Canon HV30 - A Great Choice for Professional Results on a Budget!
19 December 2010
Summary: We've filmed everything from outdoor scenes to indoor rock concerts with this little camera and are constantly impressed by the output. On a budget, it really can't be beaten. It is small and lightweight, easy to carry around in a bag with a bunch of accessories, and also very easy to adapt to many different shooting situations. Since its so compact, it was also very simple to build 3 different steadicam setups and one balanced shoulder mount for the HV30.
Summary: Did a lot of research on HD consumer camcorders and believe this one and the HV40 are the no brainers for people who dont mind using mini DV tapes. Have talked to several professional's in the field whom all seem to agree that this camcorder is hands down the best consumer camcorder. Have owned it for a year and haven't had any problems. The picture is great and seems to do well in low light also.
Summary: I'll try not to restate what others have already said. This camera produces excellent quality video. You need an external mic to escape the tape motor whine. You absolutely need the Canon WD-H43 Wide angle converter. I dislike the eyepiece (or lack thereof). There is no image stabalization to speak of (I only use zoom from a tripod anyway). I record in 30p - it looks wonderful. Experiment with the P Tv and Av features (these will make sense to all you SLR owners).
Summary: Read this quickly and order one of these RIGHT NOW before they are extinct! My neighbor is a professional videographer who advised me to go with TAPE and not get sucked into the hard drive craze. We were leaving on an expensive vacation and I intended to take lots of scenic footage of the countryside in Norway. He said if you drop your hard drive camcorder at the end of your trip you may lose everything.
Summary: This is a great little (very) video camera that has a cult following that makes it very easy to get all kinds of tips and tricks for giving it even greater capabilities. The image quality is amazing, and 10 years ago I would have never expected to get such quality from a camera in this price range. I have friends using these for shooting tv commercials and travelogue shows with great results. The cons: it is tiny and all the little buttons are tiny.
Summary: While file-based acquisition will be the way to go in the future, for now, this little baby gives me just what I'm looking for - a fantastic HDV acquisition with tape-based backup. The color fidelity is fantastic, the image stabilization works very well. If you do your own editing, the bandwidth of the HDV video is well within the capabilities of most PC's and Macs. Get yourself a decent editing system and you will be surprised at what you can get out of this camera.
Summary: Length:: 1:30 Mins This is a great camcorder and while these internet video formats still look really good, playing direct from your camcorder to your TV is amazing. I have a 1080p 42 inch Vizio and the video maintains its hi-resolution and quality at that size. The Bad: The handgrip is a little awkward as other reviewers suggest. When zoomed in between the cameras small size and awkward grip, a steady picture is difficult and their is a lot of shake.
Summary: I love it! I have no complaints whatsoever; it's great for my uses (homemade music videos). Take some time to read the manual and keep it handy while you use the camera the first couple times. That will help you capture great footage!
Summary: This is my first HD camcorder. I spent months researching and debating the merits of minDV versus AVC-HD. I decided to go with tape due to the ease of editing, easy storage, low price of the tapes, and compatibility with iMovie '09. I have not been disappointed. After a few weeks of experimenting it is easy to master all of the controls. Many have commented on the flimsy feeling of the housing for the cassette.