The VIXIA HF21 is not only a superb camcorder, but also a terrific 3.3 Megapixel Digital Camera delivering high quality still photos. With many advanced photo features, rivaling other state-of-the-art digital cameras, and recording to an SDHC memory card, you get the best in both video and photos. An example? The VIXIA HF21 boasts Simultaneous Photo Shooting, allowing you to capture crisp 3.0 Megapixel photos and video at the same time.
The same Canon exclusive CMOS image sensor that ensures sharp, vivid HD video also gives you brilliant digital photographs. Like the CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series digital SLR cameras, the VIXIA HF21's image sensor results in outstanding digital photographs. It gives a resolution of 3.3 Megapixels for sharp, crisp still images.
Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor features improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the VIXIA HF21. You can also enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi-Speed card).
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus (AiAF) ensures sharp images and gives you creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF21's 9-Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.
Auto Exposure Modes
Like any good digital still camera, the VIXIA HF21 lets you choose from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure, letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) mode lets you control the depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority) mode lets you select the shutter speed for sharp, action shots. In P (program) mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.
Program AE Mode
Your life happens everywhere, so the VIXIA HF21 gives you settings that automatically result in the best exposure settings for different conditions and different subjects.
Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background in your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Low Light Mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture properly. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight - literally - and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject - the holiday fireworks display. Night Scene Mode reduces video "noise" and helps to prevent overexposure of artificial lighting from buildings and streetlamps while shooting outdoors in the dark. To compensate for the color shift which occurs when shooting underwater when using the optional Canon WP-V1 Waterproof Case, the VIXIA HF21 adjusts the white balance setting when in Underwater Mode. Surface Mode re-adjusts the white balance setting to that normally used in sunlight, after the VIXIA HF21 has been shooting in Underwater Mode.
Selectable Metering Patterns
For optimal exposure, the VIXIA HF21 offers selectable metering patterns. You can choose the options of Evaluative, which in normal shooting conditions will measure the light in all areas of the subject image, Center-Weighted Average, which gives greater importance to the object in the center of the image, and Spot, which adjusts the exposure exactly to the object in the center of the image.
Auto Exposure Bracketing
In challenging lighting situations, such as strong backlight, a dark background or a very sunny or snowy day, it can be tricky to get the right exposure for a photo. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF21 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in ½ exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you.
The VIXIA HF21 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a still camera. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode. This feature is ideal for fast action sports or capturing babies on the move. This action is possible in all modes except Fireworks Mode.
Simultaneous Photo Recording
With the VIXIA HF21, you can record HD video and capture a 2.99 Megapixel photo to a memory card - simultaneously. Simply press the photo button and you've got an e-mail ready digital photo to share with friends and family.
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF21 comes with a Histogram Display - a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.
Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional-looking photographs. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.
The VIXIA HF21's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.
Still Capture from Flash Memory
The versatile VIXIA HF21 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 still frame to an SDHC card or to Built-in Memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF21 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. Now, better photos filled with action and expressions are easy to grab, print, post and share.
Your VIXIA HF21's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions. The VIXIA HF21 also features red-eye reduction.
Print/Share turns your VIXIA HF21 into a photo lab in the palm of your hand. Simply connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with a simple touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your VIXIA HF21 without going through a computer.
Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your still images to your computer. Simply connect your VIXIA HF21 to your computer, press the Print/Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.
DVD Burner Compatible
You can also easily burn DVDs of your still photos taken with your VIXIA HF21 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons, your photos are ready to share with all.