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Canon HV30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews of Canon HV30. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. The size and usability get mixed views. There are some negative opinions about the battery.

image quality, price, portability, design, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HV30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Canon HV30 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated, but there are some negative comments about the usability.

image quality, price, portability, design


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HV30 High Definition Camcorder (10 x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD)Canon HV30 High Definition Camcorder (10 x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD)

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Videomaker (

Canon Vixia HV30 HDV Camcorder Review


Shoot a Canon... The HV30 is a good camera. It captures really good images for its category. And, even though it isn't tiny, it will fit nicely in a small bag or even an oversized coat pocket.

Excellent image quality, Lots of manual controls, Good price for the feature set

Not very ergonomic, Mic picks up vibration

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Good Gear (

An old dog learns some new tricks


Despite its reliance on an outdated format, the Canon HV30 is a superior high-def camcorder that offers exceptional value for money. If you can get over your anti-tape prejudice and embrace MiniDV, this model will deliver on every level.

Performed excellently in low light, 25p Cine mode, unique and arresting design, extensive audio options

MiniDV is a dying format, may prove a bit bulky for some

Dec, 2008

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Canon HV30 review


Mini DV tape isn't dead yet and this Canon is here to prove it. But is it just a rehash of last year's model?

Not much to tempt you over last year's HV20 but Canon still rules the roost when it comes to raw picture quality

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : James Ellerbeck (

Canon HV30 review


The camcorder equivalent of the emperor's new clothes is virtually identical to its predecessor

Superb stills and video ; Tried and tested format ; Better image quality than HDD models ; Faster import than HDD models

Cumbersome to use ; Last year's HV20 is essentially identical

A great example of mature technology that matches equivalently priced HDD models on image quality

Oct, 2008

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Canon HV30


HDV (1080/60i) camcorder with 10x Canon optically stabilised zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD, 25p Cinema mode plus a flash and video light for low light action. Measures 88x82x138 mm and weighs 535g. The good Like the warm sound of a vinyl LP, HDV videotape...

With one foot in the past, one in the future and one in the grave, the HV30 has at least 50 percent more feet than most people will need. But if you want an impressive High Def camera that can also handle yesterday’s movies, it’s a safe, heavyweight...

Mar, 2009

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Canon HV30 HD camera


The Canon HV30 HD is a very good camera with some truly excellent features among which a high precision aspheric lens. The camera, like most HD cameras, only offers a 10x optical zoom, which gets you VERY close to what you want to record without any...

Jan, 2009

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Canon HV30



Jul, 2009

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Canon HV30


The image quality is super when seen on an HDTV with 1080p. Considering it's compact size the results are very good. Price is also very competitive compared to other camcorders. I highly recommend this camcorder - Canon has come out with a great product.

Battery life is a bit short - in fact I had to purchase another battery within 2 weeks of buying the camcorder.

Apr, 2009

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Canon HV30


Excellent build quality, reassuring weight, very stylish, video light,connectivity and for myself, in my opinion tape is still king with the benefit of still's to card. Excellent value for money. Looking forward with excitement, to the learning curve...

It's only bad point that I can see, is well documented in all reviews and that is the manual focus being positioned in a strange place. I was fully aware of this before purchase and I am sure that it is just a matter of time spent playing with it,...

Mar, 2009

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Canon HV30


Excellent image quality on an easy to use media (miniDV tape) Light weight Excellent features which I am still exploring.

It was expensive but I suspect it is going to be value for money.

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes


Battery life (max):4.50
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-2L13


Minimum illumination:0.2
Self-timer delay:10


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:2.7


Built-in flash: Yes

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.7
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total megapixels:2.96

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.72 - 17.2
Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:1.69
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.72 - 17.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.24 - 2.4
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Other Features

Art: Yes
Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000


Camcorder tape type:HDV / Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MiniSD / SD


Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Height:3.23 / 3.46
Width:3.23 / 3.46