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Canon Legria HF S21 High Definition Flash Memory/SD Card Digital Video Camera

Canon Legria HF S21 High Definition Flash Memory/SD Card Digital Video Camera

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The LEGRIA HFS21 is Canon’s flagship camcorder boasting an awesome feature set that includes an 8 Megapixel Full HD sensor, genuine Canon HD lens with 10x optical zoom, and Dig!c DV III image processor for exceptional quality Full HD video and stills. Powerful Dynamic SuperRange optical image stabilisation technology ensures smooth handheld video and Instant AF provides crisp and quick refocus on demand. And its High Definition 922,000-dot 3.5 inch Touch LCD screen with 100% viewfinder coverage plus Touch Focus, Touch & Track and Touch Exposure makes shooting great video a breeze. The HF S21 records up to 24.5hrs of video to its 64GB internal flash memory; or to dual SDHC* memory card slots, and has the ability to do automatic relay recording or even copy footage between cards. 

* we recommend using class 4 or higher memory cards for recording high definition video

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Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilisation - provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broad range of motion. Extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted shaking which is common when walking.

Internal Flash Memory/SDHC Card Recording – record up to 24.5hrs of video to its 64GB internal flash memory or to dual SHDC memory card slots. Relay recording enables the camcorder to automatically switch between storage sources during recording without the need for user intervention. You can also copy footage from card to card.

True Progressive HD CMOS Sensor – 1/2.6” HD CMOS sensor (1920 x 1080) for fast capture, processing and low power consumption.

Instant AF – offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). Uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions.

8 Megapixel Photos + Dual Shot – take high resolution 8mp still photos. Also shoots stills during video recording at 6mp and features a built-in flash for still photos.

3.5” LCD Touch Panel – With this high resolution 922,000-dot 3.5” touch screen enjoy faster and easier menu navigation, sliding control of manual functions using gestures, as well as Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure by simply touching a subject on the LCD screen - the AF system will track the selected target and keep it in focus.

0.27” Colour Electronic Viewfinder

LED Video Light – features a built-in video light for low-light shooting.

Advanced Manual Control - including control dial and custom key, allows functions including exposure, focusing, assist functions, mic volume level or AGC limits to be assigned to a custom key.

Intelligent Auto - the camera automatically recognises and selects the optimal shooting settings based on your environment.

Face Detection Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure of the faces tracked.

DiG!c DV III Image Processor – high-speed image processor that produces high quality HD images.

Auto Microphone Regulator - Optimal volume is maintained during recording

Microphone and Headphone Jacks – input jack for external microphone and headphone out enable you to capture better audio. Capture 5.1 surround sound with the new Canon SM-V1 external microphone (sold separately).

LANC Remote Control – with the optional RA-V1 adapter (sold separately) you can use LANC remotes to control the camera.

Video Snapshot V2 - Every time the Record button is pressed, a short two, four or eight second clip is captured - or select your favourite clips while in Playback Mode. Simply transfer your clips to a playlist on the memory card, select a soundtrack, and you’re instantly ready to play your movie on a TV – no need for editing on a PC.

Internal Down Conversion - Convert HD video to SD video for easy uploading and burning.



What's in the box?

Canon Legria HF S21 Digital Video Camera

Battery Pack BP808

Power Adaptor CA-570

Stereo Video Cable STV250N

Component Cable CTC100

USB 2.0 Hi Speed Cable & AC Cable

Remote WLD89

Software Suite CD-ROM Pixela ImageMixer 3.SE

Audio Data Disc

Instruction Manual

12 Month Warranty from Canon Australia


To get started, DCW recommends....


 uses Secure Digital (SD) and High Capacity Secure Digital (HCSD) cards.GIF

... extra
for photos
 DCW recommends a spare battery

... a spare


 DCW recommends a cleaning kit

... a
 DCW recommends a carry case

... a carry



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LEGRIA HFS21 Technical Specifications

Video System


Format Type

Flash - SD / SDHC + Built In


1/2.6-inch Canon HD CMOS sensor, 8.59 Megapixels

Image Processor


Video Data

AVCHD 1080/50i. 1080/25P (Maximum AVCHD 24Mbps)

Recording Modes

MXP 24Mbps / FXP 17Mpbs / XP 12Mbps / SP 7Mbps  / LP 5Mbps

Image Pixels


Total Pixels

8.59 Megapixels

Still Image

8.02 Megapixels

Real Widescreen 16:9

6.01 Megapixels



Optical / Digital

10x / 200x

Focal Length

6.4 –64 mm

Maximum Aperture

f/1.8 to f/3.0

Minimum Focusing Distance

10 (wide angle)

Shutter Speed

1/2-1/2,000 sec.

Image Stabilizer

Optical system (Dynamic mode/powered IS provided)

Lens Cover

Built-in Automatic



AF System

Hi-Speed Instant Auto Focus , Normal AF (Touch and Track available)

Focusing Range

Auto / Manual



Light Metering Method

Evaluative / Centre-weighted  average / Spot metering

Exposure Compensation

±12 steps via joystick (Touch Exposure Lock available)

White Balance Mode

Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H



Min Illumination

0.3 Lux (Low Light Mode)

Low Light Mode

Yes (1/2 sec)



Video Light




View Screen / Pixels

Touch Widescreen 3.5" / 922,000 dots / 100% display / Vivid colour LCD

Viewfinder (Colour)

0.27” / 123,000 dots

Filming Models & Controls


AE Program Modes

Auto / P / Av / Tv / SCN / CINE Progessive 25P

Scene Modes

Portrait / Sports / Night / Low light/ Snow / Beach / Sunset / Spotlight / Fireworks


Black & White / Sepia


Auto Fade / Wipe (Movie only)



Audio Data

Dolby Digital AC-3 2ch (5.1-ch Supported)

Audio Level Metering

Manual audio level VR metering & control with adjustment via LCD

Wind Screen

Auto / Off

Still Image Recording


Capture Size

8.02 Megapixels

Memory Card Type

SDHC / SD Double Slot

Still Image Resolution

3264x1840, 3264x2456, 1920x1440, 640x480

Still Shooting Functions

Auto Exposure Bracketing / High Speed Continuous Shooting / 9-point AiAF



Battery (standard)

Avg. 60 min

Charging Time

150 min

Quick Start/Power Save

Yes, linked with LCD

Built-in Charger





USB 2.0 Hi Speed / mini HDMI / Component output / AV output / Microphone / Headphone/ Mini advanced shoe (RA-V1 supported)

Operating Platforms

Canon photo application software -
PC:      Windows XP SP2/SP3, Vista (including SP1/SP2), Windows 7
Mac:  OS X 10.4 to 10.6
Pixela ImageMixer 3 SE Software -
PC:      Windows  XP SP2/SP3, Vista SP1/SP2, Windows 7



Self Timer

10 sec / Remote 2 sec


Calendar / Timeline / Date / Face

Dimensions W x H x D

75.5 x 74 x 148mm

Weight exc. battery (g)

Approx. 470g



* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice