Summary: 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.
Summary: I purchased this via Amazon with the Amazon Credit for 1 year interest free financing. So far, I've basically familiarized myself with the HV30's features and the video quality is AMAZING. It didn't take very long for me to figure out what most of the settings do but I am somewhat of a "techy".
Summary: I like this camcorder! It's not bulky but fits on all hand sizes. The function button is a little bit hard to get while using the camera and the videocassette cover is as on all the reviews a little bit loose.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Summary: After buying a Sony HD camcorder which uses AVHCD, which hd material cannot be recorded on to convention dvd, I decided to go back to Canon and DV tape. Yes, as good as Sony regarding the HD picture but slower to start up from cold (the Sony had a 80 gb hard disc).
Summary: I agree with what most other reviewers have said. This camcorder produces video of fantastic quality, especially when played through an HDTV. The lens is very impressive, producing good results whether at 10x zoom or in extreme close up.