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Canon HG21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 208 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 also get good views, but the reliability and battery get negative opinions.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (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 are impressed by the portability. The usability is also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the image quality.

usability, portability

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

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (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. Views about the size and price are overall positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

reliability

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

Sep, 2019

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 (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

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 : 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 (techadvisor.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 (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 (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

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