Canon VIXIA HF M30 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M30 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF M30 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 8GB Internal Flash Memory
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot
  • Eye-Fi Memory Card Compatible
  • 3.89MP CMOS Sensor
  • 2.7" Touch Panel LCD
  • Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS
  • 3.3MP Still Image Capture
  • 24p and 30p Frame Modes
  • Microphone and Headphone Terminals
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Canon HF-M30 Overview

  • 1Description

The VIXIA HF M30 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder from Canon is a mid-range HD camcorder that provides you with numerous features and functions. The camera gives you 1920 x 1080 HD video recording, 3.3MP still image capture, and an 8GB internal flash memory. The HF M30 can also store video and still images to SD/SDHC memory cards, including Eye-Fi memory cards.

The heart of the HF M30 is the 3.89MP Full HD CMOS image sensor. This sensor works with Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor to capture detailed footage in 24Mbps AVCHD. Other tools that help you record include the Canon 15x HD Video Lens, 18x Advanced Zoom, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, and a 2.7" LCD display.

When it comes to user-friendly options, the HF M30 gives you many to choose from. The camera offers Touch & Track for tracking of focus and exposure in your footage, Face Detection for clear exposures on the faces in the frame, and helpful functions like Smart Auto and Instant AF. Other useful and practical applications include Advanced Video Snapshot and PictBridge. And let's not forget the built-in flash and video light which help you capture video and still images in low-light settings, 24p and 30p frame modes, and microphone and headphone connections.

Flash Memory Recording
The VIXIA HF M30 allows you to record up to 3 hours of video to an 8GB internal flash drive or to a removable SD memory card. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the SD memory card when the memory becomes full. There's no need to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot. You'll also have the flexibility of copying video from your VIXIA HF M30's internal drive to the removable SD memory card. That makes it easy to insert the card into your computer or HDTV's card reader and view your recorded footage immediately.

The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage. Another plus is the VIXIA HF M30's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. And if your HF M30 happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if there is damage to your recording media or to the moving parts found in other camcorders 1

Stunning HD Image Quality
A Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality, while the Canon Exclusive 3.89MP HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution and photos with astonishing detail, while the Canon Exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides impressive color and imaging performance, with enhanced reproduction of difficult to capture purple and blue tones. Exceptionally life-like tone and detail are captured thanks to 24Mbps Recording, which offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD. The VIXIA HF M30 not only captures images in HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen
2.7" Touch Panel LCD Display
See exceptional detail with a sharp 211,000 dot screen that delivers brilliant color together with touch panel control for faster and easier menu navigation. This 2.7" LCD also features Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject - whether it's people, vehicles, etc. by selecting your choice right on the touch panel display
3.3MP Camera Built-In
The VIXIA HF M30, in addition to being a brilliant camcorder, is also a 3.3MP digital camera. The VIXIA HF M30's Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. You'll even be able to shoot 3.0 megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording. The VIXIA HF M30 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a digital camera. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode. The versatile VIXIA HF M30 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto an SD card or to internal memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF M30 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. And in addition to all that your VIXIA HF M30's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions.
Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS
The VIXIA HF M30 features Canon's proprietary Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization which provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted shaking which is common when walking. Together with Powered IS you'll find an even higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Powered IS can be engaged by pressing or holding the Powered IS button on the touch panel LCD
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus, AiAF, ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF M30's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus
Selectable Metering Patterns
For optimal still image exposure the VIXIA HF M30 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF M30 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in ½ exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you
Histogram Display
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF M30 comes with a Histogram Display - a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot
Instant AF
The VIXIA HF M30 camcorder features Canon's Instant AF focusing system which offers an improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." This is especially beneficial in high brightness or night shooting situations. In addition, with Instant AF it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.

To further enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF M30 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording

Smart Auto
Smart Auto makes shooting great video easy. Using the power of Canon's DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF M30 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene
Touch & Track
Touch & Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any subject: people, pets, vehicles, and more. Simply select your point of interest on the Touch Panel LCD and you will have your subject in sharp focus regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot. Touch & Track is the default setting. You can also choose to adjust focus or exposure independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch Focus or Touch Exposure
Advanced Video Snapshot
Advanced Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of your adventures with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips - or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode - and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone's attention. This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source
Easy Web Sharing
HD-to-SD Downconversion allows you to convert recorded high definition video to standard definition files while safely preserving the original HD video. These standard definition files make it even more convenient to edit, share video online, or create a DVD. The downconverted video can be transferred to your computer via traditional methods - i.e. USB connection, card slot - or wirelessly to sharing sites with an Eye-Fi SD memory card
Eye-Fi SD Memory Card Compatible
The VIXIA HF M30 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD Memory Card. It's possible to wirelessly transfer your down-converted video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and you're ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world 2
24p & 30p Frame Modes
24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF M30's CINE setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.

In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF M30 to capture video in 30p Progressive Mode, (30 progressive frames, recorded at 60i) which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. Excellent for action and sports shots, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording

To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the VIXIA HF M30, you'll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter, or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone. Easy, one-cable connectivity to HDTV is yours through the VIXIA HF M30's HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color. The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility
5.1 Channel Surround Sound
For the ultimate home theater experience, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound allows you to capture audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your high definition video. The sound is captured from all directions (five different pickup sensors) so your home movies will look and sound life-like. The built-in Microphone terminal, with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal, also provides exceptional audio flexibility 3
Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
The Pixela ImageMixer 3SE video editing software allows for playback of recorded video on your computer and editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. With the Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Software, you can burn a standard definition DVD to relive the memories on your TV. And to perfectly complement the Video Snapshot feature found on Canon flash memory camcorders, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided
Print/Share allows you to connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer. With the supplied USB cable and a touch of the Print/Share button you can print directly from your VIXIA HF M30. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer and easily burn DVDs of your photos, as the HF M30 is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all
Creative Control and Workflow Features
  • Built-in video light for shooting video in low light conditions
  • Touch Focus for pinpointing an area to focus on - targets subject anywhere in frame
  • Intelligent Lithium-ion battery tracks remaining battery life for surprise-free recording
  • Burn DVDs of your video with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner and one-cable connection
  • Touch Exposure enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by user
  • Camera Exposure modes include Auto, AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), CINE, and P (program)
In the Box
Canon VIXIA HF M30 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Wireless Controller
  • Stereo Video Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Compact Power Adapter
  • BP-808 Lithium-Ion Battery ftrzbqbv
  • Component Cable
  • Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
  • Music CD
  • Digital Video Solution Disc
  • 1-Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty
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    Canon HF-M30 Specs

    Sensor 1/4" CMOS
    Zoom Optical: 15x
    Advanced (Optical): 18x
    Digital: 300x
    Filter Size 37 mm
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x Internal Flash Memory (8 GB Maximum)
    x SD/SDHC (32 GB Maximum)
    Recording Time Internal Flash Memory GB
    LP: 3 hours
    SP: 2 hours, 20 minutes
    MXP: 40 minutes
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 3.3 Megapixel
    Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 2.7"
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Lux .4 (Low Light mode)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - Yes
    Flash - Yes
    Accessory Shoe Mini Hot
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo
    Outputs 1 x HDMI Type A
    1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x A/V
    1 x USB 2.0
    1 x Component Video
    1 x Composite Video
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Supported Languages English
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese

    Also displays Malay

    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Power Adapter 100 - 240 VAC
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.7 x 2.4 x 4.9" / 6.9 x 6.1 x 12.4 cm
    Weight 11.3 oz / 320.4 g

    Canon HF-M30 Reviews

    VIXIA HF M30 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 85.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just right for the job I work at a large software company and film our employees chatting about technology and giving presentations. The films that I make are viewed exclusively on the web. They are intentionally not professional quality, but are rather informal. I find that these cameras are perfect for this type of work. The only slight downside to these cameras is that they capture in AVCHD format, which is not the most friendly format. Final Cut Pro cannot import the files directly, but must log and transfer the files. This also means that Compressor can't do anything with the files until they have been transferred through FCP. This can be a bit annoying, but it is not the end of the world.
    Date published: 2010-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome picture quality Excellent picture quality. Be sure to study the manual (on the disk) to learn how to record in low light. The touch screen takes some getting used to but is MUCH easier to navigate once you increase the font size. It has great 15x OPTICAl zoom. Very effective image stabilization. Automatic recording modes for different lighting conditions. External microphone input. The ability to downsize files from 1080P to 720 (so you can burn on a regular DVD) The ability to record to the internal memory, or SDHC chip. (a setting that remains the same when you turn the camera back on) I LOVE THIS CAMCORDER !! If it were lost or stolen I would buy another Canon Vixia HFM30.
    Date published: 2010-10-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very impressive I am a professional media producer; photography and video. I am very impressed with the Canon HF M30. The picture quality is as good as some 3 chip cameras I have shot with in the past. It is compact so it travels well. It has most every feature a shooter would need to have control over the finished product. The only downside is that all the features must be accessed through the touchscreen which is also your monitor. That makes for a lot of screen cleaning. A necessary evil with such a compact device. I have used Canon products since childhood and have always been impressed with their quality.
    Date published: 2011-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Consumer Camcorder This camera works great for a non-professional product. The touch screen controls make it really easy to use and it produces a great HD quality picture. Zoom works well. Great storage capacity; I really like the duel memory option of using SD cards AND internal memory. It's small size makes it great to carry around. The microphone is decent, but I'd recommend an external microphone in cases where recording voice and sound is important. The battery life is also very poor, so I would recommend purchasing a back up battery. It also performs poorly in low light, so I'd recommend an external light in low light conditions. This is a great compact camera for vacations, home movies, and non-professional grade video work.
    Date published: 2011-01-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing little camcorder I did a lot of research before purchasing this camcorder and it's everything I wanted and more. I've had the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 for some time and I wanted to upgrade. I've only shot a few sample clips so far but this camera is amazing. I mainly shoot family events and travel but the uses for a camcorder of this quality are limitless. It gives you the option to experiment with so many variables. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of it's low light performance. In my average lit living room there was much grain/noise. But for the price and compared it's peers, I think this is one of the best available right now. For the casual user to the avid I recommend it. ...
    Date published: 2010-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why buy anything else? I bought this camcorder back in July, and I was kind of hesitant about it, because it seemed like a small, handheld camcorder, with standard features, but in HD. I was so wrong! This cam boasts amazing image quality, with that professional low depth of field ability, incredible zooming, full HD at 60 fps, advanced image stabilization, ON CAMERA LED light, up to 17 mbps, tap to focus, manual focus, 360 deg rotatable LCD, MAC OS CAPABILITY, and More! I use this for promotional videos, product reviews, video blog-in, event videography and more. On the negative side, I don't find the touch screen menus easy to navigate, and the hot shoe is a mini hot shoe, so you need to but an adapter to use an external mic or light. The built in 8 GB is a plus, and another SD card slot allows for extended recording times. Audio is OK, but definitely suggest getting an external mic. They're cheap, and very affective.
    Date published: 2010-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I hoped it would be I bought the Canon Vixia HF M30 for my wife for Christmas. I did an extensive review of features and online product reviews and found this camcorder to be most like what I wanted and seemingly a great value. My wife was overjoyed (thought a bit angry as I double-crossed her and broke our spending limit again). It's only been a week, so I can't speak to durability or give a lot of history, but it really appears to be what it was advertised to be. Extremely high quality for the price and very ergonomically friendly. We love that it comes with 8Gb of flash memory hard-installed. I bought her another 8Gb card in addition and that should be all we'll need. Very satisfied!
    Date published: 2011-01-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good deal! I bought this camera for my cinematography class and my main thing was not to get a camera that would just get me by in class and that I would have to buy another one after the semester was over for projects and portfolio material. After looking around I chose this camera and so far it looks like a good choice. It is really light, easy to use and the picture looks good. With the help of settings and light you can really make some good projects with this camera. The only thing I have encountered so far as a con, is that the battery life is really short. 1 hour max. So I think I will buy an extra battery soon.
    Date published: 2011-02-09
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