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alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of CANON HF21. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and memory. The price and reliability also get good views. There are some negative views about the size and connectivity, and comments are divided on the portability.

usability, reliability, price, memory, image quality

connectivity, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the CANON HF21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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CANON HF21のAmazon.jpレビュー概要


7ユーザーレビューをAmazon.jpのCANON HF21よりalaTestは収集・分析しました。この製品の平均評価は4.1/5, 他のカムコーダーのAmazon.jpと平均ユーザー評価を比較すると3.9/5。

100% のAmazon.jpレビューがよい製品と評価しています。

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Canon Legria HF21 Full HD camcorder


A midrange flash memory-based camcorder with good image quality and features

Impressive high-def video quality, solid array of modes and features, 64GB inbuilt memory

Video performance struggles in low light, no 'Easy' button for novices

The Canon Legria HF21 is a solid workhorse of a camcorder that ticks most of the right boxes. On the other hand, it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from similarly priced rivals.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Canon Legria HF21


Canon's Legria HF21 camcorder is aimed at the enthusiast videomaker, but how does it compare to its predecessor and rivals?

May, 2011

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Canon LEGRIA HF21 review


Thanks to its 64GB flash storage, the HF21 promises to let you shoot 24 hours in Full HD. But will you want it to be your day-tripper?

Great handling and powerful performance, but a little too pricey for our wallet’s liking

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Canon Legria HF21 review


With an RRP of £875 inc VAT, the Canon Legria HF21 is significantly cheaper than Canon's high-end efforts yet still hovers above the entry-level mark. Its video performance is acceptable for the asking price, with an impressive array of manual modes...

The Canon Legria HF21 is a solid workhorse of a camcorder that ticks most of the right boxes. On the other hand, it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from similarly priced rivals.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : paul_smart (

Canon Legria HF21


This is a small camcorder that has a 64GB of supplied internal memory and 3.3MP stills. 15x optical zoom may not sound huge – by some standards – but try keeping the camcorder still when you have far greater amounts of zoom.

Everything is easy when you have data on an SD card as you just remove the card and place it in card reader, why can’t internal memory allow transfer as easily. This rather negates the point of having internal memory if data transfer is not simple

Mar, 2010

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Canon Vixia HF21


This is the ideal device for low light situations.

This Canon product features a 15x video lens

This HDV camcorder lacks Wi-Fi connectivity

The Canon Vixia HF21 is a top-notch HDV camcorder with several advanced features. If you are looking for a device that handles those low-light situations well, this is a product to look into.

Expert review by : S. Heinzer & M. Ludwig (

Test: Canon Legria HF 21 (HD-Camcorder)


Im Inneren des knapp 400 Gramm leichten , kompakten Canon Legria HF 21stecken 64 GByte Flash-Speicher für bis zu zehn Stunden HD-Video in sehr guter Qualität. Geht der Speicherplatz zur Neige, können Sie auch auf einen SD-HC-Karte speichern.

Sehr gute Bildqualität ; Kompakt ; Pre-Recording-Funktion ; Großer optischer Zoom

Kein Standard-Zubehörschuh ; Rauschen auf der Tonspur

Mit dem leichtgewichtigen Legria HF 21 zeigt Canon, dass auch ein kompakter Reise-Camcorder in Sachen Bildqualität und Ausstattung durchaus mit der voluminöseren Konkurrenz mithalten kann.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Giuliano Mannini (

Canon Legria HF21: A un passo dal professionale


Esiste un punto di contatto tra l'inarrivabile mondo professionale e le esigenze reali dei videoamatori più evoluti? Canon un'idea ce l'ha. Anzi due: la nuova prosumer HF S11 e, appena un gradino più sotto, questa intrigante consumer di fascia alta...

Face Detection: rileva fino a 35 volti; registrazione progressiva 25p; telecomando; menu semplice e intuitivo

Manca il mirino; il cavo HDMI non è incluso; prezzo elevato

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën ( (FR))

Canon Legria HF21 Test Appareil Photo Numérique


Caméscope Canon Legria HF21 : Lors d'une sortie avec vos amis et votre famille, vous souhaitez avoir la liberté d'enregistrer chaque instant en ayant l'assurance de ne jamais en manquer une seconde ? Le nouveau caméscope Canon Legria HF21 est prévu...

Oct, 2009

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Expert Review


Viele Einstellmöglichkeiten

Bedienung frickelig, Kein Zebra, Manueller Fokus sehr schlecht gelöst

Gegenüber den Vorgängermodellen wirken verkleinerte Bildsensoren und kleine Bildpatzer in der etwas übertriebenen Schärfe nicht unbedingt fortschrittlich. Dazu kommt das schlechtere Low-Light-Verhalten mit den hellen Pixel-Störungen im Rauschen sowie...

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):5.3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-809

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:0.4

Camera Flash

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

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 / Low light / Night scene / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset / Underwater


Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:64GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon LEGRIA

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):2.99
Optical sensor resolution:3.89
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.89

Lens System

Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39.5 - 592.5
Focal length range (f-f):4.1 - 61.5
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:61.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.31Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.99Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.89Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Internal Memory:64000
Manual Focus: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:IXELA ImageMixer 3 SE, \nMusic Transfer utility

Ports & interfaces

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


Camera shutter speed:1/2000 - 1/2

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200,2304 x 1296

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Art fader / Black & white fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.2

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes