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Canon Legria HF G30 Camcorder

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3.09MP 1/2.84 900g CMOS Apr 2013
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35 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

Amongst camcorders of this age and type, this Canon video camera is one of the most awarded.

Two expert review sites both liked this Canon camcorder. This Canon video camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag and it received a Trusted Reviews "Recommended" award.

The writers at three other expert review sites all said that this Canon camcorder was good. This video camera received a "Best of Year" award from both Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com and it received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews.

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Good Expert Reviews

Eight experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag have rated this small sensor size camcorder on average 89 out of 100. This puts this Canon camcorder in the top 5% of all the camcorders of a similar type and age when ranked by average expert review score.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 157 user reviews this small sensor size camcorder has an excellent average user rating.

Good Quality Lens

Some Canon Legria HF G30 owners who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good zoom. Amanda Parfitt mentioned on Amazon “I like the 20x zoom” in her review of the Canon Legria HF G30. Mrs Jmg Radtke mentioned in her review three years ago “Excellent zoom lens” and rated it as very good. In the same month expert review site Camcorderinfo.com said “Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar image quality, wide range of shooting options” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars.

Some people who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Eagle wrote on Amazon “Superb picture and focusing ability” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote in his review of the Canon Legria HF G30 on Amazon in December last year “The combination of a larger than average sensor and the ability to set a wide aperture means creating out of focus backgrounds is much easier to achieve”. Mr. Roy Foreman also mentioned “You can also adjust the focus speed - from fast t”.

A number of Canon Legria HF G30 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Eagle wrote “One downside in the auto mode on a tripod, is that very cleverly the stabiliser is automatically switched off.” in their review. Mr. A. Poole gave the product a score of 4 stars and said in their review “My Sony CX730 still has the best stabiliser ever, their so-called BOSS system”. Mrs Jmg Radtke she mentioned on Amazon “Great image stabilization”.

A number of Canon Legria HF G30 owners who bought the product reckoned that it had a good lens. Eagle gave it a rating of 4 stars and said in their Canon Legria HF G30 review on Amazon “Having a proper lens hood is a definite advantage”. Tommo wrote “The lens ring is the best I have used so far - it really works” in their review.

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Easy to Use

Some Canon Legria HF G30 owners wrote in their reviews that the Canon Legria HF G30 was easy to use. Eagle said in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30 “The assignable buttons on the G30 are extremely practical, its a pity that there are no neutral density filters”. Eagle also said “The ability to set a focus point on the touch screen is very practical and works quickly”. Mr. Roy Foreman mentioned in his Canon Legria HF G30 review on Amazon “This is handy for off center subjects or those that move about” and scored it very highly.

Some customers who bought the Canon Legria HF G30 concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Amanda Parfitt mentioned “The functionality of the camera is excellent and the various menus are well thought out” in her Canon Legria HF G30 review.

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Good Product Quality

Seventeen people who reviewed the product agreed that it was good quality. A few weeks ago Darren P. said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Brilliant quality, optics and build qulaity are great”. Dj Snap said on Amazon “The quality (mp4) is exceptional, autofocus is very good at guessing what your filming” in their review. This month Gamerk rated the Canon Legria HF G30 as very good and mentioned “AMAZING quality! Upgraded from a Canon Legria HF R606”.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent reviews on average and across all camcorders Canon is one of the leading manufacturers.

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A few Canon Legria HF G30 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was well made. Ramano wrote in their Canon Legria HF G30 review on Amazon “Solid and quite bulky more than i expected”. Two years ago S.j.hutchinson wrote on Amazon “Biggest problem with built in mikes is wind noise so external mike with deadcat is a must if used outside”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four people who purchased it considered that it had a good screen. This month Gamerk mentioned “The screen quality is excellent”. Mrs Jmg Radtke wrote in her Canon Legria HF G30 review on Amazon “Easy to use touch screen menus” and rated this camcorder 5 stars. Tommo wrote on Amazon “I have not had any issues with auto focus (although in low light I tend to 'lock' the focus to be safe) The screen is brilliant” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30.

One person who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it had a good viewfinder. Mr. Roy Foreman mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “The G30 is one of the few consumer camcorders that has a viewfinder, one that is sharp”.

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Nice Design

One Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer who purchased this camcorder concluded that it was smooth. Mr. Roy Foreman scored it 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Canon Legria HF G30 on Amazon “The zoom rocker switch is a joy to use - smooth and controllable, with what seems like an endless range of options for controlling zoom speed, soft start”.

One Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer wrote that the Canon Legria HF G30 was neat. One Canon Legria HF G30 owner who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G30 considered that it was ergonomic. Expert review site Reviewed.com wrote “The new ergonomic improvements”.

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Good Technical Features

Three people who purchased the Canon Legria HF G30 considered that it had good features. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “It features an impressive 20x zoom lens that captures a wide-angle field of view, excellent image stabilization”. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert review site Trusted Reviews three years ago “Offers features that push it firmly towards the serious end of the scale, including comprehensive manual settings” in their review of this camcorder.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was quiet. Dj Snap wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30 on Amazon “The camera makes no noise which means you don't pick up focal motor noise in quiet settings”. One Canon Legria HF G30 owner who purchased it concluded that it was noisy.

Good Connectivity

Some Canon Legria HF G30 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was wifi compatible. Gryphon wrote on Amazon “Wireless 'n' standard is built in allowing direct uploads to the usual collection of online services or to your own ftp server/laptop should you prefer” in their review and gave this camcorder a very good rating. Mrs Jmg Radtke she mentioned in her review “The wifi connection is good as a remote control”.

Good Battery Life

One Canon Legria HF G30 owner who reviewed the product said that it had a good battery life. D.w.gascoyne mentioned in their review “So a fresh battery for £25 every 2-3 years is what I prefer”.

Good Size

One person concluded that this camcorder was a good weight. Tommo said on Amazon “I like the weight and feel - much better than the HF G10 I had” in their review.

One Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was heavy and bulky. Expertreviews.co.uk scored it very highly and mentioned on expert review site Expert Reviews three years ago “It doesn’t uncomfortably heavy either, even though its 900g weight makes it almost twice as heavy as many camcorders” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3". The Legria HF G30 has a quite large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF G30.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Legria HF G30 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Legria HF G30 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] is also worth considering.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Legria HF G30 is 1/2.84". That's 38% more optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The optical sensor size of all camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF G30 ranges from 2/3" to 1/1.3".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Legria HF G30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF G30.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Legria HF G30 is a two memory card slot camcorder.

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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Legria HF G30 has a DIGIC DV IV image processor which is better than the DIGIC DV II image processor found on most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

This video camera's image processor (DIGIC DV IV) is actually the best image processor amongst all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF G30.

The worst image processor amongst comparable types of video camera is DIGIC DV II.

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OLED Display

The Legria HF G30 has an OLED display which is better than the TFT LCD display found on most video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

This video camera's display (OLED) is actually the best display amongst all video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G30.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst display is TFT LCD.

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Very High Display Resolution

When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF G30 that we have checked, the Legria HF G30's display resolution of 1,230,000 pixel is one of the highest. Small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF G30 have display resolutions of between 23,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Seven Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Legria HF G30 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G30. The scene modes "Beach", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very High Viewfinder Resolution

The lowest viewfinder resolution of camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF G30 is 90,000 pixels, the highest is 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder resolution is 650,000 pixels. When compared to other video cameras of this age and spec, the viewfinder resolution of the Canon Legria HF G30 of 1,560,000 pixel is one of the highest.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF G30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Legria HF G30 is more than most video cameras of this type and age. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Legria HF G30. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 360|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders of this age and type.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF G30 is 2.5 Mbit/s, the biggest is 35 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 24 Mbit/s. At 28 megabits per second, the Legria HF G30 has a fairly big bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of camcorders of this spec and age is 0.41MP, the highest is 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. The Legria HF G30 has a very high movie megapixel count (2.91 megapixels) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 26.8 millimeters, the Legria HF G30 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The average minimum focal length of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF G30 is 33mm.

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13 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Three Canon Legria HF G30 owners who bought the Canon Legria HF G30 agreed that it was not cheap. Gryphon said on Amazon “This is an expensive camera.” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30 however they scored it 5 stars. Mr. Roy Foreman he wrote on Amazon “It's a little more expensive than most due to the build quality”. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “The Canon Vixia HF G30 is expensive.” but they scored it 4 stars.

A few Canon Legria HF G30 owners who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G30 considered that it was not a bargain for the price. Mick Lunn mentioned on Amazon “Without doubt the camera is a a bargain if you buy from Amazon”. Tommo said on Amazon “Without spending a good deal more on moving to a 'pro' machine - in my opinion anyway” in their review.

One person who reviewed the Canon Legria HF G30 concluded that it was not good value for money. Trustedreviews.com said “It's very pricey.” in their review.

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Poor Support

A number of Canon Legria HF G30 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have good technical guidance. Eagle said “Colors are rendered well.I would criticise both camcorders for not supplying a full paper manual (rather difficult to pack your PC when going on holiday”. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote “Secondly, like most consumer camcorders, there are few if any manual controls on the R506, whereas the G30 has them all”.

Not Full HD

The Canon Legria HF G30 is not Full HD, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years which are Full HD.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF G30 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30, the Canon Legria HF G30 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G30, the Legria HF G30 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G30 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Canon Legria HF G30 is not waterproof.

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Only Optical Viewfinder

This camcorder has an Optical viewfinder, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The average maximum aperture value of small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 4.9. At only 2.8, the Legria HF G30 has a quite low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

Across all the camcorders that have been available for more than two years the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg. With a weight of 900 grams, the Legria HF G30 is one of the heavier video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF G30 amongst camcorders of this age.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon XA10[plb_1476816_price] (775g).

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

Camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Legria HF G30 have maximum focal lengths of between 22mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm. With a maximum focal length of only 576 millimeters, the Canon Legria HF G30 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Legria HF G30 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 2.07 megapixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.5MP.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF G30

Released Over Three Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 400 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF G30 has a fairly standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Average Battery Life

At 3.1 hours, the Legria HF G30 has a relatively standard battery life compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF G30.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Legria HF G30 has a fairly standard optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF G30.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 3.1 hours, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a pretty typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
GPS Function
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
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5 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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16 May 2014

There's little doubt that the Vixia G30 is a great choice if you're in the market for a high-end HD video device. Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar image quality, wide range of shooting...

Reviewed.com

19 December 2013

The Canon Vixia HF G30 is expensive, but if you're serious about home movies it's worth the money...

17 December 2013

The Canon Vixia HF G30 is expensive, but if you're serious about home movies it's worth the money...

PC Mag

4 November 2013

Hard to beat if you have the means There's little doubt that the Vixia G30 is a great choice if you're in the market for a high-end HD video device. Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar...

Camcorderinfo.com

17 September 2013

This big camcorder has great image quality, controls and touchscreen...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 29 January 2014 by Onedera

I use the Canon G30 in my business to make movies to analyse the operational characteristics of our products. Many of the shots are used in promotional movies that we post on the web. First of... Read more…

Reviewed 3 March 2015 by CamcorderLite

This is a terrific camcorder producing excellent quality HD recordings that can be quickly played back through a TV. The large lens results in very sharp detail and I have been impressed by both... Read more…

NA would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G30

I just received this camera and put it through most of its paces during 3 shoots. One a run and gun with a shoulder mount. Another with a "set" scene with proper lighting and such and the last, a... Read more…

Reviewed 24 July 2013 by KC
KC would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G30 (Verified Purchase)

I am a wedding videographer and have been looking for a camera to replace my Sony FX1 taped based camcorder. I did not want to spend over $2000 for a new camera, but, I wanted an sd card based... Read more…

Reviewed 3 July 2014 by Carro Video and Media
Carro Video and Media would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF G30

I purchased this video camera as a backup to my Sony AX2000 (~$) video camera for weddings. It comes to within millimeters of the same image quality as my Sony (imperceptable to 99% of the... Read more…

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See How Other Camcorders Compare to the Canon Legria HF G30

Legria HF R506 vs Legria HF G30

Canon Legria HF R506 vs Canon Legria HF G30
Canon Legria HF R506 Canon Legria HF G30
£ 242.51 £746.00
Vastly Smaller
2x Smaller Minimum Illumination
Lighter
Vastly Smaller
2.82h Shorter Video Recording Time
Only One Memory Card Slot

Legria HF R46 vs Legria HF G30

Canon Legria HF R46 vs Canon Legria HF G30
Canon Legria HF R46 Canon Legria HF G30
£ 442.80 £746.00
Three Times Lighter
Higher Display Resolution
2x Smaller
Vastly Smaller
Only One Memory Card Slot
1.35h Shorter Battery Life

Legria HF R56 vs Legria HF G30

Canon Legria HF R56 vs Canon Legria HF G30
Canon Legria HF R56 Canon Legria HF G30
£ 264.35 £746.00
Smaller
Smaller
69% Longer Maximum Focal Length
65% Bigger Digital Zoom
One Less Memory Card Slot
Lower Display Resolution
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