Canon Vixia HF S21 comparison

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Canon Vixia HF S21

Canon Vixia HF S21
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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

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Canon Vixia HV30

Canon Vixia HV30
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Price $2,999 at 1 store $529 at 1 store $990 at 1 store $884 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 3 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 5.0 stars out of 1 review 4.0 stars out of 21 reviews
Release date April 05, 2010 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 April 01, 2011 March 01, 2008
The Bottom Line Though they're an excellent trio of camcorders, the Vixia HF S21, HF S20, and HF S200 are significantly more expensive than their respective competitors, especially since the S20 and S200 lack electronic viewfinders. If you can forgo some of the subtleties of the manual controls, you can probably get what you need with a cheaper camcorder. While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers. A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it's worth it to step up to the M41. Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine. An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues.

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.0
F/1.5-2.8
F/1.8-3.0
Flash type Built-in flash
Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Mini DV (HDV)
Optical zoom 10 x
10 x
10 x
12 x
10 x
Optical sensor type CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
CMOS
3MOS
CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 200 x
200 x
200 x
700 x
200 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 16.6 oz
19.2 oz
12.3 oz
13.9 oz
1.2 lbs
Image stabilizer Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (HYBRID O.I.S.)
Optical (SuperRange)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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