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Canon VIXIA HF G21 Review

If the photographer who was supposed to be present at a special event such as a wedding or a celebration of someone’s 100th birthday cannot be there, having a state-of-the-art camcorder on hand as the Canon VIXIA HF G21 gives you the ability to step in and save the day. This is one of the nicest benefits of carrying around a camcorder.

Because the device is simple to operate, comfortable to carry, and comes equipped with a wide range of useful professional capabilities, it almost ensures that users can record priceless moments in full high-definition 1080p resolution. The HF G21 is one of three new camcorders that Canon introduced and highlighted in a press release on December 5, 2017, and it is meant to be used by both amateurs and professionals.

The more movies and still photographs taken with a smartphone that I see (including those I take with my own phone! ), the easier it is for me to notice the better performance of this video recorder. What a difference it would make in a video record of your child’s life or in a series of recordings you would upload to YouTube.

The Canon HF G21 needs to be on the shortlist of models to sample before making a purchase, whether it is time to upgrade to a newer model or finally take the plunge and learn why camcorder owners are so thrilled about shooting the action. Take a look at some of the most notable features and comparisons below.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Sensor

Because of its high sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio that reaches a rating of +3dB, the HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor of the HF G21 can capture clear and comprehensive HD video records, showing up to nearly 2136 x 1362 pixels, according to our experience. This is the case regardless of the available luminosity.

The signal-to-noise ratio, also known as the SNR, is defined as the ratio of the level of the desired signal to the level of the background noise.

The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is evaluated using decibels as the unit of measurement, and a ratio that is more than 1: 1 indicates that the level of signal is larger than the level of noise.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Remote Control

There are many various brands of camcorders, each catering to a different degree of quality and price, and the remote control that is required for the HF G21 Camcorder is the same remote control that you can use for many different kinds of camcorders. We believe that viewing the many models that are widely available on Amazon is the most effective technique for picking one of them.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Aperture

The 8-blade Circular Aperture of the Canon VIXIA HF G21 camcorder is the characteristic of the camera that minimizes the adverse impact that point light sources have on designs that do not utilize a circular aperture (Starburst Effect).

The upshot is that the sections of the photographs that are out of focus appear more natural, smoother, and appealing.

In addition, the increased degree of freedom afforded to more experienced photographers by the presence of a manual focus ring improves the probability that these photographers will have better and more improved alternatives when they configure the control zoom function.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Video

We can assert that the recording quality of both AVCHD and MP4 files is of an exceptionally high standard. The camera is capable of recording images at a rate of up to sixty frames per second, which is a pace that enables the camera to take clear and undistorted pictures of moving subjects even at high speeds.

Because there is nearly no diagonal noise, our movies can depict the patterns of the motions clearly and accurately without being distorted. The amount of data captured by a recording done in 1080/60p can be increased by a factor of two when converted to 60i.

The AVCHD recording capability of the VIXIA HF G21 demonstrates a bit rate of up to 28 Mbps, which, in terms of the specifications governing AVCHD, is the highest that can be accomplished.

Another thing about the device we liked was that it could easily exchange MP4 files over the internet at speeds of up to 35 Mbps. This was a fantastic feature for us.

The Native 24p Progressive Mode is available in the HF G21. This model has the same frame rate as a conventional film camera and enables more experienced users to achieve a film-like quality with temporal motion and speed.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Screen

Because of its capacitive touch-sensitive LED (Light Emitting Diode) panel, which displays great realistic colors, awesome viewing angles, and reliable touch responsiveness, this product stands out from its competitors. Its impressive sensitivity allows the user to control the camera easily.

Additionally, the Electronic Viewfinder included with the Canon VIXIA HF G21 provides an exceptional virtually complete field of vision, which assists in composing recordings in a manner that is accurate and detailed.

The color electronic viewfinder has a 0.24-inch diameter and an astounding 1.56 million dots. It also expands the shooting options available to the user by permitting the camera to be tilted at an angle of up to 45 degrees from its regular upright position.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Additional Functions

When you use the Canon VIXIA HF G21 camcorder, the double-slot recording feature provides you with a backup of the footage. This feature allows you to record photos on both SD cards simultaneously, so you always have a copy of your movie. Additionally, if one of the memory cards reached capacity, the relay recording feature would automatically switch which card was being used.

The camera also has a fast motion mode and a slow motion mode. When using the MP4 mode, it can record not only the playback frame rate but also make it possible to record footage with a slow motion effect or a fast motion effect at almost the same rate of quality. Both of these modes are included with the camera. It is also possible to record at a predetermined interval, and those intervals may be adjusted to be as high as 12x for fast motion and as low as 0.4 for slow motion.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Imaging System

The powerful image stabilization mechanism that is included in the camera is designed to reduce the amount of blur that is produced in photographs as a result of the photographer moving the camera around while taking pictures.

The Canon VIXIA HF G21 provides the user with the option of manually employing the intelligent IS; alternatively, if the user so chooses, the function can automatically choose the most appropriate mode for image stabilization to employ given the circumstances of the photograph being taken. In addition, the Dynamic IS can make electrical corrections to the tilt and roll.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Verdict

Reviewing the Canon VIXIA HF G21 Full HD Camcorder was a fantastic experience since it allowed us to come across a camera that, although retaining all of its characteristics, has a form factor that is so compact and easy to handle. Because it is lightweight, the item may be transported very simply when traveling or going to important events due to its portability.

Anyone who enjoys taking pictures or films, regardless of their level of experience in the field, is eligible to utilize the product. This includes both amateurs and seasoned professionals.

The VIXIA HF G21 is also faithful to the enormous prestige camcorders have earned throughout their history. This means that the device is simple to operate, but it also has capabilities that are accessible to it that may please users with a higher level of expertise.

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Specs

Sensor Type1/2.84″-Type CMOS Sensor
Sensor ResolutionActual: 3.09 Megapixel
Effective: 2.91 Megapixel

Optics

Focal Length3.67 to 73.4mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length26.8 to 576mm 
Maximum Aperturef/1.8 – f/2.8
Minimum Focus Distance0.8″ / 2.0 cm
Fixed FocusNo
ZoomOptical: 20x
Digital: 400x
Filter Size58 mm
Built-In ND FiltersNone

Recording

SystemNTSC
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video Format1920 x 1080p at 59.94 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
1440 x 1080p at 23.98 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 59.94 fps (35 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97 fps (24 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97 fps (17 Mb/s MP4)
1280 x 720p at 59.94 fps (8 Mb/s MP4)
1280 x 720p at 23.98/29.97 fps (4 Mb/s MP4)
640 x 360p at 23.98/29.97 fps (3 Mb/s MP4)

EVF

Size.24″
Resolution1,560,000 Dots

Exposure Control

Shutter Speed12,000 Second (Video)
Shooting ModesA (Aperture Priority)
Auto
Beach
Fireworks
Low Light
M (Manual)
Night
P
Portrait
Snow
Sports
Spotlight

Features

Image StabilizationOptical & Digital
Scene ModesPreset: Yes
White Balance Modes3000K
5500K
6500K
Auto
Cloudy
Daylight
Fluorescent
Fluorescent H
Shade
Tungsten
Creative EffectsNone
Built-In MicYes
Built-In SpeakerYes
Built-In Light/FlashLight – No
Flash – No
Wi-FiNone
Accessory Shoe1 x Cold
1 x Mini Advanced Shoe
Tripod Mount1/4″ – 20
Inputs1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo MIC/LINE switching possible
1 x LANC Terminal 2.5mm remote
Outputs1 x Mini-USB
1 x Video 3.5 mm 4-pole mini-jack
1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
Microphone InputYes
Headphone JackYes

General

BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC
Charging MethodAC Adapter
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 85%
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.5 x 3.3 x 7.2″ / 11.4 x 8.4 x 18.3 cm Without lens hood
4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1″ / 11.4 x 8.4 x 23.1 cm With lens hood
Weight1.6 lb / 745 g (Body Only)
1.9 lb / 880 g (Body with Battery and Memory Card)

Packaging Info

Package Weight3.68 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.75 x 8 x 7.55″

Canon VIXIA HF G21 Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Built from strong materials
  • Small size facilitates transportation
  • Simultaneous recordings to both SD cards
Need Improvements
  • Steep pockets required

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