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Canon DC 21

Canon DC 21
alaScore 82

26 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Canon DC 21. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The portability is also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC 21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon DC21 Camcorder Review


With the ability to capture high quality 2 Megapixel photos, the Canon DC21 provides all the functionality you would expect from a dedicated digital compact camera. Images are stored to miniSD card or recorded straight to disc.

Creating great quality DVD’s to share with friends and family is easy with MyDVD by Roxio. Supplied with the Canon DC21, MyDVD allows you to dub your movies at the touch of a button and transfer your films to other DVD discs easily.

May, 2012

Product Specifications

Record widescreen movies, bursting with color, straight to DVD (-R/-RW/-R Dual Layer) via a 2.2MP CCD with RGB Primary Color Filter. Then simply finalize a disc in-camera and transfer it to a DVD player. Traditional 4: 3 shooting is selected at the push of a button. The DC21's compact styling provides enhanced one-handed operation: with controls grouped together on the back of the camcorder, most functions can be accessed using just one hand. The DC21, part of Canon's second generation DVD line-up, is compatible with a wider range of DVD formats, including DVD-R Dual Layer. With greater capacity, Dual Layer discs offer more generous recording times: 36 minutes at best quality, 54 minutes at standard quality and an impressive 108 minutes at the most efficient setting. Optimized for widescreen recording, the DC21's 2.7" LCD allows you to keep an eye on the action exactly as it is shot - in true 16: 9. The LCD's horizontal level marker makes it easy to frame the perfect scene, while anti-glare coating means that the screen is visible even in bright sunlight. Roxio MyDVD for Canon, compatible with DVD-R Dual Layer, and a Canon DV Solution Disc come supplied. MyDVD provides easy, one-touch dubbing: transfer video from the camcorder to a 12cm DVD in just one click. With an advanced Electronic Image Stabilizer, the DC21's precision 10x optical zoom lens delivers crisp images that are free of shake even when using the zoom at its maximum level. With Dolby Digital offering superior sound, the DC21's audio matches the superb quality of its video images. The DIGIC DV image processor provides images full of outstanding, true-to-life color. Split path processing for video and still signals ensures optimal color output for each. Advanced digital photography functions make the DC21 a powerful all-in-one imaging tool. Capture photos to a Mini SD card whilst recording video, or store individual still images direct to DVD or Mini SD. A white LED video light allows close subjects to be shot in color even in low light. A built-in flash for digital photography is also provided.


Built-In Microphone: No

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:1

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset / TV screen


Built-in Flash:Y


Country Kits:N/a
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon DC/Canon XL

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.9
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):24.5 - 147
Focal length range (f-f):3.4 - 20.4 / 4.05 - 40.5
Focus Adjustment:Automatic / Manual
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.6/F/1.6-3.5/F/1.8
Max Focal Length:10.8mm/108mm/40.5mm/88mm
Max View Angle:47degree(s)
Min Focal Length:4.05mm/5.4mm/5.5mm
Min Focus Range:2cm
Optical Zoom:10/16/20
Optical Zoom:10
Special Functions:Tele/Tele / Zoom/Zoom
System Type:Lens/Lens accessories
Type:Converter/Telephoto zoom lens/Zoom lens

Lens System Mounting

Mounting Type:Canon XL

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.77Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.5 mm ( 1/3.9" ) / 6.5 mm ( 1/3.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic/Optical/Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

I/O ports:USB 2.0
Lens system:N
Resolution:1632 x 1224

Packaging Content

Bundled software:MyDVD

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2000


Compatible memory cards:miniSD

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Beam / Corner wipe / Flip / Jump / Puzzle / Tide / Wipe fader / Zigzag
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)/DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Ball / Black & White / Colour Mask / Cube / Mirror / Mosaic / Sepia / Wave
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9.1