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Canon VIXIA HF R30

High-definition camcorder with 8GB of on-board memory and Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Canon VIXIA HF R30

A deep blue sky sets off the flowered trellis down by the lake's edge. The minister is just about to say, "You may now kiss the bride." You're 60 feet back from the action in a folding chair, and yet the shot in your Canon VIXIA HF R30's display tells you everything about the happiness the bride is feeling at this moment. With a 51X advanced zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, you're as close as the maid of honor, and probably a lot less shaky.

The Canon VIXIA HF R30

The Canon VIXIA HF R30 gets you in close to the action

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A deep blue sky sets off the flowered trellis down by the lake's edge. The minister is just about to say, "You may now kiss the bride." You're 60 feet back from the action in a folding chair, and yet the shot in your Canon VIXIA HF R30's display tells you everything about the happiness the bride is feeling at this moment. With a 51X advanced zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, you're as close as the maid of honor, and probably a lot less shaky.

Life presents us with lots of moments we'd like to document, and even more moments where our location isn't exactly the front row. The R30 makes short work of these challenges. Between its lens' long reach and its impressive performance in low light, this camcorder has the feature set to tackle tough assignments.

Everybody gets to share

What about all those relatives who couldn't make it to the happy event? Well, if you're within reach of a Wi-Fi® signal, you can transfer your captured video wirelessly to your computer and be happily uploading to your favorite video-sharing website in short order. The R30's on-board Wi-Fi connectivity helps ensure that the grandparents will see the couple's first kiss the same day it happened.

The R30 features a generous 3-inch touchscreen for intuitive control and focusing

The R30 features a generous 3-inch touchscreen for intuitive control and focusing

Make the video your own

Add a touch of your own personality to the celebration: On-board "story creation" software aids you in planning your shots, telling you when you need a close-up or a wide shot, and even how long the shot should be. Cinema-Look filters make your footage look old-timey, or vivid, or '70s-style nostalgic. And the Touch Decoration feature lets you add your own "fingerpainting" with clip-art elements and animated effects, all by way of the touchscreen LCD display.

You must remember this

There's 8GB of built-in flash memory, so keep on shooting — even at the highest video quality setting, you'll be able to record over a half hour of compelling AVCHD video before adding an optional SD memory card. Did we mention the Relay Recording feature? It will seamlessly switch video recording to the SD memory card when the internal memory is full. Swap out cards as needed. That's awfully handy when the day is full of once-in-a-lifetime events.

    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video and photos onto 8GB internal flash memory
      • internal memory holds up to 3 hours of HD video at the lowest quality setting
    • also takes optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    • video recording automatically switches to SD memory card when internal memory is full
    • built-in Wi-Fi allows you to upload video to your PC, or to sharing websites like YouTube and Facebook
    • maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080
    • 1/4.85-inch CMOS sensor shoots at a full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • advanced DIGIC DV III image processor
    • 32X optical zoom lens (51X Advanced zoom, 1020X digital)
    • 3" touch-panel widescreen LCD (230K dots)
    • four image stabilization systems optimize image in different shooting situations: Dynamic IS, Macro IS, Powered IS, and Tripod Mode IS
    • Cinema-Look Filter offers seven different built-in filters for creative looks
    • Touch & Track allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject
    • selectable 24p Cinema Mode for more filmlike video
    • record in 24mbps AVCHD for best quality, or in no-fuss MP4 for fast and easy uploading to sharing sites
    • Story Creator provides a list of suggested scenes that have shooting tips so you can create your own productions
    • Touch Decoration lets you add a variety of images and animations to your videos
    • Smart Auto Mode chooses setting from up to 38 preset scenes, including portrait, sports, night scene, telemacro, beach, snow, and sunset
    • includes Pixela Video Browser editing software
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
    • mini HDMI and component video outputs for connection to an HDTV (cables included)
    • microphone and headphone jacks
    • comes with an AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery (BP-709)
    • 2-1/8"W x 2-1/4"H x 4-1/2"D
    • weight: 8.8 oz. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Flash memory camcorder (black)
    • BP-709 Lithium-Ion battery (3.6V/895mAh/3.3Wh)
    • CA-110 AC Power adapter with attached 68" DC output cord (DC output: 5.3V/1.5A)
    • 5' HDMI cable (with full-size HDMI plug on one end and a mini-HDMI plug on the other end)
    • 2' USB cable with Mini USB Ver.2.0 connector on one end and Type-A USB connector on other end
    • Stylus Pen
    • Pixela VideoBrowser Ver.2.0 disc
    • VIXIA Software/Instruction Manual Disc
    • Quick Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • VideoBrowser Startup Guide (En/Fr/Sp/+4 others)
    • Wi-Fi Basic Setup Guide (En/Fr/Sp + 5 others)
    • Register Now card
    • Limited Warranty card

    Featured Video:

    Nice camcorder I couldn't believe how small they've gotten. Nice zoom, and very easy to use. The only con is very short battery life which can be rectified by purchasing anothe battery. The battery life is the reason for only 4 stars.

    Larry, Florida


    Canon VIXIA HF R30 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    Easy to use

    Larry from Florida on 2/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice camcorder I couldn't believe how small they've gotten. Nice zoom, and very easy to use. The only con is very short battery life which can be rectified by purchasing anothe battery. The battery life is the reason for only 4 stars.

    Pros: Great zoom very easy to use. Very compact and lite.

    Cons: Battery only lasts 12-15minutes per charge.

    Canon VIXIA HF R30

    Javier G from Porterville, CA on 7/23/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the Product, and it was what I expected. Camcorder is powerful to zoom in, it has the ability to zoom from over 200 yards. It was a great buy for a great price.... Love It!

    Pros: I encourage you to buy it.



    Hands-on research

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    General Features
    Video Camcorder Features
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Battery Information
    Inputs And Outputs
    Included Software

    General Features

    Overview: The Canon VIXIA HF R30 Flash Memory camcorder shoots high definition video or digital photos that can be stored on the built-in 8 GB flash memory, or optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory Cards. You can store 40 minutes of HD video at the highest resolution on the built-in memory. SD cards rated at Speed Class 4, 6, or 10 are recommended.

    Image Sensor: The HF R30 features a 1/4.85", Full HD CMOS image sensor with 3.28 Megapixels for true 1920 x 1080 resolution.

    3" Widescreen Touch Panel LCD: The HF R30 features a 3" TFT color widescreen LCD touch screen (230,000 dots) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV will display later. You can rotate the LCD screen 270° allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen. The LCD screen also features an adjustable brightness control. The LCD Screen's frame contains zoom, playback and menu controls for added convenience.

    Note: There is no additional viewfinder on this camcorder.

    Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) for high-quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in the MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications. Audio is recorded in Dolby Digital 2-channel, using the built-in microphone. Still photos are recorded at a fixed resolution of 1920 x 1080 in JPEG format.

    DIGIC DV III: DIGIC DV III, Canon's advanced HD image processor, delivers enhanced image quality, true color production for both video and photos, and a sophisticated noise reduction system for exceptional low-light performance. Its high-speed engine powers a variety of Canon technologies, such as the Genuine Canon Face Detection and Advanced Auto Exposure system. DIGIC DV III allows continuous shooting of digital photos, faster processing to the memory, as well as lower power consumption for longer battery life.

    Built-in Wi-Fi: The HF R30's built-in Wi-Fi functions allow you to send movie and photo files wirelessly. You can wirelessly connect the camcorder to a Wi-Fi network using an access point, or directly to an iOS device (without using an access point). The camcorder complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n protocol, and operates in the 2.4 GHz band.

    Genuine Canon Video Lens: The HF R30 comes with a Genuine Canon 32x HD video lens (35mm equivalent: 38.5 - 1232mm) with a 51x Advanced zoom and a digital zoom that extends the total zoom to 1020x.

    Zoom Speed: The zoom speed can be set to variable or one of three fixed speeds. In the variable position, the zoom speed depends on how far you push the lever. The purpose of the three fixed zoom speeds is a smoother zoom transition, at your choice of speeds.

    Optical Image Stabilizer: The HF R30 has an Optical Image Stabilizer system to compensate for camera shake. The Image Stabilization system provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range, plus extra compensation at wide-angle focal lengths. A Powered IS function is most effective when you are stationary and zooming in on far subjects using high zoom ratios. You can select the degree of compensation:

    • Dynamic: Highest degree of compensation; most effective at wide angle zoom
    • Standard: Compensates for a lower degree of camera shake
    • Off: No compensation applied. Recommended when camera is on a tripod.

    x.v.Color: The camcorder can be set to x.v.Color to record video that uses a color space with an extended gamut to achieve deeper colors, closer to real life. Video recorded with x.v.Color can only be played back properly on HDTVs compatible with x.v.Color via an HDMI cable.

    Video Snapshot: The camcorder's Video Snapshot mode lets you shoot a series of short video clips, then combines them with a pre-recorded music track or your own favorite music track, to create an entertaining movie. You can select the length of the video snapshot scenes: 2 sec, 4 sec or 8 sec.

    Face Detection: The camcorder can automatically detect people's faces and use this information to adjust the focus and set the best exposure and color control settings for beautiful videos and photos. When there are a number of people in the picture, one person will be determined to be the main subject. You can also select the main subject manually.

    Exposure Modes: The HF R30 features several exposure modes, each depending upon how much control you have over recording-related settings:

    • Smart Auto: The Smart Auto setting automatically selects the best settings for the scene you want to shoot. You get spectacular recordings every time without worrying about the settings.
    • Programmed AE: The camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.
    • Cinema Mode: The Cinema Mode gives your recordings a cinematic look. You can select a 24fps progressive frame rate to enhance the effect.
    • Special Scene Recording Modes: The camcorder features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match special conditions: Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, and Fireworks.

    White Balance: The camcorder's white balance system helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. You can choose from the following modes:

    • Automatic: the camcorder automatically sets the white balance for natural looking colors
    • Daylight: to record outdoors on a bright day
    • Tungsten: to recording under tungsten and tungsten-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
    • Custom WB: use the custom white balance setting to make white subjects appear white under colored lighting.

    Cinema-Look Filters: The HF R30 allows you to record with the following cinema-look filters: Cinema Standard, Vivid, Cool, Nostalgic, Sepia, Old Movies, and Dramatic B&W.

    Digital Effects: When shooting videos, you can select a fade or wipe to begin and end a scene. The fader can be activated only one time, or every time you start/stop recording.

    Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start recording after a 10-second countdown. When using the wireless remote control, the delay is two seconds.

    Video Camcorder Features

    Recording Modes: The camcorder offers five video recording modes for AVCHD (MXP, FXP, XP+, SP and LP), and two for MP4 movies (9 Mbps and 4 Mbps). You can capture the following video recording times using these modes:

    Memory Size AVCHD Recording Mode
    1920 x 1080 (16:9) 1440 x 1080 (4:3)
    24 Mbps
    17 Mbps
    12 Mbps
    7 Mbps
    5 Mbps
    4 GB SD Card 20 min 30 min 40 min 1 hr 10 min 1 hr 30 min
    8 GB Built-in Memory or SD Card 40 min 1 hr 1 hr 25 min 2 hrs 20 min 3 hrs
    16 GB SD Card 1 hr 25 min 2 hrs 5 min 2 hrs 50 min 4 hrs 45 min 6 hrs 5 min
    32 GB SD Card 2 hrs 55 min 4 hrs 10 min 5 hrs 45 min 9 hrs 35 min 12 hrs 15 min
    Memory Size MP4 Recording Mode
    1280 x 720
    9 Mbps 4 Mbps
    4 GB SD Card 55 min 2 hr 5 min
    8 GB Built-in Memory or SD Card 1 hr 50 min 4 hrs 10 min
    16 GB SD Card 3 hrs 50 min 8 hrs 25 min
    32 GB SD Card 7 hrs 40 min 16 hrs 55 min

    Pre-Recording: When Pre-Recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording video continuously into a temporary 3-second memory. When you press the Start/Stop button, the scene recorded will have started 3 seconds before you started shooting. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording.

    Wind Screen: The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording outdoors when Wind Screen is turned to "Automatic."

    Microphone: The HF R30 has a built-in stereo electret condenser microphone. In addition, there is a 3.5mm stereo minijack for adding an optional microphone.

    Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so you can review the soundtrack as well as the picture when you're using the LCD screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.

    Playback Functions: The camera uses the following special playback modes: Fast Playback (5x, 15x, or 60x) in either direction, Slow Playback (1/8x or 1/4x) in either direction, and Frame-by-Frame Playback. During these playback modes there is no sound.

    Video Snapshots/Photos From Recorded Movies: You can record video snapshot scenes and still photos from a recorded movie. The size of the captured photos will be 1920 x 1080.

    Story Creator:  Story Creator is a helpful function that offers suggestions for typical scenes in a number of situations. With Story Creator, creating interesting video stories is as easy as selecting one of the story themes, such as Travel, Party, or Kids & Pets, and following the suggested categories to record video. During playback, you can select your story from the gallery to play back the scenes you recorded as a single, compelling video story.

    Digital Still Camera Features

    Still Image Recording: The HF R30 flash memory camcorder is also a high performance digital camera capable of capturing stunning photos onto the built-in memory or an optional SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card. Photos are recorded at 1920 x 1080 only. The number of still images that can be recorded on a 1 GB SD memory card is approximately 670.

    Viewing Still Images: There are 3 ways to view still images: Single image, Slide show (one after the other automatically in order of recording), or Index screen showing 6 images or 15 images at once.

    Battery Information

    Lithium-Ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF R30 comes supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-709). Optional batteries are available, such as the BP-718 or BP-727. The camcorder also comes supplied with an AC power adapter and charger (CA-110). The battery recording and playback times are as follows:

    Battery Pack Function Performance
    BP-709 Maximum Rec 50-60 min
    Typical Rec 25-30 min
    Playback 75-80 min
    BP-718 Maximum Rec 115-125 min
    Typical Rec 65-70 min
    Playback 170-185 min
    BP-727 Maximum Rec 170-185 min
    Typical Rec 95-105 min
    Playback 255-280 min

    Note: The times above vary depending upon the recording mode and whether you are recording to the built-in memory or a memory card.

    Charging Times: The BP-709 battery charges in 170 minutes when charging through the camcorder with the supplied AC adapter. The charging time for the optional BP-718 is 310 minutes, while the BP-727 charges is 450 minutes.

    Auto Power Off: After 5 minutes without any operation when powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message appears in the display.

    Inputs And Outputs

    HDMI Output: The HF R30 features a mini-HDMI (Type C) terminal that offers a high-quality digital connection that combines audio and video in a single convenient cable. The HDMI port is compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), allowing you in many cases to control the camcorder with the remote control of the connected TV. It is also compatible with x.v.color. A 59" HDMI cable is included.

    AV Output: The camcorder features an AV output to playback audio and video on your television using the supplied STV-250N composite video/stereo audio RCA cable. You can select between a 4:3 aspect ratio or a 16:9 aspect ratio for the video out based on your television's aspect ratio. The AV Output also doubles as a headphone output (selectable in the menu). The built-in speaker will be muted when headphones or the AV cable are plugged in.

    USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 High Speed terminal for fast transfer of photos and videos.

    Microphone Input: In addition to the camcorder's built-in microphone, the HF R30 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an external microphone, such as the Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.

    Included Software

    Included Software: The Canon HF R30 camcorder comes supplied with two CD-ROM application discs: PIXELA VideoBrowser Ver.2.0, and the VIXIA Disc with ImageBrowser EX, Music Data, and Image Mix Data programs:

    • VideoBrowser: VideoBrowser 2.0 lets you manage, edit, and play back AVCHD movies, and Network Utility allows you to transfer recordings wirelessly to a computer or upload files to YouTube or Facebook. VideoBrowser and Network Utility are compatible with Windows operating systems only.
    • ImageBrowser EX: ImageBrowser EX lets you save MP4 movies and photos to your computer and easily organize them. Compatible with Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3), as well as Mac OS X v10.6.
    • Music Data: Music files that can be used as background music during playback.
    • Image Mix Data: Image files that can be used with the image mix function.

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