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Canon Vixia HF S30
Canon Vixia HF S30

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Canon Vixia HF S30 Camcorder

8.59MP 1/2 470g Sep 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Canon video cameras have good reviews
Very large display diagonal
Has an image stabilizer

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Canon Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,849 expert and owner reviews for Canon camcorders and found that on average Canon has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 80% of those that bought a Canon video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera was released in September 2011.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Vixia HF S30 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Camcorders of this age and spec have optical zooms of between 1x and 60x, and the average optical zoom is 24x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF S30 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HS900 (12x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 200 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF S30 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Display

Very Large Display Diagonal

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago the display diagonals range from 1.5" to 4". 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 camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon Vixia HF S30 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder is 390,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 922,000 pixels, the Vixia HF S30 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Vixia HF S30 supports HDMI, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

Alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available which you might want to consider include because of its better review score, the Sony HDR-CX330.

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Has a Microphone in

The Vixia HF S30 has a microphone in, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Vixia HF S30 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Canon Vixia HF S30 has a composite video out, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Vixia HF S30 is Full HD, as are most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders 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 typical of many similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Vixia HF S30 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a handheld remote control.

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Other Features

Features Auto Exposure

The Vixia HF S30 features auto exposure, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Vixia HF S30 has a built-in flash. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera do not have a built-in flash.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

At 470 grams, the Vixia HF S30 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder. Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera the weights range from 50g to 2.8kg, and the average weight is 370g.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Vixia HF S30 has a face detection. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a face detection.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1.5m. At only 0.01 meters, the Vixia HF S30 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Storage

Two Memory Slots

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

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Quite Big Flash Memory

The Vixia HF S30 has a fairly big flash memory (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago the flash memory range from 0.12GB to 160GB.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Viewfinder

At only 123,000 pixels, the Vixia HF S30 has a quite low viewfinder compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago. Medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have viewfinders of between 1.5 pixels and 1,500,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 510,000 pixels.

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Camera

Quite Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of the Vixia HF S30 of only 0.3 lux is one of the smallest amongst video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder. Camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera have minimum illuminations of between 0.3lx and 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 4.2lx.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Canon Vixia HF S30 is 1". That's 11% more optical sensor size than a 1.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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8.59 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 8.59 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If this Canon camcorder total megapixels is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HDR-AS200 (8.8MP and higher rated), or the HDR-AS100VR (8.8MP and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Canon Vixia HF S30 Review Sources

To prepare this Canon Vixia HF S30 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 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 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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