You’d think camcorders became obsolete after the 90’s and early 2000’s when our parents filmed our recitals and games…but the digital camcorder business is far from dead. Top manufacturers like Canon pump these things out like nothing and the newest, baddest one is the Canon VIXIA HF G30 Camcorder. Even a camcorder is threatened by the large price tag it has: $1248.00. Nowadays, you can spend that kind of money on a nice DSLR camera with fairly high-end video capabilities. Even with this kind of product, Canon managed to have the G30 carve a path to consumers due to its plenty features and improvements.
The design of the VIXIA HF G30 makes long recording sessions comfortable compared to handling a DSLR. Also, the OLED viewfinder makes viewing what you’re recording easier because it has tilting abilities (up to 45 degrees). At the same time, you can operate a joystick using your thumb so adjusting with one hand is possible. But you also have to keep in mind that the Canon G30 weighs about 2 pounds. A lens hood is also attached to prevent the lens from beng exposed to stray light. And plus, it looks cooler.
Playing back video is very effortless because of the increased 1,230,000-dot resolution. That helps produce very clear video with great colors.
The Canon HF G30 is also knocking back competitors because it offers full 1080p 60p support along with being able to record 35mbps MP4 videos/ With that plus a 2.91-megapixel Canon HS CMOS Pro image sensor, the video quality is pretty amazing. Low light performance is also very good and the DIGIC DV 4 image processor enhances the output quality while reducing noise.
This processor is even powerful enough to handle the “Dual Recording” feature which allows the camcorder to record both AVCHD and MP4 formats at the same time. However, keep in mind that doing so eats up storage and the G30 doesn’t have internal flash memory, but it does have a pair of memory card slots that can easily take 2 64GB SDXC cards. That yields about 4 hours of 35Mbps video or about 46 hours of 3 Mgps video. Of course, the Dual Recording feature can quickly eat up storage space and unlike the G20, the HF G30 doesn’t have any internal flash memory. If you’re planning on shooting continuously, it has “Relay Recording” that treats both memory cards as single storage and continues to record even when the first card if full.
The lens of the Canon VIXIA HF G30 allows you to zoom up to 20x and you can also focus manually. The aspherical lens prevents chromatic aberration at low levels and the super spectra coating handles ghosting and flares. To make sure that you can record video at longer focal lengths, it comes with Super Range Optical Stabilization. Some other cool features would be the Hi index Ultra Low Dispersion and an 8-blade circular aperture. This pretty much means that it’s set for professional recording and can be used by them as well.
The last major feature (and the coolest) is the built-in Wi-Fi. This allows you to connect to a wireless hotspot for sharing video. It can also connect to any iOS device with the free Canon Movie Uploader app. Uploading videos online has never been so easy with the app. It is also possible to control the Canon HF G30 over Wi-Fi using a web browser, which means PCs, your phone, and tablets can all be used.
The Canon VIXIA HF G20 Camcorder is definitely an impressive camcorder. It’s more comfortable than a DSLR and is just as capable thanks to the 1080p 60p video. The screen is great and the Wi-Fi capabilities add a new edge to the old-fashioned camcorder. If you film continuously, then this is the camera for you. It’s great for just about anything. We’ve had customers use it for event video, Disneyland, vacation, music videos…anything!
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