Capture video and photos without switching modes, which saves you time and helps you avoid the chance of a missed shot.
Variable Zoom Speed Control
Another sure sign of amateur video is the unsteady zoom shot. But with the VIXIA HF21's zoom control, you simply select one of the four zoom speeds (three pre-set, one variable) for smooth, steady, professional-looking zooms.
Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking video. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.
The VIXIA HF21's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.
Never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the VIXIA HF21 is in Camera Mode and the LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby mode. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode.
The Pre-record feature places your VIXIA HF21 in a standby "pre-roll" mode. When you press the shooting button while in Pre-record, the VIXIA HF21 automatically records 3 seconds of the action which occurred prior to your pressing of the button. With Pre-record, it will be harder than ever to miss the moment when the bat hits the ball at the start of that home run.
Low Light Performance
Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set. You won't miss any of them, thanks to the VIXIA HF21's mini video light. The light lets you shoot subjects in color, in low light, up to 4.9 feet away. So, whether it's a shot of a sleeping baby, or a group of friends on a candlelit terrace at night, the VIXIA HF21 captures all the moments you want to record.
Manual Audio Level Control
To make your videos sound as good as they look, the VIXIA HF21 offers a built-in audio meter and manual audio level adjustment. You'll be able to tell at a glance if the sound you're hearing is being recorded the way you want it and a simple control allows you to change the audio level if it's not.
Improved Menu User Interface
For greater ease of use, the VIXIA HF21 features a revised control button with cross movement action. It's an intuitive design enabling you to push up, down, left or right to choose the menu option you wish.
DVD Burner Compatible
You can also easily burn DVDs of the video shot with your VIXIA HF21 as it is compatible with Canon's new DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and with the click of a few buttons, your videos will be burned to an AVCHD disc for play in a compatible DVD player.
AVCHD discs containing scenes recorded in MXP mode cannot be created with the optional DW-100 DVD Burner.