Professional Shooting Assist Functions provide an exceptional level of control:
Enhanced zebra pattern indicates ‘blown out’ or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.
Color peaking enhances the edges of your subject to aid in focusing.
Custom key allows functions including exposure, focusing, assist functions, mic volume level or AGC limits to be assigned to a custom key. Assist functions make it possible to change zebra and peaking settings.
Color bars with reference tone help to set proper color and audio levels when editing video.
Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the image sensor's sensitivity. This permits brightness and noise to be balanced as desired and image quality to be maximized in low light situations.
Approximately 100% area display gives you a complete view in the LCD of the scene being shot – no need to worry that areas in the margins are being left out.
Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute.
Built-in video light enhances your ability to shoot in low light conditions.
Pixela Video Browser Software is bundled with the VIXIA HF S30. You can easily perform a variety of functions, including AVCHD Editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. This software also allows you to play your AVCHD movies on your computer and will let you share copies of your movie with friends and family through flash memory to hard drive copying. Transfer and store your movie onto your computer's hard drive with the software and easily convert your high definition video to standard definition video as well.
Pixela Video Browser Software will also assist you in converting video to the optimum resolution for transmission over the Internet. To complement the VIXIA HF S30's Video Snapshot feature, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided.
The bundled application is compatible with Windows XP (Service Pack 2 and 3), Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
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