Canon VIXIA HV30 HDV High Definition Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HV30 HDV High Definition Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HV30 HDV High Definition Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 2.96Mp 1/2.7" CMOS Sensor
  • Canon HD Video Lens
  • 10x Optical Zoom
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Widescreen 0.27" Color Viewfinder
  • HDMI Connection
  • 2.7" Widescreen LCD
  • HDMI Connection
  • miniSD Card Slot
  • Records to MiniDV
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Canon HV-30 Overview

  • 1Description

Canon's follow-up to the popular HV20, the VIXIA HV30 HDV High Definition Camcorder, continues the tradition of excellence from this legendary company. As before, record your memories in true 1920 x 1080 HD to MiniDV tapes for stunning image quality each and every time. When you prefer to shoot stills capture them in 3.1Mp to miniSD cards (sold separately).

The 10x optical zoom, 1/2.7" CMOS sensor with the RGB Primary Color Filter, HD Video Lens and 2.7" widescreen LCD all work together for the most accurate, rich video and stills possible in a consumer camcorder. SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) keeps your images free from shaky video by correcting for a wide range of camera motion. DIGIC DVII, specifically developed for still images ensures superior color reproduction for skin tones, and light and dark scenes.

24p Cinema mode gives your video that film-like feel while 30p Progressive Mode works great when capturing action shots or footage meant for the internet. The HDMI output provides a hassle-free HD connection of both audio and video in a single cable. Add external video lights, microphones and flashes via the Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal and utilize the USB 2.0 for fast transfer of still images.

Canon's strong showing with the HV30 covers all the bases and then some, ensuring that everything you loved about the HV20 is still present this time around.

Full 1920 x 1080 HD
Record in full 1920 x 1080 HD to MiniDV cassettes. When playing back video on your HD widescreen TV the 16:9 format fits your screen perfectly, now and in the future.
Canon HD Video Lens
The HD Video Lens with 10x optical zoom demonstrates the quality Canon's lenses are known for. Capture every moment with three pre-set zoom speeds for smooth, accurate close-up and zoom shots. The Super spectra coating protects your images from the flare and glare that plagues video and stills, especially when shooting outdoors. Clean, accurate video and higher resolution are thanks to the new aspheric lens design that decreases aberration and increases resolution while the new gradation ND system corrects the image when recording in bright situations.
Full HD 2.96Mp 1/2.7" CMOS Image Sensor
This CMOS records your images in true 1920 x 1080 HD resulting in beautiful, accurate images. Canon's proprietary noise reduction technology reduces image noise, even in low-light situations, further improving the already stunning image quality. The RGB Primary Color Filter with Bayer Pattern separates light into red, green and blue for images that come out rich and natural-looking every time.
DIGIC DVII, unlike its predecessor DIGIC DV, is specially designed for HD image capture. Your video and still images will look better than ever in HD thanks to improved color reproduction for skin tones and light and dark situations. This processor also reduces image noise with two types of noise reduction for clean, crisp video and stills. There's more, the DIGIC DVII also provides for faster shooting of still images - up to 5 (3.1Mp) images per second.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's own SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) corrects for a variety of camera motion, not just hand shake. Fast vibrations, like a moving car, medium-speed motion when hand hold recording, and the slower motion of body sway are all accounted for. Even shooting at long focal lengths SuperRange OIS comes through with a clean, stable shot.
Instant AF (Auto Focus)
The Instant AF on the HV30 uses an external sensor along with Canon's autofocus system to ensure that you get the clear, accurate images that are crucial when recording in HD.
2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
The widescreen LCD display of the HV30 presents accurate, clear images each and every time, especially helpful when you are composing or sharing video with friends or family on playback. A wider range of viewing angles also helps. The hard coat AR surface and improved color reproduction helps ensure that what you capture is truer to the actual scene.
24p Cinema Mode
By changing the camera's frame capture rate to 24p you can give your video that film-look with the 24p Cinema Mode. The CINE setting will further enhance your video by increasing richness in color and tone. Use both settings together or separately to create your desired look and feel.
30p Progressive Mode
Usually only found in the professional camera market 30p Progressive Mode allows you to shoot at 30p as opposed to the standard video frame rate of 60i. Use this function video you plan to post to the Internet or for action shots and see the difference!
3.1Mp Digital Photography
Capture still images to a miniSD card with up to 3.1Mp of resolution (2.76Mp in 4:3). DIGIC DVII technology further improves your digital still capture by increasing your camera's response time for shooting up to 5 images per second while Instant AF ensures crisp, clean shots every time.
HDMI Terminal
With the HDMI output terminal a single cable connects your audio and video to your HDTV for playback.
Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal
The Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal on the HV30 allows you to attach video lights, flashes or microphones to the camcorder for professional quality results.
Share and print your still images with the touch of the button using a PictBridge compatible printer via the included USB cable.
miniSD Card Slot
Use high capacity, petite sized miniSD cards (sold separately) to store all of your digital photos.
Wireless Remote
Use the wireless remote to control your HV30 when you want to be in the picture too.
Analog - Digital Converter
Convert your analog video to HD using the Analog - Digital Converter. Simply connect the HV30 to your VCR, TV or analog camcorder to record the footage to HD miniDV tapes. You can also use this converter as a signal converter between an analog and digital device.
Built-in Electronic Lens Cover
You'll never lose your lens cover again. When the camera turns on the cover automatically opens. When you turn it off the cover closes.
In the Box
Canon VIXIA HV30 HDV High Definition Camcorder
  • BP-2L13 Battery Pack
  • CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
  • STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
  • WL-D87 Wireless Controller
  • IFC-300PCU USB Cable
  • CTC-100/S Component Cable
  • Digital Video Solution Disc for Windows and Macintosh
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Canon HV-30 Specs

    Sensor 2.96Mp 1/2.7" CMOS Sensor
    RGB Primary Color Filter
    Lens Canon 10x HD Video Zoom Lens
    Focal Length=6.1-61mm
    Zoom 10x Optical
    200x Digital
    Filter Size 43mm
    System NTSC
    Format HDV
    Audio DV: 16 bit (2 channel) 48 kHz
    12 bit (4 channel) 32 kHz

    HDV: MPEG-1 Audio Layer II (2 channel)
    Image Stabilization SuperRange Optical
    Lux 0.2 lux (Night recording, shutter speed at 1/2)
    3 lux (Auto mode, Auto slow shutter ON, shutter speed at 1/30)
    Recording Media High Definition MiniDV or MiniDV cassette
    Recording Time HD MiniDV: 63 minutes
    Display Type Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD (Approximately 211,000 pixels)
    Display Size 2.7"
    Viewfinder Widescreen 0.27" color (Approximately 123,000 pixels)
    Camera Features
    Manual Controls Focus, Exposure, White Balance, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Audio mode
    Built-in Speaker Yes
    Built-in Mic Yes
    Accessory Shoe Yes - hot shoe
    Built-in Light/Flash Flash - Yes
    Light - Yes
    Digital Still Mode
    Still Recording Media MiniSD card
    Resolution 3.1MP
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs Mic input (3.5mm Stereo Mini-jack)
    DV in
    Output HDMI (Type A)
    USB (mini-B)
    A/V Mini (3.5mm 4 pole Mini-jack)
    DV out
    Component out
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Languages Not specified by manufacturer
    Compatible Operating Systems Not specified by manufacturer
    Power Requirements 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4" (88 x 82 x 138mm)
    Weight 1.2 lbs (535g)

    Canon HV-30 Reviews

    VIXIA HV30 HDV High Definition Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 217.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera For Indy Film Projects This was my first camera I used for my Independent Film for the festivals in 2010 and we used it to the max, along with our beechteck adapter and Rode mic Ntg 2 and shop lights from ... we went to work with little beast and got great results from it get your lighting proper and the camera will make great films in HD. The HV30 Vixa is a great camera to work with, the 24p cinema frame was a big help to me great for our budget. I recommend this camera to the novice Indy Filmmaker starting out. Wonderful!!! So wondeful our film was selected for a Major Film Fest. I am now in production for another film using this camera.
    Date published: 2011-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and very effective! I have read all the reviews and they pointed to the HV20. I bought the HV30 because I wanted the 30p option. Sure the HV30 costs a bit more, but to me it's worth it because... it's newer. It seems to be built a bit tighter than the HV20 and the the black finish looks just great! I'm sure that anyone knowledgeable about modern technology will be able to pick up on the menu system and controls within a day of owning it as I did. Also, I have a Sony KDS-50A3000 projection t.v. (1920x1080) and the first time I reviewed my video, I was in awe. This camera produces video that is clearer than the networks' who supply 1080i over cable. Seriously, buy this camcorder!
    Date published: 2008-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from so far so good good camera, does all I ask it to do. disadvantages: 1) The built it microphone is not zooming when I zoom in, so there's all sounds on the tape but the sound of the zoomed-in area (person talking...). So external microphone would fix this... 2) The focal length of the objective fully zoomed out is still long - the view is not wide enough for indoor recording. - looks like for indoor the external lens with wider view angle is a must. Also 10x is not 20x... no too much of zoom... 3) White balance is tricky - in auto mode gives fake colors indoor... need to adjust it manually... But still it records in HD, gives nice dynamic range..
    Date published: 2009-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing image quality in MANUAL MODE I am a professional event videographer. I use two of these HV-30s for small fly-in types of events where I need light weight and portability. If you run these cameras in FULL MANUAL MODE, you can get excellent results, both audio and video. You should couple the camera with a Beachtec style audio adapter to run balanced audio. The reliability, functionality, and archival options of tape-based acquisition is still the way to go, in my opinion. The ONE thing this camera sorely lacks in a LANC input so you can use a remote lens control for zoom and focus; otherwise, this is a really nice and cheap solution.
    Date published: 2008-12-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great visual quality, poor sound quality The quality of the picture recorded on this camera is superb but unfortunately the sound quality is poor. Even with an investment in an external microphone and wireless microphones, the tape picked up some background fuzz from the machinery and it took a lot of post-production work to fix it up. If you care about sound quality, this is a frustrating camera. Also there is a highly annoying feature on this camera that doesn't allow you to permanently set the output on earphones so that every time you playback the tape with your earphones you have to go into the menu system to switch the setting or else you get terrible feedback on the earphones.
    Date published: 2009-03-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Testing But a Great Buy I'm presently testing this little beast. I do mean beast because for its size it packs quite a punch. I work at a television station and when I showed one of our producers some of my test footage, he was so excited he is now getting one himself. My test green screen footage is also very nice. I get a nice clean keyed out product with this cam. I'm really happy with it. It would have been nice if I have direct control of the HV30's gain so that I can control the amount of grain this cam produces in low light conditions, however the folks at HV20forum did highlight some workarounds for this problem. I'm ready to shoot my next music video with this little critter.
    Date published: 2009-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera I'm doing single camera documentary work. I've been syncing audio with a Marantz 660. The on-cam mic is ok--but it is what you'd expect from on-cam. I'm happy with the image quality and the features on it--I want the option to customize things. This does it. The image quality is very good. It is tough to judge exposure in the sunlight from the screen (as you'd expect). I like that it will export to .mov files so that I can edit in Final Cut. Logging the clips can get a little tricky. It seems to break a clip where the recorded section ends rather than giving you one continuous file to pull from.
    Date published: 2008-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I expected I have a small video business wanted some exposure to HD. The HV30 is very portable, flexible video formats, shoots excellent video with good lighting and with the right settings does fairly well in low light situations. Its a very handy camcorder with a good selection of manual controls I do miss a gain control though and the manual focus is difficult to use not easy to adjust I have resorted to wearing a tight fitting latex glove on my left hand to grip the manual focus control better for fine adjustments. Im very pleased with this camera it works perfectly with all my editing software and computers.
    Date published: 2009-01-21
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