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Canon VIXIA HF M30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and design. The value for money and image quality also get good comments, whereas there are some critical views about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon VIXIA HF M30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon VIXIA HF M30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Canon VIXIA HF M30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HF M30 Full HD Camcorder with 8GB Flash MemoryCanon VIXIA HF M301 flash memory Camcorder Kit: 8GB SD, Mini HDMI, Case, DVD, + Easy Start GuideCanon Vixia Hf M301 Hf-m301 Hfm301 Flash Memory Camcorders with 8gb Sdhc Memory Card, Memory Card Reader, Premium Deluxe Carrying Case, 57 Inch Tripod

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Canon Vixia HF M30

 

I was a big fan of last year's mainstream Canon flash HD camcorders, the HF200 series, and much of what was great about them remains--solid performance and very good video quality. That's probably why I'm doubly frustrated by Canon's attempt to...

Very good video at highest quality setting; nice lens performance

Poorly designed touch-screen menu system; short battery life; defaults to low-quality video mode

At its best, the Canon Vixia HF M3x series--composed of the M300, M30, M31, and M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features, and performance for the money, but some people may find the touch-screen interface extremely frustrating to use...

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"The miniature Vixia HV40"

 

Awesome video and sound quality!

Stupid touch screen... can get grainy when filming in low lit settings

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The miniature Vixia HV40

 

Awesome video and sound quality

Stupid touch screen... can get grainy when filming in low lit settings

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Wonderful Features for Price!

 

This is a wonderful camcorder for its price class. It includes high end features that Sony camcorders could only dream of, yet it has a simplistic "auto mode" for novice shooters. The quality is amazing for its Class and the pictures are very good. The...

Quality ; Lens ; Photos ; Easy computer connection (Mac) ; PS3 connection ; Design

Touchscreen ; Battery life ; Low memory for price

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"Wonderful Features for Price!"

 

This is a wonderful camcorder for its price class. It includes high end features that Sony camcorders could only dream of, yet it has a simplistic "auto mode" for novice shooters. The quality is amazing for its Class and the pictures are very good. The...

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Awesome HD video quality

 

Video quality is VERY sharp and colors are VERY vibrant and true especially outdoors. The operational buttons layout are convinient to operate with a single hand. Solid mechanical construction makes it seem durable since nothing is flimsy. The black...

Very good quality, durable construction and many manual settings

HD video is diffucult to handle once in your computer, not much support from Canon and menu layout could be simplified

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"Awesome HD video quality"

 

Video quality is VERY sharp and colors are VERY vibrant and true especially outdoors. The operational buttons layout are convinient to operate with a single hand. Solid mechanical construction makes it seem durable since nothing is flimsy. The black...

Very good quality, durable construction and many manual settings.

HD video is diffucult to handle once in your computer, not much support from Canon and menu layout could be simplified.

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Exceeded all my expectations!

 

Let me start of by saying I normally wouldn't give something a 5 star rating, but this camera has so far exceeded all my expectations.

Video quality is excellent ; Zoom is great ; Image stabilization is amazing ; Quality underwater is just as good as above

There's really nothing negative

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"No Canon support on this camera!"

 

Have always used Canon products but do not feel the product is reliable or that Canon is standing behind their product. Wish I'd had more time to become familiar with the product before it broke.

Picture was nice, Camera was only a month old, hardly used when lense cover stopped working .

Lense cover stopped working. Sent it back to Canon for repair and they said wanted to charge $261.00 to repair. Canon should let people know that their camera shouldn't be used in windy place, lakes, or ocean beaches.

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No Canon support on this camera!

 

Have always used Canon products but do not feel the product is reliable or that Canon is standing behind their product. Wish I'd had more time to become familiar with the product before it broke.

Picture was nice, Camera was only a month old, hardly used when lense cover stopped working

Lense cover stopped working. Sent it back to Canon for repair and they said wanted to charge $261.00 to repair. Canon should let people know that their camera shouldn't be used in windy place, lakes, or ocean beaches

Product Specifications

The Canon VIXIA HF M30 dual flash memory camcorder features an 8GB internal flash drive and an SD memory card slot in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body - it's a brilliant blend of capability and convenience. Canon's advanced imaging technologies, including a genuine Canon 15x HD video lens and 3.89-megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor, help to deliver high definition video and 3.3-megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Sophisticated features such as smart auto "reads" the visual components of the scene you're shooting and choose the best settings. Touch and track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the 2.7" touch panel LCD. And to complete the entertainment picture, 5.1-channel surround sound ensures your audio is every bit as impressive as your video.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.8in
Height:2.4in
Weight:11.3oz
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Surface / Cine / Snow / Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Underwater / Night scene / Low light / Fireworks / Portrait mode / Spotlight

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:8GB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF M30
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:61.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.31Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.89Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4 / 1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SuperRange)

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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