The Canon DC40 features a 1/2.8" CCD, larger than any other single chip DVD camcorder on the market. This chip has 4.29 gross MP, with 2.74 effective MP in 16:9 with image stabilization on, 2.99 effective MP in 16:9 with the image stabilization off, and 3.5 effective MP in 4:3.
At 3000 lux, the DC40 had excellent color performance. Every color was strong but not oversaturated. The contrast was excellent, as well, with dark blacks and bright whites.