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Canon VIXIA HF G30 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder

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The flagship of Canon's VIXIA Series of consumer camcorders, the VIXIA HF G30 offers numerous professional-quality features, including a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and 8-Blade Circular Aperture for superb video quality and natural, beautiful background blur. And new Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization helps ensure your subjects are ... read more
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The flagship of Canon's VIXIA Series of consumer camcorders, the VIXIA HF G30 offers numerous professional-quality features, including a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and 8-Blade Circular Aperture for superb video quality and natural, beautiful background blur. And new Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization helps ensure your subjects are virtually blur-free. The HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor work in tandem to capture a large dynamic range and reduce noise. The new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor also enables recording in MP4 up to 35 Mbps and AVCHD up to 28 Mbps – and even simultaneously with Dual Recording thanks to two high-capacity SDXC-compatible memory card slots. Slow- and Fast-Motion recording is available in MP4 format between 40% and 250% of the original speed. Built-in Wi-Fi® technology lets you share video files easily by sending them wirelessly to your PC or favorite social network using familiar internet browsers, smartphones or tablets. Remote control of key camcorder functions is also available via Wi-Fi® functionality from a web browser. An optional accessory adds GPS location data to video files.

A 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display helps ensure fast and easy camcorder control, while a tiltable electronic viewfinder and joystick streamline critical focus adjustment. Flexible image quality, control and display options make for intuitive, speedy and comfortable operation, no matter what your chosen shooting style. Newly designed Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent: 26.8mm – 576mm) with 8-Blade Circular Aperture and Manual Focus Ring delivers exceptional image quality with smooth backgrounds and precise control.


The VIXIA HF G30 features a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens offering a 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm–576mm with a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm). As with all Canon high definition video lenses, aspherical lens technology is used to achieve low chromatic aberration with high resolution while maintaining compact dimensions. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The VIXIA HF G30 breaks new ground with its 8-Blade Circular Aperture, which reduces the "starburst" effect found in camcorders with non-circular apertures. The result is that points of light in out-of-focus areas, usually the background of your shot, are beautifully circularly blurred, creating a more authentic and artistic feel. The professional touch of a manual focus ring allows accurate and precise control. For extra flexibility, the manual focus ring can be easily set to control zoom instead.

1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) for high-quality capture of moving subjects; Slow- and Fast-Motion recording; plus Native 24p recording.

The VIXIA HF G30 gives you the highest quality recording, whether you're capturing MP4 or AVCHD files. 1080/60p recording captures twice the amount of information as 60i, and with images captured at a rate of 60 frames per second, diagonal noise is virtually eliminated so even fast moving subjects show up crisply with motion and patterns clearly recorded. This greater sense of detail and faithful rendering of moving edges, plus enhanced color and fine tonal gradation, gives your video everything Full HD has to offer. With the VIXIA HF G30 you can record in internet-ready, easy-to-share MP4 format at up to 35 Mbps. The VIXIA HF G30 also features a maximum bit rate of 28 Mbps for AVCHD recording, the highest in the AVCHD standard. So, regardless of the format you're shooting or viewing, image quality is outstanding.

Native 24p Progressive Mode

The VIXIA HF G30 features the Native 24p Progressive Mode, generally found only on Canon's professional camcorders. The mode allows 24 frames per second to be captured and recorded (instead of the standard 60i) – a look that is evocative of traditional cinematic quality, and a must for serious filmmaking work.

Slow- and Fast-Motion Recording

The VIXIA HF G30 allows you to record in a different frame rate than the one you play back in, adding a fast or slow motion effect to your captured video. Speed up your video 250% or slow it down to 40% to revel in every moment of that game-winning goal. There is no loss in image quality so you’ll see everything you saw before – only faster or slower. Built-in Wi-Fi® technology (Dual Band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz) allows you to wirelessly share your images and video or send to a PC. Upload virtually anywhere on your iOS® device with the free Canon Movie Uploader app* and Wi-Fi® Remote enables remote control of camcorder settings and operations.

Built-in, dual-band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi® technology on the VIXIA HF G30 lets you share your HD video easily, and in a number of different ways. Connect with compatible networks, wireless hotspots and iOS®mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app*. Transfer files to selected FTP servers for back up or when a quick transfer is necessary. Share videos over the internet with a free registration on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# – an online photo storage service that lets you upload to social networking sites. Watch videos stored on the camera’s memory cards directly on your living room TV, or use your PC or mobile device to browse remotely through the previously recorded videos stored on your camcorder, without connecting a cable†. The Remote Browse function uses a standard Web browser and does not require a special app. Additionally, Wi-Fi® technology allows remote control of key camcorder controls, such as recording start/stop and zoom (in three different speeds), exposure functions (iris, shutter speed, gain and more) and focus settings, adding another level of freedom to your shooting abilities. * This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later for select devices. MP4 60p and AVCHD recordings are not supported for this function. # One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album. † Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later and Android version 4.0 for select devices. AVCHD recording is not supported for this function. On iOS devices, MP4 60p recording is not supported; only the playback function is available. New Canon 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor provide high sensitivity and wide dynamic range for exceptional imaging performance. The VIXIA HF G30 incorporates proven Canon technologies to make sure that you get the most out of its impressive optics. Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor The VIXIA HF G30 is equipped with a 2.91 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. As the name implies, you’ll have a professional-level image sensor working for you, meaning you get pixels that are significantly larger and more sensitive than the ones in most consumer camcorders. Capturing more light enables you to capture video with wide dynamic range, and achieve high-quality video even in dimly lit conditions. DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor The VIXIA HF G30 incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, which is a significant upgrade on several fronts. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor helps enable impressive low-light shooting for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Dramatically increased processing power lets you record in both easy-to-share MP4 and AVCHD formats simultaneously. 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display (approx. 1,230,000 dots) and joystick offer fast and easy control, plus a Tilt Electronic Viewfinder (approx. 1,560,000 dots). The all-new touch-sensitive Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel on the VIXIA HF G30 surpasses LCD displays in viewing angle, color reproduction, contrast and touch responsiveness. Your vivid, clear video will be reproduced faithfully with 1,230,000 dots of resolution. And the touch responsiveness of the screen is smooth and sensitive, enabling more fluid control of camera functions like Touch & Track, Touch Focus and Touch Exposure. Tilt EVF The VIXIA HF G30 features a 0.24-inch, 1,560,000-dot color electronic viewfinder with approximately 100% field of view coverage for detailed, accurate composition judgment. The viewfinder can be tilted up to 45 degrees from its normal resting position to enable more shooting freedom. Settings can be adjusted with a handy joystick so you don’t have to stop looking through the viewfinder. And, because it is positioned where your thumb naturally rests while holding the camera, you can shoot and adjust easily – even with one hand! Record pristine high-definition video directly to two memory card slots (SDHC/SDXC compatible) while Relay Recording offers extended recording time. The VIXIA HF G30 allows you to record video directly to widely available SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards with capacities ranging from over 32GB to 2TB. They are available in ultra-fast reading and writing speeds and make it easy to share video. Plus, dual slots on the VIXIA HF G30 enable Relay Recording. The camcorder automatically switches to the second memory card when the first becomes full, so there’s no need to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot. Dual Recording allows simultaneous movie recording in MP4 and AVCHD formats. Built-in downconversion creates MP4 files for easy sharing on the web.

Dual Recording and built-in transcoding help ensure that you’ll have the right format available for your needs. Using the power of the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, the VIXIA HF G30 camcorder can simultaneously record video in AVCHD format to one SD card, and in MP4 format to the other SD card^. The widely used MP4 format provides quick, conversion-free playback on tablets and smartphones, and lets you upload videos directly to social networking sites for easy sharing with friends, family and the world. AVCHD is perfect for watching videos on an HDTV or archiving them to Blu-ray discs. The camcorder also has a built-in transcoding function that converts AVCHD files to MP4s, or from MP4 to MP4 across memory media, making them easy to upload to the Web or save to an SD card.

SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization (with Dynamic Image Stabilization) features five-axis correction that corrects a full range of motion.

Canon's sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake instantly, so even handheld video taken at long focal lengths is sharp and steady. The power of Canon's new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor has made possible a significantly improved new Dynamic Image Stabilization mode. In addition to providing continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion, with extra compensation applied at wide-angle focal lengths, the system now stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling rotational camera shake – horizontal, vertical and roll axis – helps ensure smooth, distortion-free video, even when you're walking while shooting. The VIXIA HF G30 is powered by a new, higher capacity battery pack. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery not only lets you shoot longer, but features intelligent technology that accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute, for extra insurance that you'll never miss an important shooting opportunity. Linear PCM audio recording Professional-quality 16-bit PCM* recordings offer enhanced sound quality and fidelity and are fully compatible with video- and audio-editing software.

* Only supported in 28 Mbps and 24 Mbps recording modes.

Audio Scene Select

Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easy to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations. Canon helps you get more out of your camcorder with a range of accessories that inspire creativity and productivity. One such example is the Canon Wireless Microphone WM-V1, which streams audio wirelessly from subjects up to 164 feet away. It's perfect for adding your subject's voice at times when you can't get in close to shoot, and can also be used as a stand-alone transceiver to cue shooting and more.

Focus Assist

To enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF G30 also features Focus Assist. Normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras, this feature 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.

Zebra, Color Bars, Test Tone

Videographers with exacting needs will appreciate the VIXIA HF G30’s range of functions designed to pinpoint focus adjustment, exposure control, and help you get professional-level quality from the camcorder. Zebra pattern indicates “blown out” or high brightness areas to help you set proper exposure. Color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded in order to adjust video and audio quality.

Composition Aids

With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep the camcorder level for more accurate framing. The Grid Marker provides a reference grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast. The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, VFL-2 Video Flash Light*, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone. * Only the video light function is supported.

Video Snapshot

Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of a once-in-a-lifetime trip or a family milestone 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. Video Snapshot on the VIXIA HF G30 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.

Cinema-Look Filters

Other cinematic looks can be achieved through the use of Cinema-Look Filters. This feature offers a choice of nine varied built-in adjustable filters, which give the look of a variety of cinematic styles by compensating for the color, gamma and other aspects of the image's quality. The looks can be previewed in the LCD display while shooting. Choose from: The brightness of each filter can be adjusted low, medium or high, for even greater control. The color depth, softening, and contrast can also be adjusted for each filter, giving you even more convenience and versatility.

Standard Definition or High DefinitionHigh Definition
Television SystemNTSC
Video Recording systemAVCHD (complies with Ver. 2.0)/MPEG-4
Image Sensor1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total PixelsApprox. 3.09 Megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective PixelsVideo: Approx. 2.91 Megapixels (2136 x 1362)

Photo: Approx. 2.91 Megapixels (2136 x 1362)
LensZoom Ratio: 20x Optical / 400x Digital

Focal Length: 3.67-73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 26.8-576 mm without Dynamic IS; 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS)

Zoom Speed: Variable speed / Constant speed (16 levels); Fast, Normal or Slow

Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8
Focusing SystemHybrid AF (TTL-video detection system and external phase difference metering system): Instant AF, Medium AF; Normal AF (TTL-video detection system); Face Priority AF; Face Only AF; Manual Focus
Manual ExposureAvailable
Programmed AESmart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks) Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M
Max Shutter SpeedMovie: 1/2000 sec.
Minimum Focusing Distance20mm (wide end) / 60cm (across the entire zooming range)
White BalanceAuto, Set 1, Set 2, Color Temperature (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Frame RateNTSC:
AVCHD - 1080: 59.94P / 59.94i / PF29.97 / 23.98P
MP4 - 1080: 59.94P / 29.97P / 23.98P; 720 and 360: 29.97P / 23.98P
Minimum Illumination1.2 lux
Image StabilizationDynamic SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), Standard SuperRange Optical System (Lens shift), and electronic stabilization Following modes are available: Intelligent IS (AUTO mode), Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro IS, Tripod Mode
IS Modes other than Intelligent IS: Standard IS, IS Off
Filter Diameter58mm
Viewfinder0.24-inch, TFT Widescreen color LCD (Equivalent to approx. 1.56 million dots; approx. 100% field of view)
LCD Screen3.5-inch OLED, Capacitive Touch Panel (Approx. 1.23 million dots)
Recording Media2 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots
USB TerminalHi-Speed USB supported (output only)
Video TerminalComposite (output)
AudioAVCHD Satisfied: Dolby Digital 2 Channel (AC3); 5.1 Channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)
Accessory ShoeMini Advanced Accessory Shoe
Supplied Video Editing SoftwarePIXELA Video Browser / Network Utility Disc
Canon ImageBrowser EX Disc
HDMI TerminalAvailable; HDMI mini connector (output only)
Microphone Terminal3.5mm stereo mini jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal3.5mm 4-pole mini jack / 3.5mm stereo mini jack
Operating Temperature range23° to 113°F (-5° to 45°C) 60% relative humidity / 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C) 85% relative humidity (performance)
Dimensions(W x H x D) 4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2 in. / 109 x 84 x 182mm (not including lens hood) 4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1 in. / 115 x 84 x 231mm (including lens hood)
WeightApprox. 1.7 lb. / 765g (including grip belt)
Approx. 2.0 lb. / 900g (including Battery BP-820, memory card (x1) and lens hood)
Maximum Recording Time
AVCHD Recording Mode
Memory Card 28 Mbps 24 Mbps 17 Mbps 5 Mbps  
8GB 35 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 00 min. 3 hrs. 00 min.  
16GB 1 hr.15 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hrs. 05 min. 6 hrs. 05 min.  
32GB 2 hrs. 30 min. 2 hrs. 55 min. 4 hrs. 10 min. 12 hrs. 15 min.  
64GB 5 hrs. 05 min. 5 hrs. 55 min. 8 hrs. 20 min. 24 hrs. 30 min.  
128GB 10 hrs. 10 min. 11 hrs. 55 min. 16 hrs. 45 min. 49 hrs. 00 min.  
 
MP4 Recording Mode
Memory Card 35 Mbps 24 Mbps 17 Mbps 4 Mbps 3 Mbps
8GB 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 00 min. 4 hrs. 20 min. 5 hrs. 40 min.
16GB 1 hr. 00 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hrs. 05 min. 8 hrs. 40 min. 11 hrs. 25 min.
32GB 2 hrs. 00 min. 2 hrs. 55 min. 4 hrs. 10 min. 17 hrs. 20 min. 22 hrs. 55 min.
64GB 4 hrs. 00 min. 5 hrs. 55 min. 8 hrs. 20 min. 34 hrs. 45 min. 45 hrs. 55 min.
128GB 8 hrs. 00 min. 11 hrs. 55 min. 16 hrs. 45 min. 69 hrs. 30 min. 91 hrs. 55 min.
Package Contents

VIXIA HF G30 Camcorder

  • Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier)
  • Battery Pack BP-820
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Wireless Controller WL-D89
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Mini HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
  • Bundled CD ROMs:
  • Pixela Data Import Utility Disc
  • Photo Applications / Audio Disc

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