Canon HV30 reviews: MiniDV storage Full HD camcorder

21 customer reviews

+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.0 out of 10 based on 21 reviews.
Canon HV30: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using miniSD card. See full product description

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Denis, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
SOUND AND PICTURE QUALITY GOOD
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 May 2009

George, Wirral Merseyside Filming for over 40yrs.

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Light and easy carry around particularly on holiday
Bad points:
Eye viewing not too practical [ i do have a CANON XM1 as well ] ....
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Nov 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The image quality is super when seen on an HDTV with 1080p. Considering it's compact size the results are very good. Price is also very competitive compared to other camcorders. I highly recommend this camcorder - Canon has come out with a great product.
Bad points:
Battery life is a bit short - in fact I had to purchase another battery within 2 weeks of buying the camcorder.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Mar 2009

Steven, Dumfries Cautious Purchaser - Saved

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent build quality, reassuring weight, very stylish, video light,connectivity and for myself, in my opinion tape is still king with the benefit of still's to card.
Excellent value for money.
Looking forward with excitement, to the learning curve that seems to be ahead!
Bad points:
It's only bad point that I can see, is well documented in all reviews and that is the manual focus being positioned in a strange place. I was fully aware of this before purchase and I am sure that it is just a matter of time spent playing with it, before I am used to it. Don' let it put you off.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Feb 2009

Alan, Loughborough

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality on an easy to use media (miniDV tape)
Light weight
Excellent features which I am still exploring.
Bad points:
It was expensive but I suspect it is going to be value for money.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality
Bad points:
Not a lot
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Jan 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality and features (25p filming mode)
Bad points:
V. poor focus wheel
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Feb 2009

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card miniSD
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 200
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 535
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 53
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 530
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-03-11

Also known as: HV30, Canon

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Manufacturer's Description

Successor to the award-winning HV20, the HV30 derives all the benefits of the Canon HD Camera System – Canon HD Lens, Full HD CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV II processor – for outstanding HDV1080i images.

  • Canon HD Camera System
  • Instant AF
  • 10x optical zoom lens with Super Range OIS
  • Versatile range of connections and inputs
  • Multiangle Vivid LCD
  • True 25p shooting
  • Extended shooting times
  • Advanced photo features
  • Analogue-to-digital conversion

The digital filmmaker’s camcorder – outstanding image quality and genuine versatility.

Canon HD Camera System
The HV30 inherits the HV20’s Canon HD Camera System – the unique combination of a genuine Canon HD Video Lens, a 2.96MP Full HD CMOS sensor and the DIGIC DV II processor. Designed and manufactured by Canon, these components integrate seamlessly to deliver superb HDV1080i (High Definition Video) images, recorded to tape.

Instant AF
Focusing in HD can be difficult, since even slight errors are noticeable. The HV30 employs a unique hybrid system called Instant AF for extremely fast, accurate auto focusing – making it easier to capture pin sharp HD pictures.

Canon HD Video Lens
A 10x optical zoom lens, specially engineered for HD video, inherits Canon’s extensive expertise in broadcast lens manufacture. With Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer, all kinds of camera shake are compensated for.

Filmmaker’s system
An Advanced Accessory Shoe lets moviemakers adapt the camcorder to their needs – a range of peripherals can be added to suit any shooting situation. Manual audio controls allow sound recording to be finely controlled; an HDMI output jack is the quickest way to connect to a compatible HD TV or computer.

Multiangle Vivid LCD
The HV30 features Canon’s advanced 2.7” Multiangle Vivid LCD screen. Making it easier to monitor recording when shooting from particularly high or low angles, it has a wide 135-degree viewing angle. HCAR surface treatment ensures sharp images, a wider range of vibrant colours and reduced screen reflection.

Cinema-style 25p shooting
For ambitious moviemakers, the HV30 features true 25p (progressive) shooting. Allied to a dedicated CINE image mode, movies have the look and feel of film. 25p shooting also offers improved low-light performance, increasing shooting options even further.

Shoot for longer
The HV30 is compatible with Canon’s optional high capacity battery (BP-2L24H) – extending shooting times and cutting out the need to carry spares.

Advanced photography
Digital photos are stored to MiniSD card. Advanced photo features includes a one-push histogram display to monitor brightness levels. Split path processing allows simultaneous video and 2.07MP still capture. Print photos directly on PictBridge compatible printers.

Analogue-to-digital conversion
Via an AV input connection, analogue footage (including old home movies) can be transferred to digital tape for safekeeping.


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