Since Canon is acknowledged as a world leading maker of digital cameras, it’s not surprising that the VIXIA HF S30, in addition to being a brilliant camcorder, is also a superb 8.0-megapixel digital camera. Once again, Canon delivers features and technology that advance convenience and capability. The VIXIA HF S30’s Dual Shot makes it easier than ever to capture both video and photos. You’ll even be able to shoot 6.0-megapixel photos while shooting video at the same time with Simultaneous Photo Recording.
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus "AiAF" ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF S30's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.
You can also choose from a range of exposure modes including Auto AV (aperture priority), TV (shutter priority), and P (program).
For optimal exposure, the VIXIA HF S30 offers selectable metering patterns: Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, and Spot. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF S30 automatically takes three versions of the shot with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in ½ exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you.
The VIXIA HF S30 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a digital camera. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode.
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF S30 comes with a Histogram Display – a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. The VIXIA HF S30's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. Choose from two different colors for the grid to ensure that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.
The versatile VIXIA HF S30 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 photo onto an SD card or to internal memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF S30 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video.
Your VIXIA HF S30's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions. The VIXIA HF S30 also features red-eye reduction.
Print/Share allows you to connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and with a touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your VIXIA HF S30. Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your photos to your computer.
Pay attention to the zoom range
I have this product for 8 months or so. I wish I paid more attention to the zoom range. The zoom range is f-6.4-64mm (35mm equivalent 43.5-435mm) which is a disaster when you tape your daughters dance show for example. I wish I read more before purchasing this product.
February 12, 2012
Takes good photos as well.
Got this for a recent trip to Yellowstone. Was amazed at the detail level of the video, can see fine fur detail when zoomed in on animals. The photos come out good for 8 Meg. I added the SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone to get the Elk bugling during the rut and it was great. I am really impressed with the sound and video from such a small compact camcorder, it carries easily on day hikes. Also performed good at dusk, not great but good, real good actually.
September 25, 2011
I have used this camera for the last 6-8 months shooting mainly my son's sporting events (track and football), and this camera has reallly deliveredd.
Imaqge quality is great, and the built in image stabilization is great, especially when shooting these faster moving sports.
Sound quality is frankly, amazing. Tiny mic picks up full, rich sound.
Simple data transfers to computer with supplied software.
Everything about this little camera is easy and enjoyable.
September 18, 2011
Jack the Giant Killer!
This Light Weight HD Camcorder is a pleasure to use with a very high quality picture. I am happy Canon chose to include the SDXC Option. I like the high quality flip out LCD Monitor as well as the EVF. I would buy another if Canon would build a Super Wide Angle Version of this VIXIA HF S30. I sure would like to see a field of view like the 16-35 mm on my 5D Markll , with very little distortion. Thank you Canon.
September 3, 2011