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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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31 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

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

The experts at two expert review sites both thought that this small total megapixels video camera was good. This Canon video camera received a PC Mag "Editor's Choice" award and it received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews.

The experts at three additional expert review sites all wrote that this video camera was good. Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com both gave this Canon camcorder a "Best of Year" award and Expert Reviews gave it an "Ultimate" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this small total megapixels video camera is 89%. This means that video camera experts think this video camera is one of the very best comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Owners have rated this Canon video camera as marvellous on average.

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who purchased the product said that it had a good zoom. Amanda Parfitt said “I like the 20x zoom” in her review of the Canon Legria HF G30. Mrs Jmg Radtke said in her review four years ago “Excellent zoom lens”. Camcorderinfo.com mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G30 review “Between the fast, 20x zoom lens, stellar image quality, wide range of shooting options”.

A few Canon Legria HF G30 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus. Eagle wrote “Superb picture and focusing ability” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Mr. Roy Foreman mentioned “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 wrote “You can also adjust the focus speed - from fast t”.

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

Several customers reckoned that it had a good lens. Eagle said in their Canon Legria HF G30 review on Amazon “Having a proper lens hood is a definite advantage”. Tommo mentioned in their Canon Legria HF G30 review “The lens ring is the best I have used so far - it really works”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Canon Legria HF G30 owners agreed that the product was good quality. Darren P. wrote in his review “Brilliant quality, optics and build qulaity are great” and gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars. Dj Snap rated this camcorder 5 stars and said “The quality (mp4) is exceptional, autofocus is very good at guessing what your filming”. Gamerk said in their Canon Legria HF G30 review “AMAZING quality! Upgraded from a Canon Legria HF R606” and scored the product 5 stars.

Easy to Use

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

Several people who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Amanda Parfitt wrote “The functionality of the camera is excellent and the various menus are well thought out” in her Canon Legria HF G30 review and gave it a very good review. Dj Snap said “The camera makes no noise which means you don't pick up focal motor noise in quiet settings” in their review.

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Excellent Brand

Small total megapixels video cameras built by Canon have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small total megapixels video cameras) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

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Robust

Some Canon Legria HF G30 owners agreed that the Canon Legria HF G30 was well made. Ramano mentioned on Amazon “Solid and quite bulky more than i expected” in their review and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Canon Legria HF G30 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Gamerk wrote in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30 on Amazon “The screen quality is excellent” and scored this camcorder 5 stars. Mrs Jmg Radtke mentioned in her review of this camcorder “Easy to use touch screen menus”. Four years ago Tommo mentioned 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 and scored it 4 stars.

One Canon Legria HF G30 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote on Amazon two years ago “The G30 is one of the few consumer camcorders that has a viewfinder, one that is sharp”.

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Nice Design

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was smooth. Mr. Roy Foreman scored the Canon Legria HF G30 5 stars and he said 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 person who reviewed it mentioned that it was neat. One Canon Legria HF G30 owner who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was ergonomic. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote “The new ergonomic improvements”.

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Good Technical Features

A few people reckoned that this camcorder had good features. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “It features an impressive 20x zoom lens that captures a wide-angle field of view, excellent image stabilization” in their review of this camcorder. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on Trusted Reviews “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 Canon Legria HF G30 reviewer who purchased the product concluded that it was quiet.

One person considered that it was noisy. S.j.hutchinson said three years ago “Biggest problem with built in mikes is wind noise so external mike with deadcat is a must if used outside” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30 and gave the Canon Legria HF G30 a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Connectivity

A number of customers mentioned that this camcorder was wifi compatible. Gryphon said 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 Canon Legria HF G30 review and scored it very highly. Mrs Jmg Radtke rated the product as excellent and she said “The wifi connection is good as a remote control”.

Good Battery Life

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

Good Size

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

One Canon Legria HF G30 owner who bought this camcorder concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30 four years ago “It doesn’t uncomfortably heavy either, even though its 900g weight makes it almost twice as heavy as many camcorders”.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30. The average display diagonal of camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Legria HF G30 is 2.9", and the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3".

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Legria HF G30 has an HDMI, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF G30.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF G30, the Canon Legria HF G30 has an image stabilizer.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Legria HF G30 is 1/2.84". That's 38% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/3.91". The best optical sensor size of all camcorders of this spec and age is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Legria HF G30 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most camcorders of this age and spec. In addition, this Canon camcorder supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF G30.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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DIGIC DV IV Image Processor

The Canon Legria HF G30 has a better image processor than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera has a DIGIC DV IV image processor, whereas most small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a DIGIC DV II image processor.

This video camera's image processor (DIGIC DV IV) is actually the best image processor amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30.

A DIGIC DV II image processor is the worst image processor amongst similar types of video camera.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. 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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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF G30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF G30.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p|720p supported video modes, which is the most commonly found supported video modes on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The average effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 19,000MP, and the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP. When compared to other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF G30 that we have checked, the Legria HF G30's effective megapixels (movie) of 2.91 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Legria HF G30 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 26.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF G30 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 33mm.

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Has Seven White Balances

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

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

When compared to other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF G30 that we have checked the minimum illumination of, the Legria HF G30's minimum illumination of only 0.1 lux is one of the smallest. The minimum illuminations of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF G30 range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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14 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

A few Canon Legria HF G30 owners who purchased the product wrote that it was not cheap. Three years ago Gryphon mentioned on Amazon “This is an expensive camera.” in their review of the Canon Legria HF G30. Mr. Roy Foreman wrote “It's a little more expensive than most due to the build quality” in his review. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website PC Mag four years ago “The Canon Vixia HF G30 is expensive.”.

Several customers who reviewed it thought it was not a bargain for the price. Mick Lunn wrote “Without doubt the camera is a a bargain if you buy from Amazon”. Tommo wrote in their review of this camcorder “Without spending a good deal more on moving to a 'pro' machine - in my opinion anyway”.

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorder was not good value for money. Trustedreviews.com said on Trusted Reviews “It's very pricey.” in their Canon Legria HF G30 review.

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Poor Support

Several people who purchased it thought it did not have good technical guidance. Eagle mentioned on Amazon “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 said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Secondly, like most consumer camcorders, there are few if any manual controls on the R506, whereas the G30 has them all” however he scored this camcorder very highly.

Not Full HD

The Legria HF G30 is not Full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria HF G30 are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Legria HF G30 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 1.23 pixels, the Canon Legria HF G30 has one of the lowest display resolution (numeric)s amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The display resolution (numeric)s of camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels.

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Very Low Viewfinder

The average viewfinder of similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF G30 is 550,000 pixels, and the viewfinders range from 1.5 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. With a viewfinder of only 1.56 pixels, the Canon Legria HF G30 has one of the lower viewfinders amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF G30 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Legria HF G30 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Legria HF G30, the Legria HF G30 is not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

The Legria HF G30 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF G30 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Legria HF G30 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The Legria HF G30 has one of the lower maximum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The maximum aperture numbers of video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G30 range from 1.8 to 11.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera of this age and spec is 57g weight, the heaviest is 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g. At 900 grams, the Legria HF G30 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 576 millimeters, the Legria HF G30 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the Legria HF G30. Video cameras of this spec and age have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 22mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.07 megapixels, the Legria HF G30 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image)s amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Video cameras of this type and age have effective megapixels (image)s of between 1.1MP and 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF G30

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Canon video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 400 times zoom factor, the Legria HF G30 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Legria HF G30.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 3.1 hours, the Legria HF G30 has a pretty standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF G30.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Canon Legria HF G30 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF G30.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
GPS (satellite)
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
AC Adapter Included

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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