Canon Vixia HV30 comparison

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Canon Vixia HV30

Canon Vixia HV30
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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Kodak Playsport (Black)

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Price $899 at 1 store $399 at 1 store $245 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 21 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews
Release date March 01, 2008 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 07, 2010
The Bottom Line An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues. While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers. Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card. The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/2.8
Flash type Built-in flash
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Media type Mini DV (HDV)
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 10 x
10 x
30 x
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Optical sensor type CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
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Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 200 x
200 x
350 x
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Battery technology Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Weight 1.2 lbs
19.2 oz
8.8 oz
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Image stabilizer Optical (SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Electronic
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Focus free
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