Excerpt: We bought this for a Disney vacation, but also kids birthdays and such. My wife talked me into spending the money for this one because of the low light reviews. Results - WOW! Playing back video on the 60 inch HDTV, it was like watching professional video. (We used a mono-pod extensively, which greatly helps with image stabilization.) Even the low light stuff looks very good.
Pros: Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Zoom range/performance
Excerpt: This is a beast because it has many of the advanced controls found on professional camcorders and DSLRS. I love this camcorder, there aren't any problems with it so far. I have used HF S20's and HF G20's and this really takes it to a whole new game I love the battery life on this thing! It is worth it! Great for Broadcast Environments where long recording times are handy!
Excerpt: I bought this camera to compliment my XF 100 in 2 camera shoots for theater work. Pretty good picture match if you adjust the custom profiles in the 100.You can assign the gain control to the front thumb wheel and run your iris and focus manually.I found the auto focus to be very good, however.On board audio is ok but don't use the AGC for stationary work as it is noisy. Great close up cam with it's 20x zoom and 1080p right out of the box.
Pros: Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Excerpt: I use this for business events, travel, family events. Outstanding picture quality and with an external mic, great sound. Excellent zoom and image stabilization. I'd like it to be smaller and lighter, but with all these features, it's hard to be too critical. Wireless feature is a winner.
Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Wireless Connectivity, Zoom range/performance
Summary: This is a great and very adaptable camera. However it does take some reading and rereading of the manual to take advantage of all of the different capabilities, especially if you are not very familiar with videography and the associated lingo. Just read and try different things out and you can have a lot of fun.
Excerpt: Having come from a television production rig, this camera outperforms expectations for a consumer level camera. The picture is incredible, the image stabilization works flawlessly and the low-light enhancements are impeccable. Using this camera in the outdoors is a joy given the technical capabilities packed into the small package. While the audio is not perfect, it is superior to other consumer cameras I have used. VERY impressed and pleased with this purchase.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: Very happy with the camera. I've been a corporate producer for over 30 years but strangely haven't owned a personal video camera in over 20 years. Bought this to shoot my new grandson. Love the quality, weight, form factor, sound quality, ease of operation and especially like the dual recording modes.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Excerpt: This is not my first Canon Vixia. The HF G30 is by far the best camcorder I have owned. I use this camera to shoot weddings & other events. The camera is easy to use and the picture quality is great. The only negative thing is the touch screen. I am not a big fan of them. In the future I would like to see a setup where you can connect the camera to your computer and set your settings there and also an app for the smart phone to do the same.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Zoom range/performance
Excerpt: This is one great camcorder although I am afraid that many owners are in over their heads according to what I see and hear. The HF G30 requires a bit of knowledge which, if you are new to videography, "read the manual".
Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance