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Canon Legria HF S30
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Canon Legria HF S30 Camcorder

8.59MP 1/2.3 470g CMOS Aug 2011
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Offering exceptional quality HD movies, superior audio, excellent creative control and high-resolution stills, the LEGRIA HF S30 features a 32GB internal memory and two SDXC compatible card slots.... More
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27 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including tecnozoom.it and parentesis.com the average expert rating of this video camera is 75 out of 100.

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Medium sensor size video cameras built by Canon have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just medium sensor size video cameras) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The average screen size of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF S30 is 2.8", and the screen sizes range from 1.5" to 4". At 3.5 inches, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF S30.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Canon EOS C300 (4" and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Legria HF S30 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF S30 also have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF S30 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF S30 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF S30, the Canon Legria HF S30 has an HDMI port.

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Quite Long Battery Life

Video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have battery lifes of between 1.1h and 8,700h, and the average battery life is 580h. With a battery life of 4.5 hours, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF S30.

If this Canon video camera battery life is too short for you then you might also want to consider the Sony HXR-MC2500E (4.75h and higher rated).

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Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The Canon Legria HF S30 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes (64 gigabytes) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The smallest maximum memory card size of video cameras of this spec and age is 2GB, the largest is 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 55GB.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders currently available including the GZ-V515, or the GZ-VX715 both from JVC which has better reviews.

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1/2.6" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.6". That's 51% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/3.91". The worst optical sensor size of all camcorders of this spec and age is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most frequently found image stabiliser on camcorders of this type and age. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Two Memory Card Slots

Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec only have one memory card slot, however the Legria HF S30 has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Legria HF S30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This video camera also 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder is MicroSDXC.

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Legria HF S30 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of this age and type. This video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF S30. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Snow", "Sports", "Spotlight" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Legria HF S30 has a DIGIC DV II image processor which is better than the BIONZ image processor found on most video cameras of this type and age. Across all medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years the best image processor is DIGIC DV III and the worst is BIONZ.

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Quite High Display Resolution

Medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF S30 have display resolutions of between 96,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels. The Legria HF S30 has one of the higher display resolutions (922,000 pixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a greater number of photo effects than most video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Legria HF S30. The photo effects "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF S30 is 0.49MP, the highest is 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.8MP. The Legria HF S30 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts (8.02 megapixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 8.02 megapixels, the Legria HF S30 has a quite high megapixel count compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF S30 the megapixel counts range from 1.3MP to 16MP.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF S30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF S30 is 3.7lx. At only 0.3 lux, the Legria HF S30 has a very small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF S30 is 25fps, the fastest is 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 41fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Legria HF S30 has one of the slower maximum frame rates amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF S30 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens which you might want to look at including the Panasonic HS900.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1x to 60x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF S30.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-V515 (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

With a weight of 470 grams, the Canon Legria HF S30 is one of the heavier camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF S30 amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. Medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF S30 have weights of between 76g and 2.8kg, and the average weight is 320g.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ50 (400g).

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

At only 25 frames per second, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a quite low video capturing speed compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF S30. The video capturing speeds of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF S30 range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 41fps.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a fairly low viewfinder resolution (only 123,000 pixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF S30. Across all the camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF S30 the viewfinders resolutions range from 1.5 pixels to 1,500,000 pixels.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF S30, the Canon Legria HF S30 is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HDC-Z10000.

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Only Has Four Capture Modes

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a greater number of capture mode than most medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has an LP capture mode, which is the most commonly found capture mode found on video cameras of this type and age. The capture modes "FXP", "MXP" and "XP" are also found on this camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF S30, the Legria HF S30 does not have a night mode.

Other video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ330.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF S30 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF S30 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25.

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Not Waterproof

The Legria HF S30 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF S30 is 30mm. When compared to other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF S30, the minimum focal length of the Legria HF S30 of 39.9 millimeters is one of the longest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF S30

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over four years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 200x (digital) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the GZ-V515, or the GZ-VX715 both from JVC.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ240 (320x).

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Average Video Recording Time

At 1.5 hours, the Legria HF S30 has a relatively average video recording time compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF S30.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a longer video recording time then you might want to look at the Samsung HMX-F90 ($333.93) (1.6h) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Image Quality Adjustment
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Pre-Record
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Component Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
Aperture Range
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(2)
7 November 2011

Si eres un fanático de la grabación de videos para la escuela o para un trabajo semiprofesional, esta cámara seguro llenará tus expectativas. Su calidad se encuentra cerca de una cámara de...

18 March 2012

La Canon LEGRIA HF S30 è un'ottima videocamera "compatta" di ultima generazione dal peso non propriamente light. Il device è dotato di ottime features tra le quali troviamo lo stabilizzatore...

La relacin entre tamao y tecnologa con la que cuenta la cmara
Que se puede grabar a 24p para darle un aspecto de cine
Sistema video HD Canon da 8 MP
Dual Flash Memory da 32 GB
Relay Recording
El precio puede ser un poco elevado pero si te dedicas al video, seguro no ser un problema
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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 13 February 2012 by Rony

I have this product for 8 months or so. I wish I paid more attention to the zoom range. The zoom range is f-6.4-64mm (35mm equivalent 43.5-435mm) which is a disaster when you tape your daughters... Read more…

Reviewed 25 September 2011 by Lewster
Lewster would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

Got this for a recent trip to Yellowstone. Was amazed at the detail level of the video, can see fine fur detail when zoomed in on animals. The photos come out good for 8 Meg. I added the SM-V1... Read more…

Reviewed 18 September 2011 by Swandog
Swandog would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

I have used this camera for the last 6-8 months shooting mainly my son's sporting events (track and football), and this camera has reallly deliveredd. Imaqge quality is great, and the built in... Read more…

Reviewed 3 September 2011 by The Mechanic
The Mechanic would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

This Light Weight HD Camcorder is a pleasure to use with a very high quality picture. I am happy Canon chose to include the SDXC Option. I like the high quality flip out LCD Monitor as well as the... Read more…

Reviewed 7 August 2011 by Fairhope Gene
Fairhope Gene would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

One of the great features of this camcorder is the abilty to use external microphone to get the best quality audio. A shotgun mic or lavelier mic gives great results over the built-in mic. Touch... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04960999689654, 08714574574714

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