Summary: Really great little video camera. The HV30 has several features that aren't available on todays Cano Pro-sumer line of cameras including 24 frames progressive, and hotshoe for mounting accessories. The only drawback they have is mini-DV-tape format which they record record too. This we overcame with purchase of additonal portable sd recorder with hdmi input.
Summary: This is a great camera for it's purpose - it's not supposed to compete with Canon's older sibs, like its big sister the XH A1/G1 or it's big big Bro, the XL-H1, however, you can use it for cut aways in a multi cam shoot without feeling "naked" - If you don't need 24P, this is the same camera as the HV40 overall... These all use Tape... people have given tape a bad name lately, and I would say that more pros still use tape than flash cards... why? tons of reasons...
Summary: Don't look for any great advances here: the Canon Vixia HV30 is a very minor upgrade from the admittedly top-notch HV20. It has a sleeker-looking black body, introduces 30p progressive mode, and supports the high-capacity BP-2L24H lithium-ion battery, but otherwise remains the same as its 2007 predecessor. The 2.7-inch wide-screen LCD is kind of small and at 211,000-pixels not very high resolution, but it's sufficient for manually focusing.
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: As an award winning cinematographer I wanted to find a small camera that I could risk in place of my expensive cameras. Thought this would be it. The most annoying problem with this camera is that when it gets a head clog, it locks up on the GOP main frame then jumps into the next usable GOP asset. For those of you who don't know what GOP is, google it. It's how HDV is recorded. So it's useless for anything that matters, because a head clog can come at any moment.
Summary: I bought my HV30 a couple of months ago, not exactly knowing much about the camera. To be honest, I only happened upon it because the salesperson pointed me to it. Looking back, he knew exactly what I needed. The HV30 is a nice piece of machinery, and you can pretty much get the feel of it from the minute you first hold it in your hand. Honestly, I found it very ergonomic, and everything (well, except for the manual focus) is at a comfortable reach.
This is a great camera, but for pretty advanced users
14 June 2009
Summary: We got this camera as a gift when our son was born and then we got the HV40 camera as test consumers, so we have used both. The bottom line is that for people that need and want a camera to shoot home movies, the HV30 and the HV40 are pretty expensive and complicated way to do that. I am not advanced enough to even be able to tell differences between them, but if you read other reviews, you can see that there are slight differences.
Summary: I bought this camera to replace an old Sony I had. So far the camera has delivered on all it's marks. Editing with Final Cut Pro is simple and capture is as expected. I have recommeded this camera to a friend who is in the market for a new one. I went with this model because it uses DV tapes which are cheap and makes backup easy.
Summary: I've owned this for a couple weeks and I'll tell you my impressions, because I'm cheap but I wanted a camera with some of the things a real videographer needs. In the menu, you can set zoom speed. Essential to me, I was REALLY glad to see this. There is audio in. Buy the Beachtek dual XLR mic amp (some $$$, but worth it) and you will have any audio you want.
Pros: Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile