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VIXIA HF G21

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Features

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder features a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens offering a 35mm equivalent of 26.8–576mm. With advanced elements and coatings, it helps reduce flare and ghosting, producing sharp, clear images with minimal distortion.

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder features an 8-blade Circular Aperture, which helps to avoid the “starburst” effect of point light sources in non-circular aperture designs. Out-of-focus areas are smooth, natural and appealing. The professional touch of a manual focus ring allows accurate and precise control. For extra flexibility, the manual focus ring can be easily set to control zoom instead.

Advanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder features a 1/2.84-inch, 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor that captures approximately 2136 x 1362 pixels, for sharp and detailed high-definition video recording. The high sensitivity of VIXIA HF G21's sensor helps provide vivid, accurate recording through an excellent signal-to-noise ratio.

Superb Low-light Performance

Featuring a low-luminance noise rating of +3 dB, the VIXIA HF G21 camcorder is able to capture clear, sharp images with incredible detail even in low light.

1080/60p Recording in MP4

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder gives you high-quality recording whether you're capturing MP4 or AVCHD files. 1080/60p recording captures twice the amount of information as 60i, and with images captured at a rate of up to 60 frames per second, diagonal noise is virtually eliminated so even fast-moving subjects show up crisply with motion and patterns clearly recorded. This greater sense of detail and faithful rendering of moving edges, plus enhanced color and fine tonal gradation, gives your video everything Full HD has to offer. And the VIXIA HF G21 can record in internet-ready, easy-to-share MP4 format at up to 35 Mbps. The VIXIA HF G21 also features a maximum bit rate of 28 Mbps for AVCHD recording, the highest in the AVCHD standard. In either format the image quality is outstanding.

Native 24p Progressive Mode

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder features the Native 24p Progressive Mode, a must for serious filmmaking work. Native 24p matches the frame rate of a traditional film camera, giving the same cadence and temporal motion for "film-like" quality.

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder represents our Full HD System, delivering truly excellent image quality and reproduction for most any application. With its 20x Optical Zoom HD Video lens, its HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor working together to capture and process the images at hand, the VIXIA HF G21 is positioned to deliver HD video that is nothing short of stunning.

The capacitive touch-sensitive Light-Emitting Diode (LED) panel on the VIXIA HF G21 camcorder boasts an impressive viewing angle, color reproduction, contrast and touch responsiveness. The touch responsiveness of the screen is smooth and sensitive, enabling fluid control of the camera.

Electronic Viewfinder

The VIXIA HF G21 features a 0.24-inch, approximately 1.56 million-dot color electronic viewfinder with approximately 100% field of view coverage for detailed, accurate composition judgment. The viewfinder can be tilted up to 45° from its normal resting position to enable a great amount of shooting freedom.

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder allows you to record video directly to widely available SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards with capacities ranging from over 32GB to 2TB. They are available in ultra-fast reading and writing speeds and make it easy to share video.

When AVCHD/MP4 recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop.
A variable bit rate is applicable in each case.

Double-slot SD Card Recording for Instant Backup

For safety and convenience, double-slot recording allows you to record simultaneously to each of the two SD memory card slots, providing an instant backup for your footage.

Relay Recording

With Relay Recording, the VIXIA HF G21 camcorder automatically switches video recording from one SD memory card to the other when the first memory card becomes full.

Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the VIXIA HF G21 camcorder to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate (only in MP4 recording modes), for a fast or slow motion effect during playback. Since the camera is recording real frames and modifying the playback rate, there is virtually no quality loss and maximum image quality is maintained. Additionally, interval recording allows the user to record frames at specified intervals, providing time-lapse recording of up to 1200x and slow motion down to 0.4x of the original speed.

For natural and realistic-looking image capture that faithfully represents the scene at hand, the VIXIA HF G21 camcorder features a Wide DR Gamma mode. By suppressing overexposure in high brightness areas of the composition, this mode helps achieve a wide dynamic range of 600% to produce virtually seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail, accurate color and virtually no blown-out highlights.

To capture highly saturated, realistic colors and to convey gradation characteristics as perceived by the eye, the VIXIA HF G21 camcorder has a Highlight Priority mode that achieves effects similar to HDR modes in other camcorders. By reducing the mid- to high-brightness compression of the standard gamma mode, the Highlight Priority mode helps to prevent loss of detail in high brightness areas. Designed for display on a bright LCD TV, videos captured in Highlight Priority mode should be shown at a high brightness setting to help ensure an accurate portrayal of the effect.

The VIXIA HF G21 camcorder offers a powerful optical image stabilization system suited to help reduce image blur due to camera shake in a wide variety of shooting situations. The different image stabilization options can be selected manually, or Intelligent IS can use an automatic detection system to identify the proper stabilization mode for the situation. Featured on the VIXIA HF G21 is a Dynamic IS Mode, which provides electronic correction of roll and tilt.

The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach our optional accessories, such as the Video Light VL-5, Directional Stereo Microphone DM-100 or 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone SM-V1.

Specifications

Standard Definition or High Definition

High Definition

Power Supply (rated)

7.4V DC (Battery Pack), 8.4V DC (DC IN)

Television System

NTSC

Video Recording system

Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
File Format: AVCHD Ver 2.0 Compliant (AVCHD Progressive), MP4

Audio Recording system

AVCHD: Linear PCM (2ch)* / Dolby Digital (2ch)**
MP4: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2ch)

* 28 Mbps or 24 Mbps video recording modes only; 16-bit resolution.
** Dolby Digital (5.1ch) is provided when the 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone SM-V1 is used.

Image Sensor

1/2.84-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter

Total Pixels

Approx. 3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)

Effective Pixels

Approx. 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)

Lens

Zoom Ratio: 20x Optical / 400x Digital
Focal Length: 3.67-73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 26.8-576mm with Standard IS/IS Off, 28.8-576mm with Dynamic IS)
Zoom Speed: Variable speed / Constant speed (16 levels); Fast, Normal or Slow
Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8

Focusing System

Hybrid AF (TTL-video signal detection system and external phase difference metering system), Normal AF (TTL-video signal selection system), Face Only AF, Manual Focus
Hybrid AF Controls: Instant AF, Medium AF

Manual Exposure

Available

Programmed AE

Auto Mode: Smart Auto
Manual Mode: P, Tv, Av, M (Manual Exposure), SCN (Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks)
Cinema Mode: P, Tv, Av, M

Max Shutter Speed

1/2000 sec.

Minimum Focusing Distance

20mm (at wide end), 60cm (from lens front) across zooming range

White Balance

Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent), Color Temperature Settings (2,000-15,000K), Set (1/2)

Frame Rate

AVCHD: 60p, 60i, PF29.97, 24p
MP4: 60p, 30p, 24p

Minimum Illumination

P Mode: Approx. 1.2 lux (shutter speed 1/30 sec., with auto slow shutter on)
Low Light Mode: Approx. 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)

Image Stabilization

Optical system (lens shift) + electronic stabilization
Control Modes: Dynamic IS, Powered IS*, Macro IS, Tripod Mode
IS Modes other than Intelligent IS: Standard IS, IS Off

* During Intelligent IS (Auto Mode), Powered IS can be set to On or Off.

Filter Diameter

58mm

Viewfinder

0.24-inch TFT wide color LCD screen, approx. 1.56 million dots, 100% field of view

LCD Screen

3.0-inch LCD panel with AR surface treatment, approx. 460,000 dots, 100% field of view

Microphone

Stereo (using electret condenser microphone)

Recording Media

2 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots

USB Terminal

mini-B receptacle and Hi-Speed USB supported (output only)

Video Terminal

3.5mm diameter 4-pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)

Accessory Shoe

Cold shoe (front area), mini advanced shoe (back area)*
* The Remote Control Adapter RA-V1 is not supported. The Video Flashlight VFL-2 supports only the video light function.

HDMI Terminal

HDMI mini connector

Microphone Terminal

3.5mm diameter stereo mini-jack, MIC/LINE switching possible

AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal

3.5mm stereo mini-jack

Remote Control Terminal

2.5mm stereo mini jack (input only)

Operating Temperature range

For Performance: Approx. 0-40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
For Operation: Approx. -5-45°C, 60% (relative humidity)

Dimensions

Approx. 4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2 in. / 109 x 84 x 182mm (excluding lens hood)
Approx. 4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1 in. / 115 x 84 x 231mm (including lens hood)

All dimensions exclude the grip belt.

Weight

Approx. 1.6 lbs. / 745g (body only)
Approx. 1.9 lbs. / 880g (includes lens hood, Battery Pack BP-820 and 1 memory card)

Grip belt included for all values.

Recording Modes

Recording Format Bit Rate Resolution Frame Rate
AVCHD 28 Mbps (59.94P)*1,2 1920 x 1080 59.94P*3
24 Mbps*1 1920 x 1080 59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P*3
17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P*3
5 Mbps 1440 x 1080 59.94i/PF29.97/23.98P*3
 
MP4 35 Mbps (59.94P)*2 1920 x 1080 59.94P
24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 29.97P/23.98P*4
17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 29.97P/23.98P*4
8 Mbps*2 1280 x 720 59.94P
4 Mbps 1280 x 720 29.97P/23.98P*4
3 Mbps 640 x 360 29.97P/23.98P*4

*1 During audio recording, either linear PCM recording or standard recording (Dolby Digital) can be selected.
*2 Cannot be set in Cinema mode.
*3 In AUTO mode: 59.94i.
*4 In AUTO mode: 29.97P only.


Maximum Recording Time

AVCHD Recording Mode
Memory
Capacity
28 Mbps 24 Mbps 17 Mbps 5 Mbps
8GB 35 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 3 hr.
16GB 1 hr. 15 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 6 hr. 5 min.
32GB 2 hr. 30 min. 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 12 hr. 15 min.
64GB 5 hr. 5 min. 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 24 hr. 30 min.
128GB 10 hr. 10 min. 11 hr. 55 min. 16 hr. 45 min. 49 hr.
MP4 Recording Mode
Memory
Capacity
35 Mbps 24 Mbps 17 Mbps 8 Mbps 4 Mbps 3 Mbps
8GB 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 2 hr. 10 min. 4 hr. 20 min. 5 hr. 40 min.
16GB 1 hr. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 4 hr. 20 min. 8 hr. 40 min. 11 hr. 25 min.
32GB 2 hr. 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 8 hr. 40 min. 17 hr. 20 min. 22 hr. 55 min.
64GB 4 hr. 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 17 hr. 20 min. 34 hr. 45 min. 45 hr. 55 min.
128GB 8 hr. 11 hr. 55 min. 16 hr. 45 min. 34 hr. 45 min. 69 hr. 30 min. 91 hr. 55 min.

When AVCHD/MP4 recording has continued for 12 hours, it will automatically stop. A variable bit rate is applicable in each case.

VIXIA HF G21

VIXIA HF G21 VIXIA HF G21 Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier) Battery Pack BP-820 Compact Power Adapter CA-570

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