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Canon Vixia HF R11 Camcorder Review

The HF R11 is an entry-level camcorder from Canon that has an inflated price due to its 32GB of internal memory. It did well in our testing, but if you're looking for a bargain there are better choices out there.

November 01, 2010
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Motion & Sharpness Performance

Motion & Sharpness Performance Summary
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**Motion***(9.4)*


The HF R11 did well in our motion test, with the only significant drawback being relatively high amounts of artifacting (compared to other Canon models, at least). Our favorite thing about the HF R11's motion has to be the presence of the camcorder's two alternate frame rates: PF24 and PF30. These frame rates, which are also found on Canon's other models, can be very useful for capturing video if you want a more film-like aesthetic (PF24), better low light performance (PF24 or PF30), or smoother video when uploaded to the internet (PF30). Basically, the HF R11 is one of the cheapest models out there that offers these alternate frame rate options. (More on how we test motion.)

  Canon HF R11 JVC GZ-HM340 Panasonic HDC-SD60 Canon HF M31
Frame Rate(s) 60i, PF24, PF30 1080/60i 60i 60i, PF24, PF30
Artifacting More artifacting than HF 31, but a similar amount to what we saw from the JVC GZ-HM340. Slightly more artifacting than the average mid-range HD camcorder (but good for an entry-level model) Low artifacting for a mid-range HD camcorder (but a bit more than the HF M31). Very little artifacting—similar to what we see from high-end HD camcorders.
Smoothness Smoothness was good and the PF24 and PF30 modes looked just as good as they do on other Canon models. Smoothness was pretty good, but motion was not as smooth as other JVC models (like the HM200). Good smoothness in our test video. Motion was very smooth and on par with the other camcorders in this testing set.
Trailing Similar amount of trailing to HF M31 (not a big problem). Trailing wasn't bad, but the focus tended to pop in and out during our motion testing. Trailing was present in our test footage, but no worse than the other models here. Some trailing was noticeable in our test footage, but it wasn't a huge problem.
Frequency Interference More frequency interference than we would have liked; particularly noticeable on the side of the train in our test footage. Some discoloration in black and white pinwheel was very noticeable. Frequency interference was relatively low throughout our test video. Some minor color bleeding with the horizontal lines on our pinwheel.
Slow Motion Mode(s) None Time Lapse Record None None

The alternate frame rates aside, the HF R11's overall motion was roughly equivalent to what we saw from the JVC GZ-HM340 and other entry-level models. There was artifacting and interference at times, but the motion video looked smooth and didn't have much trailing.

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Canon HF R11

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JVC GZ-HM340

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Panasonic HDC-SD60

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Canon HF M31

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**Video Sharpness***(10.19)*


For an entry-level HD camcorder with a small image sensor, the HF R11 still managed to put up good numbers in our video sharpness test. The camcorder measured a horizontal sharpness of 700 lw/ph and a vertical sharpness of 600 lw/ph. These numbers are identical to what we saw from the JVC GZ-HM340 and only a bit behind the Panasonic HDC-SD60's results in this same test. The higher-end Canon HF M31 did manage to capture a sharper image, which is probably its biggest advantage over the HF R11.  (More on how we test video sharpness.)

Video Sharpness Score Comparison {{article.attachments['JVC_GZ-HM340_Vanity120.jpg']}} [ Compare the Canon HF R11 to the JVC GZ-HM340 ](http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Canon-Vixia-HF-R11-Camcorder-Review/JVC-GZ-HM340-Comparison.htm)
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Panasonic HDC-SD60 Comparison
  13. JVC GZ-HM340 Comparison
  14. Canon HF M31 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
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