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: 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
Summary: I love this camera. I use it primarily for home video. It is very easy to use and gives stunning results. I have recorded HD video on ordinary miniDV tapes and the results are beautiful. It is recognized easily by several editing programs (Vegas and Videostudio on my PC, and Final Cut Express on my Mac.) SD video is on par with pretty much most other miniDV cams, but HD is where it really shines. Video is Sharp, highly detailed, and sound is good as well.
Pros: Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Summary: I'm presently testing this little beast. I do mean "beast" because for its size it packs quite a punch. I work at a television station and when I showed one of our producers some of my test footage, he was so excited he is now getting one himself. My test green screen footage is also very nice. I get a nice clean keyed out product with this cam. I'm really happy with it.
Summary: I became involved wiht movie production about two years ago. I Realized I would not go far if i did not get any camcorder. I spent literally hours searching for good options over the web and with friends that are fully involved in video production. Since im sort of " Old School" influenced I decided to buy this camera beacuse it records in HD Mini DV (Rather than Getting a Flash or HDD). Result: I Get no image quaility loss.(Because of CODECS).
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Versatile
Summary: Great camera but never thought about how much space the film takes up on hard drives. 1 TB = around 120 hours of film. Good thing you can film in DV also. One more thing is that the colors seem to blur with motion... at least in the DV mode.
Summary: I purchased the HV-30 VIXIA HV30 HDV primarly to shoot secondary footage, but was pleasantly surprised to learn of it's tight resolution; its also very handy for doing interviews as well. Even if you're not that tech savy, the camera is extremely user friendly. The menu is so easy to maneuver. It fits neatly into the palm of your hands, or works well and is tripod ready. I higly recomend the HV-30 for professionals and amatures alike.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Summary: My first impressions on using the HV30: video quality in daylight is simply stunning and I won't go into details as I expected nothing less from a top line HD camcorder. On the other hand, I would point out some limitations: indoors in lower light image quality drops considerably: noise kicks in and details are gone. Another issue is the motor buzz which is unexpectedly loud and will be picked up by the built in mic.