Excerpt: 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 are too extreme for the LCD screen. Adjustments for the monitor are also provided, but they are all buried deep in the menu system.
Excerpt: Thumbs up: 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. Thumbs down: Its design is bulky and pretty average; heavy to lug around; manual focus is of no use.
Summary: Load Up Your Canon! 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 videography.
Pros: Extremely user-friendly, Great picture quality, 45 hours of shooting time
Cons: Manual controls difficult to control, due to toggle
Conclusion: It’s certainly pricey, but the HG21’s lightweight, compact build, huge hard disk drive and superb hi-def-capturing abilities make it an appealing prospect for any well-heeled home movie maniac.
Pros: Thanks to its capacious 120GB hard drive, this camcorder is able to squirrel away a massive amount of footage: about 45 hours of hi-def video, to be precise. You can also choose to squeeze your content onto an SDHC card - handy if you’ve got a card slot-carrying DVD or Blu-ray player capable of playing back AVCHD footage. Movies can be captured at an awesomely sharp full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) at either 50 or 25 frames per second, then shoveled onto your P...
Cons: The latter is supposed to give footage a more film-like, cinematic sheen (cinecameras shoot at 24 frames per second), but doesn’t really make much of a difference in our opinion. The HG21 is also wallet-emptying expensive, even by HD camcorder standards.
Summary: 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 past camcorders, the Canon Vixia HG21 would be an absolute winner.
Excerpt: (1 items) 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. The HG21 sports a 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, the same size as Sony’s HDR-CX12 ( ), 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 camcorder.
Pros: Large sensor and high data rate result in great image quality, 24p and 30p video support, Good audio quality
Cons: Requires power connection when transferring video to the Mac, Manual control difficult to use
Summary: 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. Unless you absolutely must have 120GB of storage, go for its cheaper sibling instead.
Pros: 120GB hard drive, excellent Full HD video quality, impressive array of modes and features
Cons: Too expensive compared to the HG20, poorly constructed viewfinder