Canon Vixia HF S11 Camcorder Review

$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. 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. Sony HDR-XR520V Comparison
  13. JVC GZ-HM400 Comparison
  14. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings