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Canon VIXIA HF R30 Full HD 51x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom Camcorder Wi-Fi Enabled with 8GB Internal Drive Dual SDXC Card Slots and 3.0 Touch LCD (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization; Improved Canon 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless video transfer to a PC or online sharing sites likes YouTube and Facebook
  • AVCHD recording for the highest quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications
  • Smart AUTO with 38 predefined video capture situations including Auto Tele Macro for close-ups and shallow depth-of-field shots
  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Improved Canon 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution
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Color Black Black Black Black
Optical Zoom 51 x 57 x 51 x 32 x
Display Size 3 inches Information not provided 3 inches 3 inches
Item Package Weight 1.75 pounds 1.4 pounds 2.1 pounds 1.5 pounds
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Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization deliver an impressive range, while offering exceptionally steady video Improved Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution and provide the ultimate in color and imaging performance Record up to 3 hours of crisp high-definition video to an 8GB internal flash drive or directly to a removable SD memory card (SDHC/SDXC compatible); Relay Recording automatically switches video recording to the memory card when the internal drive becomes full, so you never miss a moment Choose to record in AVCHD for the highest quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly transfer video directly to online sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook; to a PC or upload virtually anywhere by using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and enjoy wireless viewing on your DLNA-compatible TV or through other DLNA devices Connect directly to an external drive for easy and secure storage of your memories, without a PC Intelligent IS automatically chooses from four different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new graphical user interface (GUI) offers fast and easy control right at your fingertips Smart AUTO makes shooting great videos easy by intelligently selecting the best settings from 38 predefined situations including Auto Tele Macro that provides spectacular close-ups and the dramatic look of a video shot with shallow depth-of-field Cinema-Look Filter offers seven different built-in filters to create video with a variety of professional cinematic looks and Touch Decoration allows you to superimpose and record a variety of fun and exciting images for a creative flair Story Creator provides a list of suggested scenes that have improved shooting t

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Product Dimensions 4.5 x 2.1 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 9.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B006UMMP8C
Item model number 5976B002
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.2 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,073 in Camera & Photo
#619 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 9, 2012

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I bought this after reading about the limited battery life and adding the cost of an additional battery. If I didn't know about the battery life before I purchased it, I would have been ticked-off.

The video quality is excellent and I found this camera very easy to setup and use. The Wi-Fi download only works on Windows (I have a MacBookPro), but I didn't see a reason that I would need to wirelessly download. The wireless does allow me to transfer video files to my iPhone (which I think is Super Cool) with or without a wireless network (look on Canon website for a video tutorial). One of the main reasons I use my iPhone video is to share videos while I am away from my computer. With this WiFi camera I can take high quality videos, transfer to my iPhone and send to friends or post to YouTube before I get home. How cool is that?

The other feature that I really like is that I can download video directly to my external hard drive, without the need for a computer. BTW, it doesn't have dual card slots.

Overall, I found this camera easy to setup and use. I like the image stabilization and the face detection. Also, while I am shooting video I can press the "photo" button and take some iPhone quality photographs. This has come in super handy for getting video and photos of my kids' sporting events.

This video camera works for PC and Mac (iMovie).
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This is one of the most frustrating, disappointing pieces of electronics I've ever owned.

My husband bought this for me as a gift and we immediately took it with us on a weekend outing. The camera makes decent videos--not extraordinarily great but certainly good quality. Unfortunately the battery that comes with it is so unbelievably bad that it's almost useless. On both days of our trip the fully charged battery was dead in less than 30 minutes, after only about 15 minutes or so of actual filming. Initially I thought we had gotten a defective battery but after a quick internet search and reading many reviews from others who'd had the same experience, I realized this is as good as these batteries get. Canon's response to the problem is they will happily sell you an 'extended life' battery for another $100. Nowhere in the packaging or instructions do they disclose the battery takes about 3 hours to fully charge and lasts just over 20 minutes. They should be honest and market this camera with the disclosure 'battery not included'.

I agree with prior posters that they used the rock-bottom cheapest battery they could find, knowing that anyone who bought this camera would have to spend another $100 for a decent battery. That's a sleazy way to treat your customers.

Why Canon would risk its good name to rip off their customers with such a poorly made product is a mystery to me. I returned this camera for another brand and will definitely think long and hard before buying another Canon product.
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The camera comes with a ridiculous amount of software. For example, I can draw pictures on the screen with the included stylus. It's nifty, but has no real use. The battery only lasts about 30 minutes and the microphone is horrible! It creates a loud white noise that compromises the sound quality.
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This inexpensive video camera ($249 when I bought it) has a number of options for recording. For one party I used the AVCHD setting at 17 Mbps setting and I got two hours of continuous video on a 16 GB card. I had the camera plugged in as the batteries I had would certainly not last that long. Unfortunately the MP4 format only records 30 minutes at a time.

The camera does come with 8Gb internal memory which is nice if your SD card is full. Class 4 or above cards are recommended.It only has one SD slot. Amazon says "Dual" which implies two SD slots - wrong!

This camera is now discontinued which might be why the price is so low. The newer model, a HF R40, seems to be very similar and cost and extra $150.
When I imported these files into Adobe Premiere, I had no problem and the files were easy to edit. Even thought I had seven files they all looked seamless in the editing.

Audio - you can setup audio as either Auto or Manual. Always choose Manual and adjust the levels yourself. Adding a wireless microphone makes the audio even better.

Battery - The battery which comes with this camera is notoriously poor, so make sure you buy extra batteries. I'm trying out inexpensive batteries from Amazon. You can buy two batteries and a charger for $25 - what a bargain! Unfortunately they don't communicate with the camera, so you won't know how much charge is left. I'd recommend swapping out batteries after a specific amount of time. They don't give you a separate charger, so buying an extra battery and charger is the thing to do.

Headphones - this even has a headphone jack - another nice feature.

HF R32 - another Option. This is the upgraded model with 32 Gb of memory. This also costs an extra $100.
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Canon has engaged in what I feel to be "questionable" tactics at best with the sale of this camcorder.
Unlike, Sony, the battery life is NOT listed on the box...and with good reason, the battery is horrible!
I bought this camera three weeks ago knowing that in the past I had been content with a few Canon products and that some of the reviews I read were decent. Needless to say, I did not read any reviews about the horrible battery before I went shopping!

I contacted Canon about this battery, which if you read the manual says it should last about 25 minutes! Wow!
I tried mine four times, fully charged...average recording time of around fifteen minutes and 30 seconds.
When I contacted Canon I mentioned my battery would never make it much past fifteen minutes, they said that was typical and not a defect and sent me a list of other fairly expensive batteries that would gladly SELL that would have way more battery life. No thanks! As someone mentioned, seeing as how the replacement battery(depending on choice could be $75 - $100. This is a bit misleading by Canon. I must say I will never buy another product from them. Sell it without a battery if you must! Put in big letters on the box...no battery included. They are basically (in my opinion) trapping customers and giving them a horrible choice to make, spend another $100 or live with 15 - 20 minutes of battery life. A final option being that you are lucky enough to figure it out before 30 days are up(and exchange or return it).

Take a look at some competitors like Sony, expected battery life is written clearly on the box!
Canon is going to lose customers with this camcorder for sure.
Ask yourself, for another $100, what camcorder could I buy?
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