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CanonFS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 36 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable to operate (33)
  • Simple controls (31)
  • Great features (25)
  • Great picture quality (25)
  • Great sound (18)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (28)
    • Home movies (26)
    • Family (7)
    • Movies/short films (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (23), Enthusiast (6), Beginner (3), Semi-pro (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great camcorder/ lousy software

    this camcorder is great and friendly and easy to use. It has many features that allows you to use it as a camera or as a camcorder. I like the product and its light...Read complete review

    this camcorder is great and friendly and easy to use. It has many features that allows you to use it as a camera or as a camcorder. I like the product and its light weight. Its easy to carry and to pack. However, when trying to import my video clips into a PC I got a cold shower. Windows "moviemaker" does not recognized it. The Pixela image mixer free disk that comes with the FS11 is of absolutely no use. The level of the contents is below the free downloads available. Their support is even worse, don't expect any clever input there. I still have to find a program that accepts the FS11 to import my video clips. Any suggestions are welcom.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    its an OKAY camera........

    i guess i cant complain too much about this camera, considering the price i paid for it [$]the camera is mid-pack compared to the other two camcorders that i've tried, and thats...Read complete review

    i guess i cant complain too much about this camera, considering the price i paid for it [$]the camera is mid-pack compared to the other two camcorders that i've tried, and thats exactly what it is: middle class. it does an okay job at everything you want to do, but not doing an excellent job at any of them.PROS: very lightweight and compact, has a LED light to help for night shots (very helpful because this camera does not do very well when on "night mode" so just do normal mode and turn the spot light on), good battery life, good zoom capability, menu system easy to understand and use (i figured it out myself in half hour without reading the manual). and lastly, the lens cover is automatic (opens and closes on its own) so you dont have to think about it when trying to capture spur-of-the-moment stuff. CONS: as mentioned above, not good when on night mode, read/write speeds are slower than i expected considering the fact that its supposed to be a SSD (embedded hard drive), even slower read/write speed if recording to SD or SDHC card (but this one is somewhat expected), requires that you plug in power cable when transferring files to the computer (why? i dont understand this one, even if my battery is full, it still demands that i plug in the power cord, annoying!). And lastly, no touchscreen lcd. using the buttons and the joystick near the lcd screen is cumbersome in my opinion

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    4.0

    Great cost X benefit

    By Andre

    from Sunny Miami

    About Me Casual User

    Pros

    • Comfortable to Operate
    • Durable
    • Great Features
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Simple Controls
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not good on the dark

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Editing
    • Home Movies
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

    Not good for filming in dark areas / do not expect high quality pictures either. Yet, very good for simple films... family events, etc...

    No need for reading manuals as it is very user friendly.. Great cost X benefit and memory card is always a plus...

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    4.0

    Great Camcorder

    By Russell the amateur

    from Madison, MS

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable to Operate
    • Great Features
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Simple Controls
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

      I bought this to replace my Elura 100 which broke and haven't been disappointed. This camcorder is easy to use, has great battery life, and the flash memory gives you plenty of recording time. The first thing I shot was a production my son was in and he was virtually in the dark a few times and the camera still picked up a decent image. I had no problem downloading the footage to my computer using the Pixella software. All in all I'm impressed with this camcorder.

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      5.0

      A sweet little, compact Camcorder.

      By diomentos

      from Kearney, NE

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable to Operate
      • Great Features
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

        No joke.... read the manual. Much easier to operate when you have the book in your brain. Not a unit that you can pick up and just start shooting. I love this camcorder. Takes great quality video for the price.

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        3.0

        its an OKAY camera........

        By WAHDAHECK

        from ANAHEIM, CA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Very lightweight and comp

        Cons

        • Readwrite speeds slow

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

        i guess i cant complain too much about this camera, considering the price i paid for it [$]the camera is mid-pack compared to the other two camcorders that i've tried, and thats exactly what it is: middle class. it does an okay job at everything you want to do, but not doing an excellent job at any of them.PROS: very lightweight and compact, has a LED light to help for night shots (very helpful because this camera does not do very well when on "night mode" so just do normal mode and turn the spot light on), good battery life, good zoom capability, menu system easy to understand and use (i figured it out myself in half hour without reading the manual). and lastly, the lens cover is automatic (opens and closes on its own) so you dont have to think about it when trying to capture spur-of-the-moment stuff. CONS: as mentioned above, not good when on night mode, read/write speeds are slower than i expected considering the fact that its supposed to be a SSD (embedded hard drive), even slower read/write speed if recording to SD or SDHC card (but this one is somewhat expected), requires that you plug in power cable when transferring files to the computer (why? i dont understand this one, even if my battery is full, it still demands that i plug in the power cord, annoying!). And lastly, no touchscreen lcd. using the buttons and the joystick near the lcd screen is cumbersome in my opinion

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        5.0

        [...]

        By A cameraholic

        from Lansing, MI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable to Operate
        • Great Features
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Internal Memory
        • Intuitive Operation
        • Point Shoot Enjoy
        • Simple Controls
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

          I bought this camcorder 2 weeks before taking an Alaskan Cruise. The last camcorder I had was from the late '80s. What an amazing piece of equipment for the novice. Out of the box, I charged the battery, read the quick start directions (amazing for a guy) and started filming. We took the cruise, used the camera alot, in mid 30 to 70 degree temps and what amazing results. Did I mention it's the size of the battery on my old RCA videotape camcorder? It does still pix too. It's a Canon, I'd expect nothing less. What a great piece of equipment and great video from the trip!!!

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          5.0

          FS-11 16GB Camcorder Canon

          By nfred

          from Wichita, KS

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable to Operate
          • Durable
          • Great Features
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

          • Menu takes effort to use

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

          Bought this camera to take on a trip to Washington DC. It performed beautifully. Easy controls. Menus took a little effort to learn. Zoom is very good but needs a tripod at full zoom. Got great detail of the capitol ceiling. Sound is great. Extremely light and small. I have small hands and it took no effort to hold the camera or carry it around. For a person who has never had a camcorder before, it fulfilled all my expectations and more. I haven't downloaded anything yet.

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          4.0

          Good Starter Camcorder

          By lensar

          from Cleveland, Ohio

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable to Operate
          • Durable
          • Great Features
          • Simple Controls
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Low-Quality Recordings

          Best Uses

          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

          I'm using it to film new product presentations.

          Easy to use very intuitive.

          The quality of the film in low light is poor. The included Pixela software is terrible.

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          4.0

          Compact and does a good job

          By Boof

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable to Operate
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

            I use this for just basic home videos. Does a good job with this and is very compact and easy to use.

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            4.0

            Gets the job done

            By Ari

            from Queens, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Durable
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

            • Inadequate Features

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

            I needed this product to shoot videos for streaming online. I couldn't afford a HD camcorder (and I also don't have the space to store HD files). This camera is a wonderful quality & it interfaces very well with Adobe Premiere. There are only some instances of dropped frames from the transfer.

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            4.0

            Good for family use

            By Yang

            from NC

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Durable
            • Great Features
            • Great Sound
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

              As such a price, it is a good camcorder. It is much better than I thought, but the color is not so real.

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              5.0

              Just the ticket!!

              By Jim

              from Syracuse, NY

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Best bang for your buck
              • Comfortable to Operate
              • Durable
              • Great Features
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Simple Controls
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                We bought this camcorder for a trip we are about to take to Europe. After much deliberations we settled on this one having rummaged through camcorders in the 250-350 price range. This camcorder has the versatility with the on board 16GB of memory and card slot both. Also the picture quality was the highest of the ones we were looking at. In the end we went with this camcorder because of the higher quality and we don't want to gamble with our once-in-a-lifetime trip. The camcorder seems to work amazingly well in our tests around the house and even in the dark with the built-in LED (another reason for this choice.) I don't think that you could find a better deal with all the features of this camcorder and the quality of a Cannon. Very impressed with the camcorder [...]

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                4.0

                Great for my Event Video!

                By cfphotos

                from Minnesota

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable to Operate
                • Great Features
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Simple Controls
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction
                • Poor Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Editing
                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                Yeah, you won't look professional, yeah you'll have to get a mono or tripod, yeah it's small in my big hands.... but dang! This little camera has some great features and "on the fly" effect options!

                I use it for doing video at horse shows where I'm allowed in the center of the arena. I have this little guy on a monopod and no one even takes notice of me. Which is nice, because then I don't become a distraction.

                I record directly to SD cards and my assistant burns a DVD while I record my next video!

                Nice and compact with professional quality video, and my favorite feature: I can change the shutter speed!

                Thank you Canon for another awesome product. I'm a fan for life!

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                4.0

                Nice Little Camera

                By TurtleBeeX-24

                from Lakeside, CA

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable to Operate
                • Great Features
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Simple Controls

                Cons

                • Poor low-light video

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                First of all I was surprised at how small this camera really is. This can be both good and bad. It's good because you can just about put it in your pocket and take it anywhere. Bad because it can be a tad difficult to hold steady, especially when trying to take still photos (my advice, use a camera made for taking still photos to take still photos).
                Overall, it a good little camera, nice zoom, picture and sound, recording time, view finder, and features. Beware of shooting in low light however as the picture can become very grainy.
                I would recommend this little guy for anyone who wants a nice small camera and is not ready for HD yet.

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                4.0

                Great little camera

                By fordybrook

                from Storrs, CT

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable to Operate
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Simple Controls

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                  It is very light and compact. I agree with other reviews, the software is weak that comes with it. I also think because of it's light weight it tends to make it a little shakier than I would like. The zoom is very nice and smooth and the picture is very clear when viewed on my TV.
                  Very, very simple to operate - love the little toggle switch.

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                  5.0

                  Fun and easy to run

                  By Kate

                  from Idaho

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Great Features
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Small buttons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                  This is my first camcorder and I absolutely love it! After borrowing a few older tape camcorders, I researched and decided I wanted one with flash memory and an internal hard drive as well, just in case I forgot a memory card. This camera was very easy to operate, and since it is small, easy to pack/carry through the Grand Canyon on my vacation. The quality of video is excellent and making video's when we got home was easy to do. The only drawback is that the buttons are small, so if you have larger hands/fingers, it is a little difficult to maneuver. Other than that, this is a great camcorder for anyone!

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                  5.0

                  Easy to use

                  By Jess

                  from troy mi

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Durable
                  • Great Features
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Editing
                    • Movies/Short Films

                    Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                    WE have a mac and it is easy to use with a mac and i love the small size

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                    4.0

                    Great camera in a small package!

                    By gac914

                    from Chicago, Illinois area

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable to Operate
                    • Durable
                    • Great Features

                    Cons

                    • Poor sound when windy

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                    First of all, I'm a Cannon lover. All of my still equipment is Cannon EOS, so I'm a bit biased.

                    We recently took this camera on a vacation to Arizona, and it did a great job. The size is great (I could dangle it on my wrist with a strap while taking stills, and then quickly switch to the camcorder.) Its light weight and tiny size are a definate plus. The picture quality is fine for the price of the camera, and the exposures were very good no matter what lighting conditions.

                    Two points keep me from giving this five stars. One, it's hard to know whether you're recording or not. The problem is also one of the camera's benefits -- there are no moving parts - no vibration at all -- so the only way to tell is a small red dot on the screen, which in bright sun is almost impossible to see. Secondly, the microphones are extremely sensitive to wind -- even the slightest wind causes a thunderous noise on the videos. To my knowledge, there are no "wind socks" available as a cover, but this camera defintely needs something to blot out the "wind sound."

                    Other than these two (relatively) minor faults, it's a great little camera, especially for it's size and price!!

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                    5.0

                    Great Easy to use Camcorder

                    By Ricky

                    from Katy, TX

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Features
                    • Simple Controls
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                      After months of deliberating about which to camcorder to get, I finally choose the FS11. I decided not to spend the $1000+ for an HD with a built in hard drive. Took it on a family vacation last weekend and really liked how easy it was to use. I never looked at the directions and found the menu very easy to navigate. Even my kids figured it out! Video quality is good and the photo quality is ok. The only issue I have with it is it is a little small for my hands.

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                      5.0

                      [...]and product

                      By Sandy

                      from MA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable to Operate
                      • Great Features
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                        I need to make a softball skills video for my daughter to submit to college coaches. I needed a camera that has decent picture quality and image stabilier. I read that the picture quality was not so great in low light, but that is not an issue because most of my video will be shot outside during daytime hours. This camera is great for the price I paid. I will use Photoshop Premier to edit.

                        B&H Photo was terrific. The price I paid for the camera, tripod, memory card, carrying case was less than what I would have for just the camera at another store. I liked that their web site was laid out with the accessories needed for the product. Ordering was easy and I had my product the next day.

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                        5.0

                        Best Camera for the price

                        By Novice in Camcorders

                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable to Operate
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Simple Controls

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies

                          Comments about Canon FS-11 16GB Hybrid Flash Memory/SDHC Camcorder:

                          We bought this camcorder as a wedding gift. We tested it to make sure it is good. The movie quality was very good. The sound was clear but sounded weird when played back on the camera. When the movie was played on the computer, the sound was perfect. It is a bit annoying to have to connect the camcorder to power while downloading the movies to the computer.

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