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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
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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 Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

Canon has excellent average reviews for its medium total megapixels video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the Canon Vixia HF S30's display diagonal is one of the largest amongst medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF S30. Video cameras of this type and age have display diagonals of between 1.5" and 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] (4") which is also higher rated.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF S30 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are not Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Canon Vixia HF S30 has an HDMI. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Vixia HF S30 also have an HDMI.

Alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price].

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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 a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF S30 is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most commonly found image stabilizer type on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 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 Slotss

The Vixia HF S30 is a two memory slots video camera.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Vixia HF S30 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of this age and type. Most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SDHC compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera supports an SD 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of this type and age.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has Six Scene Modess

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

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Vixia HF S30 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 91,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 922,000 pixels, the Vixia HF S30 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Vixia HF S30 has a better image processor than most medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a DIGIC DV II image processor, whereas most medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it have a BIONZ image processor. The best image processor of all video cameras of this type and age is DIGIC DV III and the worst is BIONZ.

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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 similar spec camcorders of this age. Across all the similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF S30 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1.5m.

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Has Two Light Exposure Modess

The number of exposure modes found on the Vixia HF S30 is more than most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light exposure modes "Manual" is also found on this video camera.

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Quite Big Flash Memory

Video cameras of a comparable type and age to the Vixia HF S30 have flash memorys of between 0.12GB and 160GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Vixia HF S30 has a quite big flash memory compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF S30.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This video camera has a H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is the most frequently found video formats supported on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Vixia HF S30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Vixia HF S30. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.3 lux, the Vixia HF S30 has a very small minimum illumination compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF S30. The average minimum illumination of medium total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3.5lx, and the minimum illuminations range from 0.3lx to 15lx.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Vixia HF S30, the Canon Vixia HF S30 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price], or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 23x. With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price] (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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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 video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF S30.

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Heavy

The average weight of video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF S30 is 390g, and the weights range from 76g to 3.3kg. With a weight of 470 grams, the Canon Vixia HF S30 is quite heavy compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF S30.

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Very Low Viewfinder

At only 123,000 pixels, the Vixia HF S30 has a fairly low viewfinder compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Medium total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago have viewfinders of between 1.5 pixels and 1,500,000 pixels.

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Not 3D

The Vixia HF S30 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Vixia HF S30 are also not 3D.

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Only Has Five Capture Modess

The number of capture mode found on the Vixia HF S30 is more than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This camcorder has an LP capture modes, which is the most commonly found capture modes found on video cameras that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF S30. The capture modess "FXP", "MXP", "SP" and "XP" are also found on this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of this type and age do not have a night mode. The Canon Vixia HF S30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vixia HF S30 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Vixia HF S30 also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the Canon Vixia HF S30 is not waterproof.

If you are looking for a video camera that is waterproof then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly High Power Consumption (typical)

With a power consumption (typical) of 4 Watts, the Vixia HF S30 has a fairly high power consumption (typical) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF S30. The lowest power consumption (typical) of medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Vixia HF S30 is 2.1W and the highest is 13W.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF S30

Released Over Five Years Ago

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

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Canon Vixia HF S30 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF S30.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price] (300x) which is also higher rated.

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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
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Battery
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Auto Exposure
Manual Exposure

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