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Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - HF S21

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Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder - HFS21

Canon's flagship VIXIA HF S21 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder, with a 64GB internal flash drive and two SD memory card slots, offers Canon's most sophisticated feature set to date - blurring the line between consumer and professional. Canon's superlative proprietary imaging technologies help deliver video and 8.0 megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Touch & Track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the generous 3.5" High Resolution (922,000 dot) Touch Panel LCD. Native 24p Mode perfectly matches the frame rate of film. And 5.1-Channel Surround Sound ensures your audio complements the stunning realism of your video.

Features:

  • Record high definition video to a 64GB internal flash drive or directly to two removable SD memory cards
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
  • Canon 1/2.6" 8.59 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer with Powered IS
  • Instant Autofocus
  • 3.5" High Resolution Touch Panel LCD
  • Smart Auto

Package Content:

  • VIXIA HF S21 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Wireless Controller WL-D89
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Battery Pack BP-808
  • Component Cable CTC-100/S
  • Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
  • Music CD
  • Digital Video Solution Disc

Specifications:

  • Standard Definition or High Definition: High Definition
  • Television System: NTSC
  • Video Recording system: MPEG4-AVC / H.264
  • Image Sensor: 1/2.6-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 8.59 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels
    • Video: Approx. 6.01 Megapixels (3264 x 1840)
    • Photo: 16:9 Approx. 6.01 Megapixels (3264 x 1840); 4:3 Approx. 8.02 Megapixels (3264 x 2456)
  • Maximum recording time
    • 64GB SDHC memory card: Recording time based on internal flash memory only. Greater capacity is possible when SD memory cards are also used (2 card slots).
    • LP (5Mbps) 24 hours 30 minutes
    • SP (7Mbps) 19 hours 10 minutes
    • XP+ (12Mbps) 11 hours 30 minutes
    • FXP (17Mbps) 8 hours 20 minutes - llows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
    • MXP (24Mbps) 5 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
  • Lens
    • Zoom Ratio 10x Optical/200x Digital
    • Focal Length f-6.4-64mm (35mm equivalent 43.5-435mm)
    • Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
    • Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.0
  • Focusing System: Instant AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)
  • Manual Exposure: Yes
  • Programmed AE: Smart Auto, P, Av, Tv, Cine*, Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
  • Max Shutter Speed: Movie: 1/2000; Photo: 1/500
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
  • White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
  • Frame Rate: 60i, Native 24p (records at 24p), 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0.3 lx (Low Light mode)
  • Image Stabilization: Dynamic SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Standard SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Powered IS
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • LCD Screen: 3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel Widescreen Color LCD (Approx. 922,000 dots)
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Recording Media: Internal flash drive (64GB) or SD memory cards (2 slots) **
  • USB Terminal: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video Terminal: component (output), composite (output)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3), 5.1-channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)
  • Accessory Shoe: mini Advanced
  • Supplied Video Editing Software: Pixela ImageMixer 3SE
  • HDMI Terminal: HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC and x.v.Color supported
  • Microphone Terminal: 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal: 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
  • Remote Control Terminal: Yes (compatible with LANC protocol)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 5.8"
  • Width: 3"
  • Height: 2.9"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.06 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts and Labor
Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.5"
ViewfinderYes
Total Pixel Count8590000
Effective Pixel Count6010000
Manual FocusingNo
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom200x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With BatteryLP (5Mbps) 24 hours 30 minutes, SP (7Mbps) 19 hours 10 minutes, XP+ (12Mbps) 11 hours 30 minutes, FXP (17Mbps) 8 hours 20 minutes - llows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording, MXP (24Mbps) 5 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still6,010,000/8,020,000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryYes
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.06 lbs
Width (inches)3"
Height (inches)2.9"
Depth (inches)5.5"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent image quality (11)
  • Accurate, vivid colors (10)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Compact design (9)
  • Easy computer connectivity (7)

Cons

  • Short battery life (5)
  • Poor low-light performance (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great HD Camera

    After a long weekend of shooting I have really grown fond of this camera. It's easy to use, shoots great video, and I am extremely satisfied. I was initially shocked by the size...Read complete review

    After a long weekend of shooting I have really grown fond of this camera. It's easy to use, shoots great video, and I am extremely satisfied. I was initially shocked by the size especially since it's replacing an XL2 but I soon got used to it. (I feel like I'm holding a 12 oz can). Image quality is fantastic, the touch screen is great, the features and options are all you need. I feel I can do nearly everything I can do with the XL2 and put this camera in a large pocket something the XL2 can never do. The only con I can think of is the video light casts a cold glow when used in conjunction with natural or incandescent light. It's better when its the dominant light source. The sound quality is good but it's very sensitive - when shooting in areas with a lot of ambient noise it catches it all. I haven't shot with the accessory shotgun mic I also purchase but will do so in the future to hopefully avoid this problem. I also have wireless audio and with a optional equipment I can use this too with the S21. Basically all the accessories I have for the XL2 will work with the S21. Overall it's a great camera - leaps and bounds beyond my very first camcorder and it can hold it's own next to the XL2 only surpassing with the HD video which the XL2 can't do.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor 'progressive format' performace

    After using my HFS21 I find that the performance of it's 'progressive' formats leave much to be desired. Just the poor panning performance of all of it's 'progressive' formats would make me...Read complete review

    After using my HFS21 I find that the performance of it's 'progressive' formats leave much to be desired. Just the poor panning performance of all of it's 'progressive' formats would make me reconsider my purchase.

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    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great Camcorder

    By swlarry99

    from Arizona

    Pros

    • Accurate, Vivid Colors
    • Compact design
    • Durable
    • Easy Computer Connectivity
    • Easy to use
    • Easy TV Connectivity
    • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
    • Excellent Image Quality
    • Good battery life
    • good low-light performance

    Cons

    • Limited Software Compatibility

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

      This HF S21 camcorder is a fine machine. The recorderd images are sharp, clear and the White Balance is right on. If you intend to make movies you will probably be disapointed-----not with the camcorder but with software available today designed for movie making. The people that write the instructions for movie making don't understand what Step by Step instructions mean. If you have a master's degree in video editing you will probably have little problem. Don't pay for any video editing software until you have tried it.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pro performance at a prosumer price

      By photonut

      from Las Vegas

      Pros

      • Accurate, Vivid Colors
      • Easy Computer Connectivity
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Image Quality

      Cons

      • Short battery life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

        There are plenty of "close-but-no-cigar" consumer grade camcorders on the market. Why go that route when you can spend a few hundred dollars more and get a real winner like the Vixia HF S21? Truly, the professional results I get from this camera rival anything I have seen from video cameras costing thousands. The only thing holding me back from using this camera on a professional assignment is the small physical size. Paying customers expect you to show up on location with a rig that you balance on your shoulder. Place this camera on a sturdy tripod with fluid head and the results will be indistinguishable from the big boys.

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        (17 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Honest Review

        By Radio Scott

        from 40+ years licensed broadcast engineer

        Pros

        • does what it says it does if you know how
        • good auto features
        • Light Weight

        Cons

        • all but impossible to get anything sounding on mic
        • comptuer geeks designed everything
        • off standard hot shoe
        • poor ink contrast on camera body
        • Poor layout of connectors
        • poor layout of touch screen
        • the manual is a waste of ink and paper
        • zoom is awkward

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

          The Canon Vixia HF s21 camera does what it says it does. Sometimes a little awkwardly and backwards, the folks who complain about this and that demonstrate a poor understanding of videography. What is inexcusable is the manual. Luckily I have worked with studio and ENG camera for over 40 years. Heaven help the newbie. The manual needs rewriting and the ability to order by language in order to keep in camera case. Don't by DM 100 shotgun microphone. It is not a shotgun mic by any regards. The elements are positioned wrong to be a shotgun. Internal mics are better. I am now working to get a hot shoe adapter in order to mount a shot gun mic. The DM-100 is the purest waste of money created in a long time. Currently I am recording audio separately on a flash recorder and syncing audio back in during editing. If you want best video shoot highest definition and drop quality for your final product. Use a Linux operating system and you can grab video without having to convert as you do in Windows and Apple. Quality will stay in place without degradation through converting process for editing.

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          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST CAMCORDER I'VE EVER SEEN

          By LCM

          from Undisclosed

          Pros

          • Compact design
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Great sound/audio

          Cons

          • Short battery life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

            First of all I want to say I'm a spanish indie filmmaker. I've made some horror shortfilms and won several awards in some horror festivals. Now I want to experiment with very small films to be made with extremely small crews and with no budget at all. And with my new VIXIA HF-S21 (LEGRIA here in Europe) I feel I can do nearly everything I want... and to me that's priceless! I'm impressed with its elegant design: once you see it you know you've got some kind of jewel in your hands!, and I'm very impressed too with its HD quality image and with its low light performance (I do not mean with NO light at all), it's LCD is great!!, its memory storage is huge and that gives me the quietness I need about never running out of memory (not talking about its amazing double card slots!). Its interface and options are simply amazing... and what can I say about its 24 fps and manual focus options!!... they're just what any filmmaker could ask for... To me this little great camcorder is all I need to make any project: I'm going to make a full lengh picture with this little beast!... and best of all is I know this camera can easily handle with it. That's what I feel!!. Great camcorder!!! Thanks Canon!!!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very happy with my HD Camera!

            By gtwhite707

            from near Baltimore, MD

            Pros

            • Accurate, Vivid Colors
            • Durable
            • Easy to use
            • Excellent Image Quality
            • Good Software Compatibility
            • Great sound/audio
            • memory expansion slots (2)

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                I bought my camera a few months ago and have used it to record and create many videos, all with great results (once I figured out what I was doing... ;) ) I've posted a few of the videos on YouTube, so go check them out (search for gtwhite707.) The anti-shake controls, especially on long zooms, is very usable. The lens quality is excellent, just what I would expect from Canon. And the zoom control has a very good feel to it. I've used a remote control with the camera, to great advantage. And the quality of the AVCHD videos are excellent. The 1080p quality is incredible, with almost unnoticable pixelization.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good overall, but.....

                By dorkman53

                from Yucaipa, CA

                Pros

                • Compact design
                • Easy to use
                • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
                • Excellent Image Quality
                • Image Stablization

                Cons

                • cumbersome transfer of images to computer
                • poor low-light performance

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                  Overall, I'm pleased with the HF S21. It gives a very sharp, high quality image. The image stablization feature works well. I like having an actual eyepiece viewer, plus the main viewing screen. With the flash drive, one is able to begin recording almost immediately, which is a major advantage over having to wait for several seconds to begin recoding on other handycams I've had in the past. I also find it quite easy to begin preliminary rudimentary editing even before transferring the images to the computer. My main disappointment is the poor low light performance. The images become grainy in lighting conditions I've been able to record easily with prior non-Canon units. Also, the process of transferring images to the computer is much more cumbersome and time consuming than other cams I've used in the past. Overall, I'd give it a solid B+, but there is definitely room for improvement

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I really like this camera

                  By Mike

                  from Minnesota

                  Pros

                  • Accurate, Vivid Colors
                  • Durable
                  • Easy Computer Connectivity
                  • Easy to use
                  • Easy TV Connectivity
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • Good battery life
                  • Great sound/audio

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                      I have owned this camera since May 2010 and could not be more pleased with its performance. The HD quality is really excellent and burns to regular DVDs through my Mac with iMovie to a degree of quality that is close to HD. I am purchasing an external Blu-ray DVD burner and look forward to the quality I will achieve on BR DVDs. I have very large hands, was very comfortable with my Canon GL2, and was waiting for something that size in this price range but since it looked like it was not going to happen, went ahead to purchase the smaller camera.

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                      (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fast, sharp and steady.

                      By Baker

                      from Boston, MA Filming in SE Asia

                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                      This camera absolutely dominates. I couldn't be happier. I use it for outdoor filming during hikes and it's perfect for a variety of reasons. 1. It turns on and is ready to film almost instantly. 2. It's small and easy to carry. 3. It has more than enough memory so you never need to worry about running out. 4. Picture quality is STUNNING. 5. Auto white balance is money. 6. Subject auto zoom is awesome. 7. The stabilization feature is phenomenal. Here's a real life scenario. I spot a bird 50 ft. away that I want to film. It's skittish so I need to get on it quick. Bust out the HF S21, start filming. Camera is recording, get the bird on the screen and zoom in 100%. Auto white balance appropriately lights up the bird. Stabilizer holds the shot still despite my shaky hands (if you don't shake like crazy it looks tripod still, seriously). Hit the touch screen to select the bird as the subject and it mantains focus on it, even as it jumps from branch to branch. All of this happens in 15 seconds or less and the picture quality is 1080P. Like I said, this camera dominates. Only thing I would change is the image quality in the view finder, compared to the image quality of the touch screen it's grainy (although comparable to other viewfinders I've used). -E

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                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great camera

                      By Golfer

                      from Westtown, NY

                      Pros

                      • Video clarity
                      • Zoom

                      Cons

                      • finger prints on screen

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                        This has been a great camera right from the start. The only draw back of the camera is the finger prints that get on the screen from switching menu options. I like the touch screen but wish it had a toggle button option as well. The 200x zoom and stabilization is amazing. I never thought it would be that good. Overall great camera.

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                        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By rick4ls

                        from Columbia, MD

                        Pros

                        • 1.7x zoom
                        • control knob for audio level and exposure
                        • direct wall plugin battery charger
                        • Great image resolution

                        Cons

                        • glossy lcd
                        • large front aperture
                        • no ilink

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S21 Black Dual Flash Memory Camcorder:

                          This camera was my first step into the world of SS memory video. The video quality was so good, I had to go back and re-adjust my XH-A1 image settings so it would look ok when mixed with the S21 video. The audio in both auto and manual is excellent. It does have manual audio level controls, contrary to some of the other reviewers. I almost always use an external mic, for wind reasons, so I can't comment on the internal mic. Two features that other reviews that really helpful are: 1. Control knob on the front makes it much easier to adjust exposure, focus, or manual audio level. This is a big plus for a small camera. 2. The 1.7X additional zoom gives almost as good quality as adding a telextender. Saves me carrying around another heavy lens adapter. The stabilization is excellent. There are 3 levels. It is so good that you need to be careful not to use the heaviest mode except when you need it or it will introduce smoothing motion you may not want. Very good battery life.

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