Canon HF R21 Camcorder Review

The Vixia HF R21 is Canon's newest entry-level HD camcorder.

$449.00 at Walmart


The Vixia HF R21 is Canon's newest entry-level HD camcorder and it's designed as a replacement for last year's HF R11. The camcorder comes with 32GB of internal flash memory, two memory card slots, and a new touchscreen interface on its 3-inch LCD. The camcorder showed us decent performance in our video testing, but it lacked the clarity, sharpness, and extensive set of manual controls you commonly find on higher-end models.

The HF R21 carries an MSRP of $499, but it has two cheaper sibling models. The HF R20 (8GB internal flash memory) is available for $399 and the HF R200 (no internal memory) has a $379 price tag.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color Performance
  4. Low Light Performance
  5. Motion Performance
  6. Sharpness Performance
  7. Ease of Use
  8. Handling
  9. Controls
  10. Recording Options
  11. Hardware
  12. Other Features
  13. JVC GZ-HM450 Comparison
  14. Samsung HMX-H300 Comparison
  15. Canon HF R11 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Photo Gallery