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The dramatic Canon VIXIA HV30 is the latest in our offering of HD camcorders, incorporating advanced features to bring knowledgeable and demanding videographers the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality. The VIXIA HV30 is packed with Canon Exclusive features you won't find anywhere else. Our own Full HD CMOS sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor deliver breathtaking detail and the best in color reproduction. SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Instant Auto Focus gives you the shot control High Definition demands. With the Genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the VIXIA HV30 is sure to be your choice in High Definition camcorders. And, with its HD and Standard Definition recording modes, you can make the move to HD without making your SD equipment obsolete.

All this is possible thanks to the vast experience Canon has with photographic and broadcast television cameras with optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements. Canon has long been a leader in bringing advanced features to its products, taking advantage of our superiority in optics and image processing.

The VIXIA HV30 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. It's the next step in premium quality High Definition camcorders for which sophisticated and discerning videographers have been waiting.

The Image Quality of HD
The VIXIA HV30 is the HD camcorder to go along with everything else in your HD world. It captures true 1080 High Definition resolution video in 16:9 format, using MiniDV cassette tapes. The VIXIA HV30's true 16:9 widescreen HD image is made for your new HD widescreen TV. High Definition and widescreen are the future. Be sure you invest in that future with Canon's VIXIA HV30.

At the same time, the VIXIA HV30 gives you the flexibility to record in SD (standard definition) mode, too. That means you can enjoy the ultimate in HD video and photo quality, and still shoot SD video for viewing on your non-HD equipment.

HD Video Lens
Since 1934, Canon has been producing exceptional photographic lenses that are synonymous with unsurpassed optical performance. Because of Genuine Canon Optics, every Canon broadcast lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder assures brilliant optical quality - and the VIXIA HV30 is no exception.

The VIXIA HV30 comes with an outstanding High Definition video lens - a 10x HD Genuine Canon Optical zoom. It's the lens you need to record long shots of your child on the soccer field, wide shots of beautiful landscapes, and everything in-between. And because it comes with three pre-set zoom speeds, you always get smooth, steady, professional looking zoom shots.

Canon Exclusive: Full HD CMOS Sensor (1920 x 1080)
The VIXIA HV30 features a Canon designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. The CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series Digital SLR cameras result in outstanding digital photographs. In the VIXIA HV30, the CMOS sensor reproduces high-resolution images at 1920 x 1080 resolution with full HD information in video images.

Compared to a CCD, the VIXIA HV30's CMOS's high color resolution and advanced color reproduction gives brilliant results. It is also unique in featuring Canon's proprietary noise reduction technologies for crisp, sharp images. Low noise technology also means that even in dimly lit scenes, the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible, with minimal noise or other aberrations. It's the ideal sensor for HD.

The VIXIA HV30 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter with Bayer Pattern that separates light into red, green and blue color components. This results in vibrant images with deep, rich, accurate color and natural-looking tones similar to what you'd obtain from 3CCD camcorders. In addition, it is the Bayer pattern that delivers sharp high definition images without creating false colors. As an added benefit, the CMOS sensor provides outstanding image capture in low light conditions.

Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DVII
DIGIC DVII is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for HD, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality. It also ensures optimal image quality for still images, even though video and still images have different color requirements. DIGIC DV II is just another one of Canon's advanced technologies that make the VIXIA HV30 an exceptional performer.

Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the VIXIA HV30 produces video with improved color reproduction -- especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction -- for high definition images that are crystal clear.

Plus, DIGIC DV II enables improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the VIXIA HV30. You can shoot five (3.1 Megapixel) still images per second, and enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi Speed card). It also helps lower power consumption for longer battery life.

Canon Exclusive: SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's innovative SuperRange OIS combines gyro- and image-sensors to give image stabilization through a wider range of camera motions. Some image stabilization systems correct one type of camera motion or vibration better than another. But Canon's SuperRange OIS corrects for a wide range of camcorder motion: the fast vibration you'd experience while recording from a moving car; the medium-speed motion of hand-held recording; and the slower motion of body sway. No matter what you're recording and how you're recording it, the VIXIA HV30's stabilization design corrects camcorder shake instantly. SuperRange OIS also delivers steady images when shooting at long focal lengths.

In addition, optical stabilization keeps your shot steady without a loss in image quality -- something that can't be said for electronic image stabilization. And image stabilization isn't just for video; you can even use it for taking sharper, clearer digital photographs with your VIXIA HV30. Thanks to Canon's expertise, it's easy to eliminate one of the telltale signs of amateur video and photography.

Canon Exclusive: Instant AF (Auto Focus)
Since it is critical to achieve very sharp focus when shooting in High Definition, the VIXIA HV30 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary Instant AF focusing system. It offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional autofocus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's autofocus 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." The benefits of Instant AF are especially seen in high brightness and night shooting situations. With Instant AF, it's possible to get fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.

Canon Exclusive: 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
The 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD on the VIXIA HV30 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. Using a hard coat AR surface and improved color reproduction, the scene in the viewfinder is more accurate to what you're capturing in the camcorder. An added benefit of this Canon Exclusive is the wider range of viewing angle possible with this new LCD screen. With less glare and deeper contrasts, groups of people can gather around it and see the image displayed more clearly than ever before.

30p Progressive Mode
This is a unique feature that only Canon offers in the consumer camcorder market. You would otherwise have to look to professional video cameras in order to have this sophisticated tool at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HV30 to capture video in 30p which is (30 progressive frames) particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. In addition, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording. Excellent for action shots and sports.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
3.8 stars
(based on 4 reviews)
75% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Comfortable to operate(3), Great features(3), Great picture quality(4), Great sound(4), Versatile(3)
Best Uses:

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

VIXIA HV30 Camcorder
By ChuckVerified Purchaser from Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 1/7/2009
Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Remote did not work
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon VIXIA HV30 High Definition Camcorder:

CON.:The biggest drawback was trying to get an independent tape play back device. If the camera quits, one has no way to recover taped footage.

Pros: It would be easy to archive recordings because the tape is a reasonable archiving media.

[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

The perfect cam for the 1fst movie!
By Carlos FariaVerified Reviewer from Lauro de Freitas, Brazil. on 11/26/2008
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Documentaries, Editing, HD Shooting, Movies/Short Films, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Pro Videographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon VIXIA HV30 High Definition Camcorder:

After see this [@]you will Know what I'm talking about. This camera is great! Until now I can't beleave what can be done with it. I use it for short films.It has a great quality image to do pro filmaking.The thing that's not so great is that I can't buy another one right now...

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White Red Panic. It was shot whith this cam...

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Exelent Vid Camera
By cookie pussVerified Purchaser from ny, ny on 8/14/2008
Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Versatile
Best Uses:
Family, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon VIXIA HV30 High Definition Camcorder:

Great High Def consumer camera, only flaw is that the field of view is very tight indoors. An aftermarket lens solved that though.

[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

How long have you owned it:
A month or less
AWESOME, Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Versatile
none yet
Best Uses:
Family, Special Events, Sports, Travel, Weddings, WHATEVER YOU WANT.
Describe Yourself:
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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