Canon HV30 - A Great Choice for Professional Results on a Budget!
19 December 2010
Summary: Length:: 3:49 Mins 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.
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: 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: 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.
Great Camera, But Additional Required Items are Pricey
David Michael "Tech Guru", Amazon
14 January 2009
Summary: I ordered the Canon HV30 directly from Amazon and received it within a couple of days. I unpacked it, charged it for an hour, and was shooting my daughter's school play that night. It worked flawlessly. We took it home and plugged it into my television and it was beautiful. My only issue with the camera itself is the handgrip attachment. I simply cannot adjust it so that it feels snug and is comfortable.
Summary: I have used this camcorder several times now (sunlight, overcast and night lights) and I am very pleased with it's features and the quality of video playback on my 28" HD computer monitor as well as 32" and 47" LCD HD TV's. I have used standard MiniDV tapes (not expensive HD tapes) with excellent results. I even tested recording over a previous recording with good results. HD does really look better than real life! I am most happy with this unit.
Summary: This camera has performed above and beyond my expectations. As an amateur filmmaker I have been comtemplating purchasing a Panasonic AG-HVX200A which can cost upwards of $5000. I instead decided to save my money and buy the Canon HV30 at almost one-tenth of the price. I will start off saying that the image is amazing.
Summary: I previously owned a Canon ZR930. I bought it for web and other marketing video. It is a great budget, entry level camera, but the resolution is not stellar and the lower light performance is not great, either. I had to return 2 of them before getting a ZR930 that worked--one had a blown mic port and another had a blown Firewire port.
Best Video Quality I've Ever Seen in a <$2000 Camcorder
D. Nutt, Amazon
7 November 2008
Summary: I've been buying camcorders since they've existed and every time I've brought a new camcorder home I've had the same experience, that is, the picture I saw on my TV never matched my expectations, it never even came close. I always hoped to see the quality of video I saw on the TV and news shows I watched and was always disappointed when the camcorder video quality always fell well short of that expectation. Until now!