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Canon VIXIA HG21
Canon VIXIA HG20
Panasonic SDR-SW21
Samsung SC-DX205
Sony DCR-DVD650
Canon VIXIA HG21 120GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorde
Canon VIXIA HG20 60GB Hard Drive Camcorder
Panasonic SDRSW21S Sport SD Card Standard Definition Camcorder - Silver
Samsung SC-DX205 DVD HD Camcorder  34x Opt  2200x Dit  2 7  LCD
Sony DCR-DVD650 DVD Camcorder
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Release Date
Nov 2008
Sep 2008
Jan 2009
Mar 2009
Feb 2009
Recording Format
HDD, DVD, Blu-ray
DVD, Hard Drive, Blu-ray
DVD
DVD
DVD, Flash Media
HDD Size
120.0 GB
60.0 GB
2.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
12.0 x
10.0 x
34.0 x
60.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
0.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
3.1 MegaPixels
3.15 MegaPixels
0.31 MegaPixels
0.34 MegaPixels

  • Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG21 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you do get more storage space and a lower price.

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    - The HG21 has a 9-point AF system so the 3MP photos are pretty sharp but colors are not always 100 percent accurate.
    - The Vixia HG21 has a 3.3-megapixel CMOS sensor which makes it capable of recording high-def video (1920 x 1080I) and 2048 x 1536 pixel (3MP) stills.


  • - The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there.


  • Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG20 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you do get more storage space and a lower price.

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    - The front of the camcorder is pretty active.
    - The right side of the Canon HG20 offers a good grip

    The Back (6.0)
    The back of the Canon HG20 is fairly simple.

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    - The Vixia HG20 records at 24Mbps (which is the highest AVCHD bit rate currently available) and is equipped with Canon's SuperRange Image Stabilizer and Instant AutoFocus for reducing blur.
    - Can record video to external SD/SDHC media (cheap, capacious and easy to find).

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    - The camcorder has an extremely fast off to recording speed of 0.6 seconds and comes with the VideoCam Suite of software to help the consumer stay on top of their video.


  • Despite its low light limitations, it's hard not to like the Panasonic SDR-SW21. We were already impressed by its predecessor, and the new model has noticeably improved underwater protection, better looks, and slightly superior image quality. However, the most significant downside is the price. Consumer electronics have been getting more expensive across the board, thanks to the economic situation, but at over £100 more than its predecessor, the SW21 is close to HD camcorder territory.


  • You should really only consider the SDR-SW21 if you're constantly subjecting yourself (and gadgets) to water or small falls. Its standard definition video quality is fine enough, and its optical zoom holds up better than most in the shake department, but the cumbersome design makes the SW21 harder to use than it should be.


  • The Samsung SC-DX205 is a miniDV camcorder that retails at $200 and was released in 2009. It has a 34x optical zoom which is pretty good for this price range. It has a 680K pixel CCD and a 720x480 pixel resolution, as well as a digital image stabilizer.


  • The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 offers an all-in-one, on-the-go way to capture standard-def video and burn it to a DVD, but hard-disk-drive and flash-memory models are otherwise a better option.


  • The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 is a standard definition DVD camcorder from Sony's 2009 lineup and is a step up from the DCR-DVD610. The camcorder features hybrid movie recording directly to DVD or Memory Stick Duo media for increased flexibility and is compatible with a variety of DVD formats including DVD+RW.

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    - You will be able to choose between numerous shooting scenes, which have been pre-programmed for optimum white balance, focus and aperture.
    - You will be able to rest assured that all of your movies will be captured with not only stunning visual quality, but also audio.