02.Colour & Noise Performance
03.Motion & Sharpness Performance
04.Low Light Performance
05.Compression & Media
08.Handling & Use
09.Playback & Connectivity
Canon Legria HF S21
Canon HF S21 versus JVC GZ-HM1
• The Canon HF S21 looks flashier than the GZ-HM1, but it costs more than the JVC.
• The two camcorders have the same amount of internal memory, but the Canon HF S21 has two SD/SDHC memory card slots.
• The GZ-HM1 did better than the Canon in most of our bright light testing
The Canon HF S21 is a loaded camcorder that comes with a huge 3.5-inch LCD, an electronic viewfinder, and an alternate frame rate for capturing HD video (50i, PF25). The Canon HF S21 did well on much of our testing, but the JVC GZ-HM1 actually beat it out in color accuracy and stabilisation. The biggest differences between these two models, however, may be the fact that the Canon costs £200 more (while offering the same amount of internal memory as the GZ-HM1).
While we like the design and feel of the HF S21 more than the GZ-HM1, we must concede that the JVC is actually the better camcorder when it comes to video performance. The GZ-HM1 does not record HD video in any frame rates other than 1080/50i, however, so if you have the need for a 25p mode then you should go with the Canon HF S21 instead. Don't be fooled by the GZ-HM1's three high-speed frame rate recording options—they don't capture high-quality video (and the clips are limited to a specific length).
Making the choice between these two models comes down to what you need from your camcorder. If you require alternate frame rates or a viewfinder, then the Canon HF S21 should be on your radar. If you're just going to be recording footage at 50i and you don't care too much about durability and chic design, then the JVC GZ-HM1 is the better choice.
|Canon HF S21||JVC GZ-HM1|
|Primary Recording Media||64GB internal flash memory||64GB internal flash memory|
|Secondary Recording Media||2x SD/SDHC memory card slots||SD/SDHC memory card|
|Image Sensor||1/2.6-inch CMOS||1/2.3-inch CMOS|
|Effective Pixel Count||6.01 megapixels (video)
8.02 megapixels (photo)
(gross pixel count: 10.62 megapixels)
|LCD||3.5-inch with 922,000 pixels||2.8-inch with 207,000 pixels|
|Viewfinder||0.27-inch with 123,000 pixels||No|
|Weight||520g with battery||485g with battery|
|Dimensions||75 x 74 x 148mm
||67 x 72 x 141mm|
|Frame Rates||50i, PF25||1080/60i (with three low-quality slow motion modes)|
|Compression||MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)||MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)|
|Stabilisation||Optical with Dynamic and Powered IS settings||Optical with active mode|
|Canon HF S21||JVC GZ-HM1|
|Low Light Sensitivity||4,96||1,99|
|Low Light Colour||6,55||5,77|
|Low Light Noise||6,05||11,27|
|Battery Life||80 min||167 min|
|Noise at 60 lux Auto|
|Canon HF S21
|Noise Score Comparison|
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