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Canon LEGRIA HF S21

Canon LEGRIA HF S21
alaScore 89

104 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF S21. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA HF S21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon LEGRIA HF S21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF S21 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the color and battery. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the price. The design and durability get negative comments.

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon LEGRIA HF S21 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10 X Optical Zoom, 3.5 Inch Touch-screen LCD)Canon LEGRIA HF S21 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10 X Optical Zoom, 3.5 Inch Touch-screen LCD)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon LEGRIA HF S21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA HF S21 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good comments.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HF S21 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - 2010 MODELCanon VIXIA HF S21 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - 2010 MODEL

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Rob Hull (techradar.com)

Canon LEGRIA HF S21 review

 

Full HD camcorder with massive 64GB storage

Movie and stills quality ; HD-to-SD file conversion ; Easy YouTube upload ; Loads of connectivity ; Storage options

Troublesome touchscreen ; Small colour viewfinder ; Considerable investment

Sitting at the pinnacle of Canon's 2010 range of consumer camcorders, the LEGRIA HF S21 is a powerful and practical Full HD model with a 64GB flash memory, 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen and two (yes, two) SD card slots.

Mar, 2010

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Canon Legria HF S21

 

Canon's latest top-end HD camcorder is priced lower and has more features than its predecessor. Does this make for a winning combination?

Fortunately, the most important thing the Canon Legria HF S21 doesn't have in common with the HF S10, at launch, is price. It's still on the costly side, coming in at around a grand. But this is much closer to the competition, making the HF S21 a much...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Canon Legria HF S21 review

 

Every year camcorders get smaller, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to come across one that it's actually bigger than its predecessor. The HF S21's angular black design makes it seem bigger still. Maybe by adding a little bulk and menace to its...

A well-designed camcorder, but Panasonic's TM700 and SD700 provide better quality video for less money.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Canon LEGRIA HF S21 review

 

This pro-style HD shooter also grabs 8MP stills and has dual SD card slots. But does it justify the big price tag?

Not the easiest camcorder to use, but more than compensates with fine hi-def performance and pro-level features

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Canon Legria HF S21 AVCHD review

 

It has the full set of features most sought-after by serious users and produces output that will be difficult to match at this price-point.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Neil Bennett (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Canon Legria HF S21 review

 

Featuring a similar barrel shape, the Canon Legria HF S21 is about the same size as a small DV or HDV camera, and records AVCHD-format video on to an internal 64GB flash drive. This can be supplemented with SDHC Cards in its two slots.

The Canon Legria HF S21 is a good HD camcorder but its implementation of touchscreen control prevents it from being a truly great consumer high-definition camcorder.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (macuser.co.uk)

Canon Legria HF S21 AVCHD

 

What's undoubtedly attractive about the HF S21 is its robustness and cool, ready-foraction looks. It's quite heavy, but that will be another plus-point for the more critical digital film-makers, who associate solid build quality with improved...

With the price of high-capacity memory cards cheaper than ever, it's debatable whether its 64GB built-in memory is as much of a selling point as it would have been two years ago despite its usefulness. That aside, the HF S21 is a fabulous addition to...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Canon Legria HF S21

 

Thanks to its video quality and range of manual controls, the HF S21 is a solid choice if you're a video hobbyist or a pro looking for something portable to complement your workhorse equipment.

Excellent set of manual features ; Dual SDHC slots ; Generally well-designed interface

Poorly designed touchscreen menu system ; Short battery life ; Defaults to low-quality video mode ; Doesn't support SDXC

If you're a video hobbyist or a pro looking for something portable to complement your workhorse equipment, the Canon Legria HF S21 is a solid choice. But if you don't need the more subtle aspects of the manual controls, such as shutter speeds below...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon Vixia HF S21 Camcorder Review

 

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...

While Canon spent a good deal of effort improving the features for the HF S21, it didn't do much (if anything) to improve the video performance of the camcorder. In our testing, the HF S21 actually did worse with color accuracy than last year's HF S11,...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Canon Vixia HF S21 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The HF S21 is Canon's flagship camcorder for 2010. The camcorder has the same lens and sensor as last year's HF S series from Canon, but this new model includes an impressive 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, as well as a handy electronic viewfinder. The HF...

We're mostly supportive of the updates made by Canon on the HF S21. The new, 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen is a wonder to behold, but it did have some of the same problems that plague most camcorder touchscreens. It didn't offer precise control, and we...

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications

Get stunning images and superb low-light performance via the Canon HD camera system: the LEGRIA HF S21 combines an 8.0-megapixel Full HD CMOS sensor, a Canon HD Video Lens, and the DIGIC DV III processor. A high-resolution 3.5" touch-screen LCD offers a 100% view for shooting HD movies. A unique, gesture-based LCD interface gives you fingertip access to functions such as touch tracking, touch focus and touch exposure modes. The LEGRIA HF S21 also features a color EVF for framing the scene. For easier sharing of your movies, the LEGRIA HF S21 lets you convert AVCHD (MPEG4) files to smaller, standard definition MPEG2 files, ready for burning to DVD or uploading to the web.

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):No / Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):1.4 / 5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-808

Camera

Minimum illumination:0.3
Photo effects:black&white, Neutral, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid
Self-timer:10

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.89

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Focusing

Closest focusing distance:0.0100

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):39.9 - 399 / 43.5 - 435
Focal length range (f-f):6.4 - 64
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB
Fader:Y
Interface:USB 2.0
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Snapshot:Y
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE\nMusic Transfer utility
Handheld remote control: No

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: 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 / 1/2000

Still image

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

Storage

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Flash memory:64

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.8
Height :7.4
Weight:480
Width:7.5

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten