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Canon Legria HF G30
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Canon Legria HF G30 Camcorder

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3.09MP 1/2.84 900g Jun 2013
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35 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

This small sensor size camcorder is one of the most awarded of all the similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

The reviewers at two expert review sites liked this Canon video camera. This video camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag and it received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews.

The editors of three other expert review sites all said that this Canon camcorder was good. Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com both gave this camcorder a "Best of Year" award and it received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera has an average expert rating of 89% based on eight expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag. If all the similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago are ranked by average expert review score then this small sensor size camcorder is in the top 5%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

The average user rating of this camcorder is brilliant based on 157 user reviews.

Good Quality Lens

Some Canon Legria HF G30 reviewers thought this camcorder had a good zoom. Amanda Parfitt wrote in her review on Amazon “I like the 20x zoom”. Mrs Jmg Radtke scored it 5 stars and she said “Excellent zoom lens”. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com said “Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar image quality, wide range of shooting options” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30.

Some customers considered that the Canon Legria HF G30 had a good autofocus. Three years ago Eagle gave the product a score of 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “Superb picture and focusing ability”. Mr. Roy Foreman said “The combination of a larger than average sensor and the ability to set a wide aperture means creating out of focus backgrounds is much easier to achieve” in his review of the Canon Legria HF G30. Mr. Roy Foreman also said “You can also adjust the focus speed - from fast t”.

A few people said that it had a good image stabiliser. Eagle mentioned three years ago “One downside in the auto mode on a tripod, is that very cleverly the stabiliser is automatically switched off.” in their review. Two years ago Mr. A. Poole wrote on Amazon “My Sony CX730 still has the best stabiliser ever, their so-called BOSS system”. Mrs Jmg Radtke gave the Canon Legria HF G30 a score of 5 stars and she said “Great image stabilization”.

A number of Canon Legria HF G30 reviewers who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good lens. Eagle said in their Canon Legria HF G30 review “Having a proper lens hood is a definite advantage”. Tommo wrote “The lens ring is the best I have used so far - it really works” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

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Easy to Use

Eight customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Eagle mentioned “The assignable buttons on the G30 are extremely practical, its a pity that there are no neutral density filters” in their review and gave this camcorder a score of 80 out of 100. Eagle also wrote “The ability to set a focus point on the touch screen is very practical and works quickly”. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote in his review of the Canon Legria HF G30 “This is handy for off center subjects or those that move about”.

Two Canon Legria HF G30 owners who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Amanda Parfitt rated the product 5 stars and she mentioned on Amazon three years ago “The functionality of the camera is excellent and the various menus are well thought out”.

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Good Product Quality

Seventeen people concluded that it was good quality. In November this year Darren P. wrote “Brilliant quality, optics and build qulaity are great” in his review and rated it as excellent. Dj Snap said in their review of this camcorder this month “The quality (mp4) is exceptional, autofocus is very good at guessing what your filming” . Gamerk scored the product very highly and mentioned on Amazon “AMAZING quality! Upgraded from a Canon Legria HF R606” in their review of this camcorder.

Canon Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 1,357 expert and owner reviews for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

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Several people mentioned in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF G30 was well made. Ramano said in their review of this camcorder “Solid and quite bulky more than i expected” .

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. This year Gamerk wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The screen quality is excellent”. Mrs Jmg Radtke wrote in her review of the Canon Legria HF G30 on Amazon three years ago “Easy to use touch screen menus” and gave it a very good review. Tommo said “I have not had any issues with auto focus (although in low light I tend to 'lock' the focus to be safe) The screen is brilliant” in their review and scored the Canon Legria HF G30 80 out of 100.

One customer reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Mr. Roy Foreman said “The G30 is one of the few consumer camcorders that has a viewfinder, one that is sharp” in his Canon Legria HF G30 review.

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Nice Design

One customer thought it was smooth. Mr. Roy Foreman mentioned on Amazon “The zoom rocker switch is a joy to use - smooth and controllable, with what seems like an endless range of options for controlling zoom speed, soft start”. One Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it was neat.

One Canon Legria HF G30 owner who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G30 concluded that it was ergonomic. Expert review site Reviewed.com wrote two years ago “The new ergonomic improvements” in their Canon Legria HF G30 review.

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Good Technical Features

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that the product had good features. Pcmag.com said in their review on expert website PC Mag “It features an impressive 20x zoom lens that captures a wide-angle field of view, excellent image stabilization”. Expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned “Offers features that push it firmly towards the serious end of the scale, including comprehensive manual settings” in their Canon Legria HF G30 review and gave the Canon Legria HF G30 a rating of 5 stars.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it was quiet. This month Dj Snap said on Amazon “The camera makes no noise which means you don't pick up focal motor noise in quiet settings”. One person considered that it was noisy. S.j.hutchinson mentioned in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30 on Amazon “Biggest problem with built in mikes is wind noise so external mike with deadcat is a must if used outside”.

Good Connectivity

A number of Canon Legria HF G30 owners thought it was wifi compatible. Gryphon mentioned “Wireless 'n' standard is built in allowing direct uploads to the usual collection of online services or to your own ftp server/laptop should you prefer”. Three years ago Mrs Jmg Radtke said in her review of this camcorder “The wifi connection is good as a remote control”.

Good Battery Life

One Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Last year D.w.gascoyne said on Amazon “So a fresh battery for £25 every 2-3 years is what I prefer”.

Good Size

One Canon Legria HF G30 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was a good weight. Tommo wrote on Amazon “I like the weight and feel - much better than the HF G10 I had” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30.

One Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “It doesn’t uncomfortably heavy either, even though its 900g weight makes it almost twice as heavy as many camcorders”.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". The Legria HF G30 has one of the larger screen sizes (3.5 inches) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the Canon Legria HF G30 has an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF G30, the Canon Legria HF G30 is Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF G30 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The Legria HF G30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.84". That's 1% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.88". Across all camcorders of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G30 the worst optical sensor size is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Legria HF G30 is a two memory card slot video camera. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF G30 only have one memory card slot.

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OLED Display

This video camera has an OLED display, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Legria HF G30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras of this age and type. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF G30.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has One Exposure Mode

The number of exposure modes found on the Legria HF G30 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this video camera. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this camcorder.

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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Legria HF G30 has a DIGIC DV IV image processor which is better than most video cameras of this age and type. Most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

A DIGIC DV IV image processor is in fact the best image processor across all similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A DIGIC DV II image processor is the worst image processor amongst comparable types of video camera.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of this spec and age. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF G30. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Legria HF G30 has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Legria HF G30 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G30. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago that we have assessed, the movie megapixel count of the Canon Legria HF G30 of 2.91 megapixels is one of the highest. The movie megapixel counts of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G30 range from 0.41MP to 3MP.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have minimum focal lengths of between 10mm and 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm. With a minimum focal length of only 26.8 millimeters, the Legria HF G30 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF G30 range from 0.1lx to 7lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux, the Canon Legria HF G30 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Support

A number of customers agreed that the Canon Legria HF G30 did not have good technical guidance. Eagle wrote “Colors are rendered well.I would criticise both camcorders for not supplying a full paper manual (rather difficult to pack your PC when going on holiday” nonetheless they still scored this camcorder 4 stars. Mr. Roy Foreman said on Amazon “Secondly, like most consumer camcorders, there are few if any manual controls on the R506, whereas the G30 has them all”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon Legria HF G30 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G30 that we have checked the display resolution of, the Canon Legria HF G30's display resolution of only 1.23 pixels is one of the lowest. Small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago have display resolutions of between 1.2 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

The Legria HF G30 has one of the lower viewfinders resolutions (only 1.56 pixels) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The viewfinders resolutions of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF G30 range from 1.5 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF G30, the Canon Legria HF G30 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Canon Legria HF G30 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G30, the Legria HF G30 is not waterproof.

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Only Optical Viewfinder

This video camera has an Optical viewfinder, which is the most frequently found viewfinder on similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30 the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9. The Canon Legria HF G30 has a fairly low maximum aperture value (only 2.8) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

The Legria HF G30 is fairly heavy (900 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF G30 the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 576 millimeters, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30 the maximum focal lengths range from 22mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 2.07 megapixels, the Legria HF G30 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the Legria HF G30. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Legria HF G30 the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF G30

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Canon camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Legria HF G30 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Legria HF G30 has a fairly average maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Average Battery Life

At 3.1 hours, the Legria HF G30 has a fairly typical battery life compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF G30.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a pretty typical optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 4.92 hours, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a fairly standard video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Direct Printing
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Still Image Histogram
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
DV Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Low Light Sensitivity

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Expert Reviews

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16 May 2014

There's little doubt that the Vixia G30 is a great choice if you're in the market for a high-end HD video device. Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar image quality, wide range of shooting...

Reviewed.com

19 December 2013

The Canon Vixia HF G30 is expensive, but if you're serious about home movies it's worth the money...

17 December 2013

The Canon Vixia HF G30 is expensive, but if you're serious about home movies it's worth the money...

PC Mag

4 November 2013

Hard to beat if you have the means There's little doubt that the Vixia G30 is a great choice if you're in the market for a high-end HD video device. Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar...

Camcorderinfo.com

17 September 2013

This big camcorder has great image quality, controls and touchscreen...

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Reviewed 29 January 2014 by Onedera

I use the Canon G30 in my business to make movies to analyse the operational characteristics of our products. Many of the shots are used in promotional movies that we post on the web. First of... Read more…

Reviewed 3 March 2015 by CamcorderLite

This is a terrific camcorder producing excellent quality HD recordings that can be quickly played back through a TV. The large lens results in very sharp detail and I have been impressed by both... Read more…

NA would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G30

I just received this camera and put it through most of its paces during 3 shoots. One a run and gun with a shoulder mount. Another with a "set" scene with proper lighting and such and the last, a... Read more…

Reviewed 24 July 2013 by KC
KC would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G30 (Verified Purchase)

I am a wedding videographer and have been looking for a camera to replace my Sony FX1 taped based camcorder. I did not want to spend over $2000 for a new camera, but, I wanted an sd card based... Read more…

Reviewed 3 July 2014 by Carro Video and Media
Carro Video and Media would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G30

I purchased this video camera as a backup to my Sony AX2000 (~$) video camera for weddings. It comes to within millimeters of the same image quality as my Sony (imperceptable to 99% of the... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers 8454b009aa, canon 8454b005, canon 8454b002, canon 8454b002a, canon 8454b002aa
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