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Canon's VISIA HF S30 is a high-end consumer HD camcorder, and is feature-rich compared to lower models.

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Compatible with Eye-Fi wireless cards

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dual SDXC card slots for storage expansion with affordable, capacious, and easy to find SD/SDHC/SDXC flash memory cards

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32GB of internal flash memory storage

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features an electronic viewfinder (the S20 does not) for accurate viewing in bright situations - 123k dot resolution

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high quality widescreen 3.5" touchscreen display with 922k dot resolution

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Good mic recording quality

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Above average battery life

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Good picture quality for the price

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Responsive and easy to use touch screen

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Useful included software

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high price point for the average consumer

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On screen menus are not intuitive

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 Canon's VISIA HF S30 is a high-end consumer HD camcorder, and is feature-rich compared to lower models. It is, however, extremely similar to the 2010 HF S20 model. The only differences are that the S30 has an electronic viewfinder and the capacity to use SDXC cards (instead of topping out at SDHC). Storage capacity is 32GB onboard, but there are also two SDXC card slots to expand. It has a real-time autofocus system that uses an external sensor to improve focus accuracy especially in low-light conditions or tracking moving subjects. Its side display is also a touch panel with high resolution, and a touch-focus feature that focuses and tracks a subject when touched on the screen during recording. Its native frame-rate is 24fps, equivalent to film. With an optional Canon microphone attachment, this camera can record audio in 5.1 surround sound for playback on home theatre systems. It can shoot still images at 8.0 megapixels, as well as "video snapshots" for short periods of time. The HD lens records in 1920 x 1080p for full HD playback, and has a 10x optical zoom with optical image stabilization to retain quality and reduce image shake. Other features include a light, face detection, and simple camera-to-internet uploading interface.

  • 1920 x 1080 native recording and playback resolutions
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2x SDXC card storage slots
  • 24fps native, 24fps cinema and 30fps frame shooting modes
  • 8.0-megapixel still image shot
  • Video snapshots mode
  • Capable of 5.1-channel audio recording (with accessory mic)
  • AF tracking
  • 3.5" colour touch screen
  • Touch-and-track subject selection
  • Light
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
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