Summary: The features on this camera are often confusing, and sometimes I had trouble seeing whether or not the camera was actually recording. In addition, the picture quality of the videos is not so great. It's often fuzzy and grainy. My iphone shot better videos than this thing.
Summary: I've had this camera for about a year. While the video quality of the recordings is very good, the user interface is terrible. To access the functions, you must push buttons on the side of the camera. The buttons are recessed and their labels are etched in dark-greay-on-black. You can hardly read the letters for the functions like DISP/BATT and CAM/PLAY. Tough to read in dim lighting.
Summary: I've gotten this camera for my birthday last year and I LOVE IT! at first i didn't know allot of features about it but once i found out about it playing around... BEST CAMCORDER EVER! so me and my dad went ocean fishing for salmon and i captured a really nice sunrise http://i.imgur.com/hGBDIlX.jpg yes i know it's not wide screen thats because i didn't know how to take one but once i did i took this picture http://i.imgur.com/gIgxYLt.jpg and it also has really great zoom...
Summary: It records high quality videos and reduces blur. The zoom function works well and can zoom very far, allowing you to film distant landmarks and tall buildings. It is fairly small and light to carry. A good tourist camcorder or one to have for filming family home videos. Here is a video of me testing out this camera at all stock settings with no enhancements. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Summary: I am new to Canon camcorders, having previously used Panasonic products. The Vixia R21 certainly contains some good features, primarily the external microphone jack and companion headphone jack. This allows me to produce much better video sound. I was pleasantly surprised that it also contained sound level controls for both the internal and external microphones, and the ability to mix or blend audio from both sources simultaneously.