Canon FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder- A Nice little consumer camcorder for $200!

17.06.2013 22:08

 Canon FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder

Nice little consumer camcorder for $200!


by Mark Shapiro

This is a good little camcorder for family, kids and fun. Its small, easy to use and boasts a 37x optical zoom! The Canon FS400 can use a variety of memory cards including SD, SDHC and SDXC. With a 1 GB card, you can capture ten minutes of highest quality video. With a 64 GB card you can capture over 14 hours of high quality video. If you opt for Long Play video quality, you can capture an astonishing 41 hours of video with a 64 GB card!

Affordable, easy to use, and very small, this is a perfect camcorder for your kids and for travel.

Canon FS400 Flash Camcorder Product Highlights

  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 1/6" CCD Image Sensor
  • 2.7" Widescreen LCD
  • 41x Advanced Zoom
  • Dynamic Image Stabilizer
  • DIGIC DV II Image Processor
  • Advanced Video Snapshot
  • Eye-Fi Memory Card Compatible
  • Multiple Recording Functions
  • Pixela Video Browser Software

Just $199-Canon FS400 Flash Camcorder

The entry-level Canon FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder features standard definition recording, flash memory ease, and many user-friendly features.

The FS400 records standard def video using a 1/6" CCD image sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV II Image Processor. Your images will be clear and ready for instant upload to the web thanks to their SD file size. And all those standard def videos will be recorded right to external flash memory- chose from SD/SDHC and SDXC cards for convenient storage and transfer of all your files.


The FS400 has a 2.7" LCD for composition and review of all your scenes. Other standard recording features include 41x Advanced zoom and Canon's Dynamic Image Stabilizer. Additional recording options go the extra mile to ensure a painless experience that simplifies video recording. Use options like Advanced Video Snapshot, Quick Start, and Pre-Record to your advantage for memories that will truly last a lifetime. When you're all done shooting, the included Pixela Video Browser software helps you share and edit all that you've shot.


Flash Memory

The ultra-sleek and compact FS400 allows you to capture video onto an SD memory card. Video stored on the memory card 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 FS400. And with SDXC memory card compatibility, you'll have card storage capacity from 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 FS400 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 FS400'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"

Shock Resistant

While Canon certainly hopes you keep your FS400 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 due to damage to your recording media or the moving parts found in other camcorders

Sleek, Ultra-Compact and Lightweight Design

The sleek, ultra-compact and lightweight FS400 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

Superb Image Quality

Great looking video starts with the images your camcorder sees, processes and records. Canon's legendary technology works together in the FS400 to deliver the best at every step. Canon delivers the best in standard definition video in the FS400. 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

Dynamic IS

With the Canon FS400, 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

2.7" Widescreen LCD

The 2.7" widescreen LCD on the FS400 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

Advanced Video Snapshot

Our enhanced Advanced Video Snapshot will let you shoot short movie clips with the FS400 in the same way you've shot snapshots with your still camera. You can create 2, 4, or 8 second video clips which can be played back in the FS400 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

Quick Start

With Quick Start you'll never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the FS400'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 FS400 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 FS400 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 Modes

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 new 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

Low Light Mode

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

Spotlight Mode

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

Fireworks Mode

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

Level Marker Feature

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

Grid Marker

The FS400'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

Flicker reduction is also a feature of the FS400, 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 FS400, you'll find an A/V mini-terminal to easily view the recorded video on your television. The FS400 is also equipped with a USB port for direct transfer of your video and photos to your computer for editing or online sharing

The FS400 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 FS400 to sites such as YouTube, using the supplied simple wizard Pixela Video Browser Software. It's another way to easily bring your FS400-shot footage to the Internet

Built-In Video Light

The built-in mini video light greatly improves the quality of your video shot in low light conditions

Pixela Video Browser Software

The FS400 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 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