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Canon HF S21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Canon HF S21. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and memory. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the price and battery.

usability, image quality, portability, memory, size

battery, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HF S21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon LEGRIA HF S21 review


Pocket HD camcorders are fine tools for shooting Vimeo shorts, but if you've got bigger screen ambitions you'll be after something a little more high-end. Something like Canon's new Legria HF S21. It's a Full HD camcorder, of course, but also rocks...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Canon Vixia HF S20 review: Canon Vixia HF S20


Excellent set of manual features; dual SDHC slots; generally well-designed interface.

Poorly designed touch-screen menu system; short battery life; defaults to low-quality video mode; doesn't support SDXC; relatively expensive.

Though they're an excellent trio of camcorders, the Vixia HF S21, HF S20, and HF S200 are significantly more expensive than their respective competitors, especially since the S20 and S200 lack electronic viewfinders. If you can forgo some of the...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Videomaker (

Canon VIXIA HF S21 HD Camcorder Review


This camera makes a great little tool for video creators of all levels. Handy, compact and takes great HD footage. A definite buy.

Native 24p, Component and HDMI output, Ultra-crisp focus, Effortless video transfer to computer

Grain in low light, Colors are a bit dull

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

Canon Vixia HF S21


The Vixia HF S21 ($1399 MSRP) is the new-and-improved flagship camcorder from Canon. With 64GB of internal flash memory, two SD/SDHC memory card slots, and a brand new touchscreen LCD, Canon appears to have put in quite an effort in revamping last...


Jan, 2010

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery life (max):5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-808


Minimum illumination:0.3


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:8.89


Built-in Flash: Yes

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):6010000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.6
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8.59

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:5.8
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.5 - 435
Focal length range (f-f):6.4 - 64
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3
Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2000
Shutter speed (photo):1/500
Shutter speed (video):1/2000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1920 x 1080,3264 x 1840


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Maximum memory card size:32


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:H.264



Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14 / 14.8
Height :7.4
Weight:460 / 480