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Canon Legria HF G30 vs Sony HXR-NX3-VG1

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

6 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels 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.

8% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is 26.8mm minimum focal length. That's 2mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (28.8mm).
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,230,000 pixels. That's 309,000 pixels higher than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

0.4lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.4lx smaller than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (0.5lx).
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.

Better selling
The Canon Legria HF G30 ranks No. 63210 by number of sales, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 ranks No. 367450.
6 Reasons For
19% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 705mm, however the Canon Legria HF G30 is only a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder (129mm shorter).
0.2 lower minimum aperture number 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 number 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).
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

7 Reasons Against
Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon Legria HF G30 is only 576mm maximum focal length, but the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder (129mm longer).
12% higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a minimum aperture number of 1.8. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 (1.6).
Vastly lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon Legria HF G30 has a maximum aperture number of 2.8. 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).
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 one year
The Canon Legria HF G30 is one year older than the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1.
7 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a total megapixels 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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28.8mm. That's 2mm longer than the Canon Legria HF G30 (28.8mm).
Lower display resolution (numeric) 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.

Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a 0.5lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.4lx bigger than the Canon Legria HF G30 (0.5lx).
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.

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Less popular
The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 367450 by number of sales in our camcorders, but the Canon Legria HF G30 ranks No. 63210.

Awards

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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

Total Megapixels
3.09MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP 2.07MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Digital Zoom
400x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
576mm 705mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm
BEST
28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
2.8 11
BEST
Filter Size
58mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
26.8 - 576 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 4.1 - 82

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Camcorder 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 (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Manual
 Manual

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
White Balance
 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

Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 0.33 - 0.0001

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
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
1,560,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx
BEST
0.5lx
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

LED Indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicators
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
28 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 DV
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 DV
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
 Dual shot (video & photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Pre-Record Function
 Pre-record function
Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Continuous Shooting Mode
 Continuous shooting mode
Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
Microphone Connectivity
 XLR
 XLR

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
DV Port
 DV port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
Mini USB Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Life (max)
3.16h Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
3.1h 6.85h
BEST
Battery Type
BP-820 NP-F970
Battery Voltage
7.4V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
1,780mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cables 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Low Light Sensitivity
 Low light sensitivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
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