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 !!
"I bought this around mid of jan 2009, I did not like it"
20 January 2009
Pros: Price is the only + point compared to an equivalent Sony Model
Cons: The body is not sturdy, it keeps shaking while operating. I felt uncomfrtable while operating the camera .You can hear the sound of shaking casset cover while operating which makes me worry as if it is tearint apart.
Summary: I've used higher-end ProSumer camcorders for a while and virtually every other generation of video camcorder since 1980. I recently used a Sony HC3 HDV handheld but gave that to my daughter when I got this HV30. The HV30 has a great picture and all that. So I think I'll focus on what's either really cool, or a bit off-putting for a buyer. Really Cool: Video quality is the best you can find on today's one-chip HDV camera.
Summary: Everything you read about this camera is true. I owned one for a couple of days and the picture was extraordinary... the camera was a breeze to use... And then I turned up the audio. Whoa. What's that humming?! Now, I had seen plenty of reviews (even on the older HV20) warning of a little tape noise in the audio. I own two other Mini DV cameras, and you do hear a little bit of the mechnism working. But this is different. It's disruptive.
Disappointing camera,compared to previous Canons I have owned.
K. A. Williams, Amazon
18 December 2008
Summary: As a confirmed Canon fan, I still did all the research and decided on the HV30. Reluctantly, I have to say, I am very disappointed.The picture quality is very good, and the features and connectivity are excellent, however the sound quality is completely spoilt by the recorded tape and other electronic noise.