Canon LEGRIA HF S21

LEGRIA HD Camcorders

LEGRIA HF S21

Canon LEGRIA HF S21

Match your ambition. Exceed your expectations.

Canon’s most advanced flash memory camcorder, the LEGRIA HF S21 puts pro-level HD shooting in your hands. Stunning Full HD imaging combines with the storage capacity of 64GB Dual Flash Memory.

  • 8MP Canon HD Camera System
  • 8.8cm (3.5”) touch-screen LCD and EVF
  • 64GB Dual Flash Memory
  • Relay Recording and HD-SD conversion
  • Manual control dial, remote jack
  • Superior audio
  • Dynamic OIS and Powered IS
  • Pre REC, Instant AF
  • x.v.Color, 25p Cinema Mode
  • Expandable system

8MP Canon HD Camera System

Get stunning images and superb low-light performance via the Canon HD Camera System: the LEGRIA HF S21 combines an 8.0MP Full HD CMOS sensor, a Canon HD Video Lens, and the DIGIC DV III processor.

8.8cm (3.5”) touch-screen LCD and EVF

A high-resolution 8.8cm (3.5”) touch-screen LCD offers a 100% view for shooting HD movies. A unique, gesture-based LCD interface gives you fingertip access to functions such as Touch Tracking, Touch Focus and Touch Exposure modes. The LEGRIA HF S21 also features a colour EVF for framing the scene.

64GB Dual Flash Memory

64GB Dual Flash Memory combines large built-in capacity – enough for over 24 hours of HD movies – with dual SDHC slots for recording to memory cards. Relay Recording automatically detects when one storage medium is full, and switches to the other.

Easy movie sharing

For easier sharing of your movies, the LEGRIA HF S21 lets you convert AVCHD (MPEG4) files to smaller, standard definition MPEG2 files, ready for burning to DVD or uploading to the web.

Professional control

A Custom Key lets you activate one of five variables that can be assigned to the manual Control Dial, including focus, exposure, and audio level. A remote control jack enables the use of optional external remote controls.

Audio excellence

Capture and monitor superior audio with a microphone input and headphone jack. A configurable Mic Attenuator compensates for sudden volume changes, ensuring that audio is always recorded at the optimum level.

Steadier shots

An Optical Image Stabilizer with a new Dynamic mode lets you record steadier footage, even when you’re moving. Powered IS keeps footage super-steady when shooting at the telephoto end of the zoom range.

Don’t miss a thing

In Pre REC mode, the camcorder starts recording three seconds before the Record button is pressed. These seconds are added to the beginning of each clip, so you can still capture that crucial moment even if you press the Record button too late. Instant AF achieves highly accurate focus at speed.

Extended colour

DIGIC DV III supports x.v.Color – for deeper, richer hues during playback on compatible HDTVs. 25p Cinema Mode matches the look of traditional film, and provides enhanced low-light shooting performance.

Creative extras

With a mini Advanced Accessory Shoe, optional accessories – such as a video light – can be used. The 58mm lens thread is compatible with professional filters.

Product Specification

VIDEO SYSTEM

Recording Medium Dual Flash Memory (64Gb internal + 2x SDHC card slot) with Relay Recording (internal memory to card; card to card)
Max Recording Time Variable total, depending on memory card size¹
Internal memory: 24hrs 30mins² ³
32Gb SDHC card: 12hrs 15mins²
Type 1/2.6 type CMOS
Total pixels 8.59 megapixel
Effective Pixels: Movie 6.01 megapixels
Effective Pixels: Still 8.02 megapixels (4:3 mode)
Filter RGB Primary Colour Filter
Optical Zoom 10x
Digital Zoom 200x / 40x (selectable)
Digital Tele-Converter YES (1.7x)
Focal Length 6.4-64mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length MOVIE: Approx 43.5-435 mm
STILL: Approx 39.9-399 mm (4:3)
Maximum Aperture f1.8 to f3.0
Minimum Focusing Distance 10mm
Image Stabilizer Dynamic Optical Image Stabilizer;
Powered Optical Image Stabilizer mode
Filter Diameter 58mm
Wide Attachment YES (optional WD-H58)

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Image Processor DIGIC DV III
Face Detection Technology YES
Screen Size 8.8cm (3.5") widescreen Multiangle Vivid LCD
Pixels 922,000 pixels
Touch-Screen LCD YES
Manual Adjustment Brightness, backlight
Temporary Underscan N/A (100% coverage as standard)

VIEWFINDER

Screen Size 0.69cm (0.27")
Pixels 123,000 pixels

MINIMUM ILLUMINATION

Minimum Lux. Approx. 0.3 lux (Low Light Mode)
Night Mode YES
Auto Gain Control Limit Adjustment YES
Auto/Manual YES / YES
Control AUTO: Face Priority AF/Instant AF/TV AF
MANUAL: Touch panel, control dial
Manual Focus Assist YES (Magnification, Face Assist, Colour Peaking)
Smart AUTO YES (31 scene)
Program AE 14
AUTO, P, Av, Tv, CINE, Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach,
Sunset, Night, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
Zebra YES

BACKLIGHT COMPENSATION

Backlight Compensation YES

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Auto YES
Set/Preset YES (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H)

SHUTTER SPEED

Maximum 1/2000th sec.
Slow 1/2 sec.

DIGITAL EFFECT

Fade Auto Fade , Wipe
Effect Black & White, Sepia

IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTMENT

Image Effects Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Soft, Skin Detail, Custom
Custom Functions Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Colour Depth

CUSTOM KEY

Custom Key YES (plus Control Dial)

STILL IMAGE

Capture Image Size 3264 x 2456, 3264 x 1840, 1920 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Continuous Shooting Mode YES (Normal and High-speed)
Auto Exposure Bracketing YES
Simultaneous Photo Recording YES
Selecting AF Frame Function YES
Histogram YES
Photo Button YES
Photo Burst YES

SELF TIMER

Self Timer 10 sec
2 sec with wireless remote

RECORDING MODE

LP Mode 5 recording quality modes.¹
MXP: 1920x1080, 24Mbps;²
FXP: 1920x1080, 17Mbps;²
XP+: 1440x1080, 12Mbps;
SP: 1440x1080, 7Mbps;
LP: 1440x1080, 5Mbps
Extended Recording Mode (ELP Mode) -
Progressive Shooting Mode YES (25p)
CINE Image Mode YES
x.v.Color YES
Video Snapshot YES
Dual Shot YES
Pre REC YES
Colour Bars and Test Tone YES
Still Image NO
Date YES (date select, calendar, timeline, Face Timeline, Face Jump, 3D Flip)

MEMORY CARD

Multi Media Card NO
Secure Digital Card SD / SDHC
Movie Recording YES
Internal Data Transfer MOVIE: Yes (internal memory to card, card to card)
STILLS: Yes (internal memory to card, card to card)
System Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch);
5.1ch surround sound (via Optional SM-V1 microphone)
Manual Rec. Level Control YES
Audio Dubbing NO

TERMINAL

Headphone YES
Microphone YES
USB YES (USB 2.0 Hi Speed)
DV NO
Direct Print YES
Analogue-in NO
AV YES (out only)
S-video NO
Component YES (out only)
HDMI™ YES (HDMI™ Mini Connector: v1.3, CEC supported, out only)
LANC YES
Built-in Charger YES

QUICK START

Quick Start YES (using LCD screen)

ACCESSORY SHOE

Accessory Shoe YES (mini Advanced Accessory Shoe)

BUILT-IN VIDEO LIGHT

Built-in Video Light YES (white LED)

BUILT-IN FLASH

Built-in Flash YES

PC CONNECTION KIT

DV Network Solution Disk NO
Application Software YES (PIXELA ImageMixer™ 3 SE, Music Transfer utility)
USB Cable YES
Easy Web Upload YES
HD->SD conversion YES

WIRELESS CONTROLLER

Wireless Controller YES

BATTERY PACK

Type Lithium Ion
Intelligent Battery System YES
Battery Included In The Kit BP-808
Max Recording Time (included battery) 1hr 40mins
Quick Charge NO
Long Life Battery BP-827
Longer Recording Time* 5hr 10mins

DIMENSIONS

W x H x D 75 x 74 x 148mm
Weight Approx. 480g
Max Recording Time ¹ Class 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording, Class 2 or higher SDHC card recommended for other recording modes, Memory card not supplied
² LP recording mode
³ Recording for more than 12 hours continuously is not possible
LP Mode ¹ Variable bit rate used in all recording modes
² Class 4 or higher SDHC card required for 1920x1080 recording, Class 2 or higher SDHC card recommended for other recording modes, Memory card not supplied
  • Specifications are subject to change without notice
  • * using EVF (normal LCD brightness if no EVF) and optional long life BP