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Canon HG21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Canon HG21. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the color and durability. The design and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but comments about the size and usability are different. The viewfinder and price get negative views.

portability, image quality, design, durability, color

price, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Videomaker (

Canon VIXIA HG21 HD Camcorder Review


Load Up Your Canon! 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...

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

Manual controls difficult to control, due to toggle

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Nice video, shame about the price.


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....

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

Too expensive compared to the HG20, poorly constructed viewfinder

May, 2009

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Canon HG21 HD camcorder


Canon's latest camcorder, the HG21 promises HD quality images and 120GB of storage, but should Steven Spielberg be worried? We made some movies to find out. The Canon HG21 is a good option if you are looking to shoot Full HD, however at almost £1000...

Full HD, capture still images at the same time, quick to focus on subjects

Needs to be connected to a power source to transfer footage to PC, mic isn't that good

The Canon HG21 is a good option if you are looking to shoot Full HD, however at almost £1000 it's not for the occasional user or someone just looking to catch video of their family at social gatherings.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Canon HG21


Bedecked in black, the HG21 is Canon's top dog, second-gen, high-def, hard-disk camcorder. It features 12x optical zoom, a CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and an electronic viewfinder.

Oct, 2010

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Canon HG21


The Canon HG21 is a High-Definition camcorder capable of shooting 45 hours of Full-HD (1929 x 1080) video footage to its 120 GB hard disk drive. Fitted with a 2.7-inch LCD, it also comes with a Canon HD Video Lens with 12x optical zoom, a 3.3MP Canon...

It’s certainly pricey, but the HG21’s lightweight, compact build, huge hard disk drive and superb hi-def-capturing abilities make it an appealing prospect for any well-heeled home movie maniac. Canon HG21 is tagged with Canon, camcorder, hard drive,...

Sep, 2008

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Canon HG21


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

Aug, 2008

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery life (max):5.1
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-807/BP-827


Minimum illumination:0.2
Self-timer delay:10


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:2.7

Image Sensor

Optical sensor resolution:2.07
Optical sensor size:1 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:3.31

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.69 - 20.3
Digital Zoom:200
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.69 - 20.3
Focal length range (f-f):0.189 - 2.27
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:12

Other Features

Art: Yes
Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000

Still Image

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


Internal storage capacity:120


Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080


Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions