Summary: This is my second HF30. I needed a second one as a way to get my video into my computer. (The FireWire port failed after many years of service.) I've captured some beautiful moose shots in Algonquin Park, Canada with this camera. It has worked flawlessly in some pretty bad conditions. It's not a professional camcorder, but quality/price is great.
Summary: I still use DV tapes, and have tons of hours of standard filmed video in that format. The Canon Vixia HV30 is the perfect upgrade because it lets me keep those DV videos for future transfer to my PC AND, once I erase those tapes I can re use them and record on them in high definition. The HV30 is awesome when recording outdoors, in broad daylight, and even in dim lighted situations it delivers a more than decent image.
Summary: This is a great product, however, if you are looking for somehting to point and shoot, then upload to your computer, this is not the product for you. This is far more professional than I originally thought, but that works for me, just make sure it works for you. The quality is unreal, if you know what you're doing this is the best bang for the buck.
Summary: I bought this camcorder Canon Vixia HV 30 because i was looking for a great camera to live stream event from our church indoor and outdoor. i love this camcorder theres nothing i don't like about it is the right size and pack with features. After i conducted an extensive research online i decided to purchase this cam. Regardless now the newest models of camcorders comes with internal hard drive this mini DV cam is one of the best , if not the best cam.
The second best non-prosumer camcorder you can buy (first is HV40)
2 November 2011
Summary: I have been using the VIXIA HV30 for several years now, and just purchased a second one for my production company in order to get two simultaneous camera angles. This camera has been replaced in the Canon line by the HV40, which brought true 24p recording and slightly better low light performance.
One of the best affordable camcorders on the market..... Period!
3 October 2011
Summary: I already owe an HV30 and bought a second one so I can now shoot from two directions. This Canon camcorder uses the mini DV tapes for recording which I find will give you the best quality video and sound. Any camcorder using a memory card uses compression in order to save the video file. Compression = lower quality. I have been shooting video for 15 years... This unit is the best affordable camera on the market.