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Canon HV30 / HV30E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 546 reviews of Canon HV30 / HV30E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the design and portability are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback. The viewfinder and battery get critical opinions. The durability and size get mixed comments.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HV30 / HV30E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon HV30 / HV30E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Canon HV30 / HV30E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the connectivity and design. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size and durability.

usability, image quality, portability, design, connectivity

price, durability, size

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HV30 High Definition Camcorder (10 x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD)Canon HV30 High Definition Camcorder (10 x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon HV30 / HV30E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 333 user reviews of Canon HV30 / HV30E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the design and portability. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed comments about the battery and durability. Many are critical about the viewfinder.

usability, price, image quality, portability, design

viewfinder

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HV30 MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomCanon VIXIA HV30 MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Brian Chen, Macworld.com (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Canon Vixia HV30 review

 

In the same way that VHS technology withered when the DVD became popular, MiniDV tapes are gradually becoming a technology of the past. Most camcorder manufacturers are turning to tapeless storage media, such as a hard drive, memory card or DVD storage.

If MiniDV is important to your choice of camcorder, the Canon Vixia HV30 is an excellent choice. It shoots stellar high-definition video with vividly accurate colours, smooth motion; includes a microphone jack and accessory shoe; and is very user...

Jun, 2008

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Canon HV30

 

Canon's tape-based HV20 was one of the best HDV camcorders around, so does its successor, the HV30, take things further?

Canon has clearly heeded the cliché ‘if it ain't broke, don't fix it' with the HV30. Its predecessor was a great camcorder for serious video makers with less than £1,000 to spend. Now the HV30 can proudly take over its place. This could be the last...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Canon HV30 review

 

Of all the high-definition camcorders in the Labs, the HV30 is most likely to appeal to video enthusiasts.

May, 2008

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

Canon HV30

 

Canon's HV30 High Definition camcorder combines a 3.1 MegaPixel Full HD CMOS picture sensor with Canon's HD Video Lens and DIGIC II signal processor. This results in an outstanding picture full of vivid colours and details. Thanks to a sophisticated...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Canon HV30 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon HV30 utilises the pioneering Canon HD Camera System to deliver breathtaking HDV1080i performance into the palm of your hand.

Attach the Canon HV30 to a PictBridge compatible printer and high-quality photographic prints are yours at the touch of a button.

May, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Chen, (techworld.com)

Canon Vixia HV30 review

 

The Canon Vixia HV30 is a fine choice for die-hard MiniDV users, offering superb video quality and a bunch of nifty features.

If MiniDV is important to your choice of camcorder, the Canon Vixia HV30 is an excellent choice. It shoots stellar high-definition video with vividly accurate colours, smooth motion; includes a microphone jack and accessory shoe; and is very user...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: CB (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Canon HV30 HDV Camcorder

 

So, it has a 2.96MP CMOS sensor, 1080i/25p shooting, choice of HDV and DV recording/playback, AV-input conversion, superb functionality, great handling and more..... Hang on, haven't we been here before?

All in all, the HV30 is a very good camcorder indeed and every bit as good as the model it replaces. It is, of course, very odd that a company like Canon should seek to replace one year's model with another whose specification and even form-factor is...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon HV30

 

An old dog learns some new tricks

Performed excellently in low light, 25p Cine mode, unique and arresting design, extensive audio options

MiniDV is a dying format, may prove a bit bulky for some

Despite its reliance on an outdated format, the Canon HV30 is a superior high-def camcorder that offers exceptional value for money. If you can get over your anti-tape prejudice and embrace MiniDV, this model will deliver on every level.

May, 2008

Expert review by: PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Canon VIXIA HV30

 

Of the camcorders we've recently reviewed, there is only one whose image quality can rival our Editors' Choice Sony HDR-SR11 Handycam, and it's the Canon Vixia HV30 ($899 direct). So why doesn't Canon merit our coveted award? Operating a tape-based...

Excellent video quality. Good sound quality. Option to record in 24 progressive frames per second to create a film-like effect

Menus and backup can be a drag. Video-editing software is not included

The Canon Vixia HV30 delivers excellent video quality, though recording video to miniDV tape feels low-tech and slows down your operation.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (pcworld.com)

Canon Vixia HV30

 

Canon's tape-based Vixia HV30 camcorder ($1000 as of September 28, 2008) combines the aging medium with modern image processing to lay good-looking HDV video onto inexpensive MiniDV tapes.

Easy to archive and edit HDV footage ; Bright, colorful video quality

Bulky compared to tapeless camcorders ; Nonstandard accessory shoe

The HV30 records high-quality HD video to old-fashioned tape.

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

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. 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. The HV30 features Canon's advanced 2.7

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-2L13
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13
Video recording time:2

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:0.2
Self-timer:10

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:8.2cm
Weight:0.54kg
Width:8.8cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:211000 x 211000
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Flash

Built-in Flash:No / Y / Yes
Built-in light: No

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.1
Normal focusing range:1

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HV30
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor resolution:1920
Optical sensor size:1/0.106 / 25.4 / 2.7
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.96

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:4.3 / 43
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.6 - 436
Focal length range (f-f):6.1 - 61
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Art:Y / Yes
Audio output:1
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows, Macintosh
Internal Memory:16384
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Photo mode:Y
Power consumption (typical):4.3
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports:Y / Yes
Spotlight:Y / Yes
Twilight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Digital Video Software Ver.28

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port:Y / Yes
HDMI:Y / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video Out:Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2000

Storage

Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:miniSD
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:MPEG1
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:123000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.27 / 6.86
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8 / 138
Height :8.2 / 8.8 / 82
Weight:535
Width:8.2 / 8.8 / 88

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / Fluorescent H, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Daylight, Fluorescent