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Canon Legria HF S30 Camcorder

8.59MP 1/2 470g CMOS Mar 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Average expert reviews
Quite large display diagonal
Very slow maximum frame rate
7 Reviews

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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camcorder is 75 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including tecnozoom.it and parentesis.com.

Canon Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We checked 1,806 user and expert reviews for Canon video cameras and found that on average Canon has good reviews. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 80% of those that bought a Canon camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the Canon Legria HF S30 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The smallest display diagonal of camcorders of this type and age is 1.5", the largest is 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

If you want a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon EOS C300 ($10,999.99) (4") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Legria HF S30 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder the display resolutions (numeric) range from 91,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 400,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 922,000 pixels, the Legria HF S30 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF S30 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-R15.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Canon Legria HF S30 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 10 times zoom factor) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. The optical zooms of medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x.

If this Canon camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Sony NEX-FS700 ($3,342.63) (11x), or the Panasonic AG-AC90 ($2,414.50) (12x).

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 39.9 millimeters, the Legria HF S30's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is one of the longest amongst comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera is 1.8mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Legria HF S30 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the HDR-CX220 (320x), or the HDR-PJ240 (320x) both from Sony.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Legria HF S30 supports HDMI. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years also support HDMI.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Sony HDR-CX400E ($297.99) which has better reviews.

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Has a Microphone in

The Legria HF S30 has a microphone in, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF S30 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Legria HF S30 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a DC-in jack.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Legria HF S30 does not support PictBridge, although keep in mind that most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not support PictBridge.

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Battery

Fairly Long Battery Life (max)

The average battery life (max) of camcorders of this type and age is 380h. The Legria HF S30 has a quite long battery life (max) (4.5 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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

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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 medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Storage

Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF S30 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the maximum memory card sizes range from 2GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 55GB.

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Two Memory Slots

The Legria HF S30 has more memory slots than most of the medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera. This Canon video camera is a two memory slots video camera compared to most of the medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder which only have one memory slots.

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Fairly Big Flash Memory

The average flash memory of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder is 22GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a quite big flash memory compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Video

Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon Legria HF S30 features pre-record function, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Canon Legria HF S30 features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a fairly slow maximum frame rate (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 41fps.

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Camera

Features Progressive Scan

The Legria HF S30 features progressive scan. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also feature progressive scan.

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Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF S30 features back light compensation. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also feature back light compensation.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 0.3lx, the biggest is 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 4.2lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.3 lux, the Legria HF S30 has one of the smallest minimum illuminations amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Legria HF S30 has a built-in flash, unlike most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder which do not have a built-in flash.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF S30 has a face detection, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Legria HF S30 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Image Sensor

Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

At 8.02 megapixels, the Legria HF S30 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. Medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera have effective megapixels (movie) of between 0.49MP and 9.9MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 4.6MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1". That's 11% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1.8".

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Still Image

Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Canon Legria HF S30 is 640 x 480. That's 85% less still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 1840.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is in fact the worst supported still image resolution amongst all medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

The best supported still image resolution across similar types of camcorder is 4608 x 3456.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The Canon Legria HF S30 is quite heavy (470 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Across all the video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera the weights range from 50g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 400g.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Viewfinder

The Canon Legria HF S30 has a quite low viewfinder (only 123,000 pixels) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera. The lowest viewfinder of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera is 1.5 pixels, the highest is 1,500,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 510,000 pixels.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Canon released the Legria HF S30.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04960999689654, 08714574574714

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