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« on: April 02, 2009, 08:28:54 AM »

     On Monday I received a new Canon HV30 hi-def camcorder to replace/supplement the old Sony Handycam TRV-315 Digital 8 camcorder.  Back in 1999 the Sony was rated #1 by Consumer Reports and has served me faithfully all these years.  However, it was becoming rickety in its old age, i.e., I had to hit it sometimes for it to recognize a tape or to play back properly or to load a tape.  The Canon HV30, also rated #1 by Consumer Reports, comes with a thick, paper instruction manual, and I've been reading it conscientiously for the last few days.  There is so much to learn!  So many different modes and options!  Even a digital still photo mode which will make pics at about 2000 x 1500.
     I will give the Canon a full work-out in the next shows I attend in April (which includes a concert in Sacramento).

                      A lot of processing power in that Canon,
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                      Notacon 6 / Blockparty 3 on April 16-19
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 12:19:36 PM »

Canon makes excellent camcorders.  You will be happy with it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2009, 07:06:45 PM »

You will be happy with it.
     Well, a couple of nitpicks about it... in comparison with the older Sony, no passive LCD read-out on the exterior and more importantly, no telescoping/adjustable-angle viewfinder.  In order to have adjustability, I'd have to use the LCD viewscreen, and that would use up more battery power.

                I've already ordered a 2700 mAH battery,
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009, 09:32:22 AM »

     I tried out the Canon HV30 for the first time at the Nerd's Lair in Portland, Oregon.  Just a couple of minutes of Jeri Ellsworth and her friends setting up for the Sunday Fatman & Circuit Girl show.  Excellent results on the video!

             Still more hours of setting up for them,
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009, 02:00:55 AM »

     Used the Canon HV30 for MossyCon 5.  One nitpick discovered; you cannot change exposure settings on-the-fly, i.e., while you are filming you cannot switch from auto to manual exposure.  You must stop filming to do this.  One hint to use -- when using something as light as the Canon, a substantial tripod performs the same function as a SteadyCam mount when you have to handhold the camcorder.

                 Catching up with everything
                 now that MossyCon 5 is over,
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009, 04:03:57 AM »

...you cannot change exposure settings on-the-fly, i.e., while you are filming you cannot switch from auto to manual exposure.
     Well, I found out a way around that.  You flip the exterior switch from Auto to P.  When in P mode, you can then engage manual exposure and manual focus.

                 Had to read the fine print of the manual,
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                 Fresno Commodore User Group
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2009, 09:40:06 AM »

     Now with wide-angle lens attachment!  Just in time for filming at CommVEx.  Smiley

                  Truly,
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2009, 01:42:11 AM »

     The camcorder did well at CommVEx!  There was so much to film that it kept juicing out its batteries, even with extended-life batteries.  Now I have the daunting task of editing all that footage together.  Smiley

             Truly,
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