Canon unveils new HD camcordersThe HG20 and HG21 are due for September launch

11 August 2008

The Canon HG21

Canon has unveiled two new high definition camcorders which record movies onto their own internal hard disc drives.

The electronics manufacturer says the HG20 offers 60GB capacity – enough for over 22 hours of movies – while the HG21 doubles available space to 120GB.

Both camcorders feature Canon’s dual recording system which means they can store movies and stills to the internal disc drive or removable SD memory cards.

Video files can be also be converted to make them suitable for playback on a range of devices, including the internet, iPod or DVD and there is also the ability to burn movies to Blu-ray discs.

Scene selection

Canon says that as well as being simple to connect the camcorders to an HD TV, it is also much easier to view the footage on the devices themselves.

Both have a scene selection feature which allows up to 15 thumbnail images to be displayed on the screen at any one time.

Individual scenes can also be split, allowing users to isolate the best moments from hours of footage and create simple playlists in-camera.

Power efficient

Canon claims the models are amongst the most power efficient on the market, while an optional battery provides over five hours of recording on a single charge. 

The HG20 & HG21 will be available from early September 2008 and pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Which? camcorder expert Ben Stevens said: ‘HD camcorders are gradually becoming a more popular choice as the editing, viewing and writing of HD material is becoming a more straightforward task. We applaud Canon for these innovations.’