The VIXIA HF S30 offers selectable frame rates to match both your lifestyle and creative vision.
Native 24p Mode allows 24 frames per second – exactly the same capture rate as film – to be captured and recorded. This is a big advantage for serious filmmaking work, enabling you to achieve the ultimate cinematic experience.
24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF S30's Cinema setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.
You would normally have to look to professional video cameras in order to have a sophisticated tool like 30p Progressive Mode at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF S30 to capture video in 30p (30 progressive frames, recorded to 60i), which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. It's also excellent for action and sports shots and additionally, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording.
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