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Canon HG21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 216 reviews of Canon HG21. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the battery, and some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon HG21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon HG21 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas comments are divided on the image quality.

usability, portability

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon HG21 High Definition HDD Camcorder (12 x Optical Zoom, Multiangle Vivid LCD & Colour EVF)Canon HG21 High Definition HDD Camcorder (12 x Optical Zoom, Multiangle Vivid LCD & Colour EVF)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon HG21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 user reviews of Canon HG21 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the size and price are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

reliability

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical ZoomCanon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Canon HG21

 

Sporting a viewfinder and a 120GB hard disk, is Canon's HG21 HD camcorder a better buy than the HG20? James puts it through its paces.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Canon Vixia HG21 review

 

The Canon Vixia HG21 sports a 1/3in CMOS sensor and the sensor size has a positive effect upon the image quality. In low light and especially in well-lit situations, the HG21's video is of high quality and the image is remarkably clear for a consumer...

Despite a few missteps, the Vixia HG21 is one of the better consumer HD camcorders that we've seen. The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there. If Canon could include the more advanced manual controls from...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (techworld.com)

Canon Vixia HG21 camcorder review

 

The Canon Vixia HG21 is a small, feature-filled high-definition camcorder that produces great video and image quality, and acts and feels like a workhorse.

Despite a few missteps, the Vixia HG21 is one of the better consumer HD camcorders that we've seen. The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there. If Canon could include the more advanced manual controls from...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Matt Tuffin (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Canon HG21

 

A camcorder that offers pro specs for the consumer

Superb focusing and colour reproduction are only slightly overshadowed by the occasionally below par build quality

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon HG21

 

Nice video, shame about the price.

120GB hard drive, excellent Full HD video quality, impressive array of modes and features

Too expensive compared to the HG20, poorly constructed viewfinder

When judged on its own merits, the HG21 is an exceptional high-def camcorder that impresses on nearly every level — it even seems attractively priced. However, when compared to the near-identical HG20, its value for money is significantly diminished....

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (pcworld.com)

Canon Vixia HG21

 

Large sensor and high data rate result in great image quality ; 24p and 30p video support ; Good audio quality

Requires power connection when transferring video to the Mac ; Manual control difficult to use

May, 2009

Expert review by: Ricky (etechreviews.net)

Review Of The Canon Vixia HG21 Camcorder

 

When you turn the power on, the inbuilt lens shutter opens up and the magic begins to unfold. To the left of the camcorder you find the 2.7 inch, 211000 pixels, widescreen swing-out LCD. There also is a pull-out viewfinder when the lighting conditions...

Mind-blowing video quality; CODEC capable of recording 24Mbps; 120GB hard drive; full HD CMOS image sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor; optical image stabilization; instant auto-Focus; viewfinder is at eye- level

Its design is bulky and pretty average; heavy to lug around; manual focus is of no use

The HG21 could’ve had a better LCD, been lighter in weight so that you could be more agile, the face-detection could also be included but it isn't and it is not light on fuel either. All are valid drawbacks, but should most certainly not stand in your...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (reseller.co.nz)

Canon Vixia HG21 camcorder

 

The Vixia HG21 is a feature-filled high-definition camcorder that produces great video image quality.

[Alex Lindsay is the founder of Pixel Corps, a training and production guild specializing in digital media. Alex has been involved in computer graphics work for nearly 20 years.]

May, 2009

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (macworld.com)

Review: Canon Vixia HG21 HD camcorder

 

Canon's Vixia HG21 is a feature-filled high-definition camcorder that acts and feels like a workhorse. And for such a small camera, it produces great video image quality. Alex Lindsay thinks it's one of the better HD camcorders he's seen.

Why should you care about the bit rate? The imaging sensor in this camcorder captures data at nearly 1Gbps. To get that data squeezed onto the little hard drive in the camera, the video needs to be compressed. The more compression used on a video, the...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Tom Skowronski (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review Canon VIXIA HG21 HD Camcorder

 

Canon's new VIXIA HG21 is a high-definition hard-disk-drive powerhouse, with 120GB of hard-drive space and a ton of exclusive Canon-only features. Prosumers rejoice: the HG21 is the perfect fit for family events, weddings and entry-level professional...

Extremely user-friendly Great picture quality 45 hours of shooting time

Manual controls difficult to control, due to toggle

The VIXIA HG21 is ultimately a very easy-to-use, highly-advanced and very intelligent camera. It can fit the needs of almost any type of shooter and produces great HD-quality video.

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Continuing Canon's industry-leading reputation for technology and product quality, Canon's high definition camcorders deliver the optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance found in Canon's photographic and broadcast television lenses. With Canon Exclusives, Canon bring more advanced features to camcorders, enabling you to more easily take your video to a higher level than ever possible before. Among Canon's products is the Canon VIXIA HG21 Hard Disk Drive Camcorder. It combines the ease of recording video directly onto an internal Hard Disk Drive with the advanced AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format. Its 120GB Hard Disk Drive allows you to record up to 45 hours of crisp, high definition video (LP Mode). It also is a dual system camcorder, with the capability of also recording video and still images to an SDHC card as well. The VIXIA HG21 boasts 1920 x 1080 Full HD, and has a CODEC capable of recording 24Mbps - the highest AVCHD bitrate - through Canon's own Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor. Other exclusives are a Genuine Canon 12x HD video lens, SuperRange optical image stabilization and instant AutoFocus and a host of other advanced features including an HDMI connector. Enhanced and simplified controls give you more choices and easier operation. Remarkable image reproduction and advanced features are yours in this compact AVCHD Format Hard Disk Drive camcorder which easily goes along with you, wherever you are, to capture those unforgettable moments in life- in true HD.

Audio

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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):5.1 / 5.16
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-807 / BP-807/BP-827
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-807
Video recording time:46

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV II
Minimum illumination:0.2
Self-timer:10

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:7.7cm
Weight:490g
Width:8cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000

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

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: No

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.1
Normal focusing range:1

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HG21/HG21 Value-up Kit
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor resolution:2.07
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.3 / 3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 514.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.8 - 57 / 4.8 - 57.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.31Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Art: Yes
Audio output:1
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Lens focal range:f/1.8-3.0 mm
Lens system:TTL
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.8
Resolution:1920 x 1440
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE / Pixela ImageMixer 3SE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Version:1.3
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000

Still image

Histogram: Yes
Maximum image resolution:2048 x 1536
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory card, HDD
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:120

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.9
Height :7.7
Weight:49 / 490 / 540
Width:8

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Shade / Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Shade