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Canon VIXIA HF M30 Full HD Camcorder with 8GB Flash Memory

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  • Records up to 3 hours of crisp high definition video to an 8GB internal flash drive or directly to removable SD memory cards
  • Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens delivers unsurpassed image quality
  • Canon 3.89-Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides the ultimate in color and imaging performance
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects a full range of motion
  • Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects a full range of motion
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides the ultimate in color and imaging performance
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: HF M30
  • Media Type: SD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 15 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.7 x 4.9 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00322OP54
  • Item model number: HF M30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,001 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 5, 2010

Product Description

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HF M30 Compare All 2010 Canon Camcorders


The Canon VIXIA HF M30 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder features an 8GB internal flash drive and an SD memory card slot in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body - it's a brilliant blend of capability and convenience. Canon's advanced imaging technologies, including a Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens and 3.89-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, help to deliver high definition video and 3.3 megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Sophisticated features such as Smart Auto "reads" the visual components of the scene you're shooting and chooses the best settings. Touch & Track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the 2.7" Touch Panel LCD. And to complete the entertainment picture, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound ensures your audio is every bit as impressive as your video.

Flash Memory
The VIXIA HF M30 allows you to record up to 3 hours of clear high definition video to an 8GB internal flash drive or to a removable SD memory card. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the SD memory card when the memory becomes full. No need then to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot.

You’ll also have the flexibility of copying video from your VIXIA HF M30’s internal drive to the removable SD memory card. That makes it easy to insert the card into your computer or HDTV’s card reader and view your recorded footage immediately.

The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts. Press the record button and your VIXIA HF M30 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage.

Another plus is the VIXIA HF M30's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. It's just what you need so you don't miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say "I do."

While we certainly hope you keep your VIXIA HF M30 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if there is damage to your recording media or to the moving parts found in other camcorders

Stunning Image Quality
A Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens delivers unsurpassed image quality. The Canon Exclusive 3.89-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution and photos with astonishing detail, while the Canon Exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides the ultimate in color and imaging performance, with enhanced reproduction of difficult to capture purple and blue tones. Exceptionally lifelike tone and detail are captured thanks to 24Mbps Recording, which offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD. The VIXIA HF M30 not only captures images in Full HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen.

Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS
The VIXIA HF M30 features Canon’s proprietary Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization which provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted shaking which is common when walking. Together with the latest development, Powered IS, you’ll find an even higher level of compensation for subtle hand movement at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Powered IS can be engaged by pressing or holding the Powered IS button on the touch panel LCD.

Instant AF
A critical objective when shooting in high definition is achieving the sharpest focus possible. The VIXIA HF M30 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary Instant AF focusing system which offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy, compared to traditional auto focus systems. The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." This is especially beneficial in high brightness or night shooting situations. In addition, with Instant AF it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing even when following a moving subject.

To further enhance focusing capability the VIXIA HF M30 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. This is a feature normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras.

2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen
See exceptional detail with a sharp 211,000 dot screen delivering brilliant color together with touch panel control for faster and easier menu navigation. You’ll also have Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject - whether it’s people, vehicles, etc. by selecting your choice right on the touch panel LCD.

Smart Auto
Smart Auto makes shooting great video easier than ever before. Using the power of Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor, the VIXIA HF M30 intelligently detects and analyzes faces, brightness, color, distance, and movement, then automatically selects the best settings for the scene. Whether you are capturing a sunset, a day at the beach, or a fast-paced soccer game, Smart Auto delivers exceptional accuracy, raising your video to the next level.

Touch & Track
Touch and Track delivers precise tracking of the focus and exposure on any subject- people, pets, vehicles and more. Simply select your point of interest on the Touch Panel LCD, and you will have your subject in sharp focus, regardless of where in the frame it moves during the shot – and, the exposure will be perfectly adjusted for subject and conditions. Touch & Track is the default setting. You can also choose to adjust focus or exposure independently by turning off Touch & Track, and turning on Touch Focus or Touch Exposure.
Touch Focus – allows the user to pinpoint a specific area to focus on. This function is similar to the Push AF feature found in professional camcorders, but can target a subject anywhere in the frame.

Touch Exposure – enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by the user.

Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is available in the VIXIA HF M30 high definition camcorder. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time.

The system is in fact so smart that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature can be used to search for clips featuring that specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. The selected face can be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing that subject.

Advanced Video Snapshot
Advanced Video Snapshot allows you to capture the highlights of a once-in-a-lifetime trip or a family milestone with the same ease as taking photos. Simply record a series of short video clips – or select your favorite clips while in Playback Mode – and blend in your favorite background music to create an exciting movie that will grab everyone’s attention. This version of Advanced Video Snapshot allows selectable recording time (2, 4, or 8 seconds). Additionally, audio from an external source such as an MP3 player can be played along with the Snapshot movie, and playback can be controlled from that source.

Easy Web Sharing
HD-to-SD Downconversion allows you to convert recorded high definition video to standard definition files while safely preserving the original HD video. These standard definition files make it even more convenient to edit, share video online, or create a DVD. The downconverted video can be transferred to your computer via traditional methods – i.e. USB connection, card slot – or wirelessly to sharing sites with an Eye-Fi SD memory card.

The VIXIA HF M30 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD Memory Card. It’s possible to wirelessly transfer your down-converted video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) site and you’re ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world!
Canon camcorders are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (including wireless transfer). In case of an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please check with Eye-Fi, Inc. Outside of the United States and Canada, government approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries or regions. Without approval, use of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear whether the card has been approved for use in the area, please check with Eye-Fi, Inc.

3.3-megapixel Camera
Since Canon is acknowledged as a world leading maker of still image cameras, it’s not surprising that the VIXIA HF M30, in addition to being a brilliant camcorder, is also a superb 3.3 megapixel digital camera. Once again, Canon delivers features and technology that advance convenience and capability. The VIXIA HF M30’s Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. You’ll even be able to shoot 3.0 megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording.

Auto Intelligent Auto Focus, AiAF, ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF M30's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.
You can also choose from a range of exposure modes including: Auto, AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), CINE and P (program).

For optimal exposure, the VIXIA HF M30 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF M30 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in ½ exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you.

The VIXIA HF M30 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a digital camera. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode.
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF M30 comes with a Histogram Display – a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.

With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. The VIXIA HF M30's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. Choose from two different colors for the grid to ensure that you see it, no matter what the background color of your shot is.

The versatile VIXIA HF M30 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto an SD card or to internal memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF M30 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video.

Your VIXIA HF M30's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions.

You can also easily burn DVDs of your photos taken with your VIXIA HF M30 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all.

24p & 30p Frame Modes
24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF M30's CINE setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.

You would normally have to look to professional video cameras in order to have a sophisticated tool like 30p Progressive Mode at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF M30 to capture video in 30p, (30 progressive frames, recorded at 60i) which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. Excellent for action and sports shots, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording.

Terminals
To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the VIXIA HF M30, you’ll find a range of terminals to extend the capabilities of your camcorder. The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter, or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone. Easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV is yours through the VIXIA HF M30’s HDMI Terminal which also supports CEC and x.v.Color. The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility.

Audio
For the ultimate home theater experience, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound* allows you to capture audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your high definition video. The sound is captured from all directions (five different pickup sensors) so your home movies will look and sound more lifelike than ever before. The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal also provide exceptional audio flexibility.

* Optional SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone is required


Compatible with Optional WP-V2 Waterproof Case
Take full advantage of the brilliant clarity and drama of HD video in the beauty of the underwater world with your VIXIA HF M30 thanks to the optional Canon WP-V2 Waterproof Case. Compact, light and custom designed especially for the VIXIA HF M30; it's waterproof to 130ft (40m). It has direct control buttons for record start/stop, telephoto and wide zoom, photo capture and preview, to let you make the most of the VIXIA HF M30's capability.

Additional Features
Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery which accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute.

Built-in Video Light enhances your ability to shoot in difficult, low light conditions.
Print/Share allows you to connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and with a touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your VIXIA HF M30. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer. You can also easily burn DVDs of your photos taken with your VIXIA HF M30 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all.

Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software is bundled with the VIXIA HF M30.You can easily perform a variety of functions, including AVCHD Editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. This software also allows you to play your AVCHD movies on your computer and will also let you share copies of your movie with friends and family through flash memory to hard drive copying. Transfer and store your movie onto your computer's hard drive with the software and easily convert your high definition video to standard definition video as well. Pixela ImageMixer 3SE will also assist you in converting video to the optimum resolution for transmission over the Internet.
With the Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Disc, you can burn your edited video onto Blu-ray disc, AVCHD DVDs, (which play in AVCHD compatible Blu-ray disc players), or onto Standard Definition DVDs. And to complement the VIXIA HF M30's Advanced Video Snapshot feature, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided.
* The bundled application is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista.

DVD Burner Compatible
You can also easily burn DVDs of the video shot with your VIXIA HF M30 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and with the click of a few buttons, your videos will be burned to an AVCHD disc for play in a compatible DVD player.

AVCHD discs containing scenes recorded in MXP mode cannot be created with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner.

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Product Description

The Canon VIXIA HF M30 4355B001 Dual Flash Memory HD Camcorder features an 8GB internal flash drive and an SD memory card slot in an ultra-sleek, compact and lightweight body - it's a brilliant blend of capability and convenience. Canon's advanced imaging technologies, including a Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens and 3.89-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, help to deliver high definition video and 3.3 megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. The Canon VIXIA HF M30 4355B001 Dual Flash Memory HD Camcorder's sophisticated features such as Smart Auto "reads" the visual components of the scene you're shooting and chooses the best settings. Touch & Track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the 2.7" Touch Panel LCD. And to complete the entertainment picture, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound ensures your audio is every bit as impressive as your video. Grab your Canon VIXIA HF M30 4355B001 Dual Flash Memory HD Camcorder an

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I really like the touch screen on this camera.
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If you're looking for a low-ish range HD camera, I definitely recommend it.
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The quality on the videos and the pictures are great!
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169 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Persian Poetess on September 16, 2010
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Positives:
Fits in the palm of your hand.
Great image quality.
Powerful manual adjustments.
Helpful image stabilization.

Negatives:
Low battery life on the standard battery.
Touch screen takes some getting used to.

Notes:
I used the Canon PowerShot SX20IS to film the shots of the camera.
If the internal memory isn't enough for you, you may want to consider buying a class 6 or higher card with at least 8 GB of memory. I used the Panasonic 8 GB High Speed 22MB/s SDHC Class 10 Memory Card.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By M. Shulman on July 5, 2010
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Let me start of by saying I normally wouldn't give something a 5 star rating, but this camera has so far exceeded all my expectations.

The video quality is excellent. The zoom is great. The image stabilization is amazing. It has a button you can press to increase it even further and even zoomed in at 15x, I was able to get a very steady picture.

Where the camera has truly exceeded my expectations is underwater. I got the case Canon sells for this and have used it diving the past two days and its been awesome. The quality underwater is just as good as above! The camera has an underwater mode which is truly color corrects things underwater. They even realize that you may want to record above water and give you a way to switch between underwater mode and above water (boat) mode with the camera in the case. Buying the camera and the underwater case is not much more then buying a case from other 3rd party vendors either, so the value was huge for me.

There's really nothing negative I can say, other then the touch screen takes some getting used to. In comparison to previous models, such as the HF100 which I also own, they've really improved a lot of issues, such as slow switching between modes or slowness issues with taking stills while recording video.

Bottom line - If you want a great High Def Camcorder at a good price with the ability to get one of the least expensive underwater cases available, then this is the camera for you. Even if you aren't interested in underwater recording, its a great camera out of the water too!
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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Kamran Khan on July 27, 2010
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I did research for 2 months before I bought this camera. I was confused between Canon Vixia HF200 and Vixia HF M30 but finally I selected Vixia HF M30 on the following grounds.
1. HF200 is an older model in comparison to HF M30.
2. After reading the specs on Canon website of each camera and comparing it to each other both are same.
3. HF M30 has 8 gb internal memory while HF200 has none.
4. HF M30 is cheaper in price than HF200.
5. HF M30 has sleek looks and nice touch screen While HF200 has no touch screen.
6. HF M30 has Dynamic Image stabilizer While HF200 has a regular Image stabilizer.
7. HF M30 has 5.1-channel(with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)on the other hand HF200 has 2 channel audio system.
8. HF M30 can take class 10 SDHC memory card, many owner of HF200 in their reviews said that their HF200 gives an error of buffer over flow when they put class 10 memory card in their camera.
9. Canon is concerned more about their new models than their old model that's why they are giving constant firmware updates for HF M30 on the other hand HF200 has no firmware update available since its release.
10. I love the manual focus of Vixa HF M30 some owner of HF200 complained about the manual focus of HF200.

I hope these points will help the amateur consumers like me to choose the camera which fits their needs and Who are confused between HF M30 and HF200.
Video quality of the camera is amazingly crystal clear, before any of you guys want to buy a camera I would recommend them to watch the videos shot by that camera on youtube. In low light the picture become grainy but I don't care about that If some one want camera for a low light they should buy the one with infrared lights. Every camera has this issue even professional camera which cost 4000 dollars.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeff W. Shimkus on July 29, 2010
The Canon VIXIA HF M30 HD Camcorder is Full HD 1080 with a great HD CMOS chip inside. It has 5 recording modes, so that you can lower your resolution and record longer. With your built-in 8GB's of memory, you can record 43m on the highest quality MXP of 24 Mbps (which is stunning). At its lowest, called Long Play (5Mbps) you can record 2h59m. You will need to charge your battery no matter what though, as the one it comes with lasts about an hour.

It has lots of functions when switched to manual. You can record in portrait mode, that detects faces, and eliminates red eye, and softens features and softens the background. You can swith to Sports for a faster shutter speed. And being that some of the best scenes of the day are at sunset and sunrise, you want a camcorder that can record in low lights and the M30 can, with the Night scene record option. It is so difficult to find a camera that can do this well. Either camera's shoot footage that is way too grainy and noisy, or else it doesn't at all. You can shoot magnificent sunsets with this camera! But it doesn't have nightvision, as you see so much in movies like "rec."

Then you have the bright, and vivid Beach setting, which is really good for shooting water and skies with or just enjoy more color. You also have a funtion for Sunset, which is best for shooting incredible looking sunsets. You get a dreamy, pinkish, purply, sunset with heavenly details. The last record function is Snow, and it lowers the lighting so you don't have whiteouts and amplifies the coolness of winter.

I personally love the touch LCD screen, and found it a major selling point. The lesser models had really small buttons to press and a flimsy analogue stick to navigate with.
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