Summary: Shoot a Canon... The HV30 is a good camera. It captures really good images for its category. And, even though it isn't tiny, it will fit nicely in a small bag or even an oversized coat pocket.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Lots of manual controls, Good price for the feature set
Conclusion: With one foot in the past, one in the future and one in the grave, the HV30 has at least 50 percent more feet than most people will need. But if you want an impressive High Def camera that can also handle yesterday’s movies, it’s a safe, heavyweight choice.
Pros: Like the warm sound of a vinyl LP, HDV videotape still sets the gold standard for High Def shooting. There isn’t a trace of jerkiness or digital artefact in the HV30’s rich, natural video, and detail is particularly precise through the gleaming Canon optics. The folding LCD has a great viewing angle – and is probably better a bet than the welcome (but rather cramped) electronic viewfinder. As HDV tapes are basically MiniDV tapes with the price doubled, you can play ba...
Cons: The HV30 looks like a wallowing whale compared to today’s porpoise-thin digital rivals, and tape will always be slower to start and stop than Flash technology. It’s louder, too: a fair bit of running noise intrudes on quieter recordings. You’ll also want a second battery, as the one supplied last just 45 minutes at a stretch.
Excerpt: (1 items) Like what we saw happen to VHS technology when the DVD became popular, MiniDV tapes are gradually becoming a technology of the past. Most camcorder manufacturers are turning to tapeless storage media, such as a hard drive, memory card or DVD storage. Despite this trend, Mac users still encounter compatibility issues with tapeless camcorders, which is why we feel it’s important to continue reviewing MiniDV camcorders, like Canon’s new Vixia HV30.
Pros: User friendly, Shoots stellar high-definition video with vividly accurate colors, smooth motion, Includes microphone jack and accessory shoe
Cons: Awkward design makes for clumsy handling, Still images are slightly noisy
She is a Vixen: Canon Vixia HV30 MiniDV HD Camcorder
Personal Electronics buzz
27 April 2008
Excerpt: The Canon Vixia HV30 is a Diva camcorder. It is for anyone who is a Diva or a wannabe Diva. It shoots movie quality video and amazing still stills. The Vixia has numerous features and abundant capacity. If you are looking for a camcorder with a flare, the Vixia is for you.
Summary: Rugged and easy to use, the Canon Vixia HV30 is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality camcorder.
Pros: High-quality video in most light, , , , , Intuitive and sturdy design, , , , , Brilliant LCD, , , , , MiniDV format means compatibility with lots of editing solutions, , , , , Full-size HDMI port
Cons: Noise and focus difficulty in low light, No significant software bundle