Got to say, this is a step up from other cameras I've had.
Christopher Booker, Amazon
4 January 2014
Summary: Got to hand it to Canon, they know how to make a camera. From the good build quality, the plethora of both auto and manual features, to that little viewfinder, I am impressed with this thing. First thing that caught me off guard was how big it was compared to my previous(and still in service) Vixia, an HF M300. A good 50% bigger it seems, and definitely weightier. Both very good things for me as a larger camera can accommodate a larger LCD, more buttons, etc.
Summary: i'm not sure i know how to use a tenth of the functions available on this device but i have been pointing and shooting, recording videos and i am very impressed with all the output i have seen so far. the pictures are crisp and sharp and the audio on the video is pretty loud using the internal mic on the camcorder i really like the large internal flash memory and the available slot for memory expansion.
Summary: The camcorder is very good, however the default battery life is very poor 1-2 hours. If you want to buy it, please, add in your cart an extra battery as well as a battery charger, which does not come in the default package.
Summary: I have had my Vixia HF S21 about 10 days now and I'm having a great time with the camera. I love the touchscreen, simple menus and even the instruction manual. However I have had nothing but problems getting the Pixela Imagemixer 3 Version 6 to run on my well equiped 4 year old Dell XPS Pentium D, 820 Dual Core, with two Gigs of RAM. It isn't just one problem. We solve one thing and another pops up. This has cost me about 10 hours since I got the Vixia.
Summary: I was looking for a compact camcorder that was HD and had a viewfinder. This is it and while I probably won't make any commercial videos, it suits my needs well. Fairly easy to use without reading the manual [although I did], takes very good video [IMO] and so far they translate well to my HDTV. Easy to use, does what the mfgr. says [see above] and also takes very good still photos.
Summary: I bought this based on a recommendation from the WHich magazine. The picture and sound is excellent. Unfortunately, the battery life is not that great but if you purchase a second battery, you will always have some juice. Easy to use and easy to transfer to the PC. From there you can ut it on Youtube or just edit for yourself.
Summary: I have only had this camcorder for a few days and there is lots more for me to delve into but I thought it might be good to share my thoughts thus far. The most annoying thing was not the camera itself but Amazon using Citylink to deliver it, they are the most inefficient carrier I have ever had the misfortune to deal with and Amazon should think very carefully about using them in the future if they want their delivery forecasts to be upheld.
Summary: Canon LEGRIA HF S21 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10 X Optical Zoom, 3.5 Inch Touch-screen LCD) First impressions- Out of the box the Canon feels light and a little flimsy in the context of the camera it was replacing, a Sony A1, there is a disturbing rattle from the lens cover when the camera is switched off which though irrelevant is not a sound you wish to hear when aiming at the top end of the consumer range.