08-18-2013 02:26 AM
I've had the G30 for a week or so, and can give you my impression so far. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed. I'm a hobbyist, not a pro, so I never thought I had the most critical eye. But, there is a significant and noticeable vignette effect when zooming in to full telephoto. About the last 10% of the zoom begins to have noticeable darkening around the edges. At full zoom, it leaves a "hot-spot" in the center. This shows up on the recorded video. I've tried disabling image stabilization, removing the UV filter, removing the lens hood, and setting it to full automatic. Nothing helps. It's distracting enough so that I'm sending the camera back for an exchange, though I have a gut feeling they may all be like this. For $1700, it's just not acceptable.
In addition, the recorded video is quite dark in my opinion, even in full daylight. I had to set the assignable buttons to raise the exposure +.5 or +.75, which really should be used on all outdoor shots I've tried it with. That has to be done every time I turn the camera on, there is no way I found to make it a permanent setting.
Other than that, the images are exceptionally sharp and clear, great image stabilization, fast focus, and I love all the options and settings. The camera has some heft and feels reasonably well built. I do wish there was an external button that could be used to take a still photo, but you have to use the LCD screen for that. I generally just use the viewfinder, so pulling out the LCD is not something I want to take the time to do.
I'm hoping I just got a bad one and that a replacement G30 will eliminate the vignetting and dark video. But if not, I'll return it for a refund. I can get similar video quality at 1/3 the cost.
01-23-2014 04:17 PM
I havent' noticed any darkening around the edges of the video yet and Ive done some outside and inside recording. I have noticed though that at full auto, 720p at 35 fps, its not near as clear as my little GOPRO Hero3 black edition at the same settings. Im a little concerned about that. I have a shoot this weekend and I am batteries short. Im trying to figure out how to extend the life of the battery to its full capacity so Ive got some charging and discharging to do between now and saturday. Ive ordered 2 BP-828 batteries and due to weather they have not arrived yet and I leave tomorrow. So hopefully they will come tomorrow in the mail. If not im stuck using one freaking battery for 4-5 hours of racing. Wish me luck.
03-21-2014 05:36 AM
03-21-2014 09:37 AM
Well after many events with both cameras and learning the hf g30 exensively i can say that the result footage is quite astonishing. I now have all the kinks worked out and it is awesome. I think it simply was that I was still so new to the camera and needed to spend more time learning it. Full auto mode is mostly what i shoot in but i have made myself use the manual mode quite often to get the seat time in on it and I can say its very simple to use. i love a product with this much technology and this much simplicity to go with it. Very user friendly.