and one-push direct printing, the camcorder is a high-capacity, multi-purpose digital imaging tool.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-208
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:0.6
Photo effects:Art, Mirror, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Night mode / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Stitch assist / Sunset / Super night mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:1/0.11 / 25.4 / 2.8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:4.29

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length range (f-f):44.5 - 445
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4.29Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.1 mm ( 1/2.8" ) / 9.1 mm ( 1/2.8 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Expansion slots:miniSD
I/O ports:USB\nAV\n
Lens system:200x/40x, Wide Attachment
Resolution:640 x 480

Ports & interfaces

DV port:N / No
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In:Y / Yes
S-Video Out:Y / Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 1/6 / 1/2000 ~ 1/6


Compatible memory cards:miniSD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.33 / 8.38
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.6 / 126
Height :8.7 / 87
Width:6 / 60