Canon HV30 - A Great Choice for Professional Results on a Budget!
19 December 2010
Summary: Length:: 3:49 Mins We've filmed everything from outdoor scenes to indoor rock concerts with this little camera and are constantly impressed by the output. On a budget, it really can't be beaten. It is small and lightweight, easy to carry around in a bag with a bunch of accessories, and also very easy to adapt to many different shooting situations.
Pros: This is an easy to use semi professional camcorder. I purchased an external Rode microphone for it to shoot live music events. You can manually adjust the audio level so you can get a perfect recording. I am very pleased with the results....
Cons: The mini SD memory card for the camera's photo option are hard to find......
Summary: Did a lot of research on HD consumer camcorders and believe this one and the HV40 are the no brainers for people who dont mind using mini DV tapes. Have talked to several professional's in the field whom all seem to agree that this camcorder is hands down the best consumer camcorder. Have owned it for a year and haven't had any problems. The picture is great and seems to do well in low light also.
Cons: My Final Cut Pro 6.0 do not recognize the Canon Vixia HV30. Could anyone tell me which EXACT settings to put on the FCP in order to have this software recognize the camcorder ??? dealing with this problem since 3 days now...HELP !!
Pros: The low light performance of this camcorder exceeded my expectations. The 24PF mode is great a creating a cinematic look, and the Cine mode gives you plenty of room for color grading. The miniDV format is also good for archiving your footage.
Cons: Flimsy tape door (but can be fixed), manual focus is a little bit annoying to use.