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Canon VIXIA HF G30 HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Newly designed Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent: 26.8mm–576mm) with 8-Blade Circular Aperture and Manual Focus Ring delivers exceptional image quality with smooth backgrounds and precise control.
- 1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) for high-quality capture of moving subjects; Slow- and Fast-Motion recording; plus Native 24p Recording
- New Canon 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and new DIGIC DV 4 Image High Speed Processor provide high sensitivity and wide dynamic range for exceptional imaging performance
- Record pristine high-definition video directly to two memory card slots (SDHC/SDXC compatible) while Relay Recording offers extended recording time
- Built-in Wi-Fi® technology (Dual Band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz) allows you to wirelessly share your images and video or send to a PC.
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The flagship of Canon's VIXIA Series of consumer camcorders, the Canon VIXIA HF G30 Full HD Camcorder offers numerous professional-quality features, including a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and 8-Blade Circular Aperture for superb video quality and natural, beautiful background blur. And new Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization helps ensure your subjects are virtually blur-free. The HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor work in tandem to capture a large dynamic range and reduce noise. The new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor also enables recording in MP4 up to 35 Mbps and AVCHD up to 28 Mbps – and even simultaneously with Dual Recording thanks to two high-capacity SDXC-compatible memory card slots. Slow- and Fast-Motion recording is available in MP4 format between 40% and 250% of the original speed.Built-in Wi-Fi® technology lets you share video files easily by sending them wirelessly to your PC or favorite social network using familiar internet browsers, smartphones or tablets. Remote control of key camcorder functions is also available via Wi-Fi® functionality from a web browser. An optional accessory adds GPS location data to video files.A 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display helps ensure fast and easy camcorder control, while a tiltable electronic viewfinder and joystick streamline critical focus adjustment. Flexible image quality, control and display options make for intuitive, speedy and comfortable operation, no matter what your chosen shooting style.The VIXIA HF G30 features a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens offering a 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm–576mm with a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm). As with all Canon high definition video lenses, aspherical lens technology is used to achieve low chromatic aberration with high resolution while maintaining compact dimensions. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting.The VIXIA HF G30 breaks new ground with its 8-Blade Circular Aperture, which
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The flagship of Canon’s VIXIA Series of consumer camcorders, the VIXIA HF G30 offers numerous professional-quality features, including a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and 8-Blade Circular Aperture for superb video quality and natural, beautiful background blur. And new Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization helps ensure your subjects are virtually blur-free. The HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor work in tandem to capture a large dynamic range and reduce noise. The new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor also enables recording in MP4 up to 35 Mbps and AVCHD up to 28 Mbps – and even simultaneously with Dual Recording thanks to two high-capacity SDXC-compatible memory card slots. Slow- and Fast-Motion recording is available in MP4 format between 40% and 250% of the original speed.
Built-in Wi-Fi® technology lets you share video files easily by sending them wirelessly to your PC or favorite social network using familiar internet browsers, smartphones or tablets. Remote control of key camcorder functions is also available via Wi-Fi® functionality from a web browser. An optional accessory adds GPS location data to video files.
A 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display helps ensure fast and easy camcorder control, while a tiltable electronic viewfinder and joystick streamline critical focus adjustment. Flexible image quality, control and display options make for intuitive, speedy and comfortable operation, no matter what your chosen shooting style.
Exceptional Optics, Easily Controlled
Newly designed Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent: 26.8mm–576mm) with 8-Blade Circular Aperture and Manual Focus Ring delivers exceptional image quality with smooth backgrounds and precise control.
The VIXIA HF G30 features a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens offering a 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm–576mm with a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches (60cm). As with all Canon high definition video lenses, aspherical lens technology is used to achieve low chromatic aberration with high resolution while maintaining compact dimensions. Super spectra coating technology lowers flare and ghosting. The VIXIA HF G30 breaks new ground with its 8-Blade Circular Aperture, which reduces the “starburst” effect found in camcorders with non-circular apertures. The result is that points of light in out-of-focus areas, usually the background of your shot, are beautifully circularly blurred, creating a more authentic and artistic feel. The professional touch of a manual focus ring allows accurate and precise control. For extra flexibility, the manual focus ring can be easily set to control zoom instead.
1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) for high-quality capture of moving subjects; Slow- and Fast-Motion recording; plus Native 24p recording.
The VIXIA HF G30 gives you the highest quality recording, whether you’re capturing MP4 or AVCHD files. 1080/60p recording captures twice the amount of information as 60i, and with images captured at a rate of 60 frames per second, diagonal noise is virtually eliminated so even fast moving subjects show up crisply with motion and patterns clearly recorded. This greater sense of detail and faithful rendering of moving edges, plus enhanced color and fine tonal gradation, gives your video everything Full HD has to offer. With the VIXIA HF G30 you can record in internet-ready, easy-to-share MP4 format at up to 35 Mbps. The VIXIA HF G30 also features a maximum bit rate of 28 Mbps for AVCHD recording, the highest in the AVCHD standard. So, regardless of the format you’re shooting or viewing, image quality is outstanding.
Native 24p Progressive Mode
The VIXIA HF G30 features the Native 24p Progressive Mode, generally found only on Canon’s professional camcorders. The mode allows 24 frames per second to be captured and recorded (instead of the standard 60i) – a look that is evocative of traditional cinematic quality, and a must for serious filmmaking work.
Slow- and Fast-Motion Recording
The VIXIA HF G30 allows you to record in a different frame rate than the one you play back in, adding a fast or slow motion effect to your captured video. Speed up your video 250% or slow it down to 40% to revel in every moment of that game-winning goal. There is no loss in image quality so you’ll see everything you saw before – only faster or slower.
Built-in Wi-Fi® technology (Dual Band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz) allows you to wirelessly share your images and video or send to a PC. Upload virtually anywhere on your iOS® device with the free Canon Movie Uploader app* and Wi-Fi® Remote enables remote control of camcorder settings and operations.
Built-in, dual-band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi® technology on the VIXIA HF G30 lets you share your HD video easily, and in a number of different ways. Connect with compatible networks, wireless hotspots and iOS® mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app*. Transfer files to selected FTP servers for back up or when a quick transfer is necessary. Share videos over the internet with a free registration on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#– an online photo storage service that lets you upload to social networking sites. Watch videos stored on the camera’s memory cards directly on your living room TV, or use your PC or mobile device to browse remotely through the previously recorded videos stored on your camcorder, without connecting a cable†. The Remote Browse function uses a standard Web browser and does not require a special app.
Additionally, Wi-Fi® technology allows remote control of key camcorder controls, such as recording start/stop and zoom (in three different speeds), exposure functions (iris, shutter speed, gain and more) and focus settings, adding another level of freedom to your shooting abilities.
* This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later for select devices. MP4 60p and AVCHD recordings are not supported for this function.
# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
† Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later and Android version 4.0 for select devices. AVCHD recording is not supported for this function. On iOS devices, MP4 60p recording is not supported; only the playback function is available.
Fantastic Video Quality
New Canon 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor provide high sensitivity and wide dynamic range for exceptional imaging performance.
The VIXIA HF G30 incorporates proven Canon technologies to make sure that you get the most out of its impressive optics.
Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
The VIXIA HF G30 is equipped with a 2.91 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. As the name implies, you’ll have a professional-level image sensor working for you, meaning you get pixels that are significantly larger and more sensitive than the ones in most consumer camcorders. Capturing more light enables you to capture video with wide dynamic range, and achieve high-quality video even in dimly lit conditions.
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
The VIXIA HF G30 incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, which is a significant upgrade on several fronts. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor helps enable impressive low-light shooting for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes. Dramatically increased processing power lets you record in both easy-to-share MP4 and AVCHD formats simultaneously.
A Brilliant View and Convenient Control
3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display and Joystick
The all-new touch-sensitive Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel on the VIXIA HF G30 surpasses LED displays in viewing angle, color reproduction, contrast and touch responsiveness. Your vivid, clear video will be reproduced faithfully with 1,230,000 dots of resolution. And the touch responsiveness of the screen is smooth and sensitive, enabling more fluid control of camera functions like Touch & Track, Touch Focus and Touch Exposure.
The VIXIA HF G30 features a 0.24-inch, 1,560,000-dot color electronic viewfinder with approximately 100% field of view coverage for detailed, accurate composition judgment. The viewfinder can be tilted up to 45 degrees from its normal resting position to enable more shooting freedom. Settings can be adjusted with a handy joystick so you don’t have to stop looking through the viewfinder. And, because it is positioned where your thumb naturally rests while holding the camera, you can shoot and adjust easily – even with one hand!
Dual SD Memory Card Slots
Record pristine high-definition video directly to two memory card slots (SDHC/SDXC compatible) while Relay Recording offers extended recording time.
The VIXIA HF G30 allows you to record video directly to widely available SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards with capacities ranging from over 32GB to 2TB. They are available in ultra-fast reading and writing speeds and make it easy to share video. Plus, dual slots on the VIXIA HF G30 enable Relay Recording. The camcorder automatically switches to the second memory card when the first becomes full, so there’s no need to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot.
|Memory Card||28 Mbps||24 Mbps||17 Mbps||5 Mbps|
|8GB||35 min.||40 min.||1 hr. 00 min.||3 hrs. 00 min.|
|16GB||1 hr. 15 min.||1 hr. 25 min.||2 hrs. 05 min.||6 hrs. 05 min.|
|32GB||2 hrs. 30 min.||2 hrs. 55 min.||4 hrs. 10 min.||12 hrs. 15 min.|
|64GB||5 hrs. 05 min.||5 hrs. 55 min.||8 hrs. 20 min.||24 hrs. 30 min.|
|128GB||10 hrs. 10 min.||11 hrs. 55 min.||16 hrs. 45 min.||49 hrs. 00 min.|
|Memory Card||35 Mbps||24 Mbps||17 Mbps||4 Mbps||3 Mbps|
|8GB||30 min.||40 min.||1 hr. 00 min.||4 hrs. 20 min.||5 hrs. 40 min.|
|16GB||1 hr. 00 min.||1 hr. 25 min.||2 hrs. 05 min.||8 hrs. 40 min.||11 hrs. 25 min.|
|32GB||2 hrs. 00 min.||2 hrs. 55 min.||4 hrs. 10 min.||17 hrs. 20 min.||22 hrs. 55 min.|
|64GB||4 hrs. 00 min.||5 hrs. 55 min.||8 hrs. 20 min.||34 hrs. 45 min.||45 hrs. 55 min.|
|128GB||8 hrs. 00 min.||11 hrs. 55 min.||16 hrs. 45 min.||69 hrs. 30 min.||91 hrs. 55 min.|
The Right Format For Any Use
Dual Recording allows simultaneous movie recording in MP4 and AVCHD formats. Built-in downconversion creates MP4 files for easy sharing on the web.
Dual Recording and built-in transcoding help ensure that you’ll have the right format available for your needs. Using the power of the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, the VIXIA HF G30 camcorder can simultaneously record video in AVCHD format to one SD card, and in MP4 format to the other SD card^. The widely used MP4 format provides quick, conversion-free playback on tablets and smartphones, and lets you upload videos directly to social networking sites for easy sharing with friends, family and the world. AVCHD is perfect for watching videos on an HDTV or archiving them to Blu-ray discs. The camcorder also has a built-in transcoding function that converts AVCHD files to MP4s, or from MP4 to MP4 across memory media, making them easy to upload to the Web or save to an SD card.
|Main Slot||Secondary Slot (MP4 Recording)|
|Format||Bit Rate||Size||Frame Rate||Format||Bit Rate and Size||Frame Rate|
|AVCHD||28 Mbps||1920x1080||60P||x||NOT POSSIBLE|
|24 Mbps||1920x1080||60i/PF30/24P||»||MP4||4 Mbps (1280x720) |
3 Mbps (640x360)
|30P / 24P|
|MP4||35 Mbps||1920x1080||60P||x||NOT POSSIBLE|
|24 Mbps||1920x1080||30P/24P||»||MP4||4 Mbps (1280x720) |
3 Mbps (640x360)
|30P / 24P|
|3 Mbps||640x360||30P/24P||3 Mbps (640x360)||30P / 24P|
^ Simultaneous recording is not supported when using MP4 (35 Mbps), AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) or Cinema-Look Filters.
Steady Images Automatically
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization (with Dynamic Image Stabilization) features five-axis correction that corrects a full range of motion.
Canon’s sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake instantly, so even handheld video taken at long focal lengths is sharp and steady. The power of Canon’s new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor has made possible a significantly improved new Dynamic Image Stabilization mode. In addition to providing continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion, with extra compensation applied at wide-angle focal lengths, the system now stabilizes rotational camera shake. Controlling rotational camera shake – horizontal, vertical and roll axis – helps ensure smooth, distortion-free video, even when you’re walking while shooting.
High-capacity battery included.
The VIXIA HF G30 is powered by a new, higher capacity battery pack. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery not only lets you shoot longer, but features intelligent technology that accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute, for extra insurance that you’ll never miss an important shooting opportunity.
Superb Audio in Any Situation
Linear PCM audio recording
Professional-quality 16-bit PCM* recordings offer enhanced sound quality and fidelity and are fully compatible with video- and audio-editing software.
* Only supported in 28 Mbps and 24 Mbps recording modes.
Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select offers five modes that automatically optimize settings based on the recording situation, making it easy to record realistic, immersive audio in a range of situations.
The Grid Marker helps you compose your shot accurately, by referencing a grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.
Compatible with optional Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.
Canon helps you get more out of your camcorder with a range of accessories that inspire creativity and productivity. One such example is the Canon Wireless Microphone WM-V1, which streams audio wirelessly from subjects up to 164 feet away. It’s perfect for adding your subject’s voice at times when you can’t get in close to shoot, and can also be used as a stand-alone transceiver to cue shooting and more.
Advanced Display Features allow you to obtain an exceptional level of image control.
To enhance focusing capability, the VIXIA HF G30 also features Focus Assist. Normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras, this feature 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.
Zebra, Color Bars, Test Tone
Videographers with exacting needs will appreciate the VIXIA HF G30’s range of functions designed to pinpoint focus adjustment, exposure control, and help you get professional-level quality from the camcorder. Zebra pattern indicates “blown out” or high brightness areas to help you set proper exposure. Color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded in order to adjust video and audio quality.
With the Level Marker feature, it’s easy to keep the camcorder level for more accurate framing. The Grid Marker provides a reference grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.
Mini Advanced Shoe Expands Versatility
The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, VFL-2 Video Flash Light*, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone.
* Only the video light function is supported.
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. Video Snapshot on the VIXIA HF G30 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.
Other cinematic looks can be achieved through the use of Cinema-Look Filters. This feature offers a choice of nine varied built-in adjustable filters, which give the look of a variety of cinematic styles by compensating for the color, gamma and other aspects of the image’s quality. The looks can be previewed in the LCD display while shooting. Choose from:
|Cinema Standard||Recreates the warm tones and muted highlights of classic film|
|Cool||Adds a bluish tint for cool, futuristic-looking scenes|
|Dramatic B&W||Creates bold black-and-white video with high contrast and grain|
|Dream||Adds a magical look (soft focus) for dream-like scenes|
|Memory||Produces a faded, misty look, such as for flashback scenes|
|Nostalgic||Recreates the look of old ’70s TV programs|
|Old Movies||Gives video the aged look of old cinema|
|Sepia||Applies a sepia tint for an antique, faded look|
|Vivid||Accentuates primary colors for a bright, cheerful look|
The brightness of each filter can be adjusted low, medium or high, for even greater control. The color depth, softening, and contrast can also be adjusted for each filter, giving you even more convenience and versatility.
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1. MP4 codec. I hate hate hate AVCHD. From 30P down, you can record MP4 at 24Mpbs, which is exactly the same quality as AVCHD, but WAAAAY easier to edit. Yes, after 25mins of 1080p, your clips will automatically split, but the video is seamless.
2. Fantastic body design and manual controls. I love the new lens hood. The front control dial is better than the rear thumb dial on the HFG10/XA10. The touch screen responds faster, like an iPhone 5. There is now a physical pad to dial in menu settings for those of you who do not like touch screens. The zoom rocker is hefty and much smoother. The EVF articulates. The placement of the I/O is more practical overall. And we finally get a COLD SHOE and a smart shoe, so we can attach Canon accessories on the back and cold shoe accessories on the front.
3. 20x optical zoom lens. Simply amazing to have that amount of zoom in such a small form factor. The telephoto stays at f/2.8, just like the HFG10/XA10.
4. 26mm wide angle. I don't need a wide angle adapter anymore. The HFG30/XA20 has finally matched Sony's native wide angle camcorders. Canon sells a wide angle adapter that should make the lens a 22mm. That is very wide this kind of camcorder.
5. Better sensor. It's larger than 1/3" and better in low light. The larger sensor is really for the dynamic image stabilization, which is also amazing. I would say it matches the Panasonic AG-90's image stabilizer.
What I DON'T like (which isn't that bad):
1. No internal memory. Yes, I know professional cameras do not have internal memory, but I was surprised how often I used the internal memory on my HFG10.
2. Auto-focus is better, but still not perfect.
3. Battery life is not as good and the HF G30 uses different batteries than the HFG10/XA10, which totally sucks since I've invested a lot in HF G10 batteries.
1) Comes with a BP-820 battery, totally uncharged. The only way to see if the camera works is to plug in the supplied AC charging cord. The battery also needs to be in the camera. No external battery charger is included. I guess I'll need to buy one, along with at least one more battery. Canon's high-capacity battery retails for $190 (even on Amazon.) The CG-800 battery charger is listed at $95. It looks like Wasabi sells compatible batteries and chargers much cheaper, and the Amazon reviews are relatively positive.
2) The camera comes with a lens cap that's pretty substantial. When I unpacked the camera, I was a bit disappointed because the cap is not connected to the camera, and I hate having to remember into which pocket I've stashed my still camera's lens cap. But then I connected the relatively large lens hood, and found it has a little lever which lowers a little lens blocker. Very nice.
3) The camera ships with a Quick Start guide and a Wi-Fi Connection Guide, along with two CDs, one containing the Data Import Utility and the other holding the entire user guide. You'll have to be at your computer if you want to see the details of how to run the camera.
4) The AC power cord plugs into the camera directly above the hand strap. That seems like a terrible location since it drapes over the back of the camera, and the cord dangles right where your thumb needs to press the Record button.
5) To conserve battery life, the camera can be set to shut down after a period of inactivity. But it wants to notify you that it is getting ready to do so with an annoying series of digital chirping. This may be a feature that can be disabled, but I haven't gotten to that section of the instructions yet.
6) I inserted two 64GB memory cards into the camera, and it indicates that I should be able to record about 16 hours of video in AVCHD mode at 17mps. Pretty good.
Overall impression so far: a) more compact than I expected; 2) lots of writing on the various surfaces touting the features; 3) really nice. I can't wait to begin using it.
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