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Canon Vixia HF R30
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Canon Vixia HF R30 Camcorder

reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice
3.28MP 1/4.85 280g CMOS May 2012
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Experience the compact, easy-to-use camcorder that has 8GB of internal memory to record up to 3 hours of breathtaking Full HD video while offering impressive zooming power and exciting new... More
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Canon HF R30 Camcorder Low-Light Testing
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15 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writers at Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com both decided that this video camera was exceptional and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Two experts from sites including camcorderinfo.com and parentesis.com have rated this video camera on average 75 out of 100.

Canon Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon camcorders and also specifically for Canon small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Canon had excellent ratings.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Vixia HF R30 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF R30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R30, the Vixia HF R30 has an image stabiliser.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Vixia HF R30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Has One Exposure Mode

The Vixia HF R30 has a greater number of exposure modes than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this Canon video camera. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Vixia HF R30 has a greater number of scene modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This video camera has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Vixia HF R30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Vixia HF R30 optical sensor sizes range from 1/8" (worst) to 1/3" (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF R30, the Vixia HF R30 has a built-in display.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The Canon Vixia HF R30 has a greater number of audio formats than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Canon camcorder. The audio formats AC3 and LC-AAC are also supported by this Canon video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R30 is 0.1lx, the biggest is 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. At only 0.4 lux, the Canon Vixia HF R30 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Small

With a height of only 55 millimeters, the Canon Vixia HF R30 is one of the smaller small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R30 amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the video cameras that were released more than two years ago the heights range from 19mm to 920mm, and the average height is 82mm.

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7 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A number of Canon Vixia HF R30 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder did not have a good battery life. Four years ago Camcorderinfo.com mentioned “Video performance is limited when shooting in less-than-ideal lighting situations, battery life is abysmal.” in their Canon Vixia HF R30 review. Expert review site Reviewed.com wrote in their review of this camcorder also four years ago “On top of poor battery life”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Canon Vixia HF R30 owner who reviewed it thought it was not noisy. Reviewed.com said “Videos looked bland and noisy when we shot in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF R30, the Vixia HF R30 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vixia HF R30 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R30 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon Vixia HF R30 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF R30 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R30 do not have a built-in projector. The Vixia HF R30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Vixia HF R30 is not waterproof.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R30

Released Over Four Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF R30 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,020 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R30 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R30.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Vixia HF R30 has a pretty typical optical zoom (32 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Weight

The Vixia HF R30 has a relatively average weight (280 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF R30.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Average Video Recording Time

The Canon Vixia HF R30 has a pretty standard video recording time (3 hours) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Auto Focus

2 Awards

reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(3)
8 November 2012

Even with its setbacks, this is still one of the best budget camcorders we've reviewed all year. This is one of the best budget camcorders we've reviewed this year. The Canon HF R30 is one of...

Camcorderinfo.com

8 November 2012

On top of poor battery life, the Canon Vixia HF R30 also struggled in our low light performance tests. Videos looked bland and noisy when we shot in less-than-ideal lighting conditions, but in...

Reviewed.com

SurResolucin Full HD y tamao compacto
Destacan tambin su zoom ptico de 32x y avanzado de 51x, su estabilizador de imagen para evitar videos y fotos movidos
El zoom digital usado a lo mximo puede llegar a distorsionar la imagen, adems de provocar que los videos salgan muy movidos
Su precio es elevado, pero vale la pena si eres alguien que se dedica a hacer videos de manera cotidiana
23 August 2012

Si estás buscando una cámara que te sirva para grabar fiestas, bodas o reuniones con calidad profesional y, además, tenga un uso relativamente sencillo, esta VIXIA es una buena opción...

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Barcodes 00013803145267, 00989898608300, 00989898685509, 00989898688708
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