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Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder with HDMI and Composite Output

BH #CAXA11 • MFR #2218C002
Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder with HDMI and Composite Output
Key Features
  • Native 1920 x 1080, 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
  • 20x HD Zoom Lens
  • Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Dynamic Image Stabilization
The Canon XA11 Full HD Camcorder is a compact run-and-gun camera that is suitable for ENG, event coverage, and independent and documentary filmmaking. The camera features a 1/2.84", 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor that captures video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. The integrated Canon 20x HD optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm and features an 8-bladed iris to render highlights more naturally.
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Canon XA11 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensor
  • 320x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 4DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • 5Auto Focus
  • 6Advanced Displays
  • 73" OLED Touch Panel View Screen and EVF
  • 8Manual Camera Control
  • 9Audio
  • 10Outputs
  • 11Media Card Slots
  • 12Infrared Shooting Mode
  • 13Wired Connectivity
  • 14Detachable Top Handle
  • 15Additional Features

The Canon XA11 Full HD Camcorder is a compact run-and-gun camera that is suitable for ENG, event coverage, and independent and documentary filmmaking. The camera features a 1/2.84", 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor that captures video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. The integrated Canon 20x HD optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm and features an 8-bladed iris to render highlights more naturally.

The final piece in the image chain is Canon's DIGIC DV 4 image processor. This high-speed image-processing engine powers Canon's Dynamic IS (Image Stabilization) mode reducing image distortion over traditional up-down, left-right image stabilization by adding correction for camera roll in three axes. The power of the DIGIC DV 4 allows the camera to simultaneously encode your video to two different codecs and bit rates, allowing you to have web-ready versions of your master footage available as soon as you stop recording.

The XA11 features both a 3.5" OLED touch panel view screen with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and a color electronic viewfinder with 1,560,000 dots of resolution. The camera features full manual control and auto modes for exposure, focus, white balance, gain, and shutter speed. The camera provides professional features such as a pre-record buffer, peaking, zebra bars, color bars, and reference tone. The zoom speed is adjustable with variable, constant (with 16 different speed levels), fast, normal, and slow settings. The camera features a detachable top handle with zoom toggle, record start/stop, IR emitter, tally light, accessory shoe, external mic holder, two XLR connectors with phantom power, and manual audio level controls. The XA11 includes a built-in headphone jack and Mini HDMI connector, and it outputs composite video and audio via a 3.5mm mini-jack.

Two built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots allow you to record video to available media cards in both slots at the same time. This allows you to create an instant backup copy for archiving and data protection. You can also capture high-resolution AVCHD or MP4 video files on one card while creating a lower data rate MP4 more suitable for the web on the other card. When using two media cards and the camera is in Relay mode, there is no need to stop shooting to swap out a full media card; when one card becomes full, recording seamlessly switches to the other card.

Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensor
The XA11 features a 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS Pro sensor with 2.91MP. The large size of the individual pixels enables a minimum subject illumination of 1.0 lux for shooting in low-light conditions.
20x Optical Zoom Lens
The Canon 20x HD zoom lens provides a zoom range with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8 to 576mm and features an improved circular iris design providing a more natural look with out-of-focus areas that are smoother and more appealing. Zoom speed can be set to variable, constant (with 16 levels), fast, normal, or slow.
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor works in concert with the sensor to provide images with low noise and rich color depth. The processing power of the DIGIC DV 4 enables the simultaneous encoding of video to different codecs and bit rates for recording to two separate SD cards at the same time.
Auto Focus
Canon Auto Focus (AF) features include natural-looking medium speed, instant, and face detection AF, which can significantly reduce the effort required when shooters need to keep a particular face in focus in a jostling crowd or similar situation.
Advanced Displays
  • Zebra bars selectable between 70 and 100% are available to help you judge exposure.
  • The XA11 features peaking and 2x image magnification as focus aids.
  • The camera can display and record color bars or color bars with reference tone. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standards. Reference tone levels can be set at -12, -18, or -20 dB.
3" OLED Touch Panel View Screen and EVF
The 3", 1,230,000-dot touch panel view screen enables rapidly moving through and selecting menu settings. The color EVF is 0.24" with 1,560,000 dots of resolution and tilts up to 45° to accommodate different shooting positions.
Manual Camera Control
  • The XA11 features selectable manual/automatic control on the camera functions, allowing you to choose the best settings for the situation. Functions include Exposure, Shutter Speed, Iris, Gain, Exposure Lock, and AGC Limit.
  • White Balance features six presets (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, and Fluorescent), as well as two manual white balance settings. Additionally, when a specific adjustment of the color temperature is desired, the color temperature may be adjusted in 100K increments from 2000 to 15,000K.
  • The camera's body features five user assignable buttons so you can customize the camera to access features without having to enter the menu system.
The XA11 features an integrated microphone, and the detachable handle houses two XLR Line/Mic level inputs with +48V phantom power for connecting external mics. The detachable handle also houses the manual audio level controls. A built-in 3.5mm headphone jack with 16 volume settings provides for accurate audio monitoring.
The XA11 features an AV mini terminal for composite video (and audio) via a four-pole 3.5mm mini-jack, as well as a Mini HDMI port that delivers video and audio, allowing you the option of superimposing timecode over your video.
Media Card Slots
Two SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots are built into the camera, allowing for varied recording options:
  • Dual recording: Allows you to simultaneously record the same footage to different media cards using different codecs and bit rates.
  • Double-slot recording: Allows you to record simultaneously to each of the two SD memory card slots, providing an instant backup for your footage.
  • Relay recording: The XA11 automatically switches video recording from one memory card to the other when the first memory card becomes full.
Infrared Shooting Mode
Engaging the Infrared (IR) shooting mode moves the IR Cut filter out of the optical path for shooting in extreme low-light conditions. An IR emitter built into the detachable top handle provides an IR source, and the built-in IR diffuser helps prevent IR hot spots on the subject. In IR mode, you can select from the traditional green-hued IR image or the default setting, which produces a black and white image.
Wired Connectivity
  • USB: An integrated Hi-Speed USB (mini-B) port allows you to download footage from the memory cards. This port is for output only.
  • Remote control port: The camera features a built-in 2.5mm stereo mini-jack for LANC control.
Detachable Top Handle
The detachable top handle contains the audio controls and external XLR audio inputs, as well as a tally light, the infrared emitter, and an accessory shoe. You can remove the top handle from the camera to create an even smaller shooting package.
Additional Features
  • Photo capture: The XA11 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images. Photos may be captured to an SD memory card during recording, as well as "frame-grabbed" during playback.
  • Pre-record: The XA11 continuously buffers approximately three seconds of video in memory. When you begin recording, the contents of the buffer memory are added allowing you to capture footage before you press record.
  • Intelligent battery system: The XA11 is compatible with Canon's Intelligent lithium-ion batteries, which communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) to the user.
  • Language support: The XA11 supports 27 languages: Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, Thai, Chinese (simplified characters), Chinese (traditional characters), Korean, and Japanese.
UPC: 013803290080

Canon XA11 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 3.09 Megapixel (2208 x 1398)
Effective: 2.91 Megapixel (2136 x 1362)
Sensor Type1/2.84"-Type CMOS Sensor
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/2000 to 1/6 Second
Minimum Illumination1.2 Lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed
0.1 Lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
White Balance2000 to 15,000K
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesAVCHD
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/29.97p/59.94p [17 to 28 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 59.94i [24 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/29.97p/59.94p [17 to 35 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 23.98p/29.97p/59.94p [4 to 8 Mb/s]
640 x 360 at 23.98p/29.97p [3 Mb/s]
Variable Frame Rates6 Up to 36000 fps
Gamma CurveWide DR
Recording LimitUp to 5515 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingAVCHD: 2-Channel LPCM Audio
MP4: 2-Channel AAC Audio
External Video Capture
IP StreamingYes
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes16:9 JPEG
2 MP (1920 x 1080)
Image File FormatJPEG
Video I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
Power I/O1 x Barrel (8.4 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
1 x Mini-USB Output
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution460,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (LCD)
Resolution1,560,000 Dot
Diopter Adjustment-5 to +2
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Manual Focus
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C (Recommended)
Battery TypeCanon BP-8 Series
Power Consumption4.9 W
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Built-In Video LightYes (Infrared)
Dimensions (W x H x D)9.1 x 7.1 x 5.2" / 231 x 180 x 131 mm (With Grip)
7.2 x 4.3 x 3.3" / 182 x 109 x 84 mm (Without Grip)
Weight2.49 lb / 1.13 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11 x 10.75 x 8.5"

Canon XA11 Reviews

Great line of cameras

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-16

I have the XA11 and XA15 line of this camera. Using it for church streaming. Works well with good quality picture.

Awesome camcorder

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-24

This is my second XA11, the first worked so well, I wanted another for multiple camera angles. Shoots great video with ease. The audio is awesome, as well. I've used the microphone inputs with a U87, Schoeps cmc6, Beyerdynamic MC840 (stereo pair), and Beyerdynamic M69, all with excellent results. The microphone holder is virtually useless, as far as I can tell, being far too large to hold anything I've ever seen or used...not at all sure what they had in mind for it. Overall, this is a great unit.

My second / La segunda

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-23

This is my second and works perfect/ Es la segunda y trabaja Perfecto

Canon XA11

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-31

I'm very impressed with the camera was eas to set up. Used it today to film a turkey hunt. Awesome video quality.

Works great!

By Herbert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-31

Used for sports. Easy to use with great picture.

Great camerra for those on a budget and wanting superb video

By HR Videos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-03

I have used these XA cams for several years now and have been recording concerts in concert halls and schools with great results. I highly reccomend these "XA" style cameras for any use.

Big camera in a little body.

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-14

Love everything about it can't wait for spring baseball!

Excellent camera for Livestream broadcast

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-02

This is one of two XA11 cameras being used to Livestream broadcast church services. Audio is inserted into the camera from an audio mixer, and the output of the camera is sent to a Livestream Studio Six application running on a Windows laptop. The audio quality and image quality are both excellent.

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does it also record in the PAL mode ?

does it also record in the PAL mode ?
Asked by: Ali
This camera does not shoot in PAL. It is NTSC only.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-03-07

What is the color space on the hdmi output? And ...

What is the color space on the hdmi output? And does the xa15 allow both the hdmi and sdi to output at the same time? If so, is the color space the same for both?
Asked by: Anonymous
This camera is HD therefore the color space is REC 709. On the XA15 you can output through both the HDMI and the SDI the exact same signal. Again, that means the same HD REC 709 color space.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2019-03-13

This camcorder & canon 80d which one is good in ...

This camcorder & canon 80d which one is good in time of good quality video audio?
Asked by: Yusuf
Canon 80 D is a DSLR and is limited by MPEG regulation to 29 minutes of Video capture. It's audio capability is somewhat limited as well. The XA camcorder is an excellent video platform and is equipped with XLR mic inputs for serious audio capture - go with the camcorder for intensive videography. Go with the 80D for photography and short clips, you may need to add an external microphone.
Answered by: Lamar
Date published: 2022-07-15


Does the canon xa11 record in 60p ? And is the image quality the same as the Canon XA30?
Asked by: Subash R.
Yes it can, the XA11 records 1920 x 1080 at up to 59.94p. It also has the same sized 1/2.84 CMOS Sensor as the XA30. It should have the same quality of image. The difference is the XA30 adds WiFi, Wide Gamma DR Mode and has a slightly larger 3.5 screen compared to just 3 on the XA11.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


does the XA11 record date time? ( h:m:s) . Necessary for legal work.
Asked by: john w
The XA11 does not have Time and Date Stamp available. You may want to look at the NX100 instead, this will have Time and Date Stamp in both AVCHD and DV Modes.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

does this have a zoom input?

does this have a zoom input?
Asked by: Camilo
If you mean a zoom lens then yes it has a great zoom, a true 20X that is great. The stabilization is great also.
Answered by: Jerry
Date published: 2019-03-12

Can you set any metadata on these cameras?

Can you set any metadata on these cameras?
Asked by: Stephanie
Metadata settings are not accessible by the user.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2019-07-04


is not possible make photos with that canon xa11 ???
Asked by: flavio r.
This camcorder can take photos. When set in AUTO mode, for example, there is a green dot on the touch screen you press to take a photo.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2019-12-19
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