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Canon Legria HF G30 High Definition 3.5 inch OLED Touchscreen Camcorder (20 x Optical Zoom, Image Stabilisation)

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  • 20 x zoom, 26.8 mm wide-angle lens; 8 blade circular aperture
  • Control settings remotely and share with Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous recording of AVCHD and MP4
  • Canon HD CMOS PRO sensor, DIGIC DV 4
  • Optical Intelligent IS

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  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 23.1 x 8.4 cm ; 767 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 8454B009
  • ASIN: B00CD1R6YM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 April 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,088 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Get creative with the extensive range of full manual controls
Get creative with the extensive range of full manual controls
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Canon HF G30

Capture the Action like a Pro

The flagship HF G30 camcorder packs high-specification optics, sensor and stabiliser plus Wi-Fi connectivity into a compact body, ideal for enthusiasts who want to match their creativity with professional quality videos.

Full Manual Control

The manual lens ring allows intuitive control of focus or zoom. Exposure, aperture, shutter speed and gain can all be independently adjusted using the touch screen and customisable control dial.

20x Zoom, 26.8mm Wide-Angle Lens, 8-blade Aperture

The 26.8mm wide-angle lens provides high image quality, while the smooth 20x optical zoom lets you get closer to the action. Meanwhile, the 8-blade circular aperture enables beautiful Bokeh out-of-focus effects.

Enjoy viewing stunning images on the high resolution organic LED capacitive touch screen
Key Features:
  • 20x zoom, 26.8mm wide-angle lens; 8-blade circular aperture
  • Control settings remotely and share with Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous recording of AVCHD and MP4
  • Canon HD CMOS PRO sensor, DIGIC DV 4
  • Optical Intelligent IS
  • Full manual control
  • Instant AF; Face Detection
  • 8.8cm OLED touchscreen
Enjoy superb low light shooting with the HD CMOS PRO sensor
Enjoy superb low light shooting with the HD CMOS PRO sensor
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HD CMOS PRO sensor, DIGIC DV 4

With an effective pixel count of approximately 2.91 megapixels, the HD CMOS PRO sensor - designed and manufactured by Canon for professional models - delivers stunning picture quality, even in low light, as well as wide dynamic range and realistic colour reproduction.

The powerful DIGIC DV 4 image processor works with the sensor to provide images with lower noise and more depth.

Wi-Fi Remote

Control your HF G30 even when the camcorder is out of reach. You have the freedom to command settings, shutter speed, focus and exposure wirelessly using your smartphone or tablet web browser.

Dual-Format Recording

Simultaneously record in different formats (AVCHD and MP4) or at different bitrates, to the dual SDXC card slots and enjoy the twin benefits of professional quality footage and easy upload to the web. You can also capture fast and slow motion when shooting in MP4 format.

Combat Camera Shake
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Face detection technology ensures perfectly focused shots
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Canon's enhanced Optical Image Stabilizer technology with Intelligent IS enables the camcorder to automatically switch between four image stabilisation modes to ensure your movies will always have a smooth, professional look.

The HF G30 detects when you need to stabilise heavy hand-shake, for example, when on the move (Dynamic), when filming at maximum telephoto range (Powered), when filming up close to correct angular and shift shake (Macro) or when you're using a tripod to turn off the Optical Image Stabilizer to prevent blur (Tripod). The advanced dynamic mode corrects roll and tilt movements that can occur when walking, ensuring sharp steady videos all the time.

Instant AutoFocus, Face Detection

Instant AF provides fast and accurate focusing for pin-sharp HD quality. Face Detection automatically optimises camcorder settings for perfectly-focused and exposed shots of people.

8.8cm (3.5") Fold-out OLED Touchscreen and Tiltable EVF

The responsive organic electrostatic LED touchscreen, with 1.23 million dot resolution, offers superior definition, contrast and colour reproduction over LCD. The 0.61cm (0.24") 1.56 million pixel electronic colour viewfinder can tilt up to 45° to allow you further control especially in bright conditions.

Box Contains

Canon LEGRIA HF G30
Lens hood with integrated lens barrier
Compact Power
Adaptor CA-570
Wireless Controller WL-D89
Battery Pack BP-820
USB Cable Stereo Video Cable
AC Cable High Speed HDMI lead
User Manual Kit + Software


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Most people reading this review will possibly be considering the purchase the G30 and will want to know what existing owners think of it, so I'll cut right to the chase and say that this camcorder is an excellent piece of kit, solidly put together and enough manual controls to satisfy the enthusiast. It also has a smart auto mode which is effectively point and shoot, so even beginners can use it. Yes, I would recommend it highly. It's a little larger than most, but that gives it stability in the hand. It's a little more expensive than most due to the build quality and specification, but mostly you get what you pay for, and with the G30 you get a lot of camcorder.
Previously I had been using a mid range Canon R506 which had impressed me with its image quality and features, but left me wanting on a few counts. Firstly, it had no viewfinder. In sunlight I found it nigh on impossible to see what I was shooting, let alone adjust the settings. The G30 is one of the few consumer camcorders that has a viewfinder, one that is sharp and clear and which tilts up at 45 degrees, making it much more versatile and I nearly always use it in this position.
Secondly, like most consumer camcorders, there are few if any manual controls on the R506, whereas the G30 has them all. You have control over pretty much everything - aperture, shutter speed, exposure, focus and lots more. You can even adjust the sharpness, contrast and colour depth. And there are a whole range of colour balance presets. The menus could be a bit more intuative and I got lost on a couple of occasions, but once I'd assigned some of the function buttons to things like aperture, colour balance, exposure and focus I had less need to go delving into the menus on the touch screen.
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I did a lot of research before deciding that the G30 was ahead of any other camera in its class. I ignored the only other review that I found here on Amazon (thank goodness). I like the 20x zoom, the dual card slots and the OLED screen. The functionality of the camera is excellent and the various menus are well thought out and easy to navigate. I do not like the need to charge the battery in situ and with the G30 switched off. I use this camera all day long (professionally) and so for most of the day the battery is getting no charge at all. I will be buying a spare battery but I will have to buy a stand-alone charger in order to get the spare charged. This is a minor drawback to an otherwise super piece of kit. I have been using it for about a month and have made several finished videos already (probably about 20 hours of raw footage). I love it and have no hesitation in recommending it to you. Amazon was the best place to buy it from in August 2013. PP
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I purchased the Legria HF-G30 as my Panasonic X920 does not have a Lanc socket which as I have found to my cost is (in my opinion) indispensable when using a tripod. The G30 picture is perhaps not quite as sharp as the X920 but you could argue that the result is more pleasing. Colors are rendered well.

I would criticise both camcorders for not supplying a full paper manual (rather difficult to pack your PC when going on holiday). The X920 on screen menu is perhaps more intuitive, but the assignable buttons on the G30 are extremely practical, its a pity that there are no neutral density filters. Having a proper lens hood is a definite advantage. I would prefer the standard accessory shoe to be placed further back but unlike the X920 the dead cat on my Rode mike does not show in the picture. A record button on top of the unit would have been useful.

The ability to set a focus point on the touch screen is very practical and works quickly and with the minimum of fuss. Still pictures grabbed from the camcorder itself while playing back footage on the camcorder screen (before downloading to a PC) are superb and better than both the dedicated photo facility or when grabbing frames in Vegas Pro.

One downside in the auto mode on a tripod, is that very cleverly the stabiliser is automatically switched off, but in windy conditions a gust of wind will cause picture shake before the auto stabiliser cuts in. The G30 zoom has a wider range both at wide angle and telephoto.

I tried recording LPCM Audio but although Vegas Pro handles it, the audio will not play in windows media player or in VLC player.

The X920 is smaller & lighter than the G30. end
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Over the years I have had many camcorders of all makes, but this is the best so far. Bigger than I was expecting but much smaller than the semi-pro cams I was considering. Not much to disappoint.
Lens cap is just that. Even cheap cams have a mechanism. There is a shutter in the hood but it is only a non-sealing cover.
Mikes are only stereo not surround but I use a Sennheiser MKE400 which is mono but better quality. Biggest problem with built in mikes is wind noise so external mike with deadcat is a must if used outside.
Using the external mike needs a cable connection and the rubber hinged socket cover flaps around. Mike socket should be external or the cover should be detachable.
That's the cons. The pros are too many to mention. A really nice cam.
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