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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Results!, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Canon HV30 High Definition Camcorder (10 x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD) (Camera)
The image quality that can be achieved using this camcorder is absolutely amazing. Whether you are after a camcorder for family events and home use, or a budding amatuer filmmaker on a budget, this is definitely worth considering.

It has an array of options and settings, which includes a CINE (cinema) mode and the ability to shoot in 25fps (frames per second) these two settings combined help to imitate a "film look" to good effect.

The built-in microphone isn't great, but serves it's purpose if you have no other options. Ideally, it is worth purchasing a seperate microphone, even if you are a casual user. This will help to cut out some of the motor noise that is emitted from the camcorder, as well as improve audio quality. The Rode Videomic is a good choice as a budget option as it can be mounted onto the camcorder. For the budding filmmakers, a seperate boom on a pole is recommended.

There are also a few accessories available for this camcorder, including an official wide-angle lens released by Canon, as well as various filters and lens hoods that can attach to the front.

I would definitely recommend investing in a larger battery as the one provided only lasts approx. 40 minutes. I highly recommend buying only official Canon batteries.

The HV30 I purchased from Amazon also included the new firmware (software installed on the camcorder), which fixed the problems that previously occured when shooting in standard definition. If for any reason your camcorder does not have it, you can download it from the Canon website.

Finally, like all high definition mini DV camcorders, the HV30 can record high definition video onto a standard mini DV cassette, so it is not essential to purchase the more costly high definition cassettes unless you desire absolute perfection.

I highly recommend using Panasonic Mini DV's. Whatever brand you choose, it is generally considered wise to stick to the same brand of mini DV as mixing lubricants by two different manufacturers can create a deposit on tape heads.

I hope this review has helped a little, and good luck on choosing your camcorder. There are some excellent alternatives that use SD cards, etc., and all have their pros and cons. But if you're happy using the tape format, then this is the camcorder for you!
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2009 13:14:32 BDT
drjeks says:
I believe that common lubricants have been used for a little while now, but it's difficult to get a definitive answer on this anywhere! As to HD vs normal DV tapes, the HD ones supposedly have (slightly) lower frame drop out rates, the picture & sound quality will be the same. Drop outs are a little worse with HD since more frames are lost per drop out compared with SD. It's a subject of great debate! BTW I have a previous version of this camcorder and quality is superb.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2009 20:08:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Oct 2009 20:10:33 BDT
R. Bailey says:
You're absolutely right. I think all the DV tape manufacturers agreed to use the same lubricant back in 1997, but I think consumer superstition and uncertainty still prevents anyone from taking the risk. I still hear of people complaining about this problem, so like your good self, I have struggled to get a definitive answer either. I think officially, it's no longer a problem, but on the other hand, it probably doesn't hurt to stick with the same manufacturer if you can. Thanks for your comments, your HD/SD comparison info was interesting.
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