Inputs And Outputs
Overview: The Canon VIXIA HF G21 Flash Memory camcorder
shoots high definition video or digital photos that can be stored on SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory Cards.
The camcorder comes with a rechargeable battery, battery charger, and lens hood.
Image Sensor: The HF G21 features a 1/2.84", 2.91
Megapixel HD CMOS Pro image sensor. The sensor has a resolution of 2136 x 1362
pixels to give you sharp video images with lots of detail, even in low light
situations. The video is processed by the on-board DIGIC DV4 image processor.
3.0" LCD Touch Screen: The HF G21 features a
3.0" widescreen, capacitive touch-sensitive LCD screen with approximately
dots and 100% field of view. The flip-out LCD panel can be rotated 270° (180°
forward, 90° backward), allowing you to shoot videos from high and low angles.
Onscreen buttons allow you to maneuver through the menus and change settings.
You can also review your images by swiping your finger up/down or left/right
across the screen.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3.0" LCD
screen, the camcorder
also features a separate 0.24" TFT color viewfinder with 1.56 million dots.
The viewfinder is activated when it is pulled out, and you can tilt it up to 45°
for easier viewing. A dioptric adjustment lever lets you adjust the viewfinder
to your eyesight. The viewfinder includes a large, comfortable eye cup for blocking out light
Recording Media: The Canon HF G21 camcorder captures video
and still-images SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards (sold separately). Cards rated
as Speed Class 4, 6, or 10 are recommended. The camcorder is equipped with two
memory card slots, giving you added recording capability. Recording
simultaneously on both memory cards (Dual Recording) provides an instant backup
for your recordings. You can record in the same video format and recording mode
on both cards, or choose to record in a different format on each card, resulting
in smaller files that can easily be transferred to a computer. Another option is
Relay Recording, allowing the camcorder to automatically switch from one memory
card to the other when the first card becomes full.
Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies in AVCHD
(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) or MP4 video formats. When recording in AVCHD, you can choose
Linear PCM (16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channel) or Dolby Digital (2 channel or 5.1
channel) audio. MP4 recordings feature 2-channel AAC audio. Still photos are
recorded in JPEG compression.
Note: 5.1-channel audio recording requires the optional
SM-V1 Surround Microphone.
Recording Modes: When recording video, you can choose from
the following modes:
|Movie Format ||Recording Mode ||Resolution ||Audio Format |
|AVCHD ||28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) ||1920 x 1080 ||Linear PCM |
|28 Mbps (59.94P) ||Dolby Digital |
|24 Mbps LPCM ||Linear PCM |
|24 Mbps ||Dolby Digital |
|17 Mbps |
|5 Mbps ||1440 x 1080 |
|MP4 ||35 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 ||AAC |
|24 Mbps |
|17 Mbps |
|8 Mbps (59.94P) ||1280 x 720 |
|4 Mbps |
|3 Mbps ||640 x 360 |
Mini Advanced Shoe: The top-mounted Mini Advanced Shoe
allows you to attach a range of optional accessories, such as video lights (VL-5
or VFL-2) and external microphone (DM-100) without the need for additional
Genuine Canon Video Lens: The HF G21 comes with a
Genuine Canon HD video lens with a 20x Optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 26.8 -
576mm) and a selectable 4x or
20x digital zoom for a 80x or 400x total digital zoom. It includes 12 elements
in 10 groups, including a double-sided aspheric element). The lens has a 58mm
filter thread, allowing you to add screw-on filters, the TL-H58 tele-converter,
or the WA-H58 wide attachment. A lens hood is included
to reduce the amount of stray light to enter the lens.
Zoom Controls: The camcorder offers several different
methods for zooming in and out:
- Focus/Zoom Ring: When using the focus/zoom ring, the
zoom speed is controlled by how quickly you turn the ring.
- Zoom Rocker: The zoom rocker, by default, operates at a
variable speed--gentle press for a slow zoom, harder press for faster zooms.
Overall zoom speeds can be set to Slow, Normal, or Fast. You can also change
the zoom speed to one of 16 constant speeds.
- Touch Screen Control: Using the Touch Screen, you can
zoom in and out by pressing the W (wide) or T (tele) areas. Soft Zoom
Control allows you to start and/or stop the zoom gradually.
Digital Tele-Converter: You can digitally increase the focal
length of the camcorder by a factor of approximately 2x and record the
enlarged image at full HD resolution.
Advanced Image Stabilization: The HF G21 has an Optical Image
Stabilizer (lens-shift type) system to reduce image blur caused by camera shake.
Image stabilization options can be selected manually, or the Intelligent IS mode
can automatically detect the type of movement and select the proper correction.
This dynamic Image Stabilizer can apply correction for axis roll, vertical roll,
horizontal, up/down, and left/right movement.
Camera Modes: Using the Mode Switch on the top of the
camcorder, you can select one of the following Camera Modes:
- Auto: The camcorder takes care of all of the settings while you
concentrate on recording.
- Manual: The manual setting gives you full access to menus,
settings, and advanced functions.
- Cinema: The Cinema mode gives your recordings a cinematic look.
The Cinema-Look filters help you create unique movies.
Highlight Priority: The VIXIA HF G21 features a Highlight
Priority mode to help you capture bright, realistic colors and color gradations
that you can see, but rarely get picked up on video. Highlight Priority prevents
loss of detail in bright areas of the scene by reducing the mid- to
high-brightness compression of the standard gamma modes. When displayed on a
bright LCD TV with a high brightness setting, your videos will show the highly
saturated, rich colors of the original scene.
Wide DR Gamma: The camcorder's Wide DR Gamma mode helps you
capture natural-looking images as they appear in real life. By preventing
overexposure in bright areas of the scene, Wide DR Gamma mode achieves a wide
dynamic range of up to 600% so you can see all of the color and detail of the
Slow and Fast Motion: In MP4 format, you can record videos
with a slow motion or fast motion effect during playback. By recording
individual frames at specific intervals the camcorder can provide smooth
time-lapse recordings up to 1200x and slow motion down to 0.4x original speed.
No audio is recorded for these scenes. You can choose from the following
|Recording Mode ||Frame Rate ||Slow/Fast Motion Rates |
|35 Mbps (59.94P) |
8 Mbps (59.94P)
|--- ||x2, x2.5 |
|24 Mbps, 17 Mbps ||29.97P ||x0.5, x1.25, x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x1200 |
|23.98P ||x0.4, x0.8 |
Video Snapshot: The camcorder's Video Snapshot mode lets you shoot a series of short video clips, then combines them with a pre-recorded music track or your own favorite
music track, to create an entertaining movie. You can select the length of the
video snapshot scenes: 2 sec, 4 sec or 8 sec.
Instant Auto Focus (AF): The HF G21 offers Instant Auto Focus, which uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time
it takes to focus, even in low light situations. The Focus Assistance feature provides a 2x magnification of your subject in the LCD monitor before you start recording. When recording begins, the Focus
Assist is canceled. Other Autofocus modes include Medium AF and Normal AF.
Manual Focus Ring: The HF G21 has a manual focus ring that helps you achieve the focus you're looking for. The focus ring response can be set to fast, normal, or slow, plus the focus direction can be set in either direction.
Face Detection: The camcorder can automatically detect people's faces and use this information to adjust the focus and set the best exposure and color
control settings for beautiful videos and photos. When there are a number of people in the picture, one person will be determined to be the main subject. You can also select the main subject manually.
Smart Auto: The Smart Auto setting automatically
selects the best settings for the scene you want to shoot. You get
spectacular recordings every time without worrying about the settings.
Automatic Exposure Modes: The HF G21 features several
automatic exposure modes,
each depending upon how much control you have over recording-related settings:
- Programmed AE: The camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.
- Shutter Priority AE: You choose the shutter speed to
freeze or blur the shot while the camcorder selects the appropriate aperture
for the scene. You can select shutter speeds of 1/8 to 1/2000, or 1/6 to
1/2000 when the frame rate is set to 23.98P.
- Aperture Priority: You choose the aperture to affect
the depth of field and the camcorder selects the appropriate shutter speed
for the scene. You can choose from 18 aperture settings between f/1.8 and f/8.0.
Manual Exposure: When automatic exposure settings do not
produce the proper exposure, you can adjust the exposure manually. In Manual
Exposure mode, you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed, and gain to achieve
the desired exposure. You can use the available Zebra Pattern to identify
overexposed areas, if needed. In addition, Exposure Compensation and the Touch
AE function can help you make fine adjustments to the set exposure.
Special Scene Recording
Modes: The camcorder features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match
special conditions: Portrait, Sports, Night Scene, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Low
Light, Spotlight, and Fireworks.
White Balance: The camcorder's white balance system
helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. You can choose from the following modes:
Automatic, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Color
Temperature, and Set 1/Set 2 (Custom WB).
Cinema-Look Filters: The
HF G21 allows you to record with the following cinema-look filters: Cinema
Standard, Vivid, Dream, Cool, Sepia, Old Movies, and Memory.
Still Image Recording:
The HF G21 flash memory camcorder is also a high performance digital camera,
capable of capturing stunning photos.
Photos can be recorded at 1920 x 1080 in Photo Mode, or at 1280 x 720 or 640 x
360 while recording video. You can also capture 1920 x 1080 photos from movies
you have recorded.
Video Snapshots/Photos From Recorded Movies: You can record
video snapshot scenes and still photos from a recorded movie. The size of the captured photos will be
1920 x 1080.
Pre-Recording: When Pre-Recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording video continuously into a temporary 3-second memory. When you press the Start/Stop button, the scene
recorded will have started 3 seconds before you started shooting. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording.
Built-in Microphone: You can change the directionality of
the built-in microphone to control how sound is recorded. The options include:
Monaural, Normal (stereo), Wide, and Zoom. In addition, you use the audio
equalizer to adjust sound levels for specific high- or low-frequency ranges. You
can choose from Normal, Boost LF Range, Low Cut Filter, Boost MF Range, and
Boost HF+LF Range. An electronic "wind screen" can be activated when conditions
are windy to reduce wind noise in the microphone. There are two levels (High,
Low), and Off.
Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so
you can review the soundtrack as well as the picture when you're using the LCD
screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF G21 comes supplied
with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-820).
battery pack also works with the camcorder. An AC power adapter (CA-570) is
included for charging the battery or powering the camcorder. The battery recording and playback times are as follows:
|Battery Pack |
|Recording Mode ||Recording Time |
|Recording Time |
|Playback Time ||Charging Time |
|AVCHD ||155-175 mins ||95-100 mins ||270-295 mins ||275 mins (with supplied CA-570) |
190 mins (with optional CG-800)
|MP4 ||155-190 mins ||95-115 mins ||270-310 mins |
|AVCHD ||230-260 mins ||145-160 mins ||405-440 mins ||405 mins (with supplied CA-570) |
260 mins (with optional CG-800)
|MP4 ||230-295 mins ||140-185 mins ||400-465 mins |
Auto Power Off: After 5 minutes without any operation when
powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30
seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message
appears in the display.
Inputs And Outputs
HDMI Output: The HF G21 features a mini-HDMI (Type C)
terminal that offers a high-quality digital video and audio connection. No HDMI
cable is included with the camcorder.
AV Output: The camcorder features an AV
output to playback audio and video on your television using the optional
composite video/stereo audio RCA cable. The AV output provides a down-converted
analog video and audio signal for monitors with a composite audio/video input.
USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal for fast transfer of
photos and videos. The port has a Mini-B 2.0 terminal.
Microphone Input: In addition to the camcorder's built-in
microphone, the HF G21 features a 3.5mm stereo microphone input for connecting an
external microphone (sold separately). With the optional SM-V1 Surround
Microphone, you can record in 5.1-channel surround audio. The microphone input
can also be converted to a line input in the menu.
Headphone Jack: The camcorder has a 3.5mm stereo headphone
output that allows you to monitor the audio during recording or playback.
Remote Control Input: The camcorder features a 2.5mm
sub-mini jack terminal for connecting an optional remote control unit.
Data Import Utility: The Canon HF G21
camcorder does not include software in the box. Data Import Utility (Ver.2.4.x)
from Pixela is the software that works with the camcorder to help you import and
save movies you've recorded. It also lets you combine and save scenes that were
divided in the camcorder due to their length or file size restriction, or during
relay recording when switching from one SD card to another.
System Requirements: Data Import Utility is compatible with
the following Operating Systems:
- Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate,
Enterprise; 32-bit and 64-bit versions supported; SP1 must be installed.
- Windows 8.1: Home, Pro, Enterprise; 32-bit and 64-bit
versions supported; Desktop mode only
- Windows 10: Home, Pro, Enterpries; 32-bit and 64-bit
versions supported; Desktop mode only
- Macintosh: OS X v10.9, OS X v10.10, OS X v10.11, macOS