Canon Legria HF G30 vs Sony HXR-NX3-VG1

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Canon Legria HF G30
Sony HXR-NX3-VG1

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Reasons For

16 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is 3.09MP sensor. That's 0.68MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (2.41MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Higher movie megapixel count Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is 2.91MP (movie mode). That's 2.91MP higher than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (unknownMP).
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a digital zoom of 400x, however the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is only a unknownx (digital) camcorder (400x smaller). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

8% shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (28.8mm).
Larger maximum memory card size Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a maximum memory card size of 64GB, but the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is only a unknownGB maximum memory card size camcorder (64GB smaller). Read more

Using memory cards in addition to the camcorder's internal storage increases the time the camcorder can record video.

Using a larger memory card allows the user to record video for longer and at higher resolution.

Higher display resolution Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 1,230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 309,000 pixels higher than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

1,560,000 pixels higher viewfinder resolution Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a viewfinder resolution of 1,560,000 pixels, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is only a unknown pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder (1,560,000 pixels lower).
Bigger bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is 28 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate. That's 28 Mbit/s bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (unknown Mbit/s).
Vastly longer battery life Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a battery life of 3.1h, however the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is only a unknownh battery life camcorder (3.1h shorter). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Significantly lighter Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a weight of 900g, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder (1.3kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

109mm smaller Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is 84mm high. That's 109mm smaller than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (193mm).
Smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 231mm deep camcorder. That's 162mm smaller than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (393mm).
Smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 115mm wide camcorder. That's 59.5mm smaller than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (174.5mm).
Cheaper by £2,292
The Canon Legria HF G30 is £2,291.84 cheaper than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1.
18 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Better selling
The Canon Legria HF G30 ranks No. 82641 by number of sales, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 ranks No. 346235.
8 Reasons For
19% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a maximum focal length of 705mm, however the Canon Legria HF G30 is only a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder (129mm shorter).
0.2 lower minimum aperture Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 1.6 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 0.2 lower than the Canon Legria HF G30 (1.6).
75% higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is an 11 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 8.2 higher than the Canon Legria HF G30 (11).
Built-in light Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a built-in light, whereas the Canon Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in light.
0.21" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.45", but the Canon Legria HF G30 is only a 0.24" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.21" smaller).
Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 0.5lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.5lx smaller than the Canon Legria HF G30 (0.5lx).
Vastly faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a maximum frame rate of 50fps, however the Canon Legria HF G30 is only a unknownfps camcorder (50fps slower).
Longer video recording time Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 6.85h video recording time camcorder. That's 3.75h longer than the Canon Legria HF G30 (6.85h).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a maximum focal length of 576mm, but the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder (129mm longer).
12% higher minimum aperture Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (1.6).
Vastly lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 8.2 lower than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (11).
Does not have a built-in light Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in light, but the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a built-in light.
0.21" smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.24", whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.21" larger).
Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.5lx bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (0.5lx).
Shorter video recording time Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 3.1h video recording time camcorder. That's 3.75h shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (6.85h).
Older by eight months
The Canon Legria HF G30 is eight months older than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1.
10 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a sensor size of 2.41MP. That's 0.68MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF G30 (2.41MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

7% longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 28.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2mm longer than the Canon Legria HF G30 (28.8mm).
Lower display resolution Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 309,000 pixels lower than the Canon Legria HF G30 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Hugely heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a weight of 2.2kg, but the Canon Legria HF G30 is a 900g weight camcorder (1.3kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

57% bigger Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a height of 193mm. That's 109mm bigger than the Canon Legria HF G30 (193mm).
Bigger Edit
Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is 393mm deep. That's 162mm bigger than the Canon Legria HF G30 (393mm).
Bigger Edit
Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is 174.5mm wide. That's 59.5mm bigger than the Canon Legria HF G30 (174.5mm).
More expensive by £2,292
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is £2,291.84 more expensive than the Canon Legria HF G30.
Not as many stockists
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is only stocked by 1 seller, however the Canon Legria HF G30 is stocked by 19 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Less popular
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 346235 by number of sales in our camcorders, but the Canon Legria HF G30 ranks No. 82641.

Awards

5 Awards
camcorderinfo.com: Best of Year
Expert Reviews: Ultimate
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Best of Year
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.09MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.07MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Digital Zoom
400x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
576mm 705mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
26.8mm
BEST
28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Value
2.8 11
BEST
Filter Size
58mm 72mm
Focal Length
26.8 - 576 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
3.67 - 73.4 4.1 - 82

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞/0.8 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
White Balance Mode
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light
BEST

Shutter

Shutter Speed
0.0005 - 0.5 0.33 - 0.0001

Display

Screen Size
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
1,230,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.45"
BEST
Viewfinder Resolution
1,560,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
 3D compatible
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
1lx 0.5lx
BEST

Design

LED Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicator
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
28 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
Video Format
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video & Photo Dual Shot
 Video & photo dual shot
Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Microphone Connection
 XLR
 XLR

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Microphone in Port
 Microphone in port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
 S-Video out port
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi
 WiFi
 WiFi
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Battery

Battery Life
3.1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
3.1h 6.85h
BEST
Battery Type
BP-820 NP-F970
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Storage Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
900g
BEST
2.2kg
Height
84mm
BEST
193mm
Depth
231mm
BEST
393mm
Width
115mm
BEST
174.5mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cable Included
 AC
 AC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood included
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