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alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the viewfinder and connectivity are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the resolution and color. There are some mixed views about the size.

usability, image quality, portability, connectivity, viewfinder

value for money, battery, build quality, color, resolution

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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon Vixia HF S21 Camcorder


Canon's 2010 HF S series of AVCHD camcorders consists of three models that, as usual, differ by memory configuration and the aforementioned viewfinder. Their key specs remain the same as their predecessors', with the same optics and sensor, but they...

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...

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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,...

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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...


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Canon LEGRIA HF S21 camcorder review


Top notch image quality but at a steep learning curve

You can connect the LEGRIA HF S21 to a TV using composite or component output, or for maximum quality you can use the mini HDMI terminal to connect it to a HD TV. A USB port provides computer connectivity. The LEGRIA HF S21 allows you to convert AVCHD...

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Canon VIXIA HF S21 HD Camcorder Review


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

Grain in low light ; Colors are a bit dull

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

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Canon HF S21


Features have improved over last year's model, but performance has stagnated

Excellent sharpness; Good manual controls

Color and noise results subpar; Low-light performance equally rocky


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Canon VIXIA HF S21


The Canon VIXIA HF S21 offers the best of all the features we looked for combined. The 64GB memory, though not at the top of the pack, combined with the dual memory-card slots means that this camera has more memory than more than half the products...

This HDV camcorder has two SD card slots for extra memory capability

The still camera resolution is 8MP, which is lower quality than some digital cameras on the market

The Canon VIXIA HF S21 has a good zoom, flash memory and SD memory card options, and while none of them are amazing, combined they make the product great overall.

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Canon HF S21


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"Good camera; poor software............."


If you buy the camera, you should figure on an additional investment of at least $100.00 to edit the files. :~(

Camera produces good quality images.

The Pixela software suck swamp gas.

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"Amazing Camcorder"


After reading many very positive reviews I purchased this camcorder to shoot HD video for my band. I am 100% pleased with my choice. This camcorder is awesome. I was amazed at how easy it was to use. I am not a fan of anything touch screen and this was...

Video quality is incredible. Plenty of features. Excellent IS and very easy to use right out of the box.

Expensive, Touch screen is not designed very well.

Product Specifications

Canon's flagship VIXIA HF S21 dual flash memory camcorder, with an internal flash drive and two SD memory card slots, offers Canon's most sophisticated feature set to date - blurring the line between consumer and professional. Canon's superlative proprietary imaging technologies help deliver video and 8.0-megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Touch and track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the generous 3.5" high resolution (922,000 dot) touch panel LCD. Native 24p mode perfectly matches the frame rate of film. And 5.1-channel surround sound ensures your audio complements the stunning realism of your video.


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/2.6''


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card / SD HC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3