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: 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.
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.
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, but it's also a bit bulky. More important, the HV30 boasts the same 3-megapixel CMOS sensor as the HV20, which means this model shoots excellent video.
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Cons: Noise and focus difficulty in low light, No significant software bundle,
Summary: Despite its reliance on an outdated format, the Canon HV30 is a superior high-def camcorder that offers exceptional value for money.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