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Canon HV30 / HV30E

We have collected and analyzed 41 expert reviews and 486 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 86/100. The average review date is Mar 14, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 367610 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 88/100 = Very good. Last update: Mar 26, 2019.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HV30 / HV30E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Canon HV30 / HV30E from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the connectivity and design. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the size and durability.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HV30 / HV30E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 333 user reviews of Canon HV30 / HV30E from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the design and portability. The image quality and price are also appreciated. There are some negative views about the viewfinder, and the battery and durability get mixed views.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Canon Vixia HV30


The Canon Vixia HV30 shoots Editors' Choice–quality video, but it loses points for operating and software downfalls.

Excellent video quality. Good sound quality. Option to record in 24 progressive frames per second to create a film-like effect.

Menus and backup can be a drag. Video-editing software is not included.

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Feb, 2009

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Canon VIXIA HV30


Of the camcorders we've recently reviewed, there is only one whose image quality can rival our Editors' Choice Sony HDR-SR11 Handycam, and it's the Canon Vixia HV30 ($899 direct). So why doesn't Canon merit our coveted award? Operating a tape-based...

Excellent video quality. Good sound quality. Option to record in 24 progressive frames per second to create a film-like effect

Menus and backup can be a drag. Video-editing software is not included

The Canon Vixia HV30 delivers excellent video quality, though recording video to miniDV tape feels low-tech and slows down your operation.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Canon Vixia HV30


Canon's tape-based Vixia HV30 camcorder ($1000 as of September 28, 2008) combines the aging medium with modern image processing to lay good-looking HDV video onto inexpensive MiniDV tapes.

Easy to archive and edit HDV footage ; Bright, colorful video quality

Bulky compared to tapeless camcorders ; Nonstandard accessory shoe

The HV30 records high-quality HD video to old-fashioned tape.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Canon Vixia HV30 review: Canon Vixia HV30


Canon Vixia HV30

Generally excellent video quality; solid feature set for its class; well designed

Tape housing feels a bit flimsy; fixed eye-level viewfinder needs a better eye cup; manual focus dial a bit loose

An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : David Kender (

Canon HV30 Camcorder Review


The Canon HV30 ($999 MSRP) is the replacement model for the much celebrated HV20, winner of our 2007 Camcorder of the Year award, along with three other awards. Canon has decided not to mess with a winning formula too much. The small list of upgrades...

The Canon HV30, like its predecessor, the HV20, is a very strong camcorder. The HV20 was praised, above all, for its video performance in both bright and low light. That much has remained true. The imaging system is identical. Unless the competition...

Jan, 2008


Expert review by : Darren R Wiczek (

Canon HV30


Let's face it. If money was of no concern you would simply go out and buy the best camera on the market. But if you're like me and auctioning off things you hope you no longer need to get enough money together to buy one then this article is for you....

To sum up the Canon HV30 it scores at the top of my list for included features, quality of picture, ease of use getting through menus. On the negative side would be the size of the display. Another nice upgrade in the future would be the option to flip...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Greg Robinson (

Camcorder Review Canon Vixia HV30 HDV Camcorder


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

Pretty pictures and good flexibility. Great consumer camera.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Brian Chen (

Review: Canon Vixia HV30 high-definition camcorder


In a world where consumer Mini DV camcorders are being phased out, the HV30 is easily a top choice. The camcorder's impressive feature set and superb video quality should cater to both advanced and amateur video makers.

The camcorder is well designed, for the most part. The HV30’s four-directional joystick is sturdy and sensitive, making it easy to navigate through the settings menu with your thumb. A convenient plastic cover protects the HV30’s Firewire and HDMI...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : John Pastor (

Canon VIXIA HV30 Review


A little over a year ago, Canon introduced the HV20 HDV camcorder, and it was a huge success. Just around 4 months ago Canon introduced the VIXIA HV30, a small step-up from the HV20 with only a couple of new additions. Is it worth upgrading from the...

Exceptional video quality ; New non-solarizing LCD screen ; 30P progressive mode for internet video

Not a big improvement over the HV20

The VIXIA HV30 is nearly identical to the HV20, so instead of focusing on what's the same we'll be focusing on what's new.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : John Pastor (

First Look: Canon VIXIA HV30 HDV Camcorder


Look what Mr. FedEx decided to deliver today: the brand new Canon VIXIA HV30 HDV camcorder. It has nearly the same internals as the HV20 we reviewed in February, but also has a few new things added to it. We're a big fan of the new black design, we...

The older HV20 is still available for lower prices, which makes the HV30 a so-so upgrade. We expect the same excellent video quality that the HV20 delivered or even better, but we haven't had the chance to test it out just yet. Keep an eye out for our...

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications

The dramatic Canon VIXIA HV30 incorporates advanced features to bring knowledgeable and demanding videographers the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality. The VIXIA HV30 is packed with Canon exclusive features you won't find anywhere else. Canon's full HD CMOS sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor deliver breathtaking detail and the best in color reproduction. SuperRange optical image stabilization and instant auto focus gives you the shot control high definition demands. With the genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the VIXIA HV30 is sure to be your choice in high definition camcorders. And, with its HD and standard definition recording modes, you can make the move to HD without making your SD equipment obsolete. The VIXIA HV30 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. It's the next step in premium quality high definition camcorders for which sophisticated and discerning videographers have been waiting.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-2L13
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13
Video recording time:2

Camcorder Features

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


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:0.2
Self-timer delay:10

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:211000 x 211000
Display resolution (numeric):211000

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:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Built-in flash:No / Yes
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.1
Normal focusing range:1


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon VIXIA

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor resolution:1920
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.7 / 1/2.7
Scan technology:CCD
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
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Other Features

Art: Yes
Audio Output:1
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows, Macintosh
Internal memory:16384
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.3
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Digital Video Software Ver.28

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2000


Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MiniSD
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:MPEG1
Video formats supported:MPEG1
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height:3.23 / 3.46
Width:3.23 / 3.46

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / Fluorescent H, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Daylight, Fluorescent