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Canon VIXIA 120GB High Definition Hard Disc Drive Black Camcorder - HG21

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Canon VIXIA 120GB High Definition Hard Disc Drive Black Camcorder, Model HG21

Continuing Canon's industry-leading reputation for technology and product quality, Canon's latest high definition camcorders deliver the optical excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance found in our photographic and broadcast television lenses. With our Canon Exclusives, we bring more advanced features to our camcorders, enabling you to more easily take your video to a higher level than ever possible before. Among our latest products is the Canon VIXIA HG21 Hard Disk Drive Camcorder. It combines the ease of recording video directly onto an internal Hard Disk Drive with the advanced AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format. Its 120GB Hard Disk Drive allows you to record up to 45 hours of crisp, high definition video (LP Mode). It also is a dual system camcorder, with the capability of also recording video and still images to an SDHC card as well. The VIXIA HG21 boasts 1920 x 1080 Full HD, and has a CODEC capable of recording 24Mbps -- the highest AVCHD bitrate --through Canon's own Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor. Other exclusives are a new Genuine Canon 12x HD video lens, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Instant AutoFocus and a host of other advanced features including an HDMI™ Connector. Enhanced and simplified controls give you more choices and easier operation. Remarkable image reproduction and advanced features are yours in this compact AVCHD Format Hard Disk Drive camcorder which easily goes along with you, wherever you are, to capture those unforgettable moments in life- in true HD.


  • 120GB Hard Disk Drive
    The VIXIA HG21 captures 1920 x 1080 High Definition resolution video directly to a large capacity 120GB Hard Disk Drive. Hard Disk Drive recording is an especially convenient format if you plan to transfer your video to a computer for viewing, editing or sharing. It also has the added benefit of taking away any worries about not having enough recording media with you, so you're more likely to be able to capture all those future memories as they happen. With LP mode, while recording 1440 x 1080 resolution video you'll be able to record up to an astonishing 45 hours and 15 minutes of video. In addition, the VIXIA HG21 can record in MXP mode at 1920 x 1080 resolution. This gives the highest quality 24Mbps recording, with a full 11 hours and 5 minutes of superb video
  • Record HD Video Directly to SDHC Memory Cards
    The VIXIA HG21 allows you to capture video to the camcorder's internal 120GB Hard Disk Drive as well as directly to an SDHC memory card. Video stored on the internal memory can also be copied onto the memory card which can then be inserted into your computer or HDTV's card reader slot for immediate viewing. It is also possible to transfer video and still images recorded to the SDHC card to the internal Hard Disk Drive. You can also use higher capacity memory cards to further increase the video storage of your VIXIA HG21
  • Genuine Canon 12x HD Video Lens
    The VIXIA HG21 comes with an outstanding High Definition video lens - a Genuine Canon 12x HD lens. It's the tool you need to record long shots of your child on the soccer field, wide shots of beautiful landscapes, and everything in-between. And because it comes with three pre-set zoom speeds, you always get smooth, steady, professional-looking zoom shots. Super Spectra Coating technology results in images with minimal flare and ghosting. Plus, the lens' aspheric design reduces aberration and increases resolution, ensuring crisp, sharp video and enhancing the HD image quality. Not only that, but a gradation neutral density (ND) system gives you better exposures in bright shooting situations. In addition, for those times when you need to get a particular shot from a very long distance, this flexible lens also has a 200x digital zoom
  • 3.3 Megapixel HD CMOS Image Sensor
    The VIXIA HG21 captures 1920 x 1080 high definition video through its Canon designed and manufactured 1/3.2-inch 3.31 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor, similar to the CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series Digital SLR cameras. The VIXIA HG21's CMOS image sensor provides high color resolution and advanced color reproduction for brilliant results. It is also unique in featuring Canon's proprietary noise reduction technologies for crisp, sharp images. Low noise technology also means that even in dimly lit scenes, the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible, with minimal noise or other aberrations. It's the ideal sensor for HD
  • DIGIC DV II Image Processor
    The DIGIC DV II Image Processor is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Designed specifically for HD, DIGIC DV II ensures optimal image quality for still images, even though video and photos have different color requirements
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
    The VIXIA HG21 delivers 1920 x 1080 Full HD, from capture to recording to playback, thanks to Canon's own 3.3 Megapixel HD CMOS Image Sensor, combined with the Genuine Canon 12x HD video lens and DIGIC DV II Image Processor. They ensure that the VIXIA HG21 will not only capture video in Full HD, it will record Full HD. It delivers superb, high quality, high definition video with vibrant color, crisp contrast and great detail- what you expect from Canon HD. You can also burn your HD video onto DVDs which play in AVCHD compatible Blu-ray disc players for the full home theater experience.*
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
    The high-resolution images of high definition video demand a steady hand. It's easier to get those clear, steady images with the VIXIA HG21, thanks to Canon's innovative SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization. It combines gyro and image sensors to give image stabilization through a wider range of camera motions. Some image stabilization systems correct one type of camera motion or vibration better than another. But Canon's SuperRange OIS corrects for a wide range of camcorder motion: the fast vibration you'd experience while recording from a moving car; the medium-speed motion of handheld recording; and the slower motion of body sway. No matter what you're recording and how you're recording it, the VIXIA HG21's stabilization design corrects camcorder shake instantly. SuperRange OIS also delivers steady images when shooting at long focal lengths
  • Instant AF
    Another critical objective when shooting in high definition is achieving a very sharp focus. The VIXIA HG21 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary Instant AF auto focusing system which offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." The benefits of Instant AF are especially seen in high brightness and night shooting situations. With Instant AF, it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject
  • 24Mbps Recording
    The 24Mbps recording capability of the VIXIA HG21 gives you the highest AVCHD quality video possible. You'll see enhanced detail, finer gradations of tones and improved reproduction of moving subjects. Video shot by the VIXIA HG21 of fast-moving sporting events, multi-color butterflies on a variegated leaf or the shading of a brilliant sunset will be remarkable
  • 24p Cinema Mode
    The VIXIA HG21 offers you more choices than ever before in selectable frame rates. You can choose between 60i, 30p and 24p to achieve just the look you want. 24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HG21's CINE setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently
  • 30p Progressive Mode
    This is a unique feature that only Canon offers in the consumer camcorder market*. You would otherwise have to look to professional video cameras in order to have this sophisticated tool at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HG21 to capture video in 30p (30 progressive frames, recorded at 60i) which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. In addition, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording. It's also excellent for action shots and sports
  • 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
    The 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD and the .27" EVF on the VIXIA HG21 let you see more of what your camcorder is recording. Using a hard coat Anti-Reflective surface and improved color reproduction, the scene in the LCD is more accurate to what you're capturing in the camcorder. An added benefit of this Canon Exclusive is the wider range of viewing angle possible with this new LCD screen. With less glare and deeper contrasts, a group of people can gather around it, seeing the image displayed more clearly than ever before
  • Superb Shooting Control
    • Joystick Control
      The joystick makes using the VIXIA HG21 camcorder easier than ever. Extra buttons have been eliminated, allowing you to access many functions from one convenient place. The joystick lets you control play, stop, fast forward and rewind functions during playback. Conveniently placed on the LCD panel area, it also controls exposure lock and exposure compensation during recording
    • Variable Zoom Speed Level
      Another sure sign of amateur video is the unsteady zoom shot. But with the VIXIA HG21's zoom control lever, you can select one of three pre-set zoom speeds for smooth, steady, professional looking zooms. In addition, the zoom lever gives far greater control over your zoom than is possible with a traditional rocker switch
    • Focus Assist Function
      The image quality of high definition demands a properly focused subject. The Focus Assist feature on the VIXIA HG21 gives you sharp focus by zooming into your image to let you focus on a close up of your subject. It's the way professional videographers and photographers work manually. A Peaking function also helps, by emphasizing image contours. You can also use the Enlargement function to see your subject more clearly while composing your shot
    • Level and Grid Markers
      With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional looking video. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level
  • Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal
    Shoot video like the professionals do, with the accessories that give you the best in audio and lighting. The VIXIA HG21's Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe provides the power for Canon optional accessories, such as the VL-5 accessory video light, or DM-100 directional stereo microphone- the things you need to bring your video to the next level
  • Intelligent Lithium-ion Battery
    The Intelligent Lithium-ion battery which powers the VIXIA HG21 is a major advance. It not only more accurately tracks remaining battery life, it also gives a display in minutes remaining. It will allow you to better plan your shooting, so you won't be caught out with a battery that suddenly goes from "half" to "empty." It is especially useful thanks to the long recording time capability of the VIXIA HG21- you'll be able to take full advantage of it and not miss any of the action you want to capture
  • 3.1 Megapixel Photos
    The same Canon CMOS image sensor that ensures sharp, vivid HD video also gives you brilliant digital photographs. Like the CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series digital SLR cameras, the VIXIA HG21's image sensor results in outstanding digital photographs. It gives an impressive resolution of 1920 x 1440 for sharp, crisp still images
  • HDMI Terminal
    With the VIXIA HG21's built-in HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) Terminal, it's a simple task to transfer the HD video signal to your HDTV. With a single cable, you'll send a pure digital signal, audio and video, to your television to get the ultimate HD viewing experience. And with hard disk drive recording you get true random-access play, letting you access the scene you want to see instantly
  • Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control
    The VIXIA HG21 allows you to enhance the quality of your audio by using the optional accessory Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone to capture better sound and headphones to monitor the audio as you hear it. Manual control of audio levels also lets you set the exact balance you need for the situation. Your videos will sound as good as they look
  • Includes Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
    The Canon VIXIA HG21 High Definition Camcorder is bundled with a powerful software suite from Pixela™. ImageMixer 3SE lets you play back your recorded video on your computer. You can also easily perform AVCHD Editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. With the Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Software, you can burn AVCHD* DVDs** or standard definition DVDs to relive the memories on your TV
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal for ultra-fast transfer of movies and photos
  • Wireless Remote Control lets you operate your VIXIA HG21 from a distance, so you don't have to be left out of the picture


  • Power Consumption: 3.8 W (SP Mode)
  • Image Sensor: 1/3.2" CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 3.3 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels
    • Video: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
    • Still Image: Approx. 2.76 Megapixels (1920 x 1440)
  • Maximum recording time
    • 120GB Internal Hard Disk Drive
    • LP (5 Mbps) 45 hours 55 minutes
    • SP (7 Mbps) 36 hours
    • XP+ (12 Mbps) 21 hours 40 minutes
    • FXP (17 Mbps) 15 hours 45 minutes
    • MXP (24 Mbps) 11 hours 05 minutes
    • Greater recording time is possible by adding an SDHC Memory Card
  • Lens
    • Zoom Ratio 12x Optical/200x Digital
    • Focal Length f=4.8 - 57mm
    • Zoom Speed Variable/3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
    • Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.0mm
    • Filter Size 37mm
  • Focusing System: Instant AF, Through the Lens/Manual Focusing Possible
  • Manual Exposure: Yes
  • Programmed AE: Auto, Program, Av, Tv, CINEMA, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000, 1/500 (card)
  • Auto Date/Time: Yes
  • Record Search/Review: Yes
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
  • White Balance: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Flourescent, Flourescent H, Auto, Manual
  • Minimum Illumination: Night Mode .2 lx (shutter 1/2 sec.)
  • Image Stabilization: SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
  • Viewfinder: .27" (approx. 123,000 pixels)
  • LCD Screen: 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD (approx. 211,000 pixels)
  • Microphone: Built-In, 3.5mm stereo mini jack, Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe
  • Flash: Built-In
  • Recording Media: Internal Hard Disk Drive (120GB) or SD/SDHC Memory Card
  • USB Terminal: mini B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed supported
  • Video Terminal: component (output), composite (output)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch)
  • HDMI Terminal: Type C 480i / 480p / 1080i Format Supported
  • Microphone Terminal: 3.5 mm Stereo mini-jack
  • AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal: 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack
  • Operating Temperature range: 32° - 104° F (0° - 40° C) relative humidity

What's Included:

  • VIXIA HG21 Hard Disk Drive Camcorder
  • Battery Pack BP-807 (w/ terminal cover)
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570 (w/ cable)
  • Wireless Controller WL-D88
  • USB Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Component Cable CTC-100/S
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Digital Video Solution Disc for Windows and Macintosh
  • Pixela ImageMixer 3SE (Video Editing Software)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3"
  • Width: 3.1"
  • Depth: 5.5"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1.1 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
Key Features
1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording/ Record HD Video Directly To SDHC Memory Cards/ Genuine Canon 12x HD Video Lens/ 3.3 Megapixel HD CMOS Image Sensor/ DIGIC DV II Image Processor/ SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization/ Instant AF/ 24Mbps Recording/ 24p Cinema Mode/ 30p Progressive Mode/ 2.7 " Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD/ 3.1 Megapixel Photos/ Microphone Terminal With Manual Audio Level Control/ Black Finish ($1299 - $699 After $600 Instant Rebate)
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