Pros: The low light performance of this camcorder exceeded my expectations. The 24PF mode is great a creating a cinematic look, and the Cine mode gives you plenty of room for color grading. The miniDV format is also good for archiving your footage.
Cons: Flimsy tape door (but can be fixed), manual focus is a little bit annoying to use.
Excerpt: The Canon HV30 HD is a very good camera with some truly excellent features among which a high precision aspheric lens. The camera , like most HD cameras, only offers a 10x optical zoom, which gets you VERY close to what you want to record without any loss of quality or frame droppings.
Excerpt: Deciding which camcorder to purchase next can be a scary thing. What options are best? The choices are innumerable, but after hours of my own research, I decided upon the Canon Vixia Hv30 High Definition Camcorder. I might say, too, it was one of the best decisions I have made purchasing an electronic device. I pony’d up the $500 to buy it, and it was worth every drop of sweat.