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Sony DCR-SX21
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Sony DCR-SX21 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 195g CCD Dec 2011
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SD on optional Memory Stick, 57x optical / 67x extended zoom, 6.7 cm LCD (2.7 inch), SteadyShot, Face Detection This product is a previous model and could be no longer available at your local... More
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15 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

DCR-SX21 owners on average rated this video camera 83%.

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 3,510 user and expert reviews, Sony has good ratings for its video cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range compared to other manufacturers.

Very Big Optical Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SX21 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. When compared to other camcorders of a similar type and age to the DCR-SX21 that we have checked, the optical zoom of the DCR-SX21 of 67 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the SDR-H101 (70x), the SDR-S70 (70x), or the SDR-T70 (78x) all from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 1,800 times zoom factor, the Sony DCR-SX21 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SX21. The smallest digital zoom of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the DCR-SX21 is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x.

We compared all the other 1,800x (digital) video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Sony DCR-PJ5 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the HDC-TM80 (2,000x), or the HC-V500 (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria FS406 (2,000x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Sony DCR-SX21 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Samsung VP-X300 is also worth considering.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

At 80 gigabytes, the DCR-SX21 has a quite large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the DCR-SX21. Across all the similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 67GB.

Camcorders with a larger maximum memory card size that might also be worth looking at include the XF305 (£2,950.00) (128GB), or the XA20 (£1,314.00) (128GB) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E105 (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Light

The weights of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years range from 57g to 3.9kg. The Sony DCR-SX21 is one of the lighter camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the DCR-SX21 (only 195 grams) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Ten Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the DCR-SX21 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This Sony camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DCR-SX21. The scene modes "Beach", "Candlelight", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

With a maximum aperture value of 5.7, the Sony DCR-SX21 has a fairly high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the DCR-SX21. The maximum aperture values of comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SX21 range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony DCR-SX21 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony DCR-PJ5, the Vivitar DVR426, or the JVC GZ-E100 which has better reviews.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The DCR-SX21 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Small

At only 55.5 millimeters, the DCR-SX21 is fairly small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The heights of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DCR-SX21 range from 19mm to 920mm.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the DCR-SX21 have typical power consumption of between 1.8W and 12W. With a typical power consumption of only 1.9 Watts, the Sony DCR-SX21 has one of the lower typical power consumption amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This Sony camcorder received an expert rating of 50 out of 100 from parentesis.com. Experts aren't convinced by this video camera.

Only 1/8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the DCR-SX21 is 1/8". That's 27% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8".

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/8") is actually the worst optical sensor size amongst all similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DCR-SX21.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the best optical sensor size is 1/3".

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Not Full HD

The DCR-SX21 is not Full HD, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SX21.

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the HC-V110 (£399.99), or the HDC-SD80 both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF M40 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The DCR-SX21 does not have an HDMI port, unlike most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

Other camcorders which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to consider include the HC-V110 (£399.99), or the HDC-SD80 both from Panasonic or the Canon Vixia HF M40 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The DCR-SX21 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Sony DCR-SX21 is 640 x 480. That's 85% less still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution of 1920 x 1080.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is actually the worst supported still image resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution is the best supported still image resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the DCR-SX21 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst maximum image resolution amongst all video cameras of a similar age and type to the DCR-SX21.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SX21 have battery capacities of between 440mAh and 3,000mAh. At only 500 milliamperes * hour, the DCR-SX21 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SX21.

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony DCR-SX21 has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

A 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the worst maximum video resolution amongst all camcorders of this spec and age.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best maximum video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the DCR-SX21, the Sony DCR-SX21 does not have a night mode.

Other video cameras which also have a night mode that you might also want to consider include the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 (£184.04) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the DCR-SX21 is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£1,860.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a similar age and spec to the DCR-SX21 do not have a built-in projector. The DCR-SX21 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the DCR-PJ5, the HDR-PJ220 (£185.00), or the HDR-PJ320 (£329.99) all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony DCR-SX21 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Only 720 X 576 Pixels Video Resolution

The DCR-SX21 supports a 720 x 576 pixels video resolution which is higher than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution. The worst video resolution of all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the DCR-SX21 is 640 x 360 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony DCR-SX21

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Sony released the DCR-SX21.

Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Sony DCR-SX21 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the DCR-SX21.

There are a number of other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HDC-SD80, or the HDC-HS80 both from Panasonic or the Sony DCR-PJ5.

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Legria HF R36 (£184.04) (3"), or the Legria HF R46 (£442.80) (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3") which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
USB 3.0 Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Manual Focus
Aperture Range

Expert Reviews

(3)
25 May 2012

La cámara de video Sony Handycam DCR-SX21 es ligera y compacta, excelente para las mamás que les gusta grabar todo; el partido de fútbol, la fiesta de cumpleaños de algún integrante de la...

El zoom ptico alcanza los 57x, as, sin necesidad de usar el zoom digital 1800x) que distorsiona la imagen, puedes grabar situaciones estando a distancia con un gran acercamiento
No graba en alta definicin, los videos tienen una resolucin de 720 x 480 y las fotografas de 640 x 480 pixeles
12 January 2012
15 November 2011

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User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 17 April 2012 by Nutty knitter
(Verified Purchase)

So easy to use downloading via computer strait to disc you can download all at once or do a day to day download with one click has extra features havent felt the need to use them yet also has a... Read more…

Reviewed 3 December 2012 by Lee Morrison
(Verified Purchase)

Perhaps is some kind of great corprate conspiracy. I can grab a HD handicam for about £150 so I can't remember why I saved myself an incredible £20 to have the standard version. Really poor... Read more…

Reviewed 9 August 2015 by Peter H.

We borrowed this off a family member to take video of our newborn. Picture quality isn't great but we have video that we wouldn't of had so that's ok with me...

Reviewed 20 February 2015 by Stephen P.
(Verified Purchase)

Love this camcorder. Good value for the price, however disappointed as when I use the zoom feature the motor can be heard on the recording...

Reviewed 28 June 2014 by Masky
(Verified Purchase)

What a fantastic product, so compact fully loaded for all occasions. small compact very easy to use, if I can anyone can!! Great delivery service...

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Barcodes 00027242785618, 04905524828689, 04905524828740, 04905524828771, 04905524828849, 07894245214970

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