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Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder - HF M400

Abt Model: HFM400 | UPC Code: 013803133561
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Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder - HFM400

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.


  • 2 SD Memory Card Slots (SDXC-Compatible)
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
  • Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer with Powered IS
  • Instant AF
  • 3.0" Touch Panel LCD
  • Smart Auto
  • Touch & Track and Face Detection
  • Eye-Fi Memory Card Compatibility
  • Cinema-Look Filters / Story Creator / Touch Decoration


  • High Definition
  • Power Consumption 2.9W (LP Mode, LCD set to normal brightness)
  • Television System NTSC
  • Video Recording system MPEG4-AVC / H.264
  • Image Sensor 1/3-inch HD CMOS PRO, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Total Pixels Approx. 2.37 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels Video: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080) Photo: (16:9 only) Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
  • Maximum recording Time Recording times are based on 1x 64GB SDXC memory card. (not supplied). Greater capacity is possible when 2x SDXC memory cards are used. LP (5Mbps) 24 hours 30 minutes SP (7Mbps) 19 hours 10 minutes XP+ (12Mbps) 11 hours 30 minutes FXP (17Mbps) 8 hours 20 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording MXP (24Mbps) 5 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
  • Lens Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical Zoom/200x Digital (Video Only) Focal Length: f-6.1 - 61mm (35mm equivalent 43.6 - 436mm) Zoom Speed: Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0
  • Focusing System Instant AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)
  • Manual Exposure Yes
  • Programmed AE Smart Auto, P, Av, Tv, Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks, Underwater, Surface*
  • Max Shutter Speed Movie: 1/2000
  • Minimum Focusing Distance 10mm (wide) / 1m (entire zoom range) / 40m (Tele Macro)
  • White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent, Manual
  • Frame Rate 60i, 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
  • Minimum Illumination 0.1 lx (Low Light mode, 1/2 sec shutter speed), 1.5 lx (Auto Slow Shutter on, 1/30 sec shutter speed)
  • Image Stabilization Dynamic SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Standard SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Powered IS
  • Filter Diameter 43mm
  • LCD Screen 3.0-inch Touch Panel Widescreen color LCD (Approx. 230,000 dots)
  • Recording Media 2x SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card slots**
  • USB Terminal USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video Terminal Component (output), Composite (output)
  • Audio Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3), 5.1-channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)
  • Accessory Shoe mini Advanced
  • Supplied Video Editing Software Pixela Video Browser
  • HDMI Terminal HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC, x.v.Color and 1080p Output supported
  • Microphone Terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
  • Operating Temperature range -5° to 45° C, 65% relative humidity / 0° to 40° C, 85% relative humidity (performance)

What's In The Box:

  • VIXIA HF M400
  • Battery Pack BP-808
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Wireless Controller WL-D89
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Mini HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
  • Bundled CD-ROMs

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs
  • Shipping: 3 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 5.2"
  • Height: 2.8"
  • Width: 2.9"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
Total Pixel Count2.37 Megapixels
Effective Pixel Count2.07 Megapixels
Manual FocusingNo
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom200x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceYes
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With Battery24 Hours
Digtial Still CameraNo
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryYes
Weight With Battery (pounds)1
Width (inches)2.9"
Height (inches)2.8"
Depth (inches)5.2"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year


by PowerReviews
Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder

(based on 3 reviews)

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AWESOME Camcorder.


from Ontario, Canada

About Me Parent, Tech Savvy


  • Easy To Use
  • Exceptional HD Video
  • Great LOW Light recording
  • Rock Steady IS


  • Need a spare battery

Best Uses

  • Home Movies
  • Shooting Indoors
  • Shooting Outdoors
  • Travel

Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder:

This HD camcorder will not disappoint. The HD video that this camcorder does is bright, crisp and clear. The LOW LIGHT recording capabilities is awesome. So of you are looking to record those low light candle birthday blow out scenes... this is the HD camcorder to get. The IMAGE STABILIZATION on the HD camcorder is rock steady. It also comes with a "powered" Image Stabilization that can be activated by pressing a button. Comes in handy when zooming in. The menu system is very easy to understand. It comes with an array of settings that can be changed. You will need to invest in a good SDXD memory card. All in all a fantastic HD camcorder that gives exceptional HD video quality, rock steady Image Stabilization and superior LOW Light recording capabilities.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Love it!


from Melbourne, IA

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer


  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD


    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder:

    It's been great for filming our kids dance recitals and ball games. The ability to take a still picture anytime while recording as well as during playback is a great feature!

    • Was this a gift?:
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Good, definite learning curve


    from CA, USA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer


    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD


    • Complicated To Operate

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder:

    - Still shots are only 2 MP, but it's a very nice 2 MP. Stills are low noise, with decent low-light performance.

    - I have not tried the software that came with it (I assumed it was lame like most bundled camcorder software). However, the camcorder works fine with both iMovie and Windows Live Movie Maker, so there's really no need for bundled software (so long as you have at least iMovie 09 or Windows Vista--possibly iMovie 08 but have not tested).

    - Many of the advanced features and settings are only available in the "P" mode and not the easy "Auto" mode. This includes changing the recording quality.

    - The mic input is much appreciated.

    - It's full, 1080p Hi-Def (no scaling up from 540). It can do 24p, 30p, and 60i.

    - This model (the M400) has no built in memory. The M40 and M41 do, but I prefer using swapable SD cards anyway, and the M400 has two SD slots, so this is cheaper and better if you ask me. Plus, the price difference between models is more than the cost of an equivalent sized Class 10 SD card.

    - Capable of focusing to 1 cm when at full wide zoom (that's quite a macro!)

    - Unfortunately, everything is going touch screen these days, which is no good for people with big fingers. This touch screen is different than a typical Apple touch device, so if you're used to those, this will take a bit more pressure. However, it works very well with a finger nail (or the cheesy little stylus included with the camcorder).

    - Further, the raised screen bezel gets in the way of touching buttons near the edge of the screen (which is where most of them are). Again, I'd recommend using your nail.

    - The battery that comes with it is a bit undersized (kind of like those undersized "starter inks" you get with a new printer). It'll get the job done, but you may consider a BP-819.

    - Beware that only in the top two quality settings is it actually 1920x1080; in the lower modes it's actually 1440x1080 and then stretched.

    - The controls are not intuitive. Pressing record, ok, that's easy, but even playback requires guess work. The volume control on playback, for instance, is burried under two button clicks instead of being right on top where it should be.

    - Beware the "decorate" feature! If you decorate during recording, it's burned into the video--you cannot remove it! If I could remove that button from the main recording screen, I would, but I can't. This isn't so bad if you own the camcorder (you make a note of it and then never touch it), but we check these camcorders out at a media center, so now every user needs to be warned about it...

    - The full manual is on a CD in PDF format. But I guess that's also the norm these days. There is a paper "beginners" manual.

    In General:
    This is a good camcorder with some great features. At the end of the day, it's recording quality that matters and this camera's got it. Everything else is bells and whistles. Most of the cons can be avoided/adapted to if you get to know the device, but it does have a learning curve. Even the basics will require either quite a bit of trial and error or (gasp!) reading the manual...

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    Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder

    Canon VIXIA HF M400 Flash Memory Camcorder


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