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The dramatic Canon VIXIA HV30 is the latest in our offering of HD camcorders, incorporating advanced features to bring knowledgeable and demanding videographers the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality. The VIXIA HV30 is packed with Canon Exclusive features you won't find anywhere else. Our own Full HD CMOS sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor deliver breathtaking detail and the best in color reproduction. SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Instant Auto Focus gives you the shot control High Definition demands. With the Genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the VIXIA HV30 is sure to be your choice in High Definition camcorders. And, with its HD and Standard Definition recording modes, you can make the move to HD without making your SD equipment obsolete.

All this is possible thanks to the vast experience Canon has with photographic and broadcast television cameras with optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements. Canon has long been a leader in bringing advanced features to its products, taking advantage of our superiority in optics and image processing.

The VIXIA HV30 is easy to use and delivers the high level of performance you've come to expect from Canon. It's the next step in premium quality High Definition camcorders for which sophisticated and discerning videographers have been waiting.



The Image Quality of HD
The VIXIA HV30 is the HD camcorder to go along with everything else in your HD world. It captures true 1080 High Definition resolution video in 16:9 format, using MiniDV cassette tapes. The VIXIA HV30's true 16:9 widescreen HD image is made for your new HD widescreen TV.

Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens Since 1934, Canon has been producing exceptional photographic lenses that are synonymous with unsurpassed optical performance. Because of Genuine Canon Optics, every Canon broadcast lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder assures brilliant optical quality - and the VIXIA HV30 is no exception.

Canon Exclusive: Full HD CMOS Sensor (1920 x 1080) The VIXIA HV30 features a Canon designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. The CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series Digital SLR cameras result in outstanding digital photographs. In the VIXIA HV30, the CMOS sensor reproduces high-resolution images at 1920 x 1080 resolution with full HD information in video images.

Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DVII Image Processor DIGIC DV II is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for HD, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality. It also ensures optimal image quality for still images, even though video and still images have different color requirements. DIGIC DV II is just another one of Canon's advanced technologies that make the HG10 an exceptional performer.

Canon Exclusive: SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization Canon's innovative SuperRange OIS combines gyro- and image-sensors to give image stabilization through a wider range of camera motions. Some image stabilization systems correct one type of camera motion or vibration better than another. But Canon's SuperRange OIS corrects for a wide range of camcorder motion: the fast vibration you'd experience while recording from a moving car; the medium-speed motion of hand-held recording; and the slower motion of body sway.

Canon Exclusive: Instant AF (Auto Focus) Since it is critical to achieve very sharp focus when shooting in High Definition, the VIXIA HV30 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary Instant AF focusing system. It offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional autofocus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's autofocus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions.

Canon Exclusive: 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD The 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD on the VIXIA HV30 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. Using a hard coat AR surface and improved color reproduction, the scene in the viewfinder is more accurate to what you're capturing in the camcorder. An added benefit of this Canon Exclusive is the wider range of viewing angle possible with this new LCD screen.

Brilliant Video Canon's own CMOS sensor reproduces high-resolution images at 1920 x 1080 resolution with full HD information in video images. Compared to a CCD, the VIXIA HV30's CMOS's high color resolution and advanced color reproduction gives brilliant results. It is also unique in featuring Canon's proprietary noise reduction technologies for crisp, sharp images. Low noise technology also means that even in dimly lit scenes, the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible, with minimal noise or other aberrations. It's the ideal sensor for HD.

Main Unit Specs

Standard Definition or High DefinitionHigh Definition
Power Consumption4.3 W
Image Sensor1/2.7" CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total PixelsApprox. 2.96 Megapixels
Effective PixelsHD/DV (16:9) mode: Approx 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
DV (4:3) mode: Approx 2.76 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)
Maximum recording TimeSP: 80 minutes, HDV, DV.
LP: 120 minutes DV
LensZoom Ratio:10x Optical/200x Digital
Focal Length:f=6.1-61mm
Zoom Speed:Variable/3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max. F/Stop:f/1.8-3.0mm (when tapes are used)Filter Size:43mm
Focusing SystemInstant AF, Through the Lens/Manual Focusing Possible
Manual ExposureYes
Programmed AEAuto, Program, Av, Tv, CINE, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
Supported Playback Modes1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30F, 1080/24F, 1080/30p
Max Shutter Speed1/2000
1/500 (card)
Auto Date/TimeYes
Focusing System10 mm (wide)/1m (tele)
White BalanceDaylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Image StabilizationSuperRange Optical (lens shift)
ViewfinderWidescreen 0.27" Color Viewfinder/ (Approx 123,000 pixels)
LCD Screen2.7" Widescreen LCD (Approx. 211,000 pixels)
Recording MediaHigh Definition MiniDV (recommended) (63min.) or MiniDV cassette
Video Terminalcomponent (output), composite (output)
AudioDV: 16 bit (2ch) 48 kHz
12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz
4ch synchronous recording not possible

HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2 ch)
(4-channel playback of tapes containing 4-channel recordings possible)
Accessory ShoeAdvanced
Supplied Video Editing SoftwareNone
HDMI TerminalType A (19 pins) 480i/480p/1080I Format Supported
Microphone Terminal3.5 mm Stereo Mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal3.5 mm 4 pole Mini-jack
Dimensions(WxHxD) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4 in/88 x 82 x 138mm
Weight (not including lens and battery pack)1.2 lbs. (535g)
HV30 Kit Contents
HV30 Kit Contents

  • 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

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