Summary: I love this camera glad I bought it.. I have owned a hg20 for about 5 years thought it was perfect so when I wanted a new camera I bought this one same camera a little more power and space... check out this link for video shot with it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Summary: I bought this again, when the screen died on my other camera - after 6 years (so not bad). I decided to find a new version or new camera that would work well with MACs (this doesn't), but there was nothing I could find with all the memory on a hard drive. The problems are that when the wide angle is on, edges can be seen. This requires cropping some photos. Since it doesn't work automatically with a MAC I had to purchase Toast Titanium. That converts all of the videos.
Summary: I shot a full film with this camera. The only problem was when it came to low light. Other than that, camera was really good. Check out a video here: [...] Please note that youtube lowers the quallity of the video plus I had on not so good wide angle lenses. This was filmed in full HD. One thing I cant figure out is how do I turn on my camera light. The camera description says it has a built in light, and I see it, but I cant figure out how to turn it on.
Pros: The Canon Vixia HG21 is very easy and simple and awesome. It is easy to use and is ahead of its time. It offers a great variety of white balance options and it contains an amazing focus puller. And its got a bunch of memory. I never over filled it.
Cons: One problem I had was that the file output was very unfriendly. It outputted an .mts codec which was very uneasy to use without a nice editing system. Thank Goodness I bought Sony Vegas Pro 9. A bit low on the battery side.
Summary: This camcorder does everything and more. Options are awesome and picture quality is life like in good lighting. The battery that the camcorder comes with has a very short life (maybe 90 min), buy the upgraded battery (260 min) and charger when you buy the camcorder. Read all the manuals and I suggest reading some additional books on basic lighting and composition to improve your shots.
Summary: This is a great camcorder! Its easy to use, compact, great picture quality. It's small enough to carry in your coat pocket and it's light weight. If you are wanting to shoot vids of ballgames, vacations, birthday parties, family events, this is definitely the camera to use. I ordered the Canon BP-82 battery and thePro Series CAMCORDER Carrying Bag and it all fits well together.