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Canon VIXIA HF S11 HD Dual Flash Memory Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODEL

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  • Dual Flash Memory: 64 GB internal flash drive & SDHC card slot
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
  • Canon Exclusive: 1/2.6” 8.59 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
  • Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
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Canon VIXIA HF S11 High Definition Digital Camcorder 4063B001 Camcorders

From the Manufacturer

The Next Step Forward in HD Video
The Canon VIXIA HF S11 Dual Flash Memory camcorder takes our solid reputation for optical excellence, advanced image processing and technological innovation in high definition camcorders and brings it to the next level. The VIXIA HF S11 offers a large 64 GB of internal memory, recording up to 24 hours 30 minutes of video (LP mode), nearly 6 hours at the highest quality (MXP mode), as well as to a removable SDHC card.
And the video and photos you record will be as brilliant as they can be - with Canon's Exclusive 8.59 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and our advanced image processor, DIGIC DV III.

What's more, the VIXIA HF S11 allows you to record at up to 24Mbps, the highest bit rate in AVCHD format, for the highest quality image. The VIXIA HF S11 is packed with Canon Exclusive features - such as the Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens, sophisticated Genuine Canon Face Detection, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization as well as Advanced Video Snapshot Mode and a host of new control and creative options. All of which make it possible for you to Shoot, Capture, See and Be HD.

Dual Flash Memory: 64GB internal flash drive & SDHC card slot
What makes the VIXIA HF S11 stand out in the category of Flash memory camcorders is its Dual Memory capability. You can capture video on the camcorder's internal 64 GB flash memory as well as directly to an SDHC Memory Card.

Video recorded to the internal flash drive can also be copied onto a memory card which can then be inserted into your computer or HDTV's card reader slot for immediate viewing.

You can also use higher capacity memory cards to further increase the video storage of your VIXIA HF S11.

The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because it doesn't have to wait for moving parts. Press the record button and your VIXIA HF S11 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review your footage, it will come up more quickly.

Another plus is the VIXIA HF S11's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. It's just what you need so you don't miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say "I do."

While we certainly hope you keep your VIXIA HF S11 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss due to damage to your recording media or to the moving parts found in other camcorders.

Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
For over 70 years Canon has been producing exceptional photographic lenses that are synonymous with unsurpassed optical performance. Because of Genuine Canon Optics, every Canon broadcast lens, digital camera and camcorder assures brilliant optical quality - and the VIXIA HF S11 is no exception.

The VIXIA HF S11 comes with an outstanding high definition video lens - a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens. It's the lens you need to record long shots of your child on the soccer field, wide shots of beautiful landscapes, and everything in between. And because it comes with four zoom speeds--three pre-set and one variable--you always get smooth, steady, professional looking zoom shots.

Super Spectra Coating technology results in images with minimal flare and ghosting. Plus, the lens' aspheric design reduces aberration and increases resolution, ensuring crisp, sharp video and enhancing the HD image quality. As well, a gradation neutral density (ND) system gives you better exposures in bright shooting situations.

A built-in 1.7x Digital Teleconverter provides an extended telephoto range, while still retaining the renowned Canon image quality. In addition, for those times when you need to get a particular shot from a very long distance, this flexible lens also has a 200x digital zoom.

Canon Exclusive: 1/2.6" 8.59 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor
The VIXIA HF S11 captures 1920 x 1080 high definition video through its Canon designed and manufactured 1/2.6" 8.59 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, similar to the CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series Digital SLR cameras.

The VIXIA HF S11's powerful CMOS image sensor provides high color resolution and advanced color reproduction for brilliant results. It is also unique in featuring Canon's proprietary noise reduction technologies for crisp, sharp images. Low noise technology also means that even in dimly lit scenes, the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible, with minimal noise or other aberrations. It's the ideal sensor for HD.

The VIXIA HF S11 uses an RGB Primary Color Filter with Bayer Placement Pattern that separates light into red, green and blue color components. This results in vibrant images with deep, rich, accurate color and natural-looking tones similar to what you'd obtain from 3CCD camcorders. As an added benefit, the CMOS sensor provides outstanding image capture in low light conditions.

Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DV III Image Processor
DIGIC DVIII is Canon's most advanced HD image processor ever, helping to deliver enhanced image quality, true color production for both video and photos, and a sophisticated noise reduction system for exceptional low light performance. It is also the high-speed engine which powers a variety of new Canon technologies including the 8.0 Megapixel photo capture, Genuine Canon Face Detection, an Advanced Auto Exposure system and Simultaneous Photo Recording.

Plus, the Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor allows continuous shooting of digital photos with the VIXIA HF S11. You can also enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi-Speed card). In addition, it helps lower power consumption for longer battery life.

1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
The Canon VIXIA HF S11 not only captures images in Full HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 108 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen. Your memories are preserved in stunning clarity, and ready for playback on your HDTV. With the advanced codec in the VIXIA HF S11, you can also record at the highest AVCHD bit rate of 24Mbps.

Canon Exclusive: Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's optical excellence has long been enhanced by our sophisticated optical image stabilization technology. The high-resolution images of high definition video demand a steady hand, and we've taken it to a new level with the VIXIA HF S11's Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization.

Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broader range of motion. In comparison to SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted vibration common when walking. While some image stabilization systems correct one type of camera motion or vibration better than another, Canon's Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects a variety of camcorder motions: the fast vibration you'd experience while recording from a moving car; the medium-speed motion of hand-held recording; and the slower motion of body sway. No matter what you're recording and how you're recording it, the VIXIA HF S11's stabilization design corrects camcorder shake instantly.

In addition, optical image stabilization keeps your shot steady without a loss in image quality - something that can't be said for electronic image stabilization. And image stabilization isn't just for video; you can even use it for taking sharper, clearer digital photographs with your VIXIA HF S11. Thanks to Canon's expertise, it's easy to eliminate one of the telltale signs of amateur video and photography.

Canon Exclusive: Instant AF (Auto Focus)
Another critical objective when shooting in high definition is achieving a very sharp focus. The VIXIA HF S11 camcorder features Canon's revolutionary Instant AF focusing system which offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus "hunting." The benefits of Instant AF are especially seen in high brightness and night shooting situations. With Instant AF, it's possible to capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.

And because a properly focused subject is more critical than ever with HD, the VIXIA HF S11 also features Focus Assist. This helps in capturing your subject in razor sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject (when you start recording, this assistance is automatically cancelled). This is a feature normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras. Another sophisticated control available on the VIXIA HF S11 is color peaking, which enhances the edges of your subject to aid in focusing.

Canon Exclusive: Genuine Canon Face Detection
The same high quality Face Detection technology used in Canon digital cameras is now available in Canon high definition camcorders. Up to 35 faces can be tracked automatically, ensuring razor-sharp focus and natural, accurate exposure. Of the faces tracked, 9 detection frames can be displayed at one time.

The system is in fact so intelligent that it will recognize faces that are turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature can be used to search for clips featuring that specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. The selected face can be linked as a time line to further identify footage containing that subject.

Advanced Auto Exposure System
The VIXIA HF S11 has an Advanced AE System inspired by Canon's EOS DSLR cameras. It's designed to provide the most accurate exposure settings in a wide variety of lighting conditions. This enhanced Auto Exposure system, together with Face Detection and DIGIC DV III, captures an expanded dynamic range, optimizing brightness to avoid overexposure, while still preserving important shadow detail.
Some include:
  • saturation of face tones in dark situations
  • correction of backlighting
  • correction of overlit (blowout) and underlit (black level correction)
24Mbps Recording
The 24Mbps recording capability of the VIXIA HF S11 gives you the highest quality AVCHD video possible. You'll see enhanced detail, finer gradations of tones and improved reproduction of moving subjects. Video shot by the VIXIA HF S11 of fast-moving sporting events, multicolored butterflies on a variegated leaf or the shading of a brilliant sunset will be remarkable.

24p Cinema Mode
24p Cinema Mode enables all aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional "film-look." You can change the camcorder's frame capture rate to 24p (recorded at 60i), which provides the appearance of the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, you can use the VIXIA HF S11's CINEMA setting, which changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently.

30p Progressive Mode
You would normally have to look to professional video cameras in order to have this sophisticated tool at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF S11 to capture video in 30p, (30 progressive frames, recorded to 60i) which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. In addition, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording. It's also excellent for action shots and sports.

Built-in 8.0 Megapixel Digital Camera
The VIXIA HF S11 is not only a superb camcorder but also a brilliant 8.0 Megapixel Digital Camera delivering stunning quality still photos. With many advanced photo features rivaling other state-of-the-art digital cameras, you get the best in both video and photos. An example? The VIXIA HF S11 boasts
Simultaneous Photo Shooting, allowing you to capture crisp 6.0 Megapixel photos and video at the same time.

The same Canon exclusive CMOS image sensor that ensures sharp, vivid HD video also gives you brilliant digital photographs. Like the CMOS image sensors in Canon's EOS Series digital SLR cameras, the VIXIA HF S11's image sensor results in outstanding digital photographs. It gives an impressive resolution of 8.0 Megapixels for sharp, crisp still images.

Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor features improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the VIXIA HF S11. You can also enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card (1.4x normal card; 2.5x Hi-Speed card).

Focus Features
Auto Intelligent Auto Focus (AiAF) ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the VIXIA HF S11's 9 Point AiAF will automatically select from 9 metering frames on the screen to help bring images into sharp focus.

Auto Exposure Modes
Like any good digital still camera, the VIXIA HF S11 lets you choose from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure, letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) mode lets you control the depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority) mode lets you select the shutter speed for sharp, action shots. In P (program) mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.

Program AE Mode
Your life happens everywhere, so the VIXIA HF S11 gives you settings that automatically result in the best exposure settings for different conditions and different subjects.

Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background in your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Low Light Mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture properly. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight - literally - and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject - the holiday fireworks display. Night Scene Mode reduces video "noise" and helps to prevent overexposure of artificial lighting from buildings and streetlamps while shooting outdoors in the dark.

Selectable Metering Patterns
For optimal exposure, the VIXIA HF S11 offers selectable metering patterns. You can choose the options of Evaluative, which in normal shooting conditions will measure the light in all areas of the subject image, Center-Weighted Average, which gives greater importance to the object in the center of the image, and Spot, which adjusts the exposure exactly to the object in the center of the image.

Auto Exposure Bracketing
In challenging lighting situations, such as strong backlight, a dark background or a very sunny or snowy day, it can be tricky to get the right exposure for a photo. The AE Bracketing feature of the VIXIA HF S11 automatically takes three versions of the shot, with 'dark,' 'normal' and 'light' settings in ½ exposure steps so you may choose the one that best suits you.

Continuous Shooting
The VIXIA HF S11 can capture a rapid succession of photos, just like the motor drive on a still camera. Shoot up to 3 frames per second in the Continuous Mode, or a blazing 5 frames per second in the High Speed Continuous Mode. This feature is ideal for fast action sports or capturing babies on the move. This action is possible in all modes except Fireworks Mode.

Simultaneous Photo Recording
With the VIXIA HF S11, you can record HD video and capture a 6 Megapixel photo to a memory card - simultaneously. Simply press the photo button and you've got an e-mail ready digital photo to share with friends and family.

Histogram Display
For the advanced digital photographer, the VIXIA HF S11 comes with a Histogram Display - a feature found in Canon's line of digital SLR cameras. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.

Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional looking photographs. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.

The VIXIA HF S11's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.

Still Capture from Flash Memory
The versatile VIXIA HF S11 even lets you capture a still image from an already recorded movie. While playing the movie in your camcorder, simply press the photo button to capture a 1920 x 1080 still image onto an SDHC card or to Built-in Memory. Additionally, the VIXIA HF S11 allows you to capture 30 photos from one second of video. Now, better photos, filled with action and expressions, are easy to grab, print, post and share.

Built-in Flash
Your VIXIA HF S11's built-in flash lets you capture superb photos indoors and in low light conditions. The VIXIA HF S11 also features red-eye reduction.

Share Your Photos
Your VIXIA HF S11 comes with features that make it simple to share your still photos.

Print/Share
Print/Share turns your VIXIA HF S11 into a photo lab in the palm of your hand. Simply connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with a simple touch of the Print/Share button, print directly from your VIXIA HF S11 without going through a computer.

Print/Share also makes it easy to transfer your still images to your computer. Simply connect your VIXIA HF S11 to your computer, press the Print/Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.

DVD Burner Compatible
You can also easily burn DVDs of your still photos taken with your VIXIA HF S11 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and, with the click of a few buttons; your photos are ready to share with all.

Canon Exclusive: 2.7-icnh Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
The 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD on the VIXIA HF S11 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. Using a hard coat Anti-Reflection surface and improved color reproduction, the scene in the viewfinder is a more accurate indication of what you're capturing in the camcorder. An added benefit of this Canon Exclusive is the wider range of viewing angles possible with this new LCD screen. With less glare and deeper contrasts, groups of people can gather around it and see the image displayed more clearly than ever before.

Superb Shooting Control

Dual Shot
Capture video and photos without switching modes, which saves you time and helps you to avoid the chance of a missed shot.

Professional Shooting Assist Functions
The VIXIA HF S11 provides you with an exceptional level of control. At your fingertips will be the same type of creative control tools the pros use to deliver the best results possible.
  • Enhanced zebra pattern indicates blown out or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.
  • Color peaking enhances the edges of your subject to aid in focusing.
  • Custom key and dial allows functions including exposure, focusing, assist functions, mic volume level or AGC limits to be assigned to a custom key. Assist functions make it possible to change zebra and peaking settings.
  • Gain control function is selectable from 0, 6, 12, and 18 dB through Auto. Lowering the dB value can ensure that dark scenes can be shot with the correct level of darkness.
  • 100% area display gives you a complete view in the LCD of the scene being shot. No need to worry that areas in the margins are being left out.
Variable Zoom Speed Control
Another sure sign of amateur video is the unsteady zoom shot. But with the VIXIA HF S11's zoom control, you simply select one of the four zoom speeds (three pre-set, one variable) for smooth, steady, professional looking zooms.

Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional looking video. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.

The VIXIA HF S11's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.

Quick Start
Never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the VIXIA HF S11 is in Camera Mode and the LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby mode. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode.

Pre-record
The Pre-record feature places your VIXIA HF S11 in a standby "pre-roll" mode. When you press the shooting button while in Pre-record, the VIXIA HF S11 automatically records 3 seconds of the action which occurred prior to your pressing of the button. With Pre-record, it will be easier than ever to capture the moment when the bat hits the ball at the start of that home run.

Low Light Performance
Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set. You won't miss any of them, thanks to the VIXIA HF S11's video light. The light lets you shoot subjects in color, in low light, up to 4.9 feet away. So, whether it's a shot of a sleeping baby, or a group of friends on a candlelit terrace at night, the VIXIA HF S11 captures all the moments you want to record.

Manual Audio Level Control
To make your videos sound as good as they look, the VIXIA HF S11 offers a built-in audio meter and manual audio level adjustment. You'll be able to tell at a glance if the sound you're hearing is being recorded the way you want it and a simple control allows you to change the audio level if it's not.

Improved Menu User Interface
For greater ease of use, the VIXIA HF S11 features a revised control button with cross movement action. It's an intuitive design enabling you to push up, down, left or right to choose the menu option you wish.

DVD Burner Compatible
You can also easily burn DVDs of the video shot with your VIXIA HF S11 as it is compatible with Canon's DW-100 DVD Burner. A one-cable connection is all it takes to send the files across and with the click of a few buttons, your videos will be burned to an AVCHD disc for play in a compatible DVD player.


Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal
Another pro-level feature of the VIXIA HF S11 is the Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe on the camcorder. At about half the size of Canon's Advanced Accessory shoe, this feature allows you to attach Canon optional accessories, such as the VL-5 accessory video light, DM-100 directional stereo microphone or RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter. Using the proper accessories can greatly enhance the production values of the video you shoot.

Advanced Video Snapshot Mode
This version of Video Snapshot Mode will let you shoot short movie clips with the VIXIA HF S11 in the same way you've shot snapshots with your still camera. In this mode, you can create 4 second video clips which can be played back in the VIXIA HF S11 with background music. You'll also be able to use the mode to capture clips in Playback Mode as well, making it more convenient than ever to use this feature. It's the perfect way to document your vacation in a quick, easy, entertaining series of clips, perfect for Internet sharing.

Night Scene Mode
The Night Scene Mode setting in the Program AE of the VIXIA HF S11 reduces video "noise" and helps to prevent overexposure of artificial lighting from buildings and streetlamps while shooting video outdoors in the dark.
The result will be night scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camcorder.

Optional Canon RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter
Should you have the need to operate your VIXIA HF S11 on a tripod, the optional Canon RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter can be a useful addition to your equipment set.
Simply slip the RA-V1 into the Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe on top of the VIXIA HF S11 and you'll have a LANC terminal to which you can connect an optional wired remote controller, such as the Canon ZR-1000, ZR-2000 or third-party device.

Intelligent Lithium-ion Battery
The Intelligent Lithium-ion battery which powers the VIXIA HF S11 is a major advance. It not only more accurately tracks remaining battery life, it also gives a display in minutes remaining. It will allow you to better plan your shooting, so you won't be caught out with a battery that suddenly goes from "half" to "empty." You'll find this especially useful since it lets you take full advantage of the long recording time capability of the VIXIA HF S11. You'll capture all the action.

HDMI Terminal
With the VIXIA HF S11, sharing your high definition video on your HD television is easier than ever. Only a single cable connects your camcorder to your TV for the highest quality playback (video and audio).

Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control
The VIXIA HF S11 allows you to enhance the quality of your audio by using the optional accessory Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone (which attaches to the Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe) to capture better sound, and headphones to monitor the audio as you hear it. You can also attach an external microphone through the 3.5mm microphone terminal. Manual control of audio levels also lets you set the exact balance you need for the situation. Your videos will sound as good as they look.

Includes Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Software
The Canon VIXIA HF S11 High Definition Camcorder is bundled with a powerful software suite, Pixela ImageMixer 3SE. You can easily perform a variety of functions, including AVCHD Editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. This software also allows you to play your AVCHD movies on your computer and will also let you share copies of your movie with friends and family through flash memory to hard drive copying. Transfer and store your movie onto your computer's hard drive with the software and easily convert your high definition video to standard definition video as well.

This software will also assist you in converting video to the optimum resolution for transmission over the Internet.

With the Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Disc, you can burn your edited video onto Blu-ray disc, AVCHD DVDs (which play in AVCHD compatible Blu-ray disc players), or onto standard definition DVDs. And to complement the VIXIA HF S11's Video Snapshot feature, a music CD containing royalty free soundtracks is also provided.

Additional Features
  • The Built-in Electronic Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Turn your camcorder on and the lens cover automatically opens. Turn it off, and the cover closes.
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal for ultra-fast transfer of movies and photos.
  • Wireless Remote Control lets you operate your VIXIA HF S11 from a distance, so you don't have to be left out of the picture.
  • Compatible Optional Accessories available including the Wide Converter WD-H58, Tele Converter TL-H58, Video Flash Light VFL-2, Video Light VL-5, Directional Microphone, DM-100, Remote Control Adapter RA-V1 and High Capacity Battery Pack BP-827.
  • 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire.
What's in the Box:
  • VIXIA HF S11 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Battery Pack BP-807
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570S
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Wireless Controller WL-D88
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Component Cable CTC-100/S
  • Digital Video Solution Disc
  • Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
  • Music CD

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
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  • ASIN: B002LASLZS
  • Item model number: HF S11
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,230 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 19, 2009

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Reverie on October 7, 2009
I did months of research before deciding on the S11, and my biggest priorities were superb picture quality then durability. Because flash camcorders don't have moving parts like a hard drive, flash memory is less prone to damage, uses less power, and reads/writes faster. This is very expensive, but it will last for many, many years while vividly capturing my most important memories with family. HD is the way to go.

The picture quality is great, and you can easily find HD examples on YouTube to preview if you're curious to see how this measures up. Video capture at night isn't as bad as what I had read. I can easily make out images in my night time shots albeit some detail was lost (as expected with any consumer camcorder). An added bonus is that I can snap photos while in video mode, so I don't have to pack my point-n-shoot camera too. This has a built-in 8MP camera.

If you need more than the 64GB of internal memory, you can expand by purchasing an external SDHC card. Canon says to use a minimum Class 4 SDHC card for video, but a lot of people who own flash camcorders seem to have better results with Class 6 cards (faster write speeds mean you won't miss as many frames during recording). Keep in mind that 64gb can capture a minimum of 5 hours 55 minutes in MXP mode and up to 24 hrs 30 minutes in LP mode.

There is NO electronic viewfinder which can be a problem since the screen is hard to see when you're in super dark or super bright settings.

Unfortunately, your investment won't end with the camera.
You will have EXTRA stuff to buy:

* Extra battery - the one that comes included lasts 1.5 hours at best; I recommend
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By vqworks on December 22, 2009
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I've used quite a few camcorders, including a professional shoulder mount standard definition camcorder model that I paid the price of a small car for, and this camcorder is a stunner even compared to that. Until now, I have never been impressed with the performance of consumer or even prosumer camcorders because I've been too accustomed to the performance of my professional camcorder that I used to shoot weddings.

Make no mistake, Canon's HF S11 camcorder is not perfect. But at its price it's a steal. I won't lavish endless praise like many reviewers (including professional reviewers) did. In fact, I'll go over the negatives first.

One of its biggest shortcomings is the audio quality of the built-in microphones. I rolled my eyes when a reviewer in VideoMaker magazine stated that the sound was something to the effect of "strong and clear". It is not, there is almost a complete absence of bass, there is not a whole lot of treble; just a whole lot of narrow band midrange with very little apparent stereo separation. I find this to be one of the HF S11's most serious flaws. At first glance, you'd expect the sound to be quite good, especially when each microphone is clearly arranged on each side of the camcorder. But take a closer look and you'll notice that each mic opening through each of the deceptively large mic grills consist of a pinhole! Every camcorder I've used, including the lowest end unit outperforms the HF S11's sound. So don't expect even good amateur results. In fact, if you intend to use the camcorder to produce a professional-quality video, plan on investing in a separate digital audio recorder for the soundtrack and getting it back into sync with the video using editing software.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eric E. Peterson on October 4, 2009
I have never owned a Canon Camcorder before. However, being a professional photographer, I am quite familiar and happy with Canon products. I have always bought Sony handy-cams in the past. I bought this camcorder with the desire to shoot in HD and also because it had dual flash drive options (internal 64 GB and by card). I picked it up at a store (Samy's Camera) and having called ahead they charged the battery ahead of time per my request (but still, nice customer service). My plan was to use it right away. Anyone familiar with Camcorders or cameras can operate this unit with ease. For the more advanced individual there are endless options available - and from my perspective - easily navigable. Taking photos is a snap, and recording video is just as easy. The stabilization and zoom in and out is first rate and very smooth. It has a built in pop-up light which also functions as a flash for photos. The dual microphones offer a nice level of surround sound. The mics pick up even the slightest details (my son kicking a soccer ball 50 feet away during his game). It is slighter larger than I imagined having seen some very small camcorders - but easily disregarded when you consider what you are getting in this pro-sumer camcorder (but it does fit in your hand). Instead of the "rinky-dink" lens you get on some camera's - this has a nice size lens allowing in all the light you need. It seemed to work well in low-light situations and does an amazing job in a macro situation. Granted, I have only used the thing for 4 days - but I am more than happy with my purchase. One thing you will want to pick up if you like to plug your camcorder directly into your HDTV is a mini-HDMI to standard HDMI cable or a converter if you already have a HDMI cable - it is one thing CANON left out of the box - that and a SDHC card. I also bought a larger battery for more flexibility.
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