• Canon Vixia HF R30
  • Our runner-up for Best Value Camcorder of 2012

Canon Vixia HF R30 Camcorder Review

$399.99

Our runner-up for Best Value Camcorder of 2012

Introduction

The HF R30 is part of Canon's entry-level line of Vixia camcorders, and, since it's a budget model, it does have its fair share of problems. Video performance is limited when shooting in less-than-ideal lighting situations, battery life is abysmal, and the menu interface is far more confusing than it should be. But the Canon HF R30 ($399 MSRP) is cheap, and compared to other models in its price range, it actually did fairly well in our tests. Heck, it was our runner-up pick for Best Value Camcorder in 2012. If you're not expecting stellar image quality, great low light capability, or tons of manual controls from this little camcorder, then you should be satisfied with its get-what-you-pay-for performance.

The Canon HF R30, with its 8GB of internal memory and WiFi functions, is the middle child of Canon's HF R series of camcorders. The low-end HF R300 has no internal memory or WiFi, while the top-line HF R32 has 32GB of internal memory and includes the same WiFi functions as the HF R30. All three camcorders have identical video performance capabilities, as they each include the same lens and sensor systems.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Handling
  12. Controls
  13. Features
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery
Jeremy Stamas Ddaa504b160fa09dbd695f3177b5518b?s=48&d=mm
Jeremy is the video expert of our imaging team and Reviewed.com's head of video production. Originally from Pennsylvania and upstate NY, he graduated from Bard college with a degree in film and electronic media. He has been living and working in New England since 2005.
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