Summary: The Canon Legria HF S21 sets new standards for home-video image quality. The camcorder is large, expensive and complicated to use, but if you're after the best, you're unlikely to hold any of these factors against it.
Pros: Stunning picture quality;. expert-level manual controls;. plenty of storage options;. large, high-resolution screen plus viewfinder.
Cons: Slightly unresponsive touchscreen;. it's a shame there's no 50fps progressive mode;. no HDMI cable included.
Conclusion: The Canon HF S21 might be considered a consumer grade camcorder, but it’s more prosumer. It’s a camera that’s as close as you’ll get to a professional grade camcorder without spending ten thousand plus dollars.
Pros: Excellent video quality, Decent still picture quality, Easy to use, but with advanced options, Touchscreen LCD, Crisp, clear LCD, Dual memory options, Seems well made
Cons: Limited battery life, No HDMI cable, No carrying case
Excerpt: Every year camcorders get smaller, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to come across one that it's actually bigger than its predecessor. The HF S21's angular black design makes it seem bigger still.
Summary: Pocket HD camcorders are fine tools for shooting Vimeo shorts, but if you’ve got bigger screen ambitions you’ll be after something a little more high-end. Something like Canon’s new Legria HF S21.