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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the viewfinder and color. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability and design.

usability, image quality, portability, color, viewfinder

value for money, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon LEGRIA FS21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 27 reviews)

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Canon reliability.


only used the camera about a dozen times in 13 months that i owned it. if you buy this camera or any other canon you better buy the extended warranty to cover the ridiculous repair charges canon feels is necessary to repair their faulty equipment.

light weight. easy to use

besides reliability, which really sucks, their is not a lot of cons

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Amazon review summary for Canon LEGRIA FS21


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA FS21 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

portability, usability, image quality, size, color

65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Canon Legria FS21


If high-def camcorders are too pricey, perhaps a standard-def one like the Canon Legria FS21 is worth considering?

Where higher-end features are concerned, the FS21 sits in a slightly curious halfway house between pure point-and-shoot and more serious camcorders. It doesn't have a lens ring or accessory shoe, but Canon has blessed it with mini-jacks for an external...


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Amazon review summary for Canon LEGRIA FS21


alaTest has collected and analysed 7 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA FS21 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

usability, image quality, portability, viewfinder, battery

value for money, design

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon FS21 Camcorder - Silver (45x Advanced Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD) Value Up KitCanon FS21 Camcorder - Silver (45x Advanced Zoom,2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon LEGRIA FS21 - Camcorder - widescreen - 1.07 Mpix - optical zoom: 37 x - supported memory: SD, SDHC - flash card

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Canon LEGRIA FS21 flash memory camcorder


Well it's not HD but it's a great camcorder none the less. It's extremely easy to use and it comes with 16GB built in and you can extend it by inputting an SD card. But I don't see the point. 16GB is more that enough considering you can transfer the...

Product Specifications

The Canon FS21 dual flash memory camcorder - light, more compact and user-friendly, the flash memory Canon FS21 brings you stunning video at an affordable price. As employed in advanced electronic products such as laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones, flash memory has numerous benefits. Canon offers the best in flash memory with dual flash memory, enabling you to record to both the camcorder's generous 16GB internal flash drive and a removable SDHC card. It not only extends the recording space available, but also gives you added flexibility in file transfer and playback. You'll have a chance to catch even more of your life's special moments with the FS21. Adding to the usefulness of this camcorder is Canon's quick charge - which reduces the recharge time for the FS21's battery, and pre-record gives you a head start on capturing the action. With the FS21's Canon exclusive features such as Canon 48x advanced zoom and Canon's DIGIC DV II image processor, combined with a 1.07-megapixel CCD image sensor, image stabilization and a 2.7" widescreen LCD and Canon's quick charge feature - you've got a flash memory camcorder that's both hard to beat and unmistakably Canon.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

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

Dimensions & Weight


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 Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.2
Max Focal Length:96.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:37
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:710Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG