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Huge storage capacity – up to 45 hours – and Full HD image quality combine in the HG21. Keep on recording f... See full description.
  • Full HD
  • 1920x1080 pixels

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Huge storage capacity – up to 45 hours – and Full HD image quality combine in the HG21. Keep on recording for longer, then easily share your movies on an HD TV, a computer or over the web.


  • 45 hrs of HD (120Gb HDD)
  • Dual Recording
  • 1920×1080 Full HD (24Mbps)
  • Canon HD Camera System
  • Super Range OIS and Instant AF
  • Creative options
  • Microphone input
  • Multiangle Vivid LCD; colour EVF
  • Flexible system
  • Software with Blu-ray disc support
  • Ready for the challenge.

45 hours of movies
Shoot up to 45 hours of HD movies to the 120Gb Hard Disk Drive (HDD) – with the HG21 you’re ready for any challenge.

Dual Recording
With Canon’s Dual Recording system, store movies straight to internal HDD, ideal when there is no external media to hand. Alternatively, shoot straight to easy-to-share SDHC memory cards and simply hand them to friends.

1920×1080 Full HD
Record 1920×1080 Full HD video that is perfectly matched to the resolution of Full HD TVs. Five recording quality options are available: at the highest MXP setting HD movies are captured at 24 Mbps – the maximum possible data rate, for maximum possible image quality.

Canon HD Camera System
The unique technologies of the Canon HD Camera System give the HG21 a big quality advantage. This unique combination – a Canon HD Video Lens with 12x optical zoom, a 3.3 MP Canon Full HD CMOS sensor, and the powerful DIGIC DV II processor – delivers superb HD movies.

Instant AF and Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer
Canon’s Instant AF combines two kinds of auto focusing to achieve absolute HD clarity at speed. Super Range OIS helps keeps your shots steady, especially when filming handheld.

Creative shooting
25p Cinema Mode allows you to achieve a stylish filmic look. 11 Program AE modes offer complete creative control.

Superior audio
A microphone input connection lets you attach an external microphone, for greater control over sound recording. Manual audio controls – microphone attenuation control, audio level meters and audio level control – are available to help achieve perfect audio quality.

Multiangle Vivid LCD and EVF
A 2.7" Multiangle Vivid LCD screen displays a wide colour gamut and reduces glare, making it easy to preview movies. A wide 135-degree viewing angle lets everyone to gather round. Alternatively, shoot using the widescreen colour EVF.

Full flexibility
A mini Advanced Accessory Shoe is compatible with a wide range of accessories. It’s simple to playback HD video – connect to an HD TV via HDMI or component output. With HDMI you can even control the camcorder’s playback functions using an external remote, thanks to CEC support.

Supplied software
PIXELA ImageMixer™ 3 SE software helps you manage, edit and share HD movies – even convert them to different file formats. You can also burn video to a Blu-ray disc: one Dual Layer Blu-ray disc holds up to 50GB of files.

product specification
Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080 pixels
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12x optical zoom
Media format Hard disk drive storage
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC card
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 40x digital zoom
Type of image stabiliser Optical image stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity 120GB Storage
Shortest shutter speed 1/2000 min. shutter speed
Weight (g) 490g
Screen size 2.7"
Maximum aperture telephoto 3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length 42.9 Millimetres
Highest focal length 514.8 Millimetres
Type of chip CMOS chip
Release date 14 Oct 2008