"Killer combination of features for unbeatable price!"5.0 starson by rush614
Pros: Excellent build quality, high quality lens, professional features, compact size, outstanding ergonomics, manual controls, great accessories, and many more
Cons: For this price point, none. Those who really need features like true 24p and built-in XLR should get DVX100A
Summary: Before purchasing DVC30 I was also considering Canon GL2 and Sony VX2100. In feature-for-feature, dollar-for-dollar direct comparison with Canon and Sony, Panasonic DVC30 won hands down.
DVC30 uses very solid metal alloy construction, GL2 and VX2100 are made of thin plastic. In hand Panasonic feels very solid and perfectly balanced, even with optional XLR adapter and microphone. Detachable handle is extremely well-build and makes it a pleasure to hold the camera. Unlike GL2, zoom rocker on DVC30 is extremely precise and can deliver very dramatic slow zooms (100sec end-to-end!). For additional control one can use a zoom ring with nice damping to avoid jerky zooms. Autofocusing is extremely fast and accurate, even in total darkness. The color tonality is very natural. Every control is placed exactly where it needs to be. Three customizable user buttons allow adjustment for most shooting situation.
DVC30 works and feels like cameras that are thousands of dollars more expensive. It can handle everything a serious prosumer will ever need and will serve well as backup for a pro who will appreciate its small size, rugged construction and advanced features like CineGamma. With optional XLR adapter and microphone one can easily shoot small independent films or TV shows (this camera was used on network reality shows with great results).
To summarize: An excellent camera for advanced prosumers, cinematography students on a budget, independent videographers (weddings, school events, etc.) or freelancers. Those with more complex and demanding projects should consider an outstanding DVX100A.