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
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.
Excerpt: Canon's new MiniDV-based Vixia HV30 is a slight upgrade from the HV20, adding a 30p progressive shooting mode and compatibility for the company's new high-capacity batteries. At 1.2 pounds, the camera build is rugged and easy to use, butit's also a bitbulky. More important, the HV30 boasts the same 3-megapixel CMOS sensor as the HV20, which means this model shoots excellent video.
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.