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Canon HV30



What we think

A great example of mature technology that matches equivalently priced HDD models on image quality

Reasons to buy

  • + Superb stills and video
  • + Tried and tested format
  • + Better image quality than HDD models
  • + Faster import than HDD models

Reasons to avoid

  • - Cumbersome to use
  • - Last year's HV20 is essentially identical
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Product Details


For tech-savvy, sophisticated and discerning videographers who demand a first-rate quality camcorder, Canon’s HV30 enables them to capture the ultimate in HD video and still photo quality. The HV30 offers the unparalleled combination of a 10x HD Video lens, a 2.96-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and a DIGIC DV II processor, all packaged in an elegant HDV camcorder. Featuring Canon’s exclusive SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer to stabilize a wide range of movements, a built-in video light to easily shoot in dark settings, and the new 2.7-inch multi-angle Vivid LCD acreen to view from various angles with true color representation and contrast, your shooting possibilities are now boundless. Beyond that, you can capture amazing HD detail and color reproduction while achieving critical focus with Instant AF. Create the look and feel of Hollywood movies with the 24p Cinema Mode or choose 30p Progressive Mode to capture fast action with optimization for the web. With HD and SD recording modes, you can make the move to HD while retaining compatibility with standard definition equipment. The HV30 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you’ve come to expect from a Canon camcorder. Whether you’re shooting video or photos, you will appreciate the HV30's stunning, high-definition image production. For rich, accurate color, the HV30 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter. It separates light into red, green, and blue color components, resulting in vibrant images with natural-looking tones similar to what you’d obtain from 3CCD camcorders. 2.7-inch Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD - The HV30 is equipped with a Multi-Angle Vivid LCD. This newly-designed screen offers two key advantages for easy, flexible operation. Instant AF is Canon’s new and advanced autofocus system. It dramatically decreases the time it takes to achieve proper focus and increases accuracy especially in low-light and high-brightness situations.

Type Digital
Optical Zoom x 10
LCD Panel Size Inch 2.7
Digital Zoom x 200
Night Shot Yes
Memory Type SD
Audio Format AC-3 (2 Channels)
Output Interfaces A/V Output (mini), HDMI, USB 2.0