Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder (DISCONTINUED)

Product Highlights


  • Native 1920 x 1080, 1/2.84″ CMOS Sensor
  • 20x HD Zoom Lens
  • Canon Digic DV 4 Image Processor
  • Dynamic Image Stabilization
  • 3″ OLED Touch Panel View Screen
  • Manual Camera Controls
  • 2 x XLR with Manual/Auto Audio Levels
  • HDMI and Composite Output
  • 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
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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.

A compact, professional Full HD camcorder with high optical performance

This compact, lightweight camcorder is small enough to stow away yet agile and powerful to record news events with versatility thanks to a high quality HD CMOS Pro sensor, a superb 20x optical zoom with high zoom ratio and professional interfaces for connectivity into existing workflows.

High optical performance

A Canon 20x optical zoom lens provides a highly versatile zoom range with the 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm. with an improved circular aperture, the XA11 can record more natural, beautiful images.

Stunning Full HD image quality

With Canon’s HD CMOS Pro Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV4 Image Processor with improved low-light performance, the XA11 captures superb Full HD video in 50P at 35Mbps with Wide dynamic range of 600%.

Professional recording options

The XA11 can record in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, at multiple bit rates, and even simultaneously.

Additional information

Shutter Speed

1/6 to 1/2000 sec

Built-in ND Filter


Minimum Illumination

0.1 lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
1.2 lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed

White Balance

2000 to 15,000K

Features & Benefits
Touch screen


Imaging/ Image Sensor
Image Sensor

1-Chip 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor

Sensor Resolution

2208 x 1398 (3.09 MP)

Effective Sensor Resolution

2136 x 1362 (2.91 MP)

Image Stabilization


Focal Length

3.7 to 73.4mm

35mmEquivalent Focal Length

26.8 to 576mm

Optical Zoom Ratio


Maximum Aperture

f/1.8 to 2.8

Minimum Aperture


Minimum Focus Distance

Entire Zoom Range: 23.6" / 60.0 cm
Wide: 0.4" / 1.0 cm

Filter Size

58 mm

Focus & Optics
Focus Control

Manual Focus

Digital zoom


Viewfinder & Display
Screen type

Screen Size


Screen Resolution

460,000 Dots

Audio Recording

AVCHD: 2-Channel LPCM Audio
MP4: 2-Channel AAC Audio

Recording Media

2 x SDXC Card Slots

Still Image Resolution

1920 x 1080

Recording Modes

AVCHD: 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps (17 to 28 Mb/s) 1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (24 Mb/s)
MP4: 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps (17 to 35 Mb/s) 1280 x 720p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps (4 to 8 Mb/s) 640 x 360p at 23.98/29.97 fps (3 Mb/s)

Gamma Curve

Wide DR

Built-In Microphone


Tripod Mounting Thread

1/4"-20 Female

Video Connectors

1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
1 x Mini-HDMI Output

Audio Connectors

1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Input
2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input

Other I/O

1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control Input
1 x USB Mini-B Output

Operating Temperature

32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

Accessory Mounting Threads

1 x Cold Shoe Mount

Built-In Light

Yes (Infrared)

Power Consumption

4.9 W

Power Connectors

1 x Barrel (8.4 VDC) Input

Battery Type

Canon BP-9 Series


7.17 x 4.29 x 3.31" / 182 x 109 x 84 mm (Without Grip)
9.09 x 7.09 x 5.16" / 231 x 180 x 131 mm (With Grip)


2.49 lb / 1.13 kg

Camera Filters
F-Sensor Size


F-Optical Zoom


F-Digital Interface


F-Sensor Design


Packaging Information
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

11 x 10.75 x 8.5"

Package Weight

4.7 lb

Control Modes

Focus Zoom


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