Summary: Before I purchased this camcorder I researched for about 4 months, comparing features and quality among all available consumer camcorders available. I've had this camcorder for over a year, in that time I've shot approximately 150 hours of video with it. The quality of video it produces is excellent. Low light quality is on par or higher then any camcorder you will find in the same price range.
Summary: I am a young aspiring director, and am in the process of buying a lot of my own equipment for shooting videos to enter in film festivals. I have to tell you, what I've seen of the HG-21's sheer picture to price ratio has completely floored me. I've shot on many DV cameras that cost hundreds of dollars more than this one, but none of them can hold a candle to this camera's picture!
Summary: The camera is easy to use out of the box. Takes quality picture in most condition, even low light. The stills are comparable to a point and shot camera. The only negative is the editing software, its weak.
Summary: I haven't had the camcorder for too long. What I can say is that I am soo thankful I bought the larger capacity battery. The original lasts about 30min on the highest settings. The high capacity battery is almost 3 hrs. The stabilization really makes this camera worth every penny. I am still messing with some of the settings to get the best picture for me. Quality is really high, almost too high.
Summary: I love the camera and the video quality. But check the video format and see if it's compatible with your software and your other videos. Adobe Premiere, for example WAS not fit to edit this camera's videos (look for updated review below)!!! I am using Vegas editing software (you can buy it online). Ah, the camera is a bit bulky. Doesn't fit your pocket. You have to carry it around your neck.
Summary: HG21 is probably the best HD Camcorder out there. I say this because I have tried another high end camcorder from Sony with a 120GB harddrive, which (the Sony) was unbelievably disappointing in both color and resolution. Fortunately, we bought it at Costco, and just returned the Sony within a day. The Canon HG21 has amazing High Def pictures for daylight scenes. The color is very rich and eye pleasing.
Summary: The Vixia HG21 is an excellent camera. The image quality surpasses others that I have seen. Using Shutter Priority (Tv) I was able to capture waterfalls on HD video and on Still image with the misty quality that Ansel Adams had captured with his large format cameras. The extended life batteries and the additional lens kits from Canon are a bit pricey. But found it is best to go with the recommended Canon accessories rather than 3rd party.
Summary: Love this camcorder. The video is beautiful, especially in low light, which was a concern since I read many reviews of other video cameras that indicated the low light performance was not very good. It's super easy to use, and very lightweight. The only reason I did not give this camcorder a 5 star is because one of the pixels on the lcd screen was broken when we took it out of the box, and Amazon won't exchange it for only one broken pixel.
Summary: I was really surprised by its size. it is very small and light, but does a great job with pretty much anything, but it does struggle in the dark like every other camcorder under 2-3 grand. The resolution is great and the added program for transfers is simple and easy. If you want to transfer files onto the computer in a usable format it gets more frustrating as it scales down the resolution, and not all file formats are available.