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Canon Vixia HF G21 Full HD Camcorder | Reviews

April 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Digital Camcorders, Featured Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Flash Memory HD Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Flash Memory HD Camcorder (with lens hood)

Rated 4 1/2 Stars


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The Canon HF-G21 is Canon’s top of the line flagship of consumer Full HD camcorders. The G21 has a new sensor with Wide Dynamic Range Gamma and improved low light performance. Compact in size. Records video in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD (1080p). Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots) The 20x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and low light performance even at full zoom. The Dynamic SuperRange optical image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). The Large 3.0-inch LCD touchscreen has capacitive touch, for touch focus or menus. External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control, Headphone Terminal, 3 megapixel photos and the new Digital DV 4 image processor. Included are advanced features such as an updated large 1/2.84 inch HD CMOS Pro Imager (better for low light) provides a wide dynamic range, AVCHD H.264, and has a true 24p Cinema mode. (native 24p) a 30p mode, and a high 60p (60fps) mode. External Microphone Jack for better sound options. The HF G21 records at up to 28mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate), or 35mbps using the MP4 recording mode. At maximum quality , you can record about 2 hours and 55 minutes to a single 32GB flash card, or 5 hours 50 minutes if using both card slots. Canon’s Instant AF focusing system greatly enhances auto focus speed and accuracy and decreases the time to lock in focus (even in low light).


Full HDThe HF-G21 has an HDMI Mini Connector (output) for best quality when hooking this camcorder directly to an HDTV. Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe to add an external light or microphone. Dedicated manual focus ring. Built-in video light. Features a 3.0 inch LED screen (with 460,000 pixels). Also included is a 0.24-inch color viewfinder (1,560,000 pixels). Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol). Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3) stereo sound, or 5.1-channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 microphone). Cinema-Look Filter with 9 built-in filters. Built-in Wi-Fi® technology allows you share video files wirelessly to your PC or favorite social network using internet browsers, smartphones or tablets. You can remotely control key functions of your camcorder wirelessly using the Wi-Fi Remote control features. Slow and Fast Motion recording available. Mini Advanced accessory shoe for adding lights, microphones.

Canon HF-G21 Dimensions: 4.3″ x 3.3″ x 7.2″ (2.0 pounds w/ battery).
Full HD Recording Modes: 1080p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 24fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 24p, 30p, 60i, 60p
Camcorder 20x Lens: 35mm equivalent: 26.8mm-576mm f/1.8-2.8, filter 58mm


Smart-Review Commentary: Canon’s top of the line HD camcorder. The HF-G21 features a new 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro Image sensor for better low light performance and high dynamic range. The 8 blade iris provides smoother background images. A new improved detachable lens hood (which prevents light glare) is included as well as an improved larger eye cup, when using the camcorder’s EVF viewfinder. The viewfinder has 5x the resolution of most viewfinders with 1.56 million pixels. The Canon HF G21 uses dual SDHC/SDXC memory card slots for long recording times. The lens on this camcorder offers a wider 26.8mm field of view to get more of the scene indoors, and scenery shots outside, and high zoom of 20x ( maintains f2.8 at full zoom). Double Slot Recording can record to two SD cards simultaneously as a safety backup. The Full HD CMOS Pro Imager uses fewer pixels, which are much larger and more light sensitive than the pixels of other camcorder sensors, which results in better video performance and dynamic range.

Canon HF G21 Side View

Canon Vixia HF G21 Side View (Click to Enlarge)

A color viewfinder (EVF) is included. Viewfinders are disappearing on camcorders, so this is a nice feature to see, which can be used in strong sunlight when it is harder to see the LCD screen. The camcorder has built-in WiFi to allow you to share video or control your camcorder remotely wirelessly. The Touch & Track system on this camcorder keeps focus and exposure on any subject, no matter where it moves. Just choose your subject on the 3.0-inch LED touchscreen. External Mic Jack for enhancing your sound options, and headphone jack to monitor sound. Professional-quality 16-bit PCM recording is available for best sound quality. The Instant AF focusing system offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy. Great for sports. The Canon HF G21 is a not only a SmartReview Top Pick for 2018 but has won our BEST of 2018 award for consumer HD camcorders.

Canon Vixia HFG21 Canon HF G21
HD Camcorder
2018 Model
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Pro Camcorder
2018 Model
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    Camcorder Features

  • *Top Consumer Model
  • Full HD Recording
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • Built in WiFi
  • Native 24p Mode
  • 24p,30p,60p Progressive Mode
  • HDMI Terminal for HDTV
  • Dual SDHC Memory Card Slots
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Large 1/2.84 inch imager
  • Color Viewfinder
  • Included Lens Hood
  • Touch & Track Feature
  • Linear PCM Audio
  • Mic and Headphone Jacks
  • 3.0-inch LED Screen

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