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Sony DCR-SX21
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Sony DCR-SX21 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 195g CCD Dec 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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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Sony Handycam DCR-SX21, Wish Review
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Test Handycam Sony DCR-SX21 #1 Zoom 67x

9 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 7 owner reviews the average owner rating of this video camera is 83%.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Sony is one of the better rated video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Sony also has good ratings for its small total megapixels video cameras.

Very Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the DCR-SX21 is 10x, the biggest is 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the DCR-SX21, the optical zoom of the Sony DCR-SX21 of 67 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the SDR-H101[pl_1872034_price] (70x), the SDR-S70[pl_1122822_price] (70x), or the SDR-T70[pl_1109348_price] (78x) all from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 1,800 times zoom factor, the DCR-SX21 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the DCR-SX21. Camcorders that were released around the same time as the DCR-SX21 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 1,800x (digital) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price].

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the HC-V100[pl_1280730_price] (2,000x), or the HC-V500[pl_406538_price] (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (2,000x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The average maximum memory card size of video cameras of this age and type is 67GB, and the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 130GB. At 80 gigabytes, the DCR-SX21 has a fairly large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the DCR-SX21.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a larger maximum memory card size then you might want to consider the XF305[pl_1515882_price] (128GB), or the XA20[pl_1557028_price] (128GB) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E105[plb_1876013_price] (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Light

Video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DCR-SX21 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g. The DCR-SX21 is one of the lighter camcorders of this spec and age (only 195 grams) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

At 5.7, the DCR-SX21 has a quite high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The maximum aperture numbers of video cameras that are a similar age to the DCR-SX21 range from 1.8 to 11.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DCR-SX21, the DCR-SX21 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price], the L-Link LL-CAM-123[plb_1997574_price], and the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price] is also worth considering.

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11 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This video camera received a rating of 50 out of 100 from expert review site parentesis.com. This puts this Sony camcorder in the bottom 5% of all the comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

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

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] which also has a higher rating.

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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 frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8".

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/8") is in fact the worst optical sensor size amongst all camcorders of this age and type.

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

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The DCR-SX21 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do have an HDMI.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E105[plb_1876013_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Full HD

Most video cameras of this type and age are not Full HD. The DCR-SX21 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the HDR-CX190EB[pl_363186_price], or the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the DCR-SX21 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony DCR-SX21 has a higher maximum video resolution than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camcorder has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most camcorders of this age and spec have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

This camcorder's maximum video resolution (720 x 480 pixels) is actually the worst maximum video resolution across all video cameras of this age and type.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best maximum video resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DCR-SX21, the DCR-SX21 does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Most video cameras that have been around for more than two years are not 3D. The DCR-SX21 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the DCR-SX21, the DCR-SX21 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony DCR-SX21 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might want to look at including the DCR-PJ5[pl_64907_price], the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320E[pl_1582785_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony DCR-SX21

Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the DCR-SX21 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the DCR-SX21.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available including the HDC-SD80[pl_153715_price], or the HDC-HS80[pl_155514_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony DCR-PJ5[plb_64907_price] which has better reviews.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] (3"), the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3") all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dcrsx21, sony dcrsx21e, sony dcrsx21eb, sony dcrsx21ebc, sony dcrsx21ebce, sony dcrsx21ebcen
Barcodes 00027242785618, 04905524828689, 04905524828740, 04905524828771, 07894245214970

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