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Summary: Despite its reliance on an outdated format, the Canon HV30 is a superior high-def camcorder that offers exceptional value for money.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