"Amazing Camcorder"on by Marzion
Pros Video quality is incredible. Plenty of features. Excellent IS and very easy to use right out of the box.
Cons Expensive, Touch screen is not designed very well.
Summary After reading many very positive reviews I purchased this camcorder to shoot HD video for my band. I am 100% pleased with my choice. This camcorder is awesome. I was amazed at how easy it was to use. I am not a fan of anything touch screen and this was no exception. The touch screen slide bar is very hard to deal with. Otherwise this camcorder is just incredible. Tons of settings and modes. The Cinema mode is incredible. With 64gigs of internal ram and a view finder I think the hs 21 is a better value than its other 2 siblings.
Pros Great user interface actually makes it possible to use all of the features. Other pros: image stabilization, flexibility, picture quality, connectivity.
Cons Microphone is nothing special - the usual for small camcorders. Horrible if there is any wind.
Summary The best-designed user interface that I have seen -- the touch screen really works. It stands up to the job of making it possible to actually use the the huge number of features this camera has. Amazing image stabilization - I Ishot some footage from a moving truck and you could see the flaws in the windshield bouncing up and down while the exterior scene was absolutely stable.. Very smart battery life indicator -- you'll have only yourself to blame if you get caught out. 64gb internal storage and a standard USB interface - no more messing about with "capture" software. And of course, the usual Canon picture quality - the best.. Also serves as a good quality still camera at 8mp. It does have an accessory shoe and connection for optional mikes, which I have not tried. You will be lucky if you can get hold of one of these cameras - the supply seems to be patchy.
Pros Camera produces good quality images.
Cons The Pixela software suck swamp gas.
Summary If you buy the camera, you should figure on an additional investment of at least $100.00 to edit the files. :~(