As in past posts, I review tech devices that are consumer friendly. I tend to run from appointment to appointment, place to place, so I favor small, portable devices that can deliver because depending on the situation I will either need pictures or videos.
I used the Canon Legria HFG30 HD camcorder during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin. The camcorder was easy to handle and flexible in my hand. I used the recorder for producing behind the scenes images of shows and impromptu interviews with designers. During Fashion Week I adapt a Guerilla Maker film style of handheld shooting because I never know what will happen or where is action is taking place.
The control buttons were conveniently placed for fast operation of all the features. There is a 3.5in OLED touch screen monitor for viewing with a touchscreen; there is an optional view finder. Equipped with Wi-Fi for fast uploads to social media outlets. I decided to review my footage from the SD Card (comes with two SD Card Slots) on my PC before channeling videos online.
On the top panel there is a camera and media playback button for recording and effects. Secondly, there is an Auto and Cinema button for filters and special effects. The digital zoom optics are smooth, the color accuracy is superior making it easy to capture good images. There are two inputs for microphone and headphone usage. For the series videographers there is a shoe on top for adding accessories.
I did find when turning on the camera the interface/software was a bit slow at the beginning. Secondly, for some reason viewing directly was not possible from the card. When I was transferring content from the SD-Card to the Mac there was an additional step of searching for images or videos using Photo.
I recommend the Canon Legria HFG30. I had a lot of fun with it. The price is a bit steep but worth it.
For more information go to Canon.