Conclusion: Initial review of Canon “Vixia” HF G30 Camcorder This review is based upon about two weeks of ownership and a few trial shooting sessions plus one long (1 hour) shoot. I will try to update this later as I gain more experience. I have only begun to explore the many options. Some of the functionality is sufficiently complex that one would need significant time to understand it well enough to use it effectively.
Pros: excellent image quality, extensive feature set, flexible shooting modes, line level audio input, full set of manual controls
Cons: lack of audio/video fade feature, some ergonomic issues, separate battery charger almost essential, some cords could be sturdier
Excerpt: Initial review of Canon "Vixia" HF G30 Camcorder<br />This review is based upon about two weeks of ownership and a few trial shooting sessions plus one long (1 hour) shoot. I will try to update this later as I gain more experience.<br />I have only begun to explore the many options. Some of the functionality is sufficiently complex that one would need significant time to understand it well enough to use it effectively.
Pros: Comprehensive Feature Set, Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD, Line Level Audio Input, Long recording time, Many Manual Controls, Zoom range/performance
Cons: 2nd Charger Needed, No Audiovideo Fade, Some Ergonomics Issues
Summary: This camera is fantastic for quick run and gun shooting. Image quality is very good, it is very sharp, but it does lack the look of images that you get from a DSLR. I'm guessing this is due to the large depth of field, which you do have some control over, but due to the small sensor there is no comparison to a DSLR. But other than that this is a joy to handle, very easy to use, the focusing is great, the zoom is great (20X).
Summary: The camera is amazing. Love the manual controls, manual focus ring, image quality is superb. This will take some time to play with to get knowledgeable with all the controls. HOWEVER, I had to dock a star for not including a separate wall charger/AC charger for the battery. You have to charge the battery while it's connected to the camera. This is more than a slight inconvenience if you want to have a back up battery powered up while you are using the camera.
Summary: This is my first handy cam. Agreed that it is tad expensive among it peers but great out of the box features . Touch screen is good. Joy stick feels like been placed little out side the zone. Good battery and crystal clear video and image quality. No Built in memory which is obvious for almost professional grade Video Cam.
Conclusion: Let me start by saying it's a great camera. I bought it for personal use and I loved using it; had great video quality. But the audio was poor at best considering the quality of everything else. The internal microphones are on the top of the camera, just behind the lens. I could barely here what I was recording, but could hear the jets flying over and my breathing really good.
Summary: Great camcorder & I could go in to a lot more detail about this unit, but don't have the time right now. I shoot Pro body Nikon DSLR's and am very meticulous of how something works. I will say there is a lot more positive about this camcorder then negative, but for how little I would use this as opposed to my still camera the price was too much for me to warrant keeping especially when I would have to carry to device when I'm out in the field doing my nature photography.
Excerpt: Only had a short time so far but easy to use right out of the box and I still have a lot to learn. Picture quality is great but I sense that it can even be better once I learn about all of the features.
Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality
Summary: I used to think that my DSLR took pretty good 1080p video. Then I recorded my wedding at two angles using my DSLR and the G30. The difference is stark. The G30 has far superior color purity, handles high contrast well, and produces sharp images without aliasing. The video performance could pass for professional. Low light performance is very good and the quality degrades gracefully when it's just plain too dark. The onboard microphones are fairly good.