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
Summary: If MiniDV is important to your choice of camcorder, the Canon Vixia HV30 is an excellent choice. It shoots stellar high-definition video with vividly accurate colours, smooth motion; includes a microphone jack and accessory shoe; and is very user friendly. Unfortunately the Canon Vixia HV30's awkward design makes for clumsy handling; and 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Summary: Despite its reliance on an outdated format, the Canon HV30 is a superior high-def camcorder that offers exceptional value for money. If you can get over your anti-tape prejudice and embrace MiniDV, this model will deliver on every level.
Pros: Performed excellently in low light, 25p Cine mode, unique and arresting design, extensive audio options
Cons: MiniDV is a dying format, may prove a bit bulky for some
Summary: Last year’s tape-toting Canon HV20 stormed into our camcorder charts, with only a clutch of more expensive shooters keeping it from the number one spot. So it was with barely concealed gadget lust that we opened the box of its replacement, the cunningly named HV30. Still bearing the same outsize-growth tape housing, it bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor from every angle.