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Canon FS40 Flash Memory Camcorder with 41x Advanced Zoom and 8GB Internal Flash Memory

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8GB Internal Flash
  • 8GB internal flash drive and an SDXC-compatible memory card slot
  • Compact and lightweight design (7.8 oz.)
  • Genuine Canon 41x advanced zoom
  • Canon DIGIC DV II image processor
  • Dynamic IS stabilizes a wide range of movements for smooth, steady video
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Size: 8GB Internal Flash | Color: Black

Technical Details

Product Description

Size:8GB Internal Flash  |  Color:Black

Product Description

Canon FS40 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CCD - SD 5025B001 Camcorders

From the Manufacturer

The ultra-sleek and compact FS40 allows you to capture video to an 8GB internal flash drive as well as to an SDXC-compatible memory card slot. Video stored on the internal memory can be copied onto the memory card which can then be inserted into your computer’s or television's card reader slot for immediate viewing. Additionally, you can use higher capacity SD memory cards to further increase the video storage of your FS40. And with SDXC memory card compatibility, you’ll have card storage capacity from more than 32GB up to 2TB.

In addition to the advantage of added recording time, flash memory offers more to you as well. You'll appreciate its quick response time, because it doesn't have to wait for moving parts. Press the record button and your FS40 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review your footage, it will start playing more quickly as well. Another plus is the FS40's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. It's just what you need so you don't miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say "I do." While we certainly hope you keep your FS40 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if you accidentally jolt or drop your camcorder.

Memory capacity XP (app. 9Mbps)
High Image Quality
SP (app. 6Mbps)
LP (app. 3Mbps)
Long Play
2GB 25 min. 40 min. 1 hour 15 min.
4GB 55 min. 1 hour 20 min. 2 hours 35 min.
8GB* 1 hour 50 min. 2 hours 45 min. 5 hours 10 min.
16GB 3 hours 40 min. 5 hours 30 min. 10 hours 25 min.
32GB 7 hours 20 min. 11 hours 20 hours 50 min.
64GB 14 hours 50 min. 22 hours 5 min. 41 hours 40 min.
* Size of built-in memory in FS40

The maximum memory capacity and recording time can be substantially increased by the combination of the internal memory and the size of the SD memory card chosen. For example, the FS40's 8GB of internal memory, combined with a removable 64GB SDXC memory card, would give 72GB in total memory capacity.

The sleek, ultra-compact and lightweight FS40 measures only 2.1" wide, 2.3" high and 4.8" deep. This small, easy to carry camcorder will go with you everywhere you go, as it weighs only 7.8 oz.

fs40 Comapact

Great looking video starts with the images your camcorder sees, processes and records. Canon’s legendary technology works together in the FS40 to deliver the best at every step. Canon delivers the best in standard definition video in the FS40. A Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom delivers unsurpassed image quality. The 680,000 pixel CCD Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC DV II Image Processor captures video with vivid, intense, lifelike detail.

With the Canon FS40, you can be sure that even on the move your video will be smooth, steady and professional looking. Dynamic IS provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broader range of motion. In comparison to conventional electronic image stabilization systems, extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted vibration that is common when walking.

Video Snapshot
Our enhanced Advanced Video Snapshot will let you shoot short movie clips with the FS40 in the same way you've shot snapshots with your digital camera. You can create 2, 4 or 8-second video clips which can be played back in the FS40 with background music. You'll also be able to capture clips in Playback, making it more convenient than ever to use this feature. It's the perfect way to document your vacation in a quick, easy, entertaining series of clips, perfect for Internet sharing.

2.7" Wide LCD
The 2.7" widescreen LCD on the FS40 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. The 112,000 dot screen delivers bright, clear detail and the widescreen format means there's no need to imagine what your final image will look like on your widescreen television because it's not squeezed into a small space while you're shooting. What you see will be what you get.

Quick Start

With Quick Start you’ll never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the FS40's LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode.

Widescreen HR

The FS40 captures and records true 16:9 High Resolution Widescreen for picture perfect video. It comes from Canon's sophisticated image processing system, which uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing true 16:9 widescreen. The additional pixels captured deliver better image quality.

Quick Charge

When you've got a lot to shoot but not a lot of time to recharge your batteries, the Quick Charge feature comes to the rescue. In 20 minutes, you can charge up to approximately 60 minutes of recording time! It's ultra-fast battery charging when you need it most.


The Pre-Record feature places your FS40 in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too. It will be easier than ever to capture the moment when the bat hits the ball at the start of that home run.

Program AE

You’ll take the compact, lightweight FS40 wherever you go, so to give you the best exposure settings for different conditions and subjects, automatically, you’ll have Program AE.

Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family.

Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds.

A Night Scene mode is designed to give you more accurate and natural shots in very low light conditions by reducing noise and preventing the overexposure of building and street lighting.

Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject.

Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture.

In Low light mode, it’s possible to shoot in situations where you have as little as 1.3 lux of available illumination when you don’t want to add additional light.

Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight – literally – and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them.

mode records brilliant images of another tough subject: the holiday fireworks display.

With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camcorder level for more professional-looking results. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot – such as the horizon – to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.

The FS40's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.

Flicker reduction is also a feature of the FS40, with a setting available to minimize the pulsing of light sources, such as fluorescent bulbs which can spoil your footage, especially when shooting at night or in other low light situations.

To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the FS40, you’ll find an A/V mini-terminal to easily view the recorded video on your television. The FS40 is also equipped with a USB port for direct transfer of your video and photos to your computer for editing or online sharing.

The FS40 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD Memory Card*. It’s possible to wirelessly transfer your video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and you’re ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world!

It’s a breeze to upload video from your FS40 to sites such as YouTube, using the supplied simple wizard Pixela Video Browser Software. It’s another way to easily bring your FS40-shot footage to the Internet.

* Canon camcorders are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another. Please contact the card manufacturer for status of approval in the country/region of use.  Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party accessory or product mentioned herein.

The built-in Mini Video Light greatly improves the quality of your video shot in low light conditions.

Pixela Video Browser Software

The FS40 camcorder is bundled with a powerful software suite. Pixela™ Video Browser lets you play back your recorded video on your computer. You can also easily perform editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. With the Pixela Video Browser Software, you can easily upload video to the Internet. And to perfectly complement the Video Snapshot feature found on Canon flash memory camcorders, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided.

Intelligent Li-ion Battery
Intelligent Lithium-ion Battery

The Intelligent Lithium-ion battery not only accurately tracks remaining battery life, it also gives a display in minutes remaining. It will allow you to better plan your shooting, so you won't be caught out with a battery that suddenly goes from "half" to "empty."

Built-in Electronic Lens Cover

The built-in Electronic Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Turn your camcorder on and the lens cover automatically opens. Turn it off, and the cover closes.

Product Details

Size: 8GB Internal Flash | Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.1 x 2.3 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004HW7EBU
  • Item model number: FS40
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,483 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 6, 2011

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Robert Tripp on April 23, 2011
Size: SDXC Card SlotColor: Blue Verified Purchase
I received this yesterday (22 Apr 2011).

I wanted a basic camcorder to capture the typical kids events, vacation stuff, etc. I'm not trying to make pro quality videos, so the Standard Definition is fine...the widescreen format is a plus. Prior to purchasing this, my main concerns were what file type it would record as and how smoothly the transfer to my computer would go. Videos on the SD card are recorded as a .mod file which are converted to a .mpg during transfer (if you use the Pixela software that comes with the camcorder). Transferring to the computer was pretty straight forward and fairly old Vista machine with a 1.8Ghz processor easily handled the transfer and conversion. The size of the device is great; it truly fits in the palm of my hand. The ergonomics are laid out well. On screen menus are not overly cumbersome or confusing. The LCD panel is very bright and readable outdoors. Video quality is what I expected from a camcorder at this price - not eye popping good, but not grainy and jerky either. Videos are clear and smooth. I haven't taken enough videos to judge the battery life or video quality in different settings. Overall, I feel like I got what I paid for. At this time, I'll say, "So Far, So Good".
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Scott on October 25, 2011
Size: SDXC Card SlotColor: Silver Verified Purchase
This has been a nightmare! I called Apple, researched for hours, and still couldn't find how to make this camera compatible with iMacs and iMovie.

Well, it took a call to Canon where I spoke with a very pleasant representative after zero wait! Here's how you do it:

1) Open up iMovie

2) Turn on your camera

3) Display your recorded clip on the camera screen (don't play it just display it)

4) Plug the USB into the computer USB port (no firewire necessary)

Voila!! There it is. Just import it from the camera and you're on you way to editing fun. I had all this done and my video uploaded on YouTube within 10 minutes.

Have a good time with this wonderful little camera. It may not be HD but the pictures are sharp, the color is brilliant and I can't tell the difference. It's not hard to use and its not hard to carry. I highly recommend this little super priced camera.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Astanax Tahlmarine on September 21, 2012
Size: SDXC Card SlotColor: Red
I did a lot of searching for a good camcorder for under $200. After looking at reviews, this one seemed to fit the best. I bought it on another site that had an advertised special for a hundred and seventy five in the red color. I was replacing my JVC GR-D270 MiniDV Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom because I could hear mechanical noises of the Mini DV tape trying to spool and such while recording. Plus it had a limited capability of 90 minutes on long play.

So I ordered this Canon camcorder, and bought a BP-827 camcorder battery to go along with it off Amazon. I got the camcorder in the mail, and found out that the battery goes into a little compartment underneath the camcorder, is held in place by a little latch, and is held shut by a little door. I quickly canceled the Amazon order for the BP-827 battery after reading that this Canon FS400 will ONLY take BP-808 camera batteries! The battery has grooves molded into it to slide onto an external battery holder for other models, but as for the Canon FS400, it simply drops in a fixed size compartment. So there is no way of upgrading to extended battery life whatsoever with the Canon FS400.

This Canon is about half the height, and feels like half the weight of my JVC camcorder GR-D270. My JVC camera took about 10 seconds of waiting time before I could record. This Canon, due to less moving parts and a SD card, was up and recording in two seconds. I had popped in my 16 GB Class 4 SDHC card that had quite a few photos on it from my Canon Rebel XS, and I still had two hours and thirty minutes to go on standard play. The indoor quality isn't the best on standard record mode, but neither was my JVC camcorder.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dbeanz on July 6, 2011
Size: SDXC Card SlotColor: Blue Verified Purchase
Seemed to fit the bill for a small road-trip video camera. It zooms in pretty well and seems to stay focused ok for a camera in this price range. The software it comems with seems a bit goofy and it did not recognize the camera when it was plugged in to the USB port. I had to pop out the mem card and plug that in instead.

Overrall ... not bad for the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2013
Size: SDXC Card SlotColor: Silver Verified Purchase
I purchased this video camera to serve as a secondary video recorder for my daughter's figure skating competitions and shows. It's very easy to use, which allows me to hand it off to other people, leaving me free to use my primary camera (a Canon DSLR) for still shots.
After using it for a few events, it's really only good (for me) as a secondary camera. The video quality is not as good as I hoped (I had hoped it would be equal to the video taken by my DSLR), and in low lighting it struggles a bit.
I did not use the still photograph option at all.
VERY easy to use
Uses standard SD memory cards (meaning I can share cards with my DSLR)
Transferring files to my computer is simple
The file format used is easy to work with when burning a DVD from the videos taken.
When using a 32 GB memory card, you can record for nearly an hour without a break. (*Note: We had a 2.5 hour show, and it split the recording about 2/3 of the way through the show. This is NOT an issue if you plan ahead.)
A fully charged battery lasts for hours of recording time.
The zoom is easy to use and easy to explain to other people.
The image quality, while good, is not nearly as good my DSLR.
It's difficult to find extra batteries & they are not inexpensive. (I prefer to have a minimum of four batteries for any device using non-standard batteries.)
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