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Canon MVX40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews of Canon MVX40. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and zoom also get good feedback.

usability, zoom, image quality, portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon MVX40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon MVX40 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the usability and image quality.

image quality, usability

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This summary is based on the products: Canon MVX40 MiniDV Digital Camcorder [2.2Mp, 10x Optical, 2.5" LCD]Canon MVX40 MiniDV Digital Camcorder [2.2Mp, 10x Optical, 2.5" LCD]

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

Canon MVX40, MVX40i and MVX45i DV Camcorder Reviews


Nice handling, manual zoom and top-loading are good features on both models. 14x Optical Zoom is an asset (MVX45i).

Strange motor noise when recording in very quiet situations. Low light definition is acceptable but not quite as good as other models.

MVX40 and 40i are good starter cams. MVX45i is great for users needing 14x zoom, movie light and more advanced features.

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Canon Optura 50 features almost all of the elements that made its older brother, the Optura 60, such a great camcorder. It is the lowest end of the Optura series this year, but it retains the same 1/3.4” CCD, solid automatic and manual controls,...

Manual controls, -Still features, -Image Stabilization

Lack of focus ring, -Low light

Sep, 2005

Product Specifications

With photo features and functions to make many purpose-built digital cameras blush, the Optical Image Stabilized 2.2 Megapixel MVX40 gives a new dimension to your visual expression. With compelling design, the 10x Optical Zoom MVX40 is as brilliant to handle as the results it produces. A stylish compact body conceals a powerful 2.2 Megapixel sensor and RGB Primary Color Filter to capture every detail of every scene for superb video and digital photo quality. Normally featured in much more expensive video cameras, advanced Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) acts as an invisible tripod to ensure calm, steady footage. Unlike electronic stabilization, OIS continues to work when shooting dramatic wide screen 16:9 footage and when shooting digital stills, keeping your photos crisp and blur free. With its powerful DIGIC DV processor, the MVX40 has photo functions typically found only in specialist digital cameras. You have access to picture effects such as Sepia and Vivid Color, special Scene Modes to help you get great results in tricky lighting conditions, Auto Exposure Bracketing and a built-in flash. Dual path DIGIC DV processing lets you take photos and record video simultaneously, and up to 60 frames at 5fps can be shot in a single burst. Offering superb image clarity, the 10x zoom lens builds on 60 years of Canon experience. An aspheric element ensures corner-to-corner clarity and Super Spectra lens coatings suppress ghosting and flare. Recording the colors we humans recall and respond to, Canon's DIGIC DV processor then translates optical data into beautiful, lifelike imagery. Skin tones are warm and natural, while colors such as the blues of a sky or the greens of grass are rich and vibrant. When outdoors, a backlight button makes the 2.5" LCD extra visible, while Night Mode allows recording in low light conditions. A Light Guide Flash further extends digital still shooting options. For shooting photos, the same 9-point auto focusing found in Canon's high-end digital still cameras keeps your image sharp - even with off-center subjects. A Manual Focus Ring gives you total and precise control. To create album quality prints, simply connect your new camcorder to any PictBridge compatible printer and hit the Print/Share button - it is that easy. And with the USB 2.0 link, photo prints and file uploads to computer are also super fast. MVX40 Digital Camcorder Kit comprises: MVX40 Body, Lens Cap and Lens Cap Cord, Lithium Battery (for Auto-date), WL-D85 Wireless Controller, Lithium Battery (for Wireless controller), CA-570 Compact Power Adapter, AC Cable E, NB-2L H Battery Pack, Terminal Cap for NB-2L H, IFC-300PCU Interface Cable (without Ferrite Core), 16MB MMC Memory Card (with Sample Image), STV-250N Stereo Video Cable, SS600 Shoulder strap, PC-A10 Scart Adapter, Digital Video Solution Disk for Win (E/F/G/I/S), Digital Video Solution Disk for Mac (E/F/G/I/S), Instruction Manual (E), Instruction Manual (F/G/I), Instruction Manual for Solution Disk (E), Instruction Manual for Solution Disk (F/G/I), Guarantee (EUR). This product comes with ultra-slim portable Phillips DVD ReWriter ES8DVDRX.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3 / 3.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB-2LH BP-2L14 / NB-2LH, BP-2L14
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:2
Photo effects:Art, Mirror, Mosaic, Sepia

Camera Flash

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

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:112000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Spotlight


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon MV

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):2
Optical sensor resolution:2230000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:2.23

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.4
Focal length range (f-f):39.9 - 399
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.77Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.23Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.5 mm ( 1/3.4" ) / 7.5 mm ( 1/3.4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB, A/V
Expansion slots:1 x SD
Fader:Window wipe, corner wipe, Puzzle, tide, flip, jump, zigzag, beam, black fader
I/O ports:Headphone\nMicrophone\nUSB\nAV out / USB\nHeadphone\nMicrophone\nAV out
Lens system:39.9 - 399mm, 10x, 200x / Zoom Lens
Light exposure control:Programme, automatic, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Media types supported:Mini DV
Minimum system requirements:USB port, CD-ROM Drive, IEEE 1394 port
Recording speed:SP, LP
Resolution:1632 x 1224

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/2000, 1/2


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Beam / Black fader / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Window wipe / Zigzag
Media Type:Mini DV
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 Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.2