Canon VIXIA HV30 MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom




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Overall, a normal amount of bodywear, mostly looks good. The bottom of the unit has a modified mounting plate w glue residue. (see pictures) 

Testing playback and record functions........

Brand Canon
Video Capture Resolution 480p
Screen Size 2.7 Inches
Shooting Modes Auto, Sunset, Beach, Night, Snow, Spotlight, Portrait, Sports
Maximum Focal Length 61 Millimeters

About this item

  • Capture high-defintion video to MiniDV
  • 10x optical zoom; SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 24p Cinema Mode; 30p Progressive Mode
  • 2.7-inch widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD
  • Simultaneous photo capture


From the Manufacturer

For tech-savvy, sophisticated and discerning videographers who demand a first-rate quality camcorder, Canon’s HV30 enables them to capture the ultimate in HD video and still photo quality. The HV30 offers the unparalleled combination of a 10x HD Video lens, a 2.96-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and a DIGIC DV II processor, all packaged in an elegant HDV camcorder.

Featuring Canon’s exclusive SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer to stabilize a wide range of movements, a built-in video light to easily shoot in dark settings, and the new 2.7-inch multi-angle Vivid LCD acreen to view from various angles with true color representation and contrast, your shooting possibilities are now boundless. Beyond that, you can capture amazing HD detail and color reproduction while achieving critical focus with Instant AF. Create the look and feel of Hollywood movies with the 24p Cinema Mode or choose 30p Progressive Mode to capture fast action with optimization for the web. With HD and SD recording modes, you can make the move to HD while retaining compatibility with standard definition equipment. The HV30 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you’ve come to expect from a Canon camcorder.

Vixia HV30 Highlights

HDV format The HV30 records true 1080 resolution, high-definiton video. The HV30 is capable of recording and playing back HD images using MiniDV cassette tapes.

Canon Full HD CMOS image sensor (1920x1080) The HV30 features a Canon manufactured HD CMOS image sensor. Similar to its use in Canon’s EOS Series digital SLR cameras, the CMOS sensor reproduces high-resolution images as true HD movies. Canon’s HD CMOS sensor acquires image information at 1920x1080 pixels. Canon’s HD CMOS sensor also features on-chip noise reduction technology. This low noise technology feature means that even in dimly-lit scenes, the signals from each pixel are as pure as possible, with minimal "noise" or other aberrations.

Canon VIXIA HV30 Highlights
The HV30 comes equipped with a 10x HD video lens

10x HD video lens The HV30 comes equipped with a 10x HD video lens. An aspherical lens is used to help achieve low aberration and high resolution, the HV30 lens also features super spectra coating technology which lowers flare and ghosting. A gradation ND system is used for better exposure in bright shooting situations. This lens design creates true HD image quality.

RGB Primary Color Filter Whether you’re shooting video or photos, you will appreciate the HV30's stunning, high-definition image production. For rich, accurate color, the HV30 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter. It separates light into red, green, and blue color components, resulting in vibrant images with natural-looking tones similar to what you’d obtain from 3CCD camcorders.

Genuine Canon Optics With more than 70 years of expertise in manufacturing lenses for professional broadcast and photography, The Canon names represents optical excellence. That's why Canon's expertise in designing lenses for photography and broadcast television goes into every camcorder lens we make.

DIGIC DV II image processor DIGIC DV II is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology designed specifically for HD. Since video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV II HD digital signal processing ensures optimal image quality for both HD video and still images. Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the HV30 produces video with improved color reproduction -- especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction -- for images that are crystal clear. 

Canon VIXIA HV30 Highlights
Canon SuperRange OIS combines vector and gyro detection method

SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer The HV30 features Canon’s SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Utilizing a Hybrid detection method (combining vector and gyro detection method) corrects camera shake instantly for steady shots. And unlike other optical stabilization systems, Canon’s Super Range OIS covers a wide range of movements while preserving image quality. It is even effective while taking photos.

30p Progressive Mode 30p Progressive Mode is a progressive format that delivers clarity for fast-action subjects and is the perfect frame rate for the web. Plus, it is ideal for displaying crisp images on your home theatre system or computer monitor. Before now 30p was exclusively featured on pro-level camcorders but Canon now offers the widest frame rate options for every videographer.

2.7-inch Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD The HV30 is equipped with a Multi-Angle Vivid LCD. This newly-designed screen offers two key advantages for easy, flexible operation.
1. A wide viewing angle - view from any direction
2. A wide color range - provide robust, accurate color

Instant AF (Auto Focus) Instant AF is Canon’s new and advanced autofocus system. Using a Hybrid Control system, the Instant AF makes it easy to focus on previously difficult subjects. It dramatically decreases the time it takes to achieve proper focus and increases accuracy especially in low-light and high-brightness situations.

HDMI terminal The HDMI terminal transports high definition video signal with audio in one cable to your HD television. The new standard in HD connection.

Canon VIXIA HV30 Highlights
Achieve a professional 'film look' with 24p cinema mode

24p Cinema Mode 24p Cinema Mode is a feature demanded by professional filmmakers and previously, only available on pro-level camcorders. 24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring movie makers to achieve a professional "film-look". This mode is actually two different features, which can be used independently, or together, depending on the user’s preference.
1. The frame rate changes to 24p -- the same frame rate as movie film
2. The HV30 changes the color and tonal characteristics to make you feel like you are watching a movie in the theatre.

Advanced Accessory Shoe terminal The Advanced Accessory Shoe allows the use of additional accessories such as a video light and directional microphone.

Built-in electronic lens cover A built-in electronic lens cover automatically opens when the camcorder is turned on and closes when turned off. There is no dangling lens cover to lose.

Program AE Mode The HV30 gives you a choice of settings that automatically result in the best exposure for different conditions. Scene modes include: Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, and Fireworks. Each adjusts your camcorder's settings to compensate for different lighting conditions and different subjects.

Canon VIXIA HV30 Highlights

Simultaneous photo capture While shooting an HD movie, you can simultaneously capture a 2-megapixel photo to a memory card by simply pressing the photo button. It’s perfect for anytime you don’t want to miss a moment.

Built-in video light Increase your low-light capabilities even further by shooting with the HV30. Featuring a Video light, the HV30 enables you shoot subjects in color in low-light at distances up to 4.9 feet away.

Microphone terminal with audio level control The HV30 features a microphone terminal for attaching an external microphone. The audio level can be manually adjusted for greater flexibility. A level meter is shown in the LCD screen.

Headphone Terminal The audio/video terminal doubles as a headphone terminal for monitoring sound while recording.

Focus Assist function When shooting high-definition, a properly focused subject is more critical than ever. With one push of the Focus Assist Button (during manual focus setting), video zoom and peaking (for emphasizing image contours) are displayed. Not to worry, this is automatically cancelled when recording is started.

Level Shot and Grid Markers It's easy to keep your HV30 level for more professional-looking video. Simply press the Level Shot Control button, and a horizontal marker appears in your viewfinder. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot to the marker and you know your camcorder is level. Also, the Grid marker is very convenient for setting up the special balance in your shots. Since background colors vary, you can select from two line colors to make the lines easily visible.

Smooth Zoom Control With this innovative feature, you can always be sure of smooth, steady, professional looking zoom shots. Simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds. You can also select variable so you can control the speed manually.

3.1-megapixel photos Capture stunning 3.1-megapixel photos in 4:3 aspect ratio to a miniSD card (2.07-megapixel photos at 16:9).

Advanced Photo Features

Canon VIXIA HV30 Highlights
Histogram display
  • 9-point Ai-AF mode
  • Record 3 MP photos to a MiniSD card
  • Simultaneous photo recording (at 2 megapixels)
  • Photo grab
  • Histogram display
  • Built-in flash
  • Easy Print/Share button
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • Metering Modes (Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, Spot)

Photo grab With this professional level feature, capture photos during playback. With one push of a button you can "grab" a 2-megapixel still from your HD video footage. There is no need to worry about taking a photo while you’re shooting.

9-point Ai-AF mode Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the HV30's Ai-AF function will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.

Canon VIXIA HV30 Highlights
Built-in Flash

Built-in flash Capture superb images in low light and indoor photography settings.

Histogram display Commonly used in Canon’s line of digital SLR cameras, the HV30 features a Histogram display. With just one push of a button, the brightness information of a still image is revealed. This allows you to monitor image quality so you can make adjustments to improve the next shots.

Print/Share button For fast and easy, one-touch printing of your photos at home, simply press the camcorder’s Print & Share Button. The button can also be used for one-touch downloading of your images to a computer.

1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty Canon’s camcorder limited warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers’ warranties expire.

What's in the Box:

  • VIXIA HV30 Camcorder
  • BP-2L13 Battery Pack (with Terminal Cover)
  • CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
  • STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
  • WL-D87 Wireless Controller
  • IFC-300PCU USB Cable
  • CTC-100/S Component Cable
  • Digital Video Solution Disc for Windows and Macintosh


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