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Canon Legria HF R306Canon HV30
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Name Legria HF R306HV30
European name ?Legria HF R306HV30
US name ?Vixia HF R306VIXIA HV30
lowest US price (349) $ 
On the market since April 2012 April 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Satisfactory
Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
MiniDV
HDV
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
MiniDV/HDV-Cassette
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
HDV 1920 x 1080/25p
MP4 1280 x 720
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/25F
HDV 1440 x 1080/25p
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
HDV 1440 x 1080/24p
HDV 1440 x 1080/30p
MiniDV 720 x 480/60i
720 MiniDV x480/24p
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s25 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
DV
MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Canon
Canon
Optical Zoom ?32 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?38,5 mm43,6 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm43 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
optical
ND Filter ?No
Yes
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/4, 85 inches
1/2, 7 inches
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2070000 Pixel 2070000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/auto
1/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?auto
1/2
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?No
 
Expanded Focus ?Yes
 
Peaking ?No
 
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
 
Histogram ?No
 
adjustable sharpness ?No
 
Adjustable color ?No
 
Cinegamma ?No
 
Black Strech ?No
 
Knee ?No
 
Colorbars ?No
 
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
 
Custom Presets ?No
 
Set Time Code ?No
 
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
 
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
 
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ?Out mini
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?No
Mini-jack
Headphones ?also AV-output
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
 
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 250 g535 g
Weight (with battery)   
Battery type  Canon BP-2L13
Battery capacity   
Charger ?internal
 
Remote control No
 
Size
Height 54 mm82 mm
Width 55 mm88 mm
Depth 115 mm138 mm
Relative Size ?39
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
Yes
Color Viewfinder ? Color
Viewfinder format ?- 16:9
Viewfinder pixels ? 123000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,0 Inch2,7 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?230000 Pixel 211000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
 
Manual Focus ?Menu
 
Manual Aperture ?Menu
 
Focus switcher ?No
 
ND Filter ?No
 
Exp Lock ?No
 
Gain ?No
 
White balance ?No
 
Push AF ?No
 
Audio Levels ?No
 
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
 
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
MiniDV: 4x32kHz 12bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
Microphone ?Stereo internal
 
Audio Control ?auto
manual
manual
Audio levels ?Screen
 
Still

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Recording Medium ?SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
MiniSD
Medium included ?No
 
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?1920 x 1080 - max
1920x1080
1440x1080
848x480
640x480
2048 x 1536
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
 
Flash ?No
Yes
Misc.

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Specials Story Creator recording assistant
 
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL  Website Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Resolution ?GoodVery good
Color performance ?SatisfactoryVery good
subj.Picture impression ?GoodVery good
Optical Zoom ?GoodSufficient
Wide Angle ?SatisfactoryPoor
Configuration / image ?SufficientSatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?SufficientSatisfactory
Handling ?SatisfactorySufficient
Portability ? Excellent Very good
Photo function ?SufficientSatisfactory
Optics ?SatisfactoryGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Satisfactory
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
318340
Pros  + excellent resolution in brightness and color
Cons  - small wide angle
- dull audio section
Conclusion Little wide angle, but the most natural image in this price range, average low-light performance, and even some useful manual control.With this offer Canon stays just below the 300 Euro threshold (internet prices), but still lies above the competition, who show other strengths and cost about 50 less. Hence, those looking for a camera in these price regions should make their decision based on tolerable weaknesses, which are distributed differently among the tested cameras.Thanks to the excellent resolution of its CMOS the Canon HV30 makes almost full use of the HDV-system in brightness as well as colorNoticeable is the high resolution in diagonals.In lowlight situations the performance is only average.The lens shows little abberations, but offers only a small wide angle.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
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