Canon HF R30
Recording video is so much easier these days because many affordable smartphones have HD recording functionalities built-in. The hardware is also powered by good operating systems so enhancements can be applied to make the video quality rival some of the most affordable digital camcorders in some aspects. However, one of the things that smartphones won’t be able to emulate for a long while is the zooming capabilities. The technology hasn’t yet evolved to the point where very high quality optics can be implemented to very thin form factors. Plus, recording a video using a smartphone isn’t all that comfortable either. Digital camcorders still exist to cater to people that really need to record a lot for weddings and other events. Many players in the digital camera industry are still quite active and Canon is one of them. Canon likes to offer their VIXIA ‘HF R’ models in batches of 3 and they did it again early 2012 where they unveiled the Canon HF R30 and its two cousins at CES.
Design and Interface
Compared to last year’s model, Canon did not do any sweeping changes with the design of the HF R30 because it doesn’t have to. While the overall look and feel of this compact camcorder looks the same, the Canon HF R30 feels lighter. But modern smartphones excel in touchscreen performance because these phones make use of glass. The Canon HF R30 improved their touchscreen with glass materials as well so new users will be less frustrated in controlling or configuring the camcorder. Some interface improvements were made as well.
Like the previous model, Canon combines a fairly powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor with a highly sensitive 3.28-megapixel CMOS Image Sensor that is capable of handling Full HD resolutions. It incorporates two image stabilization technologies so videos stay steady even if there are slight shakes. These advanced improvements in image stabilization are necessary to keep the footage steady even when zooming the camcorder to the fullest. The SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization technology also corrects any video shaking caused by walking.
The 51x Advanced Zoom makes long-range shooting fun and it makes sure that the chromatic aberration is kept to a minimal thanks to the aspherical lens technology. It also has a super spectra coating so ghosting and flare is reduced as well. You can also let the HF R30 to use a special mode called ‘Auto Tele Macro‘ which adds more emphasis to the subject by keeping that area focused while leaving the rest of the background at the same time.
The main difference between the Canon HF R30 and the other third generation ‘HF R’ models lies on the available memory for video and image files. In order to keep the costs down, the HF R30 only has 8 GB to spare. Many smartphones have 8 GB of memory too but at least with the HF R30, that 8 GB of internal memory is fully dedicated to content. It isn’t like the smartphones where applications and the operating system need to be stored there. Plus, there is a memory card slot for users that do not think 8 GB is sufficient. This slot should be able to read all kinds of SD cards including the spacious SDXC cards where up to 64 GB of extra space can be added and possibly beyond. The memory card really adds to the internal disk space literally because the Relay Recording feature allows the active recording to carry over to the removable storage once the internal memory runs out. This feature makes sure that no seconds are lost while recording.
8 GB is still a lot of memory to work with though especially if the supported MP4 format is used for video recording. The overall quality is limited to 720p though but the visuals should still look fine on any HDTV. This is also a good format for distributing video to other users since MP4 is more compatible. Still the AVCHD format is for those that want the Full HD experience. No matter what mode is used, the Smart AUTO feature has over 30 special settings to choose from in order to improve the look of the recording or add creative touches.
Aside from the minor improvements to the design, the Wi-Fi support is by far the biggest feature that is present and no special attachments are required in transferring content to other devices on the network. It is even capable of creating Ad-Hoc connections with smartphones and tablets like the iPhone and iPad. Any DNLA-compatible devices can ‘beam’ content to the Canon HF R30 without much effort.
In order to add even more value to the package, Canon decided to bundle the camcorder with strong software. Story Creator is one of the programs that can be optionally used if special presentations need to be made quickly out of the recorded video. You can even add special enhancements to vastly improve the look of the video. Add a cinema filter for instance so the footage looks more like a movie. This filter is nice to use when recording videos using the 24p Cinema mode. A few other filters are added to open up other creative options.
The Canon HF R30 is designed for people that need something more than just a high-end point-and-shoot camera or high-end smartphone. Anyone that needs to do hours of recording have to be comfortable at all costs and the HF R30 maintains that comfort while offering improvements to the touch performance just because most people are used to touchscreen smartphones these days. Priced in the midrange level at $449, you should be able to record about an hour of FXP 1080p video. You can buy this model and then save up for an SDXC or SDHC card when you need space. There are no other differences between this model and the VIXIA HF R32 which costs about $100 for 24 GB of additional space so you may find the Canon HF R30 to be a great buy if you are okay with the space constraints.
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