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Canon Legria HF G30
Canon Legria HF G30
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Canon Legria HF G30 Camcorder

£1,259.00
3.09MP 1/2 900g Apr 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Five industry awards
Good quality
Good screen / viewfinder
187 Reviews + 5 Awards
reviewed.com Best of Year PC Mag Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate
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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

This Canon camcorder has received five awards from expert review sites.

This small total megapixels video camera received a PC Mag "Editor's Choice" award and it received a Trusted Reviews "Recommended" award.

Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com both gave this Canon video camera a "Best of Year" award and Expert Reviews gave it an "Ultimate" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on nine expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag this camcorder has an overall expert rating of 90%. Camcorder experts think this video camera is one of the very best camcorders of this spec and age.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this video camera rated it as marvellous. 119 reviewers (93% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 96% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 1,849 expert and owner reviews (including 392 verified purchases) for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Smooth

Ten customers who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good looking. Brad gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Zoom is pretty good although there is some fuzz on the edges from time to time” in his review of this camcorder. Hammerdown Productions said in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Great options in Manual mode and the factory battery works really well and has a pretty good run time”. They also wrote “Camcorder is actually pretty easy to operate” in their review.

Three people who purchased it considered that it was well designed. Zerobyte scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “View finder is clearer, larger and much improved for outdoor work - zoom lever design is improved - joystick for menus is clumsy.”.

Two owners agreed that the product was smooth. Three years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this camcorder “The picture quality is smooth and dark places are great too”. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote in his review of this camcorder “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”.

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Good Quality

Thirty-five customers who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Video quality” in their review of this camcorder. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “Great Picture Quality” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Simple to use and takes very high quality video” in their review.

Robust

Five owners who reviewed this camcorder thought it was well made. Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G30 review “It feels solid in your hand”. They also said “The camera is very well built” in their review. Steve scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Sturdy solid construction” in his review of this camcorder.

Includes Wireless Remote Control

Twenty-two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Four years ago Pc Mag wrote in their review of this camcorder “Includes wireless remote control”. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “Easy to Use” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Four years ago Ed mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “There are a number of customizable buttons and controls that allow steadier and quicker camera control” in his review of this camcorder.

Eleven customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Guy scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Very user friendly on settings and features”. Crocker Productions rated this camcorder 5 stars out of 5 and said in the same month “The picture is crystal clear! The auto settings are pretty good.” in their review of this camcorder. Charles Arizona mentioned in his review of this camcorder on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com in April last year “This only has two settings”.

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Features

Good Features

Eleven customers who bought the product thought it had good features. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “User Choices On Features” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Comprehensive Feature Set”. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “Offers features that push it firmly towards the serious end of the scale, including comprehensive manual settings” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Canon camcorder has been on the market since April 2013.


Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Legria HF G30 has a pretty standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Two Memory Slots

The Legria HF G30 is a two memory slots video camera.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Legria HF G30 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 400 times zoom factor, the Legria HF G30 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a fairly standard optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of camcorders of this type and age range from 1.8 to 22. At only 2.8, the Legria HF G30 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of this type and age is 32mm, and the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.3mm to 110mm. At only 26.8 millimeters, the Legria HF G30 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 3.16 hours, the Legria HF G30 has a fairly typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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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 video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Four people who reviewed it said that it was heavy and bulky. Guyhiker said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It is a bit heavy.” in their review of this camcorder. Naven R. Johnson wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Camera is big and bulky; not something to slip into a purse or pocket”. Andrew he said in his review of this camcorder “One negative is it can feel quite heavy after a while”.

Two customers who bought the product considered that it was good structurally. Paul Ozov gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Solid, tough material and construction, feels and looks as a military grade equipment not as a consumer good; plastic of the body is very practical”.

Two owners who bought the product reckoned that it was a good body shape. Two years ago Jtvdata mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G30 review “It has a handful body, convenient to handle”. Also two years ago Socio wrote “Fantastic body design and manual controls” in their review of this camcorder and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.

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Heavy

The Legria HF G30 is one of the heavier video cameras of this type and age (900 grams) amongst video cameras of this age. Camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 450g.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3". At 3.5 inches, the Legria HF G30 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 1,230,000 pixel, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a very high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 350,000 pixels.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Legria HF G30 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have a touchscreen.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Legria HF G30 is Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Legria HF G30 features dual shot (video & photo). Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera also feature dual shot (video & photo).

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Canon Legria HF G30 features pre-record function, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.84" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

When compared to other video cameras of this age and type, the Canon Legria HF G30's effective megapixels (movie) of 2.91 megapixels is one of the highest. Video cameras of this age and type have effective megapixels (movie) of between 0.41MP and 4.5MP.

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3.09 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3.09 megapixels sensor camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Legria HF G30 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also support HDMI.

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Has a Microphone in

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a microphone in, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Legria HF G30 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Legria HF G30 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six owners who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The screen is super sharp and clear”. Three years ago Crocker Productions rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The touch screen is big and amazing quality”. Also three years ago Mariquet mentioned on expert website Johnlewis.com “The flip and tilt screen touch screen gives me another option as it is very clear” in their review of this camcorder.

Three owners considered that this camcorder had a good viewfinder. Four years ago Ed he mentioned “The second major improvement is the viewfinder, rotates up so it becomes more useful in bright daylight”. Cookie M. said three years ago “And it's easy to see the scene on the viewfinder in bright sunlight which was a "must" for me” . Photo Steve wrote in their review of this camcorder “A great viewfinder” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Manual Focus Ring

Twelve people said in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Scooter gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Zoom is great” in their Canon Legria HF G30 review. Jim Irvine gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this camcorder on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Zoom is amazing on this camera”. Jake mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “And the zoom is awesome” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Seven customers thought it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag said “Manual focus ring” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Quick Focus W Adjustments”. Three years ago Onedera said on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Full manual control of focus, aperture and shutter speed is available when required”.

Six owners said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Excellent stabilization” and rated this camcorder 4 stars out of 5. Carro Video and Media scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Image stabilization is amazing”. Mrs Jmg Radtke mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Great image stabilization”.

Five people considered that the product had a good lens. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Big Lens Shade” in their review of this camcorder and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Dslr Shooter Getting Into Video scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “You can flip down the barn door and the lens is protected and easily flip it back up for recording”. Billkoep wrote “Handheld stabilization on both cameras is fantastic at wider lens settings”.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Legria HF G30 features wi-Fi. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature wi-Fi.

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Focusing

Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

The Legria HF G30 has an auto Focus (AF) lock. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also have an auto Focus (AF) lock.

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Has a Face Detection

The Legria HF G30 has a face detection, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Viewfinder

Very High Viewfinder

The viewfinders of camcorders of this age and type range from 90,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 660,000 pixels. With a viewfinder of 1,560,000 pixel, the Legria HF G30 has one of the highest viewfinders amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Canon Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Canon Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Legria HF G30 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Legria HF G30 features back light compensation. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also feature back light compensation.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera is 17lx. The Legria HF G30 has a quite small minimum illumination (only 0.1 lux) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Price

Not Cheap

The cheapeast camcorders of a similar age and spec that we found costs £39 and the most expensive costs £4,449. We think that this Canon camcorder looks expensive for a similar spec video camera that was launched more than two years ago.

Reasonably Priced

Seven people wrote in their reviews that the product was expensive. Greenwing scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder “This little camera has many features of more expensive models”. Three years ago Billkoep scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G30 review on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “You can get pro quality results from what might be the least expensive camera that can do professional work”. Steveult said “It is as good as my more expensive pro cams, image quality, sound” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Seven customers said in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Gene mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Minor quibbles, otherwise a FANTASTIC camera for the price” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Crocker Productions wrote “The quality is just as good as cameras that cost 10 times this price”. Three years ago Steve said in his review of this camcorder on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “This is a great camcorder for budget minded shoppers that want some of the pro level features”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers home 8454b009aa, canon vp712453
Barcodes 00013803217575, 00138032175752, 00888253024222, 04054842255209, 04960999977737, 05053959360195, 05054230954881, 05712505160749, 08714574605784, 08714574605807, 08714574605814, 08714574605821, 09154401796916

Canon Legria HF G30 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon Legria HF G30 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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