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Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom
Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom


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Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom


Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

The Canon HG21 AVCHD Hard Disk Drive camcorder sets a new standard for High Definition, delivering optimal image quality, long shooting times along with the extraordinary ease and versatility when viewing video on television or a computer. Capture amazing HD video with even greater detail and color reproduction with its innovative 24Mbps capability, and the addition of a video-capable SDHC card slot plus the extended 120 GB internal Hard Disk Drive allows you to now record up to 45 hours of video onto the internal hard disk drive so there’s no need to worry about running out of space. And, like all Canon VIXIA camcorders, the HG21 features: a Canon HD video lens, FULL HD CMOS Sensor, and Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV II image processor. Create the look and feel of Hollywood movies with the 24p Cinema Mode and even use Canon’s select Photo Grabbing function to capture still images from previously recorded video. If online video posting and sharing interests you, the HG21′s 30p mode provide

  • 24Mbps offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD for High Definition video – enabling improved color reproduction and tonality
  • Record up to 45 hours of High Definition video to a 120 GB hard disk drive
  • Genuine Canon 12x High Definition video lens
  • Includes a Canon 3.3 Megapixel Full HD CMOS sensor (1920 x 1080) and DIGIC DV II image processor
  • Features Canon’s SuperRange optical image stabilizer

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  1. 142 of 142 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great daylight video, grainy in low light – updated 1/10/2009, December 29, 2008
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    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    Let me start by saying that I’ve been using camcorders for 20 years, way back to the full sized VHS days. Canon and Sony have been my favorites for many years, starting with their 8mm days. Since consumer HD seems to have stabilized in its second generation, I decided to upgrade from my six year old Sony 8mm.

    The Canon Digital SLR cameras are second to none, I own three of them (Digital Rebel, Rebel Xti and an EOS 40D) and they blow the competition away. I fall into the “prosumer” category for digital categories, and the Canon Digic processor is one of the things that has separated Canon from its competitors. So certainly the second generation HD Canon Vixia 21 with the Digic II processor would be a no-brainer, right? Not exactly.

    The good:

    120GB hard disk drive – you can record up to 45 hours of video in LP mode, and about 11 hours in the best HD mode the camera has. The storage capacity will, by far, outlast the battery that comes with the camcorder.

    SDHC slot – Unlike Sony and their proprietary Memory Stick, Canon has and continued to use SD and now SDHC memory. SDHC cards are available from numerous vendors and they are easier to find and less expensive than the Memory Stick.

    12X optical zoom – this works extremely well, as advertised. Digital zoom takes away from the quality of the recording, so I prefer to stick with the optical zoom. The controls for the zoom are very fluid and smooth.

    Picture quality – in daylight and indoors with good light, the picture quality is exceptional. Playing the video on my HDTV is just as good as any broadcast HDTV quality you’ll ever see on TV.

    Image stabilization – very few people can hold anything completely still. With the image stabilization feature, you don’t have to worry about it – the camcorder handles it for you and does a great job of it.

    The bad:

    Short battery life – the battery that ships with the camcorder (BP 807/808) will give you no more than 80-90 minutes of operation. If you don’t plan to use it any more than that on each outing, then it is not a big issue for you. If you plan to use it for a day of on and off shooting, you need to get another batter. The BP827 will give you almost five hours of running time, for a steep $144. Adding to this, you can only charge the battery while the battery is in the camcorder. The external battery charger is another $60 or so. In short, if you plan to use this camcorder for longer than an hour, buy an extra battery and the external charger so you can charge one battery while using the other. This is not a Canon specific problem, every vendor, including Sony, has its limitations with batteries and charging. They also have the “optional” longer life batteries and external chargers for a steep price as well.

    Low light shooting – The picture quality is grainy and unimpressive. After seeing what the daylight shots looked like on the TV, then watching the low light shots, you will be somewhat dissapointed. Perhaps there is some special low light setting I do not know about – I’ve only had the camcorder for a week. Another reviewer indicated better luck in low light. I will report back if this is resolved.

    Despite the additional battery and charger purchase, I think this is a very good camcorder. I hope to resolve the low light issue. Daytime and good lighting recording is breathtaking on replay. Given that this is a consumer grade camcorder, I doubt you’ll find any better for the money.

    Update:

    As promised, I’ve worked with the camcorder for a couple of weeks now, and not much has changed. The daylight and well-lit room video is broadcast quality HD. Low light is still somewhat grainy. I also purchased a longer life battery and external charger from Amazon, which comes in very handy. I would still purchase this camcorder.

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  2. 117 of 122 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Most Interesting Camera, September 18, 2008
    By 
    K. Cook (Houston, TX USA) –
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    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    First of all, this is my first camcorder. We do have the ability to use our small Canon digital camera in this mode but this is a far cry from that. I was excited to get one of the first even though I figured I would be taking a slight gamble as I am not exactly that informed on the subject and wonder about the wisdom of getting a product that is not yet proven.

    So far, so good…Our grandchild had a birthday the very day this thing came in so I was determined to figure things out in order to capture the event. I figured that we paid a premium price to have the high HD quality so of course I shot in the highest mode. I only had time to charge the battery and skim through the book but I am happy to report that the quality of the videos was simply outstanding. In my opinion, the easy part is taking the pictures…set it to the quality and mode and fire away. Then, the question is, what to do afterwards…This is the hard part.

    I have an Intel Mac and IMovie 08 so I read other reviews of similar cameras and figured out how to move the shots from the camera to the computer. No problem. In my opinion, and that is what these reviews are all about, if you are shooting at the highest quality, you better have a lot of room on your hard drives, and, or, prepare to spend a lot of time on the back end moving your videos off the camera and on to disks or the drives. I did not have much hard drive space left on my Mac so perhaps that fact made things seem very slow. On the other hand, because I wanted to shoot in the highest quality, the wait and trouble were worth the investment…Remember, I am just at the edge of knowing what I am doing so you must consider that my skill level is still very low by comparison.

    The great thing about this camera, in addition to the fact that the HD videos are breathtaking, is that the built in hard drive is 120 gigs…wow! that is equal to 82 of the smaller 3 inch DVDs! About 45 hours of recording time on lower quality and near 11 hours or so in the highest quality…so, unless you get nervous about hard drive failure, you can go for a long time without having to move them off the camcorder.

    After doing a little reading and fiddling around, I hooked the camera up to our HD TV and was pretty much able to use the little remote device and see the videos. Simply outstanding…most shots were taken in the house with average lighting. One of my concerns was reading that low light might cause grainy videos but I did not find this to be the case….I suspect this could be the case when shooting in extremely low light but I cannot see this ever becoming an issue. I was too impatient to actually link into the HD ports of my TV so we settled for using the ports at the front and went to the game port…I do not think this was actually in HD but it still was just incredible. Later, when I played back some videos on our HP Vista computer and just was blown away with the quality…I had gone outside and take videos of the hummingbirds on our feeder and could not believe how crystal clear the shots were.

    The 12X optical zoom is very close to walking up to the subject…very nice. The image stabilizer works great as I never used a tripod and still saw no real shaking. I did notice that you can negate image stabilizer when using the camera on a tripod so that was something I was a little concerned about.

    One addition thing that may concern some…apparently these hard drive camcorders could suffer damage to the drives if used at an altitude of 9800 feet and above. If you are a serious mountain climber or plan to be above 9800 feet, you might consider other options.

    I am very interested in reading other reviews. So far I am very pleased…no camera will ever be perfect and do all things so, regardless of the quality or cost, there will always be some element of compromise. I have already ordered another battery as well as an SD card for it. The battery life is short of two hours so trips out in the wild pretty much would demand more power. Most may not feel the need to have another battery but I cannot imagine missing any great shots…you pay too much for these things not to be able to use them to their fullest extent…maybe another review when I actually know what I am doing!

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  3. 34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    HG21 Works for Mac/iMovie, January 31, 2009
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    Ji Shen (San Diego, CA) –
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    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    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. If you do a good job shooting, it can fool the untrained eyes as if it’s professional HD video. I have a Pioneer 50″ 1080i Plasma, and the pictures from the HG21 are so refined, the colors are beautiful.

    Night scenes are grainy. This is very disappointing. I also have a Flip MinoHD. The $200 little Flip out performs the Canon for night scenes. Canon should be a bit embarrassed by it and catch up on this front.

    The Mac/Apple compatibility of HG21 is a big plus. Canon has shipped a software CD with the camcorder, however, the software doesn’t work for Mac, and Mac users really don’t need it anyway. It was a pleasant surprise to open up iMovie’08 and the HG21 was automatically recognized on the USB port, and the Camera Import Window within iMovie popped out immediately to guide you through the importing of videos. Previously, everyone said AVCHD editing tool is hard to find. The Mac has it built in. Hats off to Apple. Select “Large” setting to import, “Full” resolution will cost you a lot of hard drive space.

    Overall, I would give this HG21 a “A-” for great daylight performance, working with iMovie’08 which is a wonderful consumer movie making tool, but has lackluster grainy night scenes.

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