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Canon Vixia HF R21
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Canon Vixia HF R21 Camcorder

3.28MP 1/4.85 270g Sep 2011
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The Canon VIXIA HF R21 Flash Memory Camcorder is a perfect choice for those seeking ease of use, high performance function and good value. The VIXIA HF R21 has a 32GB internal flash drive,... More
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19 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Expert review website parentesis.com scored this camcorder 70 out of 100.

Excellent Brand

Canon has excellent average reviews for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other manufacturers.

Nice Design

One customer reckoned that this camcorder was good looking.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Canon Vixia HF R21 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the Canon Vixia HF R21 has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Vixia HF R21 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon Vixia HF R21 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Canon camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. This video camera also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R21.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has One Exposure Mode

The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a greater number of exposure modes than most video cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently found exposure mode is Auto, but this exposure mode is not found on this camcorder. The exposure modes Manual are also found on this video camera.

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Two Memory Card Slots

Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years only have one memory card slot, however the Vixia HF R21 has two memory card slots.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Vixia HF R21 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This Canon camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on camcorders of a similar type and age to the Vixia HF R21. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this camcorder.

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1/4.85" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.85". That's 20% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Vixia HF R21 is 1/8" and the best is 1/3".

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Quite Long Video Recording Time

The video recording times of similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Vixia HF R21 range from 1h to 95h, and the average video recording time is 12h. With a video recording time of 12.25 hours, the Canon Vixia HF R21 has a fairly long video recording time compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Vixia HF R21 is more than most similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Vixia HF R21 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Canon camcorder. The audio formats AC3 are also supported by this camcorder.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon Vixia HF R21 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R21. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF R21 is 0.1lx and the biggest is 7lx. The Canon Vixia HF R21 has one of the smaller minimum illumination (only 0.4 lux) amongst video cameras of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vixia HF R21 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Vixia HF R21 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Canon Vixia HF R21 does not have a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Vixia HF R21 do have a built-in display.

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Only 1792 X 1344 Still Image Resolution

The Canon Vixia HF R21 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1792 x 1344. That's 71% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras that have been available for more than two years. In addition, this Canon video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. Comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R21 do not have a night mode. The Vixia HF R21 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vixia HF R21 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Vixia HF R21, the Canon Vixia HF R21 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Vixia HF R21 are not waterproof. The Canon Vixia HF R21 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Big Closest Focusing Distance

When compared to other video cameras of this age and type that we have checked, the Canon Vixia HF R21's closest focusing distance of 1 meter is one of the biggest. The smallest closest focusing distance of small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R21 is 0.01m and the biggest is 1m.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon Vixia HF R21

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Canon Vixia HF R21 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the Vixia HF R21.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

Canon released the Vixia HF R21 over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a fairly typical digital zoom (400 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Vixia HF R21.

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Average Weight

At 270 grams, the Canon Vixia HF R21 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Vixia HF R21 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the Vixia HF R21.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Camera
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Aperture Range

Expert Reviews

(4)
1 June 2012

As a conclusion, the new Canon VIXIA HF R21 is a good-looking camcorder with nice performance and an appealing price...

La relacin entre precio y calidad es equilibrada
Graba con gran detalle
La batera slo da una duracin aproximada de 2 horas
8 September 2011

A great camcorder for simple home movies, vacations, or YouTube?but it's not ideal for amateur filmmakers. If you're looking for a low-cost HD camcorder, you essentially have two options: an...

8 September 2011

If you're looking for a low-cost HD camcorder, you essentially have two options: an ultracompact ?pocket? cam that is about the size of a cellphone, or a more traditional budget camcorder like the...

12 October 2011

Si buscas una videocámara pequeña, con gran capacidad de almacenamiento, ésta es una excelente opción en el mercado...

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 5071b002, canon 5071b002a, canon 5071b002aa
Barcodes 04960999781327, 05035042050084, 05053973708799, 06947110941653

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