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Canon Vixia HF S30
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Canon Vixia HF S30 Camcorder

8.59MP 1/2.6 470g Sep 2011
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VIXIA HF S30Canon's VIXIA HF S30 Flash Memory Camcorder boasts a sophisticated feature set, with a 32GB internal flash drive and two SDXC-compatible SD memory card slots. It truly blurs the line... More
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Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 1,357 expert and user reviews for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of camcorders of this age and spec is 1.5", the largest is 4", and the average screen size is 2.8". With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Vixia HF S30 has one of the largest screen sizes amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon EOS C300 (£5,999.00) (4") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF S30, the Vixia HF S30 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF S30 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think the easypix WDV1080 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Vixia HF S30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX440.

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1/2.6" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Vixia HF S30 is 1/2.6". That's 51% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/3.91". Camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF S30 optical sensor sizes range from 2/3" (worst) to 1/1.3" (best).

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most commonly found image stabiliser on camcorders of this age and type. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon Vixia HF S30 has more memory card slots than most of the comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF S30. Most of the similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago only have one memory card slot, however this camcorder has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF S30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera also 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 medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Canon Vixia HF S30 is more than most similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Canon camcorder has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF S30. The scene modes "Beach", "Night", "Sports", "Spotlight" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The Vixia HF S30 has a fairly high display resolution (922,000 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The lowest display resolution of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF S30 is 96,000 pixels, the highest is 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 370,000 pixels.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Vixia HF S30 has a DIGIC DV II image processor which is better than the BIONZ image processor found on most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. Medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Vixia HF S30 image processors range from BIONZ to DIGIC DV III.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The Vixia HF S30 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. The average closest focusing distance of medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 is 0.37m.

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Fairly Big Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

The average maximum fash memory capacity of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years is 24GB, and the maximum fash memory capacities range from 0.12GB to 160GB. With a maximum fash memory capacity of 32 gigabytes, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has one of the bigger maximum fash memory capacities amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of 6.01 megapixels, the Vixia HF S30 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 the movie megapixel counts range from 0.49MP to 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.8MP.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF S30 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF S30. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of only 0.3 lux, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has a very small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 have minimum illumination of between 0.3lx and 15lx.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Vixia HF S30 does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Panasonic HS900 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of camcorders that are a similar age to the Vixia HF S30 is 23x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF S30.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ50 (12x), or the Panasonic AG-AC90 (£1,239.00) (12x).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF S30 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Heavy

With a weight of 470 grams, the Vixia HF S30 is one of the heavier medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF S30 amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. The lightest similar spec video camera that was launched around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 is 76g weight and the heaviest is 2.8kg.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

The lowest viewfinder resolution of camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF S30 is 1.5 pixels and the highest is 1,500,000 pixels. With a viewfinder resolution of only 123,000 pixels, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has a quite low viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Vixia HF S30 is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HDC-Z10000 (£1,797.41).

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Only Has Five Capture Modes

The number of capture mode found on the Vixia HF S30 is more than most camcorders of this spec and age. This camcorder has an LP capture mode, which is the most commonly found capture mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The capture modes "FXP", "MXP", "SP" and "XP" are also found on this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon Vixia HF S30 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ330 (£312.11).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF S30, the Vixia HF S30 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£197.17) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the Vixia HF S30 is not waterproof.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF S30

Released Over Five Years Ago

Canon released the Vixia HF S30 over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

The Vixia HF S30 has a fairly standard digital zoom (200 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Vixia HF M32 (300x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range
Auto Exposure
Manual Exposure

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon co57472, canon 5127b009, canon co57472e, canon 5127b009a, canon co57472ea, canon 5127b009aa, canon co57472ean
Barcodes 08714574574721

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