I just purchased a Canon HV-40 for my transfer business to specifically capture video from a Sony Digital HD (for HDV/DV) Video miniDV 63. The tape was recorded on a Sony HDR HC5E camera. I cannot get the tape to play...the error message is "Incorrect Tape Specification" which has an explanation of "You attempted to play back a tape recorded in a different television system (PAL or SECAM) or in a recording standard not supported by this camcorder."
My understanding from B&H where I purchased my Canon that it would play these tapes.
I have made the settings on my Canon camera which appear to be correct but may have missed something.