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Canon HG21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 219 reviews of Canon HG21. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but many are critical about the reliability and battery.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon HG21 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability. The usability also gets good reviews. Opinions are divided on the image quality.

usability, portability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HG21 High Definition HDD Camcorder (12 x Optical Zoom, Multiangle Vivid LCD & Colour EVF)Canon HG21 High Definition HDD Camcorder (12 x Optical Zoom, Multiangle Vivid LCD & Colour EVF)

Aug, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Canon HG21


alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 user reviews of Canon HG21 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size


92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical ZoomCanon VIXIA HG21 AVCHD 120 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Canon HG21


Nice video, shame about the price.

120GB hard drive, excellent Full HD video quality, impressive array of modes and features

Too expensive compared to the HG20, poorly constructed viewfinder

When judged on its own merits, the HG21 is an exceptional high-def camcorder that impresses on nearly every level — it even seems attractively priced. However, when compared to the near-identical HG20, its value for money is significantly diminished....

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: John Sanderland (

Canon HG21





Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: Ben (

Canon HG21


The Image quality looks reasonable but i found that the colours were not very accurate. The 3 CCD camcorders look much better.

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: rae (

Canon HG21


canberra_photographer: Um, no, the max bitrate on the Canon HG21 is 24 Mbps.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: abc (

Canon HG21


um... who wrote this thing, the specs are all wrong and it also has a max bitrate of 24mbps vs sonys 17mbps. The image sensor is also 3.1mp not 2. In terms of resolution it usually isn't good to have a high-res sensor on small-medium video cameras as...

the image quailty and bit rate is far superiour to the sony SR-12. Has best snap Autofocus and manages to hold sharpness in low light instead of blurring images like sony does to emove noise. Uses PROGRESSIVE SCAN 25p which sony cams don't have and...

Only average battery life, 5.1 surround not important to me, but others may see it as a good feature

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: CHEEMA (

Canon HG21


Sony trails Canon in consumer camcorder market and Canon new 1/3.2 inch cmos based lens system seems to work well for them. I am looking forward to CES2009, if Sony has an answer. Low light performance of these camcorder has a room for improvement, a...

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: canberra_photographer (

Canon HG21


This looks to be a strong offering from Canon, they're certainly catching up to Sony. The minimum focusing distance of 10mm seems very impressive as does the very fast minimum shutter speed for stills. The HG21 though still lags behind the Sony SR12 in...

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):5.1 / 5.16
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-807 / BP-807/BP-827
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-807
Video recording time:46

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:DIGIC DV II
Minimum illumination:0.2
Self-timer delay:10

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.1
Normal focusing range:1


Model:HG21/HG21 Value-up Kit
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor resolution:2.07
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.3 / 3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 514.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.8 - 57 / 4.8 - 57.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.31Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Art: Yes
Audio output:1
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Lens focal range:f/1.8-3.0 mm
Lens system:TTL
Manual exposure: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.8
Resolution:1920 x 1440
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE / Pixela ImageMixer 3SE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
HDMI Version:1.3
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000

Still image

Histogram: Yes
Maximum image resolution:2048 x 1536
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536


Camcorder media type:Memory card, HDD
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:120

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.7
Weight:49 / 490 / 540

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Shade / Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Shade