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Canon Legria HF G30 Camcorder

3.09MP 1/2 900g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Five industry awards
Good quality
Good screen / viewfinder
187 Reviews + 5 Awards
reviewed.com Best of Year PC Mag Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate

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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

Amongst comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago, this video camera is one of the most awarded.

Two expert review sites both thought that this Canon video camera was good. This small total megapixels camcorder received an "Editor's Choice" award from review website PC Mag and the expert at website Trusted Reviews conluded that they would recommend it and gave it a "Recommended" award.

This video camera received a "Best of Year" award from both Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com and Expert Reviews gave it an "Ultimate" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Nine experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag have rated this Canon video camera on average 90%. This puts this video camera in the top 6% of all the video cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 280 owner reviews the average owner rating of this small total megapixels camcorder is brilliant. 119 reviewers (93% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 96% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 1,806 expert and owner reviews (including 388 verified purchases) for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has good reviews. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Smooth

Eleven owners who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was good looking. Hammerdown Productions gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Camcorder is actually pretty easy to operate”. Jake gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said “And the night video is equally beautiful”. Jake also mentioned “The image quality is absolutely gorgeous” in his review.

Four owners who bought it concluded that it was well designed. Zerobyte rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “View finder is clearer, larger and much improved for outdoor work - zoom lever design is improved - joystick for menus is clumsy.”. Snowbuffalo said “Returned Song VG30 and then ordered this Canon HF G30, fell in love with it within the first three hours after receiving it!The design is very user friendly” in their review of this camcorder. Zham mentioned on Bestbuy.com “This was exactly what we were looming for! Very nice camera design and video quality is amazing?” in their review of this camcorder.

Three customers considered that it was smooth. Bhphotovideo.com said “The picture quality is smooth and dark places are great too”. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote 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” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Two customers who bought this camcorder considered that it was neat. Three years ago Onedera said “The controls all fall neatly under your fingers / thumb” in their review of this camcorder.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Three years ago expert website Reviewed.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “The new ergonomic improvements” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Quality

Seventy owners who bought this camcorder said that it was good quality. Amazon.co.uk said “Great Picture Quality” in their Canon Legria HF G30 review and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Four years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk rated this camcorder a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “This big camcorder has great image quality, controls and touchscreen” in their review of this camcorder. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “With its quality touchscreen, good range of connections, twin SD card slots” and scored this camcorder 4 stars out of 5.

Includes Wireless Remote Control

Fourty-eight people mentioned that this camcorder was easy to use. Four years ago Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Includes wireless remote control”. Bhphotovideo.com said “Simple to use and takes very high quality video”. Jaxcknman wrote “It has been fun and easy to use”.

Seventeen people said in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF G30 was easy to use the menus. Guy wrote “Very user friendly on settings and features”. Jake gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this camcorder “It's extremely diverse; there are so many different settings, which make it easy to shoot in any situation”. Crocker Productions gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “The picture is crystal clear! The auto settings are pretty good.”.

Two people reckoned that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video wrote in their review of this camcorder “The hand strap is super comfortable and could easily be handheld/worn for hours on end without issue” and rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Photoisca said in their review of this camcorder on Johnlewis.com “The camera is light and comfortable to hold and would not be a burden to carry all day”.

One owner who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had a touch sensitive screen. Three years ago Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The screen is touch sensitive and works very similar to a current smart phone, ie very responsive” and gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner who bought it concluded that it was easy to setup. Crazylegs mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Easy to set up and pretty intuitive menus”.

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Robust

Eleven people who reviewed the product agreed that it was well made. Three years ago Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video mentioned “The camera is very well built”. Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video also said “It feels solid in your hand” in their review. Four years ago Bvideo wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “As a software developer I thought they might have a developers program/API I could use to build my own "useful" apps to control the camera/download videos/pictures, etc”.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Three years ago Billkoep mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Auto focus is fast and reliable as well -- much better than on some other recent much more costly cameras I have used”. Kc gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Purchased this with the idea of replacing my trusty Sony FX1 Video Camera”.

One owner who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. Steve said on Bhphotovideo.com “1) easy enough for my wife to use yet robust enough to allow me creative freedom”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Fourteen owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “The screen is super sharp and clear”. Crocker Productions said in their Canon Legria HF G30 review “The touch screen is big and amazing quality”. Charles Arizona said “True, these screen options can be selected with a mini-joystick if you don't like using the touch interface.” but he gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5.

Five customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Ed wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The second major improvement is the viewfinder, rotates up so it becomes more useful in bright daylight”. Three years ago Cookie M. wrote in their review of this camcorder “And it's easy to see the scene on the viewfinder in bright sunlight which was a "must" for me”. Photo Steve said “A great viewfinder”.

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Good Exposure Control

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had good aperture controls.

20x Zoom Lens

Thirty people who bought this camcorder reckoned that it had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com wrote three years ago “20x Optical zoom” in their Canon Legria HF G30 review. Amazon.co.uk said “Zoom rangeperformance”. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said “Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar image quality, wide range of shooting options” in their review of this camcorder.

Eighteen people mentioned that it had a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good autofocus” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Quick Focus W Adjustments” in their review. Hlbvideo mentioned “You can assign the gain control to the front thumb wheel and run your iris and focus manually.I found the auto focus to be very good.” in their review of this camcorder.

Twelve owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Bhphotovideo.com said “Big Lens Shade” in their review of this camcorder. Three years ago Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “You can flip down the barn door and the lens is protected and easily flip it back up for recording”. Billkoep wrote “Handheld stabilization on both cameras is fantastic at wider lens settings”.

Eleven customers who bought this camcorder reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “Good Image Stabilization”. Carro Video and Media mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Image stabilization is amazing”. Chad gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote “The image stabilization works flawlessly and the low-light enhancements are impeccable” in his review of this camcorder.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Four people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good battery life. Two years ago Photoisca mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Thus far the standard battery has been sufficient”. Player mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Has greater battery life than I expected”. D.w.gascoyne mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “So a fresh battery for £25 every 2-3 years is what I prefer”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was quick to charge. Rcgunhappy wrote in their review of this camcorder “No one wants to have to shut down their camera to charge batteries.I paid good money for this product”.

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Smart TV

Good in Terms of Connectivity

One customer said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Wireless Connectivity” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Three customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was noisy. Hlbvideo wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Don't use the AGC for stationary work as it is noisy”. Ben Jobe said “What good is sharpness if it's noisy? In short, I returned the G30”. Ben Jobe also mentioned “The G30 was very noisy and needed 12dB gain to match the HMC150 at zero gain” in his review.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was quiet. Dj Snap mentioned last year “The camera makes no noise which means you don't pick up focal motor noise in quiet settings”.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Legria HF G30 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3.5 inches, the Legria HF G30 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The smallest display diagonal of comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,230,000 pixel, the Legria HF G30 has a very high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF G30 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Transcend DrivePro 200 ($99.99), or the Canon XA10.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Canon Legria HF G30 features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Legria HF G30 features pre-record function. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera also feature pre-record function.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Legria HF G30 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera also support HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think the Canon XA10 is also worth considering.

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Has a Microphone in

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a microphone in, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Legria HF G30 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a DC-in jack.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF G30 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Legria HF G30 does not support PictBridge, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder also do not support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon Legria HF G30 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

Other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to consider include the XA10, or the 800 both from Canon.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera range from 2.3mm to 44mm. The Legria HF G30 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 26.8 millimeters) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22. At only 2.8, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 400 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Legria HF G30 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

If this small total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon 800 (35x).

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight customers who purchased the product agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Ed wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Although the camera is slightly heavier than my previous mode, I am very happy with this camera, finally”. Guyhiker said “It is a bit heavy.”. Naven R. Johnson wrote on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “Camera is big and bulky; not something to slip into a purse or pocket” and rated the Canon Legria HF G30 the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Two owners mentioned that it was good structurally. Steve mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Sturdy solid construction” in his review of this camcorder. Paul Ozov mentioned “Solid, tough material and construction, feels and looks as a military grade equipment not as a consumer good; plastic of the body is very practical”.

Two customers said in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Jtvdata said “It has a handful body, convenient to handle”. Socio wrote two years ago “Fantastic body design and manual controls” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

One owner concluded that the product was compact. Photoisca wrote “Previously I have used the video function on DSLR and compact cameras” in their review of this camcorder. One customer considered that it was lightweight. Max192 wrote “Simple easy to use controls, lightweight comfortable in the hand” in their review of this camcorder.

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Heavy

The lightest small total megapixels camcorder that has been available for a similar time to this video camera is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. With a weight of 900 grams, the Canon Legria HF G30 is one of the heavier video cameras that were launched more than two years ago amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

Alternative video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon XA10 (775g).

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Focusing

Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

The Legria HF G30 has an auto Focus (AF) lock, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF G30 has a face detection. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have a face detection.

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Storage

Two Memory Slots

The Canon Legria HF G30 is a two memory slots camcorder. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and two memory slots.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF G30 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF G30 features back light compensation. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also feature back light compensation.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder. The minimum illuminations of small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder range from 0.05lx to 7lx.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Legria HF G30 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Legria HF G30 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Legria HF G30 has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a batteries included.

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Viewfinder

Very High Viewfinder

At 1,560,000 pixel, the Legria HF G30 has a very high viewfinder compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder. Video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder have viewfinders of between 90,000 pixels and 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 660,000 pixels.

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Image Sensor

Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP. When compared to other video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder that we have assessed, the Legria HF G30's effective megapixels (movie) of 2.91 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.84" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features

Good Features

Twenty-four owners who purchased the Canon Legria HF G30 thought it had good features. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder nine years ago “Comprehensive Feature Set”. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert website PC Mag “It features an impressive 20x zoom lens that captures a wide-angle field of view, excellent image stabilization” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Four years ago Trustedreviews.com gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on expert website Trusted Reviews “Offers features that push it firmly towards the serious end of the scale, including comprehensive manual settings”.


Support

Manual Focus Ring

Eighteen people considered that the Canon Legria HF G30 had good technical guidance. Pc Mag wrote “Manual focus ring” . Amazon.co.uk said “Many Manual Controls” in their review of this camcorder. Guyhiker said on Bhphotovideo.com “The manual exposure button is nice” and scored it 80 out of 100.


Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a built-in flash.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this video camera was released.


Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 3.16 hours, the Legria HF G30 has a pretty standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Average Video Recording Time

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a relatively typical video recording time (3.1 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers home 8454b009aa, canon vp712453
Barcodes 00013803217575, 00138032175752, 00888253024222, 04054842255209, 04960999977737, 05053959360195, 05054230954881, 05712505160749, 08714574605784, 08714574605807, 08714574605814, 08714574605821, 09154401796916

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