I just bought Canon HV30 (Amazon, Review) recently for my baby. Before buying HV30, I was agonizing over the selection between HV30 and Canon HF10 (Amazon, Review) (although I know that HF100 is better than HF10 from money point of view since the internal 16GB flash drive of HF10 does not justify the price difference, I do like the black paint job of HF10 and HV30).
Comparison of HV30 vs. HF10
So why I chose HV30 over HF10? The following is my comparison.
|Price||MSRP price is $999 in US and ¥10580.00 (about $1514) in China||MSRP price is $1099 in US and ¥14080.00 (about $2014) in China||The price difference in China is quite significant, which is true even for street price.|
|Performance||1/2.7 in. sensor||1/3.2 in. sensor||According to the review, HV30 has slightly better performance over HF10 thanks to larger sensor, however the gain seems to be marginal for most cases.|
|Functionalities||Viewfinder, Zebra, Peaking|
|Accessories||Standard accessory shoe||Canon proprietary accessory shoe|
|Backup||Tapes are cheap for backup||Additional backup is needed since SDHC cards are expensive and will be reused.|
|Community||A mature community (looking at hv20.com for example)||Situation will improve|
|Form Factor||88x82x138 mm (3.5x3.2x5.4 in.), 535 g (1.2 lb.)||73x64x129 mm (2.9x2.5x5.1 in.), 380 g (13.4 oz)||HF10 is small and light, which is ideal for traveling. Normally the camcorder which you takes out often is the most useful one.|
|Media||Tape||SDHC card + internal Flash||Flash card is really convenient: just like small DCs. No hassles for rewinding and no worry for overriding.|
|Zoom||10x optical zoom||12x optical zoom|
|Noise||Tape noise can be heard in silent environment||No such noise since flash card is used.|
What I have:
- Battery and charger: compatible ones
- Camera bag: Lowepro Edit 120+
- CPL filter: Kenko 43mm
- HDMI cable
- IEEE 1394 cable: Belkin 4-pin to 4-pin
- Lens cap
- miniSD: Transcend 2G. Not sure whether 4G could be used (the manual only states that up to 2G has been tested).
- Tape: Panasonic AY-DVM63PQ
- UV filter: Kenko MC-UV 43mm
For future purchase:
- 35mm adapter
- Close-up lens: +1/+2/+4
- Mic: Canon DM-50, or combination of Rode Videomic and stereo mic. Maybe XLR adapters with XLR Mics?
- Neutral density filters: ND2/4/8
- Shoulder strap
- Steadicam Merlin
- Telephoto lens: Canon TL-H43 (any black version?)
- Tripod and fluid head: Manfrotto 190XPROB (tripod) + 701RC2 (fluid head) + MBAG70 (bag)
- Video light: Canon VL-3
- Wide angle lens: Canon WD-H43 (any black version?)
- Wrist strap
After over 1 month's usage of HV30, I'm pretty satisfied with it. There is a lot of things for me to learn: how to shoot, how to edit, just to name a few. But all the efforts are worthy when you view the video clips produced from it.