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alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of Canon LEGRIA FS21. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The zoom and portability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the image quality. Many are negative about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, zoom, design, reliability

price, durability, viewfinder

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 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA FS21 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The portability and zoom also get good opinions, whereas the viewfinder and durability get negative comments.

usability, zoom, portability, image quality, design

price, durability, viewfinder

80% 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)Canon FS21 Camcorder - Silver (45x Advanced Zoom,2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon LEGRIA FS21


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Canon LEGRIA FS21 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the color and size. The zoom and portability also get good reviews, whereas many are negative about the image quality. Views are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, zoom, size, color

image quality

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon FS21 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder w/16GB Internal Memory & 48x Advanced Zoom - 2009 MODELCanon FS21 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder w/16GB Internal Memory & 48x Advanced Zoom - 2009 MODEL

Dec, 2018

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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?

May, 2011

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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...

Oct, 2005

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 dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3.35 / 3.58
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-808
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

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


Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV II
Minimum illumination:1.5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Self-timer delay:10


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):123000

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


Built-in flash:No / Yes
Built-in light: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.8
Effective megapixels (movie):0.71
Optical sensor resolution:1070000
Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.07

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.63 - 60.5 / 1.64 - 73.9 / 1.642 - 73.898
Digital Zoom:200 / 2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.64 - 73.9
Focal length range (f-f):0.102 - 3.79 / 0.1024 - 3.787
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.2
Max Focal Length:96.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:37
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

Other Features

Art: Yes
Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0 / USB 2.0, AV
Internal memory:1600
Manual focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Snap shot:Y
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE / PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE\nMusic Transfer

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/2000 / 1 - 2000 / 1/6 - 1/2000

Still Image

Maximum image resolution:1152 x 864
Still image resolution(s):1152 x 864, 1152 x 648, 640 x 480 / 640 x 480


Camcorder media type:Memory card, NAND
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV / No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
Flash memory:16
Internal storage capacity:16

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Full HD: No

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


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.76 / 4.764
Height:2.32 / 2.323
Weight:7.937 / 7.94
Width:2.165 / 2.17

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Tungsten, Daylight