Canon LEGRIA HF G30 HD 1080p Camcorder, 2.91MP, 20x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi, 3.5” OLED Touch Screen, Black

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Canon’s flagship Legria HF G30 camcorder packs high-specification optics, sensor and stabiliser plus Wi-Fi connectivity into a compact body. It’s ideal for enthusiasts who want to match their creativity with professional quality videos. The large OLED touch screen makes playback sharp and navigation simple. Along with a range of features like face detection and automatic audio-to-scene matching, this camcorder puts professional results in everyone’s hands.

Key benefits:

  • The brand new 26.8mm wide angle lens provides better image quality, while the smooth 20x optical zoom lets you get closer to the action. A new, 8-blade circular aperture allows for a beautiful ‘Bokeh’ effect to make your subjects pop.
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  • Simultaneously record in different formats (AVCHD and MP4) or at different bitrates, to the dual SDXC card slots and enjoy the benefits of professional quality footage and easy upload to the web. Capture fast and slow motion when shooting in MP4 format.
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  • Enjoy the freedom to control your Legria HF G30 when the camcorder is positioned out of reach. Control a number of settings, including shutter speed, focus and exposure wirelessly by using your smartphone or tablet.
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  • With an effective pixel count of approximately 2.91 megapixels, the HD CMOS PRO sensor delivers stunning picture quality, even in low light, as well as wide dynamic range and realistic colour reproduction. The powerful DIGIC DV 4 image processor works with the sensor to provide images with lower noise and more depth.
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  • Intelligent IS combats camera shake by automatically selecting the right optical image stabilisation from 4 modes to counteract motion blur. The advanced dynamic mode corrects roll and tilt movements that can occur when walking, ensuring sharp steady videos in every situation.
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  • A manual lens ring allows intuitive control of focus or zoom. Exposure, aperture, shutter speed and gain can all be independently adjusted using the touch screen and customisable control dial.
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  • Instant AF provides fast and accurate focusing for pin-sharp HD quality. Face Detection automatically optimises camcorder settings for perfectly-focused and exposed shots of people.
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  • The responsive organic electrostatic LED touch screen, with a 1.23 million dot resolution, offers superior definition, contrast and colour reproduction over LCD. The 0.61cm 1.56 million pixel electronic colour viewfinder can tilt up to 45° for further control, especially in bright conditions.
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  • Includes lens hood, adapter, controller, battery, USB cable, AC cable, HDMI cable and software.
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Brand
Canon
Camera Type
High Definition
Connections
AV out, HDMI mini, USB 2.0
Dimensions
H205 x W187 x D271mm
Display
3.5" OLED Touch Screen
Image Stabilisation Information Irons out blur and shake, so your shots are super-sharp
YES
Lens Information Lens type – please see Buying Digital Camera guide for more information
3.67 - 73.4mm
Megapixels Information 1 Megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels. A pixel is an individual element of a digital image. Megapixels determine the resolution of an image and the more you have the higher the quality of the image.
2.91MP
Memory Card Type
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Model name / number
8454B009AA
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
NO
Night recording Information Ability to record at night or in complete darkness by using built-in infrared illumination
YES
Shooting Modes
15
Stills Mode
Yes
Type of Battery
BP-820 Li-ion Battery
Waterproof
NO
Weight Information Unpackaged weight
1.3kg
Zoom (digital) Information Enlarges video captured by the optical zoom and makes it seem even closer
400x
Zoom (optical) Information Higher the zoom, the closer you can get to the subject. In optical, the lens physically moves, maintaining more quality than digital zoom.
20x

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    £6.95
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Returns

We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Truly Desirable. Fairly priced. I am a pro-consumer with a young family and interests in photography, nature and outdoor activities. My objectives were to capture endearing good quality film footage for keep-sake, and in use, easy maintenance and flexibility. Having researched and reviewed several camcorders I purchased the Legria HF G30 principally because of the high quality of its optics and it is a full derivative of Canon's professional models. Additionally, as it uses SD cards, it is very easy to transfer filming to other media. Whist it is slightly larger than other camcorders - this has not been an issue as it is well balanced. Indoors and in low light the results are outstanding - in daytime excellent! Sound recording is sufficient under normal use but I have supplemented it with directional and stereo mics. Fully recommended. No regrets. 17 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by XM2 man eventually upgrades 2 Version 1 contained a gripe about poor access to shutter speed controls. Always read the handbook!!! The CUSTOM DIAL does the job once you use it properly! 04 May 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by LEGRIA HF G30 - First time user This is the first dedicated video camera which I have owned. Previously I have used the video function on DSLR and compact cameras. In terms of quality the camera lives up to my expectations of a premium brand, this is however, the first Canon photographic product I have owned. Like many modern products most of the detail controls are hidden in menus and for some items I have had to consult the manual. I also find that I am having trouble finding the record/stop button when shooting, this results in an unprofessional wagging of the frame when finishing a scene. I am still trying to find a zoom speed which I find pleasing. The only other gripe is wind noise with the built-in microphones. I have an external microphone but this is still early days and have yet to try it. The camera is light and comfortable to hold and would not be a burden to carry all day. The quality of the videos is good although I have yet to take any still images. I would recommend a monopod or better still a tripod to get the best out of the camera. Thus far the standard battery has been sufficient but I suspect a higher capacity battery would be needed for enthusiastic use on a family holiday. 28 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Versatile Pro-sumer Camcorder. Superb quality. Excellent outcomes. This is a terrific camcorder producing excellent quality HD recordings that can be quickly played back through a TV. The large lens results in very sharp detail and I have been impressed by both the zoom-in facility and low light results achieved. Transfer from the SD card to a laptop is simple. I had thoroughly researched the main pro-sumer camcorder models available - including a visit to JL to physically handle and compare them. Now, having used it for a while, I can confirm that, on balance, the web reviews are accurate in their findings and advice. It is slightly larger than some other models but the functionality available and outcomes, in my opinion, make this the model to have. Note that Canon's more expensive Pro XA 20 and XA 25 models use the same optics etc.and are only differentiated by 'pro' audio features that you may not need and for which alternative solutions are available. John Lewis service and advice, as usual, was prompt and exemplary. 03 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Top quality product I use the Canon G30 in my business to make movies to analyse the operational characteristics of our products. Many of the shots are used in promotional movies that we post on the web. First of all the camera is well balanced and sits nicely in your hand. The controls all fall neatly under your fingers / thumb. The OLED display screen is very clear, but I particularly like the electronic view finder which can be angled to suit the shot you are taking. The lens is up to the normal high standards that you expect from Canon and gives a really sharp image. In addition, the focal range of the lens from 20x telephoto to the really usefull wide angle end enables us to get the shots we require. The WiFi control feature is a real bonus as it allows us to position the G30 in places where we couldn't easily position a camcorder operator. It allows us to get shots which would otherwise be difficult to achieve. Full manual control of focus, aperture and shutter speed is available when required but full "Auto" can be selected at the flick of a switch when needed. If it has a problem it's a minor one and relates to viewing of still pictures taken with the camera. The pictures, when displayed on the OLED display screen cannot be "zoomed" to check that they are in crisp focus. On my other camcorder this can be done. But hey!, I bought the G30 for its movie making capabilities and I'm reviewing it as such. It does everything that I need it to do and in most cases better! Definately a five star buy!! 29 January 2014
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