Summary: This camera is the worst purchase ever. It comes with three manuals and each one of them keeps referring to the other one - it's a mess! Plus, it is extremely difficult to transfer the videos to your PC, let alone to your mac. I have already spent over 3 days tying to figure this out and I consider myself a tech-savvy person. Forget it! A real nightmare!
Summary: Do not buy this product. Don't get me wrong, I am a die-hard Canon fan. Two professional DSLRs, a telephoto lens, several point-and-shoots. All great. This product, however, is awful: - battery life of less than 30 minutes - bizarre digital video format I've never seen before, which is a pain to convert to .mp4 or .avi - horizontal lines appear on and off during video files - even without the horizontal lines, the full HD is no better than Canon point-and-shoot HD video,...
Summary: I am not a photographer and need not to be to use a device which I like to use it for taking video or still picture of my family and friends in an event. All fine, the quality of the picture and the options this device has. But, without power how are we going to use an electronic device. I mean the bad battery which is capable of supplying power for less than 15 to 20 minutes. I can show this camera to my friends and family members. but, I cannot use it.
Summary: If you need a camcorder and don't mind carrying around a 40 pound car battery to run it off of, the HF R30 might be your cup of tea. There probably are a few reasons to buy this camera, but you should ignore all positive reviews because ultimately, this product is shrouded by a veil of insanely poor battery management and design.
Summary: Yeah, the image looks good, but the battery life stinks. I also had a problem with the sound quality, or quantity, i.e. volume. In full auto mode it seems like you can't adjust the volume, and in manual you have some control, but then don't have the advantages of the full auto. I found that on my camera I could barely hear what was recorded in the auto mode. And you need the full auto, unless you can digest the 226 page manual pdf file that comes with the camera.