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Canon Vixia HF S30
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Canon Vixia HF S30 Camcorder

8.59MP 1/2.6 470g Sep 2011
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VIXIA HF S30Canon's VIXIA HF S30 Flash Memory Camcorder boasts a sophisticated feature set, with a 32GB internal flash drive and two SDXC-compatible SD memory card slots. It truly blurs the line... More
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Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average Canon medium sensor size camcorders have excellent ratings as do all camcorders produced by Canon.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Very Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF S30 range from 1.5" to 4". At 3.5 inches, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has a very large screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF S30.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Canon EOS C300 (4") which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon Vixia HF S30 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF S30 also have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Philips CAM150.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Canon Vixia HF S30 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF S30 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Vixia HF S30.

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1/2.6" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF S30 is 1/2.6". That's 11% more optical sensor size than a 1/2.88" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 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 typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. 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 medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 only have one memory card slot, however the Vixia HF S30 has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF S30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera also supports an SD 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 across all medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera 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 typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The Vixia HF S30 has a greater number of scene modes than most medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF S30. The scene modes "Beach", "Night", "Sports", "Spotlight" and "Sunset" are also found on this camcorder.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF S30 range from 96,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 922,000 pixels, the Vixia HF S30 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF S30.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Canon Vixia HF S30 has a better image processor than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This video camera has a DIGIC DV II image processor, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a BIONZ image processor. Across all similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF S30 the best image processor is DIGIC DV III and the worst is BIONZ.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Vixia HF S30 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF S30. The smallest closest focusing distance of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Vixia HF S30 is 0.01m, the biggest is 1.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.35m.

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Fairly Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

With a maximum fash memory capacity of 32 gigabytes, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has one of the bigger maximum fash memory capacities amongst camcorders of this age. The maximum fash memory capacities of video cameras of this age and spec range from 0.12GB to 160GB, and the average maximum fash memory capacity is 24GB.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF S30 is more than most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF S30. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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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 camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.3 lux, the Vixia HF S30 has a very small minimum illumination compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. Across all the video cameras of this age and type the minimum illumination range from 0.3lx to 15lx.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF S30 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF S30 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HS900.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF S30 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 1x and 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x.

If this medium sensor size camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HS900 (12x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF S30 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF S30.

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Heavy

The weights of video cameras of this spec and age range from 76g to 2.8kg. The Vixia HF S30 is one of the heavier medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF S30 (470 grams) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

At only 123,000 pixels, the Vixia HF S30 has a quite low viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. The average viewfinder resolution of medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 540,000 pixels, and the viewfinders resolutions range from 1.5 pixels to 1,500,000 pixels.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 are not 3D compatible. The Vixia HF S30 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Philips CAM150.

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Only Has Five Capture Modes

The number of capture mode found on the Canon Vixia HF S30 is more than most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon camcorder has an LP capture mode, which is the most frequently found capture mode found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF S30. The capture modes "FXP", "MXP", "SP" and "XP" are also found on this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF S30 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-PJ330.

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Not Waterproof

The Vixia HF S30 is not waterproof. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF S30 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 is also worth considering.

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Quite High Typical Power Consumption

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF S30 the typical power consumption range from 2.1W to 8.4W. With a typical power consumption of 4 Watts, the Vixia HF S30 has one of the higher typical power consumption amongst video cameras of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF S30

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this Canon video camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF S30 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

If this Canon video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon Vixia HF M32 (300x and higher rated).

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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
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon co57472, canon 5127b009, canon co57472e, canon 5127b009a, canon co57472ea, canon 5127b009aa, canon co57472ean
Barcodes 08714574574721
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