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Canon DC 21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews of Canon DC 21. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and battery. The zoom and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the design and portability. Views about the size and durability are mixed.

usability, price, zoom, battery, reliability

portability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC 21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon DC 21 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the reliability and zoom are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Views about the size and durability are different. The design and portability get less positive opinions.

usability, price, zoom, reliability

portability, design

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2018

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Canon DC21 Camcorder Review


With the ability to capture high quality 2 Megapixel photos, the Canon DC21 provides all the functionality you would expect from a dedicated digital compact camera. Images are stored to miniSD card or recorded straight to disc.

Creating great quality DVD’s to share with friends and family is easy with MyDVD by Roxio. Supplied with the Canon DC21, MyDVD allows you to dub your movies at the touch of a button and transfer your films to other DVD discs easily.

May, 2012

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Canon WP-DC21 Waterproof Case For Powershot G9 - Retail


I had already thrown away the packing and now I can't swap for another one. I am afraid the 2 batteries that charged will not be any good because something is wrong with the charger.

Great Price, and works great


Aug, 2008

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Works as advertised


I have never had this fogg, as others have reported. This will let the average user take great pics. More suited to snorklers who have the sun to their backs. I tested this to 128 feet in Honduras.

This housing will allow the operator to access all of the buttons on the G9. Made by Canon. Formed from tough polycarbonate material. Costs way less that the nearest alternative, ie Ikelite

Will not accomidate TTL strobe. Does not come with weights

Jul, 2008

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Affordable Housing for a great Camera


I'm very happy with my purchase in terms of value for money. The only other underwater housing I was able to locate for a canon G9 was 3x the price. The housing fits my new canon g9 like a glove and it feels solid enough that I am not worried about any...

Cheap - Fits very well - Easy to use - large buttons - Floats

Floats - Garish orange, blue and yellow highlights

Dec, 2008

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Fantastic Underwater Housing


This is a great housing. It is made by canon so everthing fits perfectly. This is the third canon housing that I have owned and the improve the quality every time A must for underwater enthusiasts who own the Canon G9.

Compact, Inexpensive, Great controls


May, 2008

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Nice case but strobe does not work


The flashed area is obscured by the lenses housing. Whenever I fire the strobe, only the top left area of the picture is lit, the right bottom is totally dark. This is a major defect from the design of the case. You will need an external flash.

Nice case, all functions accessible

Flash is obscured

Oct, 2007

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Fogs up


Ordinarily, even with no access to a vital function & only the on-camera flash available, this would be a good deal at $160-220. It's not a good deal, because of design flaws. The battery is very strong & may be making more heat. Whatever the cause,...

Easy access to most functions

No access to macro focus function and no hot shoe for strobe.

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Record widescreen movies, bursting with color, straight to DVD (-R/-RW/-R Dual Layer) via a 2.2MP CCD with RGB Primary Color Filter. Then simply finalize a disc in-camera and transfer it to a DVD player. Traditional 4: 3 shooting is selected at the push of a button. The DC21's compact styling provides enhanced one-handed operation: with controls grouped together on the back of the camcorder, most functions can be accessed using just one hand. The DC21, part of Canon's second generation DVD line-up, is compatible with a wider range of DVD formats, including DVD-R Dual Layer. With greater capacity, Dual Layer discs offer more generous recording times: 36 minutes at best quality, 54 minutes at standard quality and an impressive 108 minutes at the most efficient setting. Optimized for widescreen recording, the DC21's 2.7" LCD allows you to keep an eye on the action exactly as it is shot - in true 16: 9. The LCD's horizontal level marker makes it easy to frame the perfect scene, while anti-glare coating means that the screen is visible even in bright sunlight. Roxio MyDVD for Canon, compatible with DVD-R Dual Layer, and a Canon DV Solution Disc come supplied. MyDVD provides easy, one-touch dubbing: transfer video from the camcorder to a 12cm DVD in just one click. With an advanced Electronic Image Stabilizer, the DC21's precision 10x optical zoom lens delivers crisp images that are free of shake even when using the zoom at its maximum level. With Dolby Digital offering superior sound, the DC21's audio matches the superb quality of its video images. The DIGIC DV image processor provides images full of outstanding, true-to-life color. Split path processing for video and still signals ensures optimal color output for each. Advanced digital photography functions make the DC21 a powerful all-in-one imaging tool. Capture photos to a Mini SD card whilst recording video, or store individual still images direct to DVD or Mini SD. A white LED video light allows close subjects to be shot in color even in low light. A built-in flash for digital photography is also provided.


Built-In Microphone: No

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:1

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset / TV screen


Built-in Flash:Y


Country Kits:N/a
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon DC/Canon XL

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.9
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):24.5 - 147
Focal length range (f-f):3.4 - 20.4 / 4.05 - 40.5
Focus Adjustment:Automatic / Manual
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6/F/1.6-3.5/F/1.8
Max Focal Length:10.8mm/108mm/40.5mm/88mm
Max View Angle:47degree(s)
Min Focal Length:4.05mm/5.4mm/5.5mm
Min Focus Range:2cm
Optical Zoom:10/16/20
Optical Zoom:10
Special Functions:Tele/Tele / Zoom/Zoom
System Type:Lens/Lens accessories
Type:Converter/Telephoto zoom lens/Zoom lens

Lens System Mounting

Mounting Type:Canon XL

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.77Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.5 mm ( 1/3.9" ) / 6.5 mm ( 1/3.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic/Optical/Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

I/O ports:USB 2.0
Lens system:N
Resolution:1632 x 1224

Packaging Content

Bundled software:MyDVD

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2000


Compatible memory cards:miniSD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Beam / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)/DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9.1