Canon Vixia HF S11 Camcorder Review

Solid, but little is changed or improved over others in Canon’s flagship line.

$1,399.00 MSRP


The Canon HF S11 is the latest flagship camcorder from Canon. The market is always interested to see what Canon has up its sleeve, but the HF S11 offers very few advantages over the HF S10, released earlier this year. Sure, you have the same solid video performance, but nothing has changed to improve the camcorder's low light sensitivity or the peculiar design elements that make this series intimidating for beginners.

What you do get is 64GB of internal flash memory (twice that of its predecessor), an extra level of image stabilization, and compatibility with Canon's RA-V1 LANC adapter (see Connectivity section). These are certainly useful features, but they might not warrant a race to the stores for the HF S11.

Update: The Vixia HF S11 was ultimately selected as our 2009 runner-up for Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other 2009 awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. JVC GZ-HM400 Comparison
  19. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  20. Sony HDR-XR520V Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery