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Features and professional-level manual controls such as gain control limits and manual focus.

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Pros

10x optical zoom

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large lens and sensor

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can take 8MP still shots

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built-in accessory shoe

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variety of outputs (incl. HDMI) and a remote control for direct playback

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shoots in full 1080p high definition

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dual storage options - large 64GB of internal flash memory, SDHC card slot for expandable / removable flash

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comes with software for transferring and editing video

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sleek aesthetic

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optical image stabilization

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ability to record in 24 or 30p

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Cons

too expensive for the majority of consumers

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high noise levels

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poor low light performance

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no native 24p / 30p mode - all 60i pulldown!

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same lens as the previous generation HF S10 / HF S100

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no viewfinder

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very little new features / updates / fixes from the previous generation offering

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The Canon VIXIA HF S11 is handheld camcorder offered by Canon as the flagship camera to their 2009 line of VIXIA high-definition camcorders. It has dual flash memory and has several advanced HD features and professional-level manual controls such as gain control limits and manual focus. It can record up to 24 hours of HD video to a 64 GB internal flash drive, with the option to record to removable SDHC memory cards. New features in this camera include Canon's new Dynamic SuperRange OIS system which delivers continuous shake correction through the zoom range and an Advanced Video Snapshot Mode. The Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, Canon designed and manufactured 8.59-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor help give higher quality video and 8-megapixel photos. Other features include Genuine Canon Face Detection, 10x HD Video Lens, Instant AutoFocus, and the ability to record in 24p Cinema Mode or 30p Progressive Mode. 

Specifications
  • Standard Definition or High Definition: High Definition
  • Television System: NTSC
  • Video Recording system: MPEG4-AVC / H.264
  • Image Sensor: 1/2.6-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 8.59 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels:
    • Video: Approx. 6.01 Megapixels (3264 x 1840)
    • Still Image: 16:9 Approx. 6.01 Megapixels (3264 x 1840)
    • 4:3 Approx. 8.02 Megapixels (3264 x 2456)
  • Maximum recording time:
    • 64GB internal flash drive
    • LP (5 Mbps) 24 hours 30 minutes
    • SP (7 Mbps) 19 hours 10 minutes
    • XP+ (12 Mbps) 11 hours 30 minutes
    • FXP (17 Mbps) 8 hours 20 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
    • MXP (24 Mbps) 5 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
  • Lens:
    • Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical/200x Digital
    • Focal Length: f-6.4-64mm (35mm equivalent 43.5-435mm)
    • Zoom Speed: Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
    • Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0
  • Focusing System: Instant AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)
  • Manual Exposure
  • Programmed AE: AUTO, P, Av, Tv, Cine, Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
  • Max Shutter Speed: Movie: 1/2000, Still image: 1/500
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
  • White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
  • Frame Rate: 60i, 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0.3 lx (Low light mode)
  • Image Stabilization: Dynamic SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Standard SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Viewfinder: None
  • LCD Screen: 2.7-inch Multi-Angle Vivid widescreen color LCD (Approx. 211,000 dots)
  • Flash: Electronic
  • Recording Media: Internal Flash Drive (64GB) or SDHC Memory Card 
  • USB Terminal: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video Terminal: component (output), composite (output)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2 channels (AC-3 2ch)
  • Accessory Shoe: mini Advanced
  • Supplied Video Editing Software: Pixela ImageMixer 3SE
  • HDMI Terminal: HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC and x.v. Color supported
  • Microphone Terminal: 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal: 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
  • Dimensions: (W x H x D) 2.8 x 2.7 x 5.4in. (70 x 69 x 136mm)
  • Weight (not including battery pack and memory card): 15.9 oz. (450g)
  • Weight (fully loaded): 1.1 lb. (500g) (including BP-807 and memory card) 
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