Canon has launched the HV30, an upgraded version of the popular HV20 handheld HDV camcorder, which records 1080i video onto miniDV tape.

The HV30 introduces a Multiangle Vivid LCD screen with a 135-degree angle of view – which is designed to keep the image clearly visible when shooting above or below eye level. Housed in a sleek black chassis, the HV30 is compatible with Canon’s high capacity BP-2L24H battery pack, which offers up to four hours of continuous shooting on a single charge.

Specially designed for HD resolution, the HV30's 10x optical zoom lens employs twin aspherical lens elements to combat chromatic aberrations, while a special coating reduces ghosting and flare. A graduated ND (Neutral Density) filter allows the aperture to be fully opened in extremely bright conditions.

Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer combines two types of shake detection technologies, allowing the HV30 to better compensate for minor vibrations that other IS systems miss – such as the slight body movements associated with breathing. The Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer is effective for both video and still photography.

The CMOS sensor was developed from technology pioneered for Canon EOS, and incorporates on-chip noise reduction circuitry and a Bayer Placement RGB Primary Colour Filter for accurate and vivid colour reproduction.

Alongside a built-in flash, PictBridge connection and one-push histogram display that monitors brightness levels, the HV30's digital still system allows users to capture 2.07-megapixel photographs while shooting video, or 3.1-megapixel stills in dedicated photo mode. Photos are stored to a compact MiniSD card.

First developed for Canon’s professional XH series of HD camcorders, Instant AF is an advanced auto focusing system that’s specially designed for the increased requirements of HD. Instant AF is a unique hybrid system that uses 2 sensors to
achieve super-fast, highly accurate auto focus, leaving users free to concentrate on framing the shot.

A Joystick controller enables simple, one-handed access to common functions such as microphone level and exposure compensation, as well as advanced image options. The camcorder’s dedicated focus mode selector and manual control dial put focus control at the user’s fingertips.

Microphones, video lights and other peripherals can be attached to the HV30 using the Advanced Accessory shoe. The HV30’s high-end imaging capabilities are complemented by manual audio controls and dedicated microphone and headphone terminals. For playback, HDMI and component output ports allow users to connect the
camcorder directly to an HDTV. DV in and out (Firewire) allows transfer of footage to a computer for editing or back to tape in the camcorder.

The HV30 features Canon’s newest fold-out screen. A 2.7-inch Multiangle Vivid LCD offers a wide 135-degree viewing angle, perfect for sharing movies on location. The screen displays the widest colour gamut of any Canon camcorder and includes HCAR surface treatment, which ensures sharp images, vibrant colours and minimal screen reflection.

For a truly filmic look and feel, the HV30 offers a 25p Cinema Mode that combines 25p (progressive) shooting with CINE image mode. 25p (progressive) provides footage that has a look similar to traditional film. As an added benefit, genuine progressive shooting greatly improves performance in low-light conditions – perfect for capturing the true ambience of evening and indoor settings. CINE image mode is based on settings used in Canon’s professional XH series camcorders. Cine gamma, cine matrix and other image variables are optimised to provide the look and feel of celluloid movies. CINE mode can also be selected for 50i and standard DV PAL shooting.

The Canon HV30 will be available from February 2008.