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: Canon VIXIA HV30 MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom I was an "early adopter" of this camcorder and thus paid full price. I have been using it for 9 months and am so happy with it that I'm considering buying a second one, mainly for use as a tape feeder deck, now that the prices have come down. It takes absolutely stunning High Definition pictures and very good stills.
Summary: first i just wanted to acknowledge how great Amazon is (happy customer for past 8yrs). Ordered this camcorder with FREE super saver shipping on Friday and got it delivered on Monday! Now about hv30, i have been shooting digital with different camcorders for past 7 years and yes, this is the best quality consumer HD camcorder you can get for $$$.
"Easily the best HD camera available for picture quality"
30 October 2008
Pros: Unbeatable Picture quality, Mic input & headphones jack, Standard sized HDMI ouput, Fantastic low light performance particularly when used in Cinema mode, .Has hot shoe for attaching a light or mic.
Cons: Records to tape not hard drive - but is easier to edit than AVCHD HHD camcorders. Tape door feels flimsy. The built in camera light isn't very good. Camera Audio is ok, but tape machine noise is audible. (use exteranal mic for for pro sound).
Summary: I question the value of most reviewers who write something after a short experience with a product. I fall into that category myself but here goes. I've "played" with this camcorder for a month and did one serious shoot - a talking head interview miked with a lavalier mike. I used professional studio tungsten lighting. It looked very, very good for a camcorder at this price. Sounded great which had more to do with an external mike than the camcorder.
Summary: The camera arrived 3 days before my schedule trip to Haiti, so I had a chance to read the manual and lear about the different functions. The learning curve was painless because the camera is very user friendly and the performance (video and still photo) quality were beyond my expectation. i used the camera during my trip to record a music video @ Grosse Roche Beach (St- Marc, Haiti).
Summary: The camera has been great so far, quite a big difference from a standard definition camcorder. However, the tape deck is quite loud when recording. Loud enough that I seriously considered sending it back, but I can't seem to find a camcorder that gets as good of reviews, and I think it is a similar issue with a lot of mini dv cams. However, my 3CCD Panasonic (PV-GS120) cam is not as loud.
Summary: I've spent the weekend shooting and editing with my Canon HV30, and overall, I'm very pleased with it. The image quality and color reproduction (when you switch "vivid" on in the settings) is superb. It's small, lightweight and the controls make sense. In a couple of hours I was able to put the manual away and know what I was doing. Low light performance is pretty good, with just a bit of noise all the way at iso 1600 (outside at night).